The art major at Earlham College is unique because it emphasizes both contemporary craft media, such as ceramics, metalsmithing and fiber art, and more traditional media, such as drawing, painting and photography, along with art history.
Earlham’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2014. This $22 million LEED-certified facility offers separate studio spaces for digital and analog photography, metals, ceramics, painting and drawing, fiber arts, and digital fabrication, each wired for multi-media presentation; plus an art history classroom.
Artists with a historical context and a social mindset
Earlham’s art program provides you with a solid foundation in technique while also providing larger social and cultural contexts for your art. Through the program, you are able to shape your path by choosing art history, ceramics, fibers, metals, painting and drawing, or photography as a primary concentration. The major culminates in a senior capstone experience, a project planned in consultation with faculty that includes an exhibition at an on-campus gallery, the presentation of a research paper, the curation of an exhibition or the completion of a community arts project.
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art, you must complete a total of 40-44 credits as follows, in addition to general education requirements.
Two studio courses, one each in a two-dimensional and three-dimensional medium. One of these can be in the area of focus.
- Two-dimensional medium courses include: Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Fibers
- Three-dimensional medium courses include: Ceramics, Metals, and Fibers
Three Art History courses:
At least four courses (16 credits) in one area of focus
Requirements for the art major with a concentration in Art History:
To earn a minor in art, you must complete six courses (totaling at least 24 credits), which must include at least one course in Studio Art and at least one course in Art History.
Studio Art Course:
Art History Course:
Earlham’s metals program was recognized by Halstead Bead as one of the best bachelor degree programs in the country for jewelry/metals and studio art.
- 95% of art graduates from 2017-2019 were working or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- 92% of work seekers who majored in the visual and performing arts between 2018-2022 were employed, pursuing graduate school or volunteering within six months of graduation.
- Recent graduates have found jobs and fellowships at the Penland School of Crafts, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, galleries and libraries, or are entrepreneurs and business owners.
There are a number of art-related programs at Earlham for interested students. Art majors and non-majors alike may consider:
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