The visual arts teach students mastery of multiple skills and how to apply them to solving problems. Artists learn to connect the dots, learn to take criticism and revise their ideas, and learn to develop reasoning, imagination, dexterity, and intuition. Both art and design provide students with tangible examples of cross-disciplinary thinking, rich and diverse global perspectives, and collaborative forms of engagement. They teach an appreciation of difference, an understanding of ethical issues, and an ability to use multiple ways to communicate, share and interact with other human beings.
The visual arts programs at Holy Cross College provides students with a strong foundation in technical, conceptual and professional skills. With areas of focus in studio art or graphic design, each student will learn to function as a competent and practiced artist or designer within their career track. Fundamentals are stressed in beginning and intermediate classes across the technical sphere. As each student masters the building blocks of visual media, progressive challenges are engaged through upper level courses, projects and conceptual activities. They will be prepared for future careers in the arts with practical knowledge in creative thinking, problem solving, the development of technical skills, and personal expression. Degree candidates culminate their experience and knowledge in an art exhibition in the Vincent Gallery during their last semester of study.
Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. Aesthetics and economics, technology and psychology are intrinsically related to the process.
~ Paul Rand
At Holy Cross, the visual arts major offers students the opportunity to:
- Think about, create and understand a broad range of topics from many perspectives
- Develop an understanding of research methods and participatory approaches using ideas, tools and skill sets to address complex design problems
- Establish technical skills and core knowledge in studio art and design production while developing personally and culturally meaningful objects of self-expression
- Develop essential professional skills such as writing (resume, artist’s statements), applying technology in preparing a portfolio, and pursuing exhibition and employment opportunities
- Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design issues, movements and styles
Major and Minor Requirements
Chair, Visual Arts
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design
You may choose continue your studies in a Master of Fine Arts program, or pursue a career in the arts. There is a wide world of career possibilities for visual arts majors, including:
Comic Book Artist
Master Printer/Print Studio Owner
Film and Television Production
Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician
Urban Graphics Designer (display, signs, billboards)
Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Ceramicist, Fiber Artist
Studio Art Teacher
Art History Teacher
Museum Exhibit Designer
Visual Resources Curator
And so much more.
Chair, Visual Arts