Fine art is the study of visual art and the making of visual art. It involves the history, theory, and practice of everything from paintings and drawings to prints and sculptures, from photography and animation to calligraphy and architecture. The theoretical and historical parts of the study foster a broad contextual and technical understanding of visual art, whereas the practical element of the study is shaped by the interest and skill of the individual student. The aim is to hone the student’s ability to engage both critically and creatively with visual art in all its forms; to recognize the technique and skill in past art, to master those skills, and to deploy them in original and expressive works. All art is fundamentally tied to ways of life and thought, so the study of fine arts also includes the study of philosophy, history, and anthropology, to give ample cultural context for the art that the students will go on to study and create.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of fine art and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
* The fine arts program emphasizes the role of tutorials, in which the student will learn and practice the techniques and skills needed to produce works of their chosen form of visual art.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in fine art is the most important part of the degree and consists in the production of original visual art and original criticism of visual art. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method.