Study Fine Arts in Boston

In the Fine Arts BFA Program at Suffolk University, you'll discover the importance of art in culture and society while building your studio practice. The small size of our Fine Arts program allows you to work individually with faculty, who will challenge you to develop your visual language.

As a Fine Arts major, you'll become well versed in current and traditional visual precedents. From there you'll expand upon the art you create and the way you think about your work while investigating how to place your vision within the context of contemporary art movements. During upper-level seminars you'll visit local galleries and museums and begin the process of immersing yourself into the Boston arts community.

As a senior, you’ll prepare for post-college life by acquiring the job search strategies and survival skills that are essential for artists. You’ll create a catalogue to market your work, participate in gallery talks and learn the techniques involved in gallery and museum exhibition. Your Bachelor of Fine Arts studies will culminate in a professional-level exhibit of your artwork, which will be installed in the University’s gallery at the end of the academic year.

Fine Arts BFA Requirements

Fine Arts BFA Requirements

Courses in the fine arts program have as a prerequisite the completion of the foundation program or its equivalent. Exceptions may be made only with permission of the instructor and the fine arts program director. The letter “S” preceding a course number indicates a studio course, and a studio fee will be assessed.

The BFA in Fine Arts requires 28 courses (88 credits) in the major field.

First Year

Fall Semester (17 Credits)

  • ADF-S101 Foundation Drawing I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course concentrates on the traditional techniques of observational drawing. Fundamental principles and elements of drawing are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by additional outside assignments. Foundation Drawing I stresses the development of visual skills as well as the broad use of drawing concepts, vocabulary, techniques and variety of materials.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADF-S166 2D/Color

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is an introductory-level course in the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. The study of color and design is supportive of all studio disciplines and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course features an intensive, hands-on approach to color and design as students create, modify and master the three dimensions of color (hue, value, and strength) plus the principles of design(line, shape, value, composition and image). This in-depth study is essential and underlies all of the visual arts as they are practiced today. An understanding of color and design influences all artists' decisions, affecting the look, meaning and use of visual phenomena.

  • ADF-S171 Integrated Studio 1

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This cross-disciplinary course will integrate the ideas and practices of two-dimensional design, color and drawing emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, exploring concepts and developing research skills. Students will undertake individual and collaborative projects in three spaces; the studio classroom, the digital world and the city at large.

  • ENG-101 Freshman English I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course studies persuasive and expository writing in the essay form through frequent writing assignments based on critical readings of class texts and discussions. Students will also compose a research paper and study the process of writing and revising for an academic audience. Offered every semester.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Seminar for Freshmen

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • ADF-S102 Foundation Drawing II

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will refine the basic visual skills developed in Foundation Drawing I (ADF S101). The elements of color and mixed media are introduced to expand technical possibilities, while more intensive work with the human figure provides exposure to gesture, structure and complex form. As students begin to develop a more sophisticated and personal approach, issues of expression and interpretation will be investigated, focusing on personal style and expression.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADF-S123 Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101, ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this introductory course, students will learn to accurately perceive relationships of shape, form, color and value, and to translate that information through the medium of paint. In a series of in-class and outside projects on canvas, prepared paper and panel, students will explore various approaches to the use of acrylic and oil paint. Emphasis will be placed on the development of disciplined technical skills as well as the exploration of painting's potential as a medium of communication and creative visual expression.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADF-S152 3-Dimensional Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151, ADF S551, ADF S166, or ADF S566

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the fundamental elements of three-dimensional form. Line, plane and volume will be explored as students develop visual analysis and critical thinking skills in the round. The role of scale, proportion, structure, surface, light and display will be addressed, as students create forms that activate space and engage the viewer. The course will proceed from work with simple forms and techniques to more challenging and comprehensive problems addressing both additive and subtractive methods.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADF-S172 Integrated Studio 2

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course builds on the Integrated Studio 1 experience: synthesizing fundamental visual ideas. IS 2 investigates the construction, documentation, and transformation of volumetric form, environmental space, and time. Projects will explore narrative strategies and the creation of immersive experiences. Students will develop critical and analytical skills while employing a range of traditional and digital media-including video/sound capture and editing-as they explore the creative boundaries of the classroom studio, the city of Boston, and virtual space.

  • ENG-102 Freshman English II

    Prerequisites:

    ENG 100 or ENG101 or ENG 103

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Further study of persuasive and expository writing through the study of literary form with emphasis placed on critical reading and the revision of academic writing.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

ADF-S172 Integrated Studio II

Second Year

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Ethical or Philosophical Inquiry

  • ADG-S204 Design Beyond Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This multidisciplinary, hybrid course will focus on contemporary trends within Graphic Design. Students will gain understanding though the study of communication and marketing theory case studies and how those theories can be connected to the contemporary issues and topics facing designers today

  • ADFA-S201 Drawing: Language of Light

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is an extensive exploration of the human form and how it is represented in drawing. Refining their drawing skills, students use a variety of dry media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, collage) to articulate figure/plane

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S251 Printmaking Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the printmaking studio and various techniques. Students will gain exposure to a number of techniques including non-toxic processes. Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of prints while working in class and independently. Open to NESADSU majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADF-181 Ideas of Western Art I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will survey the major concepts and issues of Western Art, from prehistoric to the Early Renaissance. Architecture, sculpture and paintings will be studied individually for their formal elements and visual importance, and also within their own aesthetic, historic and cultural context. Class discussion and visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • ARH-101 Art History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the art of western civilization from prehistoric caves to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Spring Semester (14 Credits)

Social Science

  • ADFA-S220 Drawing: Shifting Scales

    Prerequisites:

    ADF-S102 or ADF-S502; ADF-S151 or ADF-S551;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    We live in a world of great contrasts in scale, where hand held screens can download Google earth and nanotechnologies can change the lives on entire continents. How do these shifts in scale alter our perceptions of space, and therefore change the way we understand and make drawings? This figure-based course uses descriptive observation as the starting point for addressing visual invention. Students will work from a model, using traditional figurative techniques to combine and contrast with digital imaging techniques, graphic novels, and various contemporary drawing approaches. A variety of wet and dry drawing media will be used with more experimental materials.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S241 Advanced Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will involve the concepts and techniques of 20th and 21st century painting. Students develop an individual approach to non-objective and objective painted space. Open-ended assignments, lectures, critiques and discussions will clarify the work students produce. Substantial independent studio time allows students to focus on work that responds to contemporary issues in painting.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADF-182 Ideas of Western Art II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will survey the major concepts and issues of Western Art, from Renaissance to contemporary art. Architecture, sculpture and paintings will be studied individually for their formal elements and visual importance, and also within their own aesthetic, historic and cultural context. Class discussion and visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • ARH-102 Art History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Post-Modernism.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Third Year

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Natural Science
Math or Quantitative Reasoning

  • ADFA-S311 Contemporary Trends & Practices

    Prerequisites:

    Intended for Majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Contemporary Trends & Practices moves art theory into the studio and the studio out into the world. Students will look at the most significant artists and movements of the past 50 years while examining their social, cultural and political context. Canonized contemporary art categories (postmodernism, appropriation, anti-art and performance art are some examples) are assigned as group projects. Movements, strategy or style of art making is discussed as an expressive problem solving experience, blurring the lines between media. This course conflates contemporary art history with contemporary art practices.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S271 Fine Arts Seminar I

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102 ADF S123, and ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Fine Arts Seminar is designed as a vehicle for students to develop a personal relationship to contemporary art theory and practice. Questions are posed as a point of departure for the students to generate work. Visiting artists and weekly gallery and museum visits aid in examining aspects of current art making in order to assist students in creating a strong vision for their work. Restricted to Fine Arts Majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S361 Figure Studio: 2D

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123 AND ADFA S241

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This painting course is designed to provide an in-depth study and practice of two-dimensional contemporary figuration. Basing all students on the Masters and movements of the past, this course focuses on the methodology and effects of four major figurative painters from late-twentieth century through the present.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Literature
Natural Science

  • ADFA-S242 Sculpture Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A focused study on the language of dimensionality in sculpture, students will explore traditional and non-traditional materials. Issues of craft, concept and context will aid students in developing work that responds to currents in contemporary sculpture. This class will also provide students with a substantial grounding in 20th and 21st century sculptural theory and practice.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S272 Fine Arts Seminar I

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the first semester, this course aids students in recognizing the patterns and questions posed in their own studio practices. A large number of technical approaches to content will be explored.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S362 Figure Studio: 3D

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152 ADFA-S361;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This sculpture course considers the figure in its importance both as a historical element and as a reflection and definition of self. Established an understanding of the figurative form in the space by relating gesture and structure through manipulated form. Weight, mass, plane and volume are considered while working directly from the model.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Studio Elective**
Art History Elective

  • ADFA-S344 Advanced Drawing Issues

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADFA-S272;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course has students assess their work of the past several years in order to determine current and future goals. Students use the tools they find in the relationship between 2D and 3D in order to define contemporary drawing for themselves.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S371 Fine Arts Seminar II

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271 and ADFA S272

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this third semester of the Seminar sequence, students are responsible for integrating their visual culture influences and references within an expanded body of work.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

Spring Semester (13 credits)

Studio Elective**
Art History Elective

  • ADFA-S372 Fine Arts Seminar II

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271 and ADFA S272 and ADFA S371

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    During this final Seminar semester, the focused studio practices of students are channeled into the development of their final thesis exhibition. The four-semester Fine Arts Seminar sequence.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S410 Senior Thesis

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Arts Senior status required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This senior-level course readies the student for the furtherance of his or her career as a creative artist. Though the development of a written artist's statement, slide and electronic documentation and the charting of their individual artistic lineage, students will begin to place themselves within the context of the contemporary art world. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

**Content subject to approval of fine arts program director.

Fine Arts Minor Requirements for BFA Students

The Studio Art Minor for BFA students consists of 6 courses.

Choose 6:

  • ADFA-S201 Drawing: Language of Light

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is an extensive exploration of the human form and how it is represented in drawing. Refining their drawing skills, students use a variety of dry media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, collage) to articulate figure/plane

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S204 Sculptural Thinking

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Art is not just visual. Artists also think with their hands", understanding that engagement with the physical world is vital to the creative process, and often gives rise to unexpected and fruitful ideas. In this course, students will explore traditional and experimental sculptural processes in a spirit of directed play", focusing on both intuitive and critical responses to materials.

  • ADFA-S212 Figure Painting: Issues in Contemporary Realism

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Art Program Director Approval needed

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course functions as a lab for students to improve their painting skills. Working directly from the models, beginning and more advanced students will explore technique at their own level. Tri-weekly poses will allow in-depth investigation and complex images to develop. Students can work with the painting medium of their choice. Historical and contemporary painters will be used to further the students progress. Open to majors and non-majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADFA-S241 Advanced Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will involve the concepts and techniques of 20th and 21st century painting. Students develop an individual approach to non-objective and objective painted space. Open-ended assignments, lectures, critiques and discussions will clarify the work students produce. Substantial independent studio time allows students to focus on work that responds to contemporary issues in painting.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S242 Sculpture Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A focused study on the language of dimensionality in sculpture, students will explore traditional and non-traditional materials. Issues of craft, concept and context will aid students in developing work that responds to currents in contemporary sculpture. This class will also provide students with a substantial grounding in 20th and 21st century sculptural theory and practice.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S251 Printmaking Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the printmaking studio and various techniques. Students will gain exposure to a number of techniques including non-toxic processes. Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of prints while working in class and independently. Open to NESADSU majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S311 Contemporary Trends & Practices

    Prerequisites:

    Intended for Majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Contemporary Trends & Practices moves art theory into the studio and the studio out into the world. Students will look at the most significant artists and movements of the past 50 years while examining their social, cultural and political context. Canonized contemporary art categories (postmodernism, appropriation, anti-art and performance art are some examples) are assigned as group projects. Movements, strategy or style of art making is discussed as an expressive problem solving experience, blurring the lines between media. This course conflates contemporary art history with contemporary art practices.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S330 Experimental Drawing & Painting

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S123; or Instructor's Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide a workshop style environment for students to achieve an increasingly sophisticated level of mastery. Students are encouraged to develop their own area of interest in painting and drawing. In class models will be available to those who want to work figuratively. Individual and group critiques are integrated into the semesters work. The class will study the works of contemporary and historical painters. This is not a class for beginning students.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADFA-S344 Advanced Drawing Issues

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADFA-S272;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course has students assess their work of the past several years in order to determine current and future goals. Students use the tools they find in the relationship between 2D and 3D in order to define contemporary drawing for themselves.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S361 Figure Studio: 2D

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123 AND ADFA S241

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This painting course is designed to provide an in-depth study and practice of two-dimensional contemporary figuration. Basing all students on the Masters and movements of the past, this course focuses on the methodology and effects of four major figurative painters from late-twentieth century through the present.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S362 Figure Studio: 3D

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152 ADFA-S361;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This sculpture course considers the figure in its importance both as a historical element and as a reflection and definition of self. Established an understanding of the figurative form in the space by relating gesture and structure through manipulated form. Weight, mass, plane and volume are considered while working directly from the model.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

Other courses available per advisor consent

Fine Arts Minor Requirements for BA/BS Students

The studio art minor in fine arts consists of 6 courses (18 credits).

Required Foundation Courses:

  • ADF-S101 Foundation Drawing I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course concentrates on the traditional techniques of observational drawing. Fundamental principles and elements of drawing are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by additional outside assignments. Foundation Drawing I stresses the development of visual skills as well as the broad use of drawing concepts, vocabulary, techniques and variety of materials.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADF-S102 Foundation Drawing II

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will refine the basic visual skills developed in Foundation Drawing I (ADF S101). The elements of color and mixed media are introduced to expand technical possibilities, while more intensive work with the human figure provides exposure to gesture, structure and complex form. As students begin to develop a more sophisticated and personal approach, issues of expression and interpretation will be investigated, focusing on personal style and expression.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Foundation/Fine Arts Courses (choose four) 

  • ADF-S123 Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101, ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this introductory course, students will learn to accurately perceive relationships of shape, form, color and value, and to translate that information through the medium of paint. In a series of in-class and outside projects on canvas, prepared paper and panel, students will explore various approaches to the use of acrylic and oil paint. Emphasis will be placed on the development of disciplined technical skills as well as the exploration of painting's potential as a medium of communication and creative visual expression.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADF-S152 3-Dimensional Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151, ADF S551, ADF S166, or ADF S566

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the fundamental elements of three-dimensional form. Line, plane and volume will be explored as students develop visual analysis and critical thinking skills in the round. The role of scale, proportion, structure, surface, light and display will be addressed, as students create forms that activate space and engage the viewer. The course will proceed from work with simple forms and techniques to more challenging and comprehensive problems addressing both additive and subtractive methods.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADF-S166 2D/Color

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is an introductory-level course in the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. The study of color and design is supportive of all studio disciplines and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course features an intensive, hands-on approach to color and design as students create, modify and master the three dimensions of color (hue, value, and strength) plus the principles of design(line, shape, value, composition and image). This in-depth study is essential and underlies all of the visual arts as they are practiced today. An understanding of color and design influences all artists' decisions, affecting the look, meaning and use of visual phenomena.

  • ADFA-S201 Drawing: Language of Light

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is an extensive exploration of the human form and how it is represented in drawing. Refining their drawing skills, students use a variety of dry media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, collage) to articulate figure/plane

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S204 Sculptural Thinking

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Art is not just visual. Artists also think with their hands", understanding that engagement with the physical world is vital to the creative process, and often gives rise to unexpected and fruitful ideas. In this course, students will explore traditional and experimental sculptural processes in a spirit of directed play", focusing on both intuitive and critical responses to materials.

  • ADFA-S212 Figure Painting: Issues in Contemporary Realism

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Art Program Director Approval needed

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course functions as a lab for students to improve their painting skills. Working directly from the models, beginning and more advanced students will explore technique at their own level. Tri-weekly poses will allow in-depth investigation and complex images to develop. Students can work with the painting medium of their choice. Historical and contemporary painters will be used to further the students progress. Open to majors and non-majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADFA-S241 Advanced Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will involve the concepts and techniques of 20th and 21st century painting. Students develop an individual approach to non-objective and objective painted space. Open-ended assignments, lectures, critiques and discussions will clarify the work students produce. Substantial independent studio time allows students to focus on work that responds to contemporary issues in painting.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S242 Sculpture Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A focused study on the language of dimensionality in sculpture, students will explore traditional and non-traditional materials. Issues of craft, concept and context will aid students in developing work that responds to currents in contemporary sculpture. This class will also provide students with a substantial grounding in 20th and 21st century sculptural theory and practice.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S251 Printmaking Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the printmaking studio and various techniques. Students will gain exposure to a number of techniques including non-toxic processes. Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of prints while working in class and independently. Open to NESADSU majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S311 Contemporary Trends & Practices

    Prerequisites:

    Intended for Majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Contemporary Trends & Practices moves art theory into the studio and the studio out into the world. Students will look at the most significant artists and movements of the past 50 years while examining their social, cultural and political context. Canonized contemporary art categories (postmodernism, appropriation, anti-art and performance art are some examples) are assigned as group projects. Movements, strategy or style of art making is discussed as an expressive problem solving experience, blurring the lines between media. This course conflates contemporary art history with contemporary art practices.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S330 Experimental Drawing & Painting

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S123; or Instructor's Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide a workshop style environment for students to achieve an increasingly sophisticated level of mastery. Students are encouraged to develop their own area of interest in painting and drawing. In class models will be available to those who want to work figuratively. Individual and group critiques are integrated into the semesters work. The class will study the works of contemporary and historical painters. This is not a class for beginning students.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADFA-S344 Advanced Drawing Issues

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADFA-S272;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course has students assess their work of the past several years in order to determine current and future goals. Students use the tools they find in the relationship between 2D and 3D in order to define contemporary drawing for themselves.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S361 Figure Studio: 2D

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123 AND ADFA S241

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This painting course is designed to provide an in-depth study and practice of two-dimensional contemporary figuration. Basing all students on the Masters and movements of the past, this course focuses on the methodology and effects of four major figurative painters from late-twentieth century through the present.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S362 Figure Studio: 3D

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152 ADFA-S361;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This sculpture course considers the figure in its importance both as a historical element and as a reflection and definition of self. Established an understanding of the figurative form in the space by relating gesture and structure through manipulated form. Weight, mass, plane and volume are considered while working directly from the model.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

Other courses available per advisor consent

Admission

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University welcomes applicants with strong academic and visual arts backgrounds. As a visual arts department within a major university, our goal is to produce well-rounded artists and designers who will be equipped with the design, communication and business skills necessary to be competitive in their respective fields.

All application materials should be submitted directly to Suffolk University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. Please note there are additional admission criteria for applicants to The School of Art & Design.

 

 

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For over 85 years, the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University has prepared its graduates for success as professional artists and designers. Our alumni have worked around the globe in an impressive array of roles– exhibiting work in New York galleries, hosting design shows for HGTV, illustrating books or designing for the NBA and the NHL. We’re proud of what our alumni have achieved, and what they continue to accomplish as members of the Suffolk community. And most would agree that it’s the training that began early on in their academic careers that has fueled their professional success.

In your very first semester as an art and design major, you’ll be immersed in class critiques and portfolio reviews where you’ll learn how to defend your ideas, build your public speaking skills, think critically and problem solve. A mastery of these skills is important no matter what profession you choose, and it’s a big part of why our graduates are in demand.

To prepare you for the work world, we offer courses in best business practices and portfolio development. Internships are available in every program, and we maintain lists of current employment opportunities. In today’s job market, the connections that you build at Suffolk are essential. Throughout your studies our faculty will serve as your mentors, and when you join our robust alumni community they’ll become your peers, further expanding your professional network.

Studio artists create, exhibit and sell their artwork locally, nationally and internationally and often begin their careers as studio assistants for professional exhibiting artists. Graduates of our BFA in Fine Arts program have gone on to work in the fields of education, curatorial and arts administration, art conservation and art therapy. In addition to exhibiting their work, our graduates are high school art teachers and college faculty, Disney animators, set and stage designers and visual merchandisers for companies such as Anthropologie and H&M.

Fine Arts Course Descriptions

  • ADFA-304 Art and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance

    Prerequisites:

    ADF-182 and the Fine Art Program Director's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the students to Italian Renaissance art, artists and culture from the first evidence in the Italian Gothic (around the 1260's) to the Early and High Renaissance, predominantly in Florence and Venice, up to the 1600's. The course will survey the history of painting, sculpture and architecture as we study the works individually, for their formal elements and visual importance, but also within their aesthetic, historic, political and cultural context. Class discussion and a visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking. A list of terms related to the Renaissances introduces the language of art. Normally offered during the summer. Offered in Italy only.

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • ADFA-306 Art & Culture of Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The coursework introduces students to the artistic and visual traditions from South and East Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. In addition to the material culture of the particular region under study, the coursework will consider socio-political ideals, religious belief systems, and cultural principles that 'shaped' or informed the work and the ideology of civilizations beyond the Western hemisphere. Comparative analysis among non-western and western traditions will be used to critically analyze the salient points of influence, rejection and modifications of aesthetic affinities. Class lectures will be supplemented with museum seminars specifically the rich non-western collections at the MFA, Boston. Guided field trips to the museum will allow students to formally analyze the works of art discussed in lecture and text material.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Cultural Diversity BFA,Asian Studies,Humanities & History,Expanded Classroo

  • ADFA-345 Art of India

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A chronological survey of South Asian art (2300 BCE - 1750 CE) including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Examination of art and architecture from their first and still mysterious beginnings in the Indus Valley, through the great masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu art to the coming of Islam, including the eclectic culture of the Mughal courts and the golden age of miniature paintings. Consideration is given to the multiple aspects of patronage in Indian culture - religious, political, economic - through case studies of individual works of art and architecture. (Formerly HUM 345)

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement,Asian Studies

  • ADFA-400 Fine Arts Internship

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to Juniors and Seniors

    Credits:

    3.00- 6.00

    Description:

    An elective course for those who wish to pursue issues of artistic development to a further degree, this internship may involve assisting an established member of the local art community (in his or her own studio) in the preparation, marketing and exhibition of his work. Internships in area galleries or museums are also an option. The purpose of the internship will be to give students experience in real world aspects of the artistic life for which he or she has so far prepared only in the classroom setting. Participating students will earn credit based on the number of hours devoted to the internship. One credit will be given for every 45 hours of internship time, and all hours must be verified in writing for credit given.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • ADFA-500 Fine Arts Directed Study

    Prerequisites:

    consent of Program director required

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    The student completes a directed study project, either studio (ADFA S500) or non-studio (ADFA 500) under the supervision of a fine arts full-time faculty member. Please see Directed Study elsewhere in this catalog for details. Independent study forms are available from the Office of the Academic Dean and Registrar. All independent study request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and must be approved by the individual faculty member, the Fine Arts Program Director, the NESADSU Chairman, and the Academic Dean. Normally available every semester.

  • ADFA-S201 Drawing: Language of Light

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is an extensive exploration of the human form and how it is represented in drawing. Refining their drawing skills, students use a variety of dry media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, collage) to articulate figure/plane

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S204 Sculptural Thinking

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Art is not just visual. Artists also think with their hands", understanding that engagement with the physical world is vital to the creative process, and often gives rise to unexpected and fruitful ideas. In this course, students will explore traditional and experimental sculptural processes in a spirit of directed play", focusing on both intuitive and critical responses to materials.

  • ADFA-S212 Figure Painting: Issues in Contemporary Realism

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Art Program Director Approval needed

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course functions as a lab for students to improve their painting skills. Working directly from the models, beginning and more advanced students will explore technique at their own level. Tri-weekly poses will allow in-depth investigation and complex images to develop. Students can work with the painting medium of their choice. Historical and contemporary painters will be used to further the students progress. Open to majors and non-majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADFA-S220 Drawing: Shifting Scales

    Prerequisites:

    ADF-S102 or ADF-S502; ADF-S151 or ADF-S551;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    We live in a world of great contrasts in scale, where hand held screens can download Google earth and nanotechnologies can change the lives on entire continents. How do these shifts in scale alter our perceptions of space, and therefore change the way we understand and make drawings? This figure-based course uses descriptive observation as the starting point for addressing visual invention. Students will work from a model, using traditional figurative techniques to combine and contrast with digital imaging techniques, graphic novels, and various contemporary drawing approaches. A variety of wet and dry drawing media will be used with more experimental materials.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S241 Advanced Painting

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will involve the concepts and techniques of 20th and 21st century painting. Students develop an individual approach to non-objective and objective painted space. Open-ended assignments, lectures, critiques and discussions will clarify the work students produce. Substantial independent studio time allows students to focus on work that responds to contemporary issues in painting.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S242 Sculpture Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A focused study on the language of dimensionality in sculpture, students will explore traditional and non-traditional materials. Issues of craft, concept and context will aid students in developing work that responds to currents in contemporary sculpture. This class will also provide students with a substantial grounding in 20th and 21st century sculptural theory and practice.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S251 Printmaking Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the printmaking studio and various techniques. Students will gain exposure to a number of techniques including non-toxic processes. Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of prints while working in class and independently. Open to NESADSU majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S271 Fine Arts Seminar I

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102 ADF S123, and ADF S152

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Fine Arts Seminar is designed as a vehicle for students to develop a personal relationship to contemporary art theory and practice. Questions are posed as a point of departure for the students to generate work. Visiting artists and weekly gallery and museum visits aid in examining aspects of current art making in order to assist students in creating a strong vision for their work. Restricted to Fine Arts Majors only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S272 Fine Arts Seminar I

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the first semester, this course aids students in recognizing the patterns and questions posed in their own studio practices. A large number of technical approaches to content will be explored.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S311 Contemporary Trends & Practices

    Prerequisites:

    Intended for Majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Contemporary Trends & Practices moves art theory into the studio and the studio out into the world. Students will look at the most significant artists and movements of the past 50 years while examining their social, cultural and political context. Canonized contemporary art categories (postmodernism, appropriation, anti-art and performance art are some examples) are assigned as group projects. Movements, strategy or style of art making is discussed as an expressive problem solving experience, blurring the lines between media. This course conflates contemporary art history with contemporary art practices.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S330 Experimental Drawing & Painting

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S123; or Instructor's Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide a workshop style environment for students to achieve an increasingly sophisticated level of mastery. Students are encouraged to develop their own area of interest in painting and drawing. In class models will be available to those who want to work figuratively. Individual and group critiques are integrated into the semesters work. The class will study the works of contemporary and historical painters. This is not a class for beginning students.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADFA-S342 Advanced Sculpture

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S242

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will explore contemporary sculptural issues, using a variety of found and generated materials. The process of installation, wall, floor, self-supported pieces and environmental works will be investigated.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S344 Advanced Drawing Issues

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADFA-S272;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course has students assess their work of the past several years in order to determine current and future goals. Students use the tools they find in the relationship between 2D and 3D in order to define contemporary drawing for themselves.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S345 Advanced Printmaking

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S251 or instructor permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In Advanced Printmaking students will explore issues of technique, scale and multiple press runs that are not feasible within the context of the beginning Printmaking course. In this advanced course students will focus on a chosen area of traditional or contemporary print media, ranging from etching, digital imaging, lithography, paper molding, and photocopying, to relief and screen printing. Through the use of theory and developed skill, the course will allow students to create print-based works of an increasingly professional standard in both two and three dimensions. Students will undertake projects both as separate entities and as combined installed pieces, aimed at encouraging an individual, creative and professional approach to printmaking in the context of contemporary art practice.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADFA-S361 Figure Studio: 2D

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S123 AND ADFA S241

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This painting course is designed to provide an in-depth study and practice of two-dimensional contemporary figuration. Basing all students on the Masters and movements of the past, this course focuses on the methodology and effects of four major figurative painters from late-twentieth century through the present.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S362 Figure Studio: 3D

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF-S152 ADFA-S361;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This sculpture course considers the figure in its importance both as a historical element and as a reflection and definition of self. Established an understanding of the figurative form in the space by relating gesture and structure through manipulated form. Weight, mass, plane and volume are considered while working directly from the model.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S365 Advanced Figure Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is an extension of the Figure Studio 2D & 3D course. The focus will be on advanced figuration in relation to contemporary and historical works. Students will work in any media that pertains to their exploration of depiction and content. Students are expected to work in consultation with the professor in class and in their individual studios.

  • ADFA-S371 Fine Arts Seminar II

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271 and ADFA S272

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this third semester of the Seminar sequence, students are responsible for integrating their visual culture influences and references within an expanded body of work.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADFA-S372 Fine Arts Seminar II

    Prerequisites:

    ADFA S271 and ADFA S272 and ADFA S371

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    During this final Seminar semester, the focused studio practices of students are channeled into the development of their final thesis exhibition. The four-semester Fine Arts Seminar sequence.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S380 Advanced Fine Arts Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADFA-S272;

    Credits:

    3.00- 6.00

    Description:

    This course functions as a bridge between the undergraduate processes of Fine Arts Seminar and the postgraduate environment of the visual arts. Particular attention will be paid to the contexts used by students to define their work in relation to feed back of professional outside reviewers. Individual contracts between faculty and student will be developed at the beginning of each semester. Contracts will assess the priorities for the work and adapt studio practices for the creation of new work. A research component will be attached when awarding 4-6 credits.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADFA-S410 Senior Thesis

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Arts Senior status required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This senior-level course readies the student for the furtherance of his or her career as a creative artist. Though the development of a written artist's statement, slide and electronic documentation and the charting of their individual artistic lineage, students will begin to place themselves within the context of the contemporary art world. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADFA-S500 Drawing Fine Arts Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Fine Art Program Director Approval needed

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    The student completes a directed study project, either studio (ADFA S500) or non-studio (ADFA 500) under the supervision of a full time fine arts faculty member. Please see Directed Study elsewhere in this catalog for details. Independent study forms are available from the Office of the Academic Dean and Registrar. All independent study projects must be approved by the individual faculty member, the Fine Arts Program Director, and the NESADSU Chairman. Normally available every semester.