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The Visual Arts Certificate

A certificate in visual arts will be awarded to students who successfully complete a substantial program of studio work and other requirements, as summarized below, while concentrating in another academic department. Students interested in a certificate in visual arts should submit a portfolio in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Normally students must complete two of the required visual arts courses before being admitted to the program. One course in art and archaeology is also recommended.

Course Requirements

A total of eight courses combined from the Program in Visual Arts and from the Department of Art and Archaeology, as follows:

a) Four visual arts courses, which must include studio courses in at least two different media, and at least two 300- or 400-level studio courses.

b) VIS 392 Issues in Contemporary Art or a cognate. This course is strongly recommended for studio artists, for whom it has been specifically designed. However, it is possible to substitute a relevant 300- or 400-level seminar directly related to the medium a student practices with the prior permission of the director of the program.

c) VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar. This course is designed for all Program 2 and certificate students to develop and discuss ideas for their visual thesis exhibitions.

d) Two art and archaeology courses, one of which must be in the modern period (19th century to the present).

Junior Independent Work:

In the fall, students select two advisers from the Program in Visual Arts and complete the Certificate Adviser Approval Form. The junior independent work is done in consultation with the student’s advisers, and also with the general visual arts faculty in “open studio” meetings. The advisers’ spring-term grade for the junior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year’s studio work. The junior independent work is exhibited in a group show at the end of junior spring semester.

Senior Independent Work—The Creative Thesis:

In the fall, students enroll in VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar and select two advisers from the Program in Visual Arts and complete the Certificate Adviser Approval Form. The creative thesis studio work is done in consultation with the student’s advisers, and also with the general visual arts faculty in “open studio” meetings. Students present their work in an exhibition during the spring term, usually in a two-person show with another certificate or Program 2 student. The grade for the senior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year’s studio work and is the average of two grades: (1) the average of the grades given by the student’s two advisers and (2) the average of the grades given by the rest of the visual arts faculty who view the senior exhibition.

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