Offering undergraduate programs in Art History, Film Studies, and Studio Art, the Art Department curriculum is informed by the research and practice of faculty abreast of evolving ideas in three disciplines. Through interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches, classes emphasize the primacy of visual literacy in the formation of the engaged, humanistic individual. Focusing on undergraduate learning, faculty work closely with students to guide them in their respective areas of inquiry. Our curriculum complements and intersects those of many departments at the University as well as programming at the McMullen Museum of Art. A plethora of cultural and educational institutions in the greater Boston area also provide opportunity for further exploration and discovery.
About the Artist
The image above is a detail from Heavy Weather, a 2012 painting by Professor Andrew Tavarelli, who retired in May following a 40-year teaching career in the Boston College Art Department.
Opportunities for Students
Boston College and the metropolitan Boston area offer countless opportunities for students interested in the arts—either as a vocation or avocation—to get involved. Follow the link below to learn about current calls for papers and art, awards and grants, internships and jobs, and more.
Jonah Schumer '17
Senior Jonah Schumer believed his Boston College career was somewhat unorthodox. He transferred to BC his sophomore year, and pursued two disparate majors—Finance and Art History, maintaining 4.0 GPAs in both. His summer internships at asset-management companies have alternated with travels to the Far East and a semester abroad studying art in Florence. The "Interests & Skills" section of his resume hints at his wide-ranging passions, including "Ramen," "automobiles" and "Michael Jackson" along with "European and East Asian Artwork" and "Microsoft Excel." Professor Jeffery Howe observes that Jonah's broad interests can lead him to discover unexpected art historical parallels, such as those between Art Nouveau forms and 1970s record album covers.
Pictured: Jonah Schumer studying in Kyoto