Visual Art


The Visual Art concentration engages in artistic practice across a wide range of media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital imaging. Courses in art history combine with these to frame the direction of the concentrator's work and to develop his or her critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to cultivate an informed and thoughtful individual perspective. Students in the Visual Arts department enjoy cutting-edge facilities and a knowledgeable faculty. These two resources inspire creativity and pleasure in our concentrators while they explore the discipline. Students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art as well as to interpret and critique the world of images. Students also have the opportunity to take courses at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design. All Visual Art (VISA) courses are graded S/NC.

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop an awareness of the history and theories of visual art
  • Acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art
  • Demonstrate critical awareness in analyzing and critiquing images
  • Construct and exhibit a body of work


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Honors and Capstones

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The capstone experience for students graduating in the Visual Art Department is a senior exhibition in one of the three student gallery spaces located in the List Art Building.  Graduating seniors are required to plan, install and promote a body of their recent work.  This experience introduces students to the unique demands of a presenting a body of visual art to an audience.  Students with outstanding academic records who wish to integrate their studies in a one-or two-semester project may apply for the Honors program.  Students must submit applications by April of their junior year. Please visit the Visual Arts website for more details.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201338 38 17 
201426 26 
201532 32 16 
201626 26 11 
201723 23 

Alumni Pathways

Brown Visual Art concentrators often have successful careers in individual studio pursuits but they also have found artistic voices in supporting community action in the arts, curatorial work and art and public policy. They work for companies that include Pixar, the Children's Law Center of Manhattan, the Art Institute of Chicago, DC Comics and the City of Berkeley Housing Department. 

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Corey Marsh
  • Aimee Vue

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.