Chairperson: Katherine A. Hoffman
Professors: Katherine A. Hoffman, Landis K. Magnuson; Associate Professors: Kimberly Kersey-Asbury, Katherine M. Bentz; Assistant Professors:, Francis Kayali, Sean M. Parr; Lecturers: Rachelle Beaudoin, Megan Bogonovich, Luke Buffenmyer, Rev. Bede G. Camera, O.S.B., Mark Eshbaugh, Rev. Iain G. MacLellan, O.S.B., Elsa Voelcker.
The Fine Arts major is designed to provide a strong foundation in the study of the visual arts and music within a liberal arts education. The course requirements for the Fine Arts major provide a focused path of study in one of three emphasis areas: Art History, Studio Art, or Music. The emphasis requirements also provide students with the opportunity to partake in the interdisciplinary nature of the Fine Arts program. The Fine Arts curriculum provides courses which develop analytical and technical skills, emphasize critical inquiry and aesthetic appreciation, and foster an understanding of the historical, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of the arts. In addition to the course requirements, all Fine Arts majors are required to complete the Senior Seminar, a Senior Thesis Project, and a Senior Comprehensive Examination. The Senior Thesis Project culminates in a public presentation representing the student’s achievement in a specific area of the Fine Arts.
The Fine Arts degree program prepares students for a wide array of career opportunities in arts management and administration; museum, gallery, curatorial work; digital and graphic design; visual communications and media marketing; and graduate studies in art history, arts education, art therapy, and musicology. Several Fine Arts courses offer a service-learning option which allows students to apply their skills and talents in outreach to community organizations. Student internships are available through the on-campus gallery and performing arts center as well as off-campus sites such as local museums, galleries, advertising and graphic design companies, music schools and performing organizations. Fine Arts majors are also encouraged to study abroad. Students may participate in the annual Juried Student Art Show, attend the Fine Arts Lecture and Performance Series, and join student clubs such as the Art Society, Lucubrations, and the Anselmian Music Society. Music emphasis students have opportunities for performance in the Saint Anselm College Choir, the jazz band, or chamber music ensemble. In addition, Fine Arts classes make field trips to art exhibitions, and concert performances to art centers in the region.
A Fine Arts minor in Arth History, Studio Art, Music or Theatre is also available to students who wish to combine Fine Arts skills and knowledge with other majors such as Biology , Business , Classics , Computer Science , English , History , Modern Languages and Literatures , Philosophy , Physics , Psychology , Politics , Sociology , or Theology .
Fine Arts Minors
The Fine Arts Department awards a minor for advanced work in art history, studio art, and music to full-time students not majoring in fine arts. Students may emphasize in one of these areas of study and they must register for the minor with the Coordinator of the Fine Arts Minor. Courses for the minor taken through study abroad or off campus programs must be approved by the Coordinator of the Fine Arts Minor.