The Visual Art concentration at Brown University is directed towards the practice of art. In addition to studio courses, courses in Art History and a Visiting Artist Lecture Series help to find artistic direction and hone skills in critical thinking.

Students must file their concentration declaration by the end of their 5th semester. This is done on-line via Brown's advising website, ASK. Once a student's concentration is declared, they are paired with a regular VA faculty member who will be their Concentration Advisor.

REQUIREMENTS

COURSE

EXPLANATION

11 TOTAL COURSES REQUIRED FOR VA CONCENTRATION

1 Foundation Course

VISA0100 - Studio Foundation

This studio foundation course is a prerequisite for most other studio courses (with the exception of VISA0120, VISA0130, VISA0140, VISA0150, and VISA0160) including RISD courses.

1

2 Discipline-based Foundation Courses

VISA0120 - Foundation Media: Sound and Image

VISA0130 - 3D Foundation

VISA0140 - Photography Foundation

VISA0150 - Digital 2D Foundation
VISA0160 - Painting Foundation

Choose two of these five listed courses to complete the discipline-based foundation course requirement.

2

5 Additional Upper Level Studio Courses

Talk to your advisor about VISA and RISD course offerings.

A minimum of three elective studio courses must be taken in the Department of Visual Art at Brown.

5

3 Art History Courses

Survey HIAA course or equivalent

Required.

1

 

Contemporary/Modern Art HIAA course

& Upper Level HIAA course

Two additional HIAA courses. One should be a contemporary or modern art HIAA course and one other HIAA course required. See HIAA course offerings.

2

Senior Thesis Exhibition/ Capstone Experience

Non-credit bearing project usually presented during the 7th or 8th semester.

Total

11

*You may be eligible to substitute select RISD art courses or RISD Art History courses for some your concentration requirements. Please check with your advisor to find out what RISD courses are eligible.

 

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