Art

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 facility offers separate studio spaces for photography, metals, ceramics, painting and drawing, and fiber arts, each wired for multi-media presentation; plus an art history classroom.

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95%
of art graduates from 2017-2019 were working or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
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Top ranked
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.
Outcomes

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.

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.

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Choose your emphasis

Choose to focus on either studio art or art history in your studies.

Practical career experience

All art majors complete an internship or apprenticeship experience, providing you with real-world career experience as an artist.

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Our faculty

Our faculty include award-winning artists who lead off-campus study programs and explore topics like sustainable use of materials and the cultural and historical contexts of art forms.

Program details

The art program at Earlham isn’t just for majors and minors; many students from other departments also take courses in art, lending an interdisciplinary perspective to the classroom.

As a liberal arts college, Earlham offers multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors in which students cultivate deep and specific knowledge and experience. Equally important, the College expects every student to develop broad, general skills and proficiencies across the curriculum.

As part of their general education, students complete six credits in each academic division of the College: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. In addition, students meet requirements for first-year courses, analytical reasoning, perspectives on diversity and wellness.

Learn more about general education at Earlham.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art, you must complete the following courses, in addition to general education requirements.

Requirements for the art major with a concentration in Studio Art:

  • ART 250 Making Art: Two studio courses, one each in a two-dimensional and three-dimensional medium. One of these can be in the area of focus. Studio offerings include classes in:
    • (Two-dimensional) Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Fibers
    • (Three-dimensional) Ceramics, Metals, and Fibers
  • Three Art History courses:
    • One 100-level Art History course
    • One 200-level Art History course
    • One 300-level Art History course
  • At least four courses (16 credits) in one area of focus
    • Internship or apprenticeship experience
    • Art 487 Senior Project (1 credit)
    • Art 488 Senior Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Total: 40 credits

For an Art Major with a concentration in Art History:

  • ART 250 Making Art
    Two studio courses, one each in a two-dimensional and three-dimensional medium. One of these can be in the area of focus. Studio offerings include classes in:

    • (Two-dimensional) Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Fibers
    • (Three-dimensional) Ceramics, Metals, and Fibers Six
  • Art History courses, which must include:
    • Art 115 Art: Context and Meaning, part one
      AND
      Art 116 Art: Context and Meaning, part two
  • At least one 200-level Art History course
  • At least one 300-level Art History course
  • Internship or apprenticeship experience
    • Art 487 Senior Project (1 credit)
    • Art 488 Senior Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Total: 40 credits

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Yes! 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.

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Art students have interned at museums, galleries and studios and apprenticed with artists all over the world.

Our faculty and the college’s career coaches can help you identify the types of internships and apprenticeships that are the best fit for your future career goals.

Yes, absolutely! In fact, art students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of both semester-long off-campus programs and funded research experiences.

Almost all Earlham students participate in off-campus learning opportunities – and these experiences may help fulfill the requirements of your major or minor. Earlham also offers semester-long internship programs in Philadelphia and Washington DC, which include many exciting opportunities in the arts.

Learn more about off-campus study and internship opportunities via the Earlham Center for Global and Career Engagement.

You find joy through art—whether it’s creating it or viewing it—and you want to hone your artistic talent and understanding. Maybe you want to use art to more thoroughly explore a topic that’s close to your heart. Whether you find yourself majoring or minoring in art, or just taking a course or two, this program can expand your methods of expression and provide you with the tools to make art a part of your life.

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