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Art & Design

Overview

The wide-ranging art and design programs at Keene State College encompass the fine arts, graphic design, studio art, and art history. The comprehensive and challenging course of study gives serious students the latitude to pursue their artistic dreams and the discipline to take their talent to a professional level.

Program Options

At Keene State, you can earn a BA in art (either graphic design or studio art), a BFA in art (graphic design, studio art, or art and design), an art history minor, or a studio art minor.

BA, Studio Art option. The studio art option introduces and fosters the individual development of six major areas of study: Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. Throughout introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses, a balance of theoretical and technical knowledge is emphasized. The studio art option is designed to enable each student to focus on one of these areas. BA, Graphic Design option. Graphic designers transform communication concepts into visual language using images and typography. The graphic design option provides students with a foundation in the theory and practice of graphic design.

BA, Arts Management Specialization BA, Studio Art or Graphic Design option. If you have a knack for leadership and a love of visual arts and design, the Arts Management specialization may be for you. The major provides students with the skills necessary to provide quality leadership in the business aspects of arts organizations. Through an interdisciplinary curricular approach, students gain a broad perspective, discipline-specific knowledge, and practical hands-on experience in arts management. Students interested in the Arts Management specialization must declare a BA in either the Studio Art or Graphic Design Option.

BFA, Graphic Design option. This major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of graphic design by facilitating the development of their conceptual, aesthetic, technical and collaborative skills in the context of practical problem-solving experiences. Students in the graphic design program create printed and electronic communication that includes: web sites, illustration, corporate logos and identity systems; posters; publications; packaging; exhibitions; animation; and mobile media applications.

BFA, Studio Art option. This option introduces and fosters the individual development of six major areas of study: Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. Throughout introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, a balance of theoretical and technical knowledge is emphasized. The studio art option is designed to enable each student to focus in these areas. All accepted candidates mount a BFA solo thesis exhibition as a graduation requirement.

BFA, Art and Design option. The BFA in art and design is a combination of studio art and graphic design. This option is designed for motivated students with interest in developing both their graphic design and studio art abilities. The program is designed to meet a variety of student needs through art courses in graphic design, art history, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and photography. This BFA option provides a foundation in the theory and practice of art and design exploring the creation of images, video, sound, and three-dimensional forms across a broad spectrum of media artifacts. Through the program's breadth and variety, students are encouraged to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge in courses that prepare them for graduate school and a range of careers in graphic design and visual art.

Art History and Studio Art minors. Both art history and studio art minors take classes in both art history and studio art, but the focus varies with your area of interest.

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Career and Other Opportunities

Alumni of Keene State’s art and design programs go on to work as artists and designers, photographers, illustrators, or other fields within the visual arts, including:

  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Web design
  • Art direction
  • Administration
  • Curation
  • Conservation
  • Restoration
  • Education
  • Development
  • Public Relations
  • Art history
  • Archives
  • Historical societies
  • Natural history museums
  • Living history museums
  • Galleries
  • Auction houses

Outcomes

Students graduating from Keene State with an art degree develop skills in presentation and concepts, maturing in their artistic ability within the expectations of their chosen option and degree.

KSC helped to unlock an understanding of what art is and does. It created an understanding for how sculpture functions in society while also instilling an understanding of processes and ideas for how artwork can be created."
—Miles Warner '09

Ben Buckley
July 1, 2019 –

Ben Buckley is spending the summer following graduation working on an idea that he hopes will help bring the world together around environmentalism – one community at a time.

Ben...

Angela Jenks
February 5, 2019 –

When it comes to art, senior Angela Jenks has a broad focus. She’ll graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in both studio art and graphic design...

Corinn Colford
September 20, 2018 –

Having access to opportunities during college to work in a professional environment, build a resume, and learn new skills is an essential part of being prepared for success after graduation...

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