Department of Art and Music

The faculty of the Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University facilitate a collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment which focuses on academic excellence in the areas of visual art, art history, art education, music history and music theory. As part of a liberal arts institution, the faculty encourages hybrid and tangential relations with other fields as a way of aiding the student in identifying the most effective way to articulate their individual vision. The program is designed to help students pursue creative endeavors while also imparting specific skills appropriate to the various disciplines of fine arts, design, art education, and scholarly and professional endeavors in art history, museum studies and music. 

The Department of Art and Music offers the following majors:
Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
with concentrations in Art EducationCeramicsGraphic Design
IllustrationPaintingPrintmaking, and Sculpture; as well as, the
Master of Education degree with a concentration in Art. 
Additionally, the department offers a post-baccalaureate program in Art Education.

Application to Major
All candidates for the Studio Art major regardless of concentration are required to submit a portfolio, which will be reviewed by the faculty. Applicants for Admission into the major must attend one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews on campus

Portfolios should contain 10-15 examples of the students’ work created from direct observation, preferably, and using a variety of media, techniques, subject matter, and scale. Reproductions and photographs are not to be submitted, only original art work which best showcases the students’ ability and ambition, with the exception of photographic documentation of three-dimensional work. The portfolio should emphasize the students drawing skills and should include at least one self-portrait and one still-life. Additionally, it may include sketchbooks and Graphic Design work samples along with more experimental pieces.  

Dates of Portfolio Reviews

Please note that all completed applications to the Studio Art program will be acted upon as undeclared majors by the Admissions Committee at the end of March if they have not yet completed the Portfolio Review Requirement, current FSU students who want to declare either the Studio Art must participate in one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews before you can enroll in certain Studio Art courses.


News and Announcements
Join us on Friday, October 10th for the Annual Art Major Retreat to North Adams to visit the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). This free day-long retreat includes transportation, admission to the museum and a box lunch from the MASS MoCA cafe. All Art History and Studio Art majors are invited and encouraged to attend. The bus will leave campus at 8:00am (check-in is at 7:30) and will be back on campus at 6:00pm. Sign-up for the trip in the Painting Studio (412 May Hall)
The Department of Art and Music is proud to announce that two current students, and one 2013 alumnus from the Painting concentration have been accepted to highly-competitive post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. Julia Goddard (BA 2014) will be attending Brandeis University, Elaine Rubenoff (BA 2014) will begin her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Ryan Severance (BA 2013) has been accepted into the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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