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Visual Arts Studies, Bachelor

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 The Visual Arts faculty consists of active artists who share their experience with students through lively and challenging discussions and critiques. Media exploration is encouraged throughout the program and culminates in the creation of a cohesive body of work that reflects the individual student’s interests.

The major brings together students of diverse backgrounds who explore their creative interests through a range of media experiences. Emphasis of study is placed on historical as well as contemporary theories in the arts so that students may better place their own artwork within a larger context. Students in the program balance craft and conceptual agility and new and traditional media to engage in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. 

The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to explore multiple areas of interest that informs their creative work and gives students a broader skill-set than most arts programs. Our strength is the amount of attention given to each individual student-artist as they develop in the program preparing them for a future career in the arts.

Statement on Learning Outcomes

Visual Arts at Roger Williams University offers an approach to art making that is interdisciplinary by design while focused on the diverse interests of our individual students. Working in traditional and contemporary media, students take ownership of their personal vision and creative process to visually communicate their ideas, observations and reflections of the complex world that surrounds us.

Students completing a course of study, whether the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts will be prepared to:

  • develop an understanding of a range of visual media through exploration of materials and methods.
  • present a portfolio of work that reflects the breadth of their individual interests and acknowledges the role that identities and cultural backgrounds play in that process.
  • demonstrate a practicing understanding of the formal aspects of art making.
  • assess and clearly articulate the intent of their work. 
  • situate their artwork within a larger historical, cultural, contemporary and conceptual context.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Drawing 
  • Foundations of Sculpture 
  • Foundations of Photography
  • Foundations of Painting

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General Requirements

  • A completed Common Application
  • A $55 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcripts
  • A minimum of one (1) letter of recommendation is required
  • Standardized Test Scores: SAT or ACT submission for RWU students is optional for all students applying for admission except for Department of Education applicants. Rhode Island Department of Education requires applicants to the Department of Education to meet minimum test scores standards for teaching programs. Details for education program requirements are below.

Tuition Fee

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    32232 USD/year
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
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