Make Your Artistic Dreams a Professional Reality

Blend color, shadow and texture to create a bright future with a degree in studio art.

Select the B.A. degree program for a deep working knowledge of the fine arts with the opportunity to explore a variety of career possibilities. Choose the B.F.A. degree for an intensive study of the visual arts that will prepare you for a career as a professional artist. Both options build your creative and critical thinking skills alongside studio and technical skills.

Choose from concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, and experiment outside your concentration to gain a wider working knowledge of the arts.

Minors in art history, graphic design and studio art can be combined with any program of study to add a rich understanding of historical and contemporary art to any major. Supplement your studies with dance, theater and music classes. For complete information about minor requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.

A New Home for the Arts

With its spacious and modern design, the new Center for Art + Design promises to enrich the cultural and artistic experiences of students, alumni, faculty, staff and the larger community. The 15,000 square-foot space opened in fall 2017 and offers studios, a state-of-the-art black box theater, and a fine art gallery with views of Mount Kearsarge, as well as faculty offices and outdoor art areas.

Where Talent Meets Preparation

Studying the arts at Colby-Sawyer is a multidimensional experience that blends your creative talent with professional preparation and opportunities to learn alongside talented faculty and guest artists.

A self-selected internship provides you with hands-on experience in the art world, while student exhibitions in our campus gallery allow you to share your art with the public. Your Capstone project, a culmination of your work at Colby-Sawyer, serves as your professional portfolio when you graduate.

Trips to major galleries and museums, as well as private and professional art studios, bring you up close to major works of art and the creative process. Major on-campus art exhibitions and a long-standing relationship with the Fulbright Commission bring renowned, emerging and cutting-edge national and international artists right to your doorstep.

Express Yourself Outside of the Classroom

Joining a student-led club or organization focused on the visual and performing arts to connect with other students interested in creative expression. Make your stage debut with the Colby-Sawyer Players, jam out with Vocally Charged a Capella group or exchange big ideas with other artists in the Guild of Artistic Thinkers (GOAT).