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Art & Design

About

Art & Design at Saint Michael’s College is focused on the belief that fine art and design are interconnected disciplines that begin with the same foundational knowledge. With a wide range of courses that include Graphic Design, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Art & Ecology, Animation and Motion Graphics, Mixed Media, and Design for Web and Devices, students at St. Mike’s develop the skills and knowledge vital to careers in art and design-related fields.

After completing the core courses, students can focus on fine art or graphic design or both. Graduating seniors exhibit a significant body of original work in the McCarthy Art Gallery as a capstone experience of the major. We also teach seniors professional practices to help prepare them pursue jobs, graduate school, exhibitions and artist residencies after graduation. Scholarship opportunities are available to incoming and returning students through the Fairbanks-Paulin and McCarthy Scholarship programs.

Graduate schools attended by our majors include the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Northeastern University, Hunter College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Learn more about the Art & Design program from our Saint Michael’s professors in the video below:

Sample Four Year Plan

Fall

AR 201 Foundations in Art

AR 205 Drawing I

First Year Seminar

Liberal Studies course

Spring

AR 219 Painting with Acrylic

AH 251 Survey of the History of Art

Liberal Studies course

Liberal Studies course

Fall

AR 215 Digital Imaging

AH 333 Art Since 1960

Liberal Studies course

Elective

Spring 

AR 235 Sculpture: Site & Installation

Liberal Studies course

Liberal Studies course

Elective

Fall

AR 408 Junior Studio

Junior Seminar

Electives

Spring 

Art elective

Liberal Studies course

Electives

Fall 

AR 415 Senior Studio

Electives

Spring

Art elective

Electives

In Depth

During COVID-19, Saint Michael’s College shifted to online learning – a particular challenge for art and design classes. Here is an example of how one class, Sculpture: Subject and Object, was shifted online and how students presented their work. A Sculpture A Day: A sampling of student work from the first distance learning project

You will take courses that explore a variety of mediums such as oil paint, digital video, and mixed media sculpture. You’ll have the opportunity to examine art history spanning from ancient cave painting to contemporary performance art. You’ll take courses as diverse as life drawing, digital imaging, experimental painting, site and installation art, and oil painting. Our expanded design courses will allow you to take classes on animation and motion graphics and design for print. You will also have the opportunity to study ceramics, digital photography, and other artistic media as electives.

Our department is housed in Sloane Art Center, a renovated nineteenth-century cavalry barracks, offering high ceilings and abundant natural light. You will have access to a number of studios and classrooms as well as exhibition galleries to show your work.

As the senior capstone to your art major, you will exhibit a significant body of original work demonstrating those central disciplines of artistic production in the gallery of the McCarthy Art Center.

Special Opportunities

Several of our majors have chosen to study abroad during their tenure at St. Mike’s in cities all over Europe, most especially Paris, Rome, and London with their deep history and connection with the arts, and in countries like Jordan, Ecuador, and New Zealand.

You’ll also have the opportunity to intern with local artists and designers and at places such as Burlington City Arts and Shelburne Museum.

Because of our proximity to Vermont’s largest city, you can immerse yourself in all sorts of cultural experiences and events such as Burlington’s South End Art Hop or the Festival of Fools.  And you are only a 75 minute drive from Montreal, Quebec, an international, cultural center for the arts.

Careers

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Art Teacher
  • Public Art Coordinator
  • Design and Content Creation
  • Gallery Work

If you have an interest in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary or secondary level, double-majoring in art and education at Saint Michael’s is a great option.

Many of our majors have decided to pursue an advanced degree at such graduate schools as the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In Depth

During COVID-19, Saint Michael’s College shifted to online learning – a particular challenge for art and design classes. Here is an example of how one class, Sculpture: Subject and Object, was shifted online and how students presented their work. A Sculpture A Day: A sampling of student work from the first distance learning project

You will take courses that explore a variety of mediums such as oil paint, digital video, and mixed media sculpture. You’ll have the opportunity to examine art history spanning from ancient cave painting to contemporary performance art. You’ll take courses as diverse as life drawing, digital imaging, experimental painting, site and installation art, and oil painting. Our expanded design courses will allow you to take classes on animation and motion graphics and design for print. You will also have the opportunity to study ceramics, digital photography, and other artistic media as electives.

Our department is housed in Sloane Art Center, a renovated nineteenth-century cavalry barracks, offering high ceilings and abundant natural light. You will have access to a number of studios and classrooms as well as exhibition galleries to show your work.

As the senior capstone to your art major, you will exhibit a significant body of original work demonstrating those central disciplines of artistic production in the gallery of the McCarthy Art Center.

Special Opportunities

Several of our majors have chosen to study abroad during their tenure at St. Mike’s in cities all over Europe, most especially Paris, Rome, and London with their deep history and connection with the arts, and in countries like Jordan, Ecuador, and New Zealand.

You’ll also have the opportunity to intern with local artists and designers and at places such as Burlington City Arts and Shelburne Museum.

Because of our proximity to Vermont’s largest city, you can immerse yourself in all sorts of cultural experiences and events such as Burlington’s South End Art Hop or the Festival of Fools.  And you are only a 75 minute drive from Montreal, Quebec, an international, cultural center for the arts.

Careers

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Art Teacher
  • Public Art Coordinator
  • Design and Content Creation
  • Gallery Work

If you have an interest in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary or secondary level, double-majoring in art and education at Saint Michael’s is a great option.

Many of our majors have decided to pursue an advanced degree at such graduate schools as the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.