Chairperson: Katherine M. Bentz
Professor: Sean M. Parr; Associate Professors: Katherine M. Bentz, Kimberly Kersey-Asbury ; Assistant Professor: Andrew L. Haringer; Lecturers: Spencer Aston, Elizabeth Blood, Eric Bermani, Heather Braun-Bakken, Josh Dannin, Joshua Dixon, Mark Eshbaugh, Ben Fox, Paul Geresy, Adam Hanna, Joseph Hartnett, Meghan Jacoby, Molly Lozeau, Karen Luttik, Rev. Iain G. MacLellan, O.S.B., Nick Mainella, Romeo Melloni, Rachel Montroy, James Roldan, Erin Smith Davis, Matthew Savage, 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 Fine Arts major curriculum provides a focused path of study in one of three emphasis areas: Art History, Studio Art, or Music. Students may also major in Visual Arts Education or Music Education in conjunction with the Education Department. Fine Arts courses enable the development of 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 major course requirements, all Fine Arts majors complete the Senior Seminar, a Senior Thesis Project, and a Senior Comprehensive Examination. The Senior Thesis Project culminates in a research presentation, visual arts exhibition, or music recital, each representing achievement in a specific area of the Fine Arts.
The Fine Arts degree prepares students for a wide array of career opportunities in arts management and administration; arts education, and museum, gallery, and curatorial work; digital and graphic design; visual communications and media marketing; and graduate studies in art history, art therapy, studio art, music performance, and musicology. Several Fine Arts courses incorporate service-learning, which allows students to apply their skills and talents in outreach to community organizations, and helps them develop professional portfolios and experiences. 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 businesses, and performing arts organizations. Fine Arts majors are also encouraged to study abroad. Art and Art History students may participate in art shows, attend the Fine Arts Lecture and Performance Series, take part in workshops, and join arts related student clubs. In addition, Art History and Studio Art classes take field trips to exhibitions, artist studios, and art centers in the region. Music emphasis students have opportunities for performance in curricular music lessons and in the Saint Anselm College Choir, the Chamber Singers, the jazz band, or music ensembles.
Fine Arts majors from one Emphasis may minor in another Fine Arts Emphasis area (e.g., a Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Art History can minor in Studio Art).
Major Requirements: 10 courses/40 credit hours (See major emphases tracks below.) No more than one internship course may be taken to fulfill the Fine Arts Major Requirements.