MU Fine Arts
The art program provides an education in diverse media, and focuses on studying, interpreting, creating,
and evaluating art. The program capitalizes on Marymount faculty’s expertise in fine arts and design
studies,, and is enhanced by easy access to the many art galleries and museums in the greater Washington,
Foundation courses in design, drawing, painting, and art history introduce the formal elements of
observation and visual communication, and are available to all Marymount students. The studio courses
provide rigorous training in the basics of making visual art, while art history courses supply both a
background in the traditions of visual art, and the opportunity to analyze works of art in greater detail.
Other foundation courses introduce art majors to skills necessary for preparing their portfolios in a
professional manner. At the end of the sophomore year, students will demonstrate their skills in the studio
foundation courses by preparing a portfolio, which is necessary to continue in the major.
By the end of the foundation curriculum, art majors choose a fine arts concentration: a group of courses in
related artistic media on which they will focus their studies. Art majors also take further upper-division
fine arts courses, including courses in art history, one of which focuses on art in the modern world.
Students complete an internship in a regional artorganization, gallery, or museum, or an apprenticeship
under a professional artist,. They complete their studies by creating a body of work at the senior level,
which is evaluated by faculty and artists from the field of their fine arts concentration.
The art major provides a sufficient number of university electives to pursue a minor. The program
recommends many possible minors, including:
Art History: Students interested in expanding their study of art history or those who hope to seek an
advanced degree in art history, should choose elective courses from the list of interdisciplinary courses that
comprise the art history minor.
Business: Students wishing to pursue a career in art galleries, museums, and other arts organizations should
consider earning a business minor, which will give them an integrated application of art, marketing, and
management theories. They should consult with their advisor to choose elective courses in management,
management science, marketing, and fine arts.
Graphic Design: Students who wish to prepare for positions in a variety of settings such as ad agencies,
corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies might consider a minor in graphic design,
which further develops skills in design techniques and technology, and their graphic application.
Illustration: Students who wish to seek graduate study or employment as illustrators of print media, digital
media, medical organizations or corporate venues, should pursue a minor in illustration, and should consult
with their advisor to choose relevant elective courses.
Psychology: Students who hope to find entry-level positions in organizations that employ art therapists,
or to pursue an advanced degree for a career as a practicing art therapist, should consider earning a
psychology minor. They should consult with their advisor to choose relevant elective courses.
Students should also consult with a School of Arts and Sciences advisor about the interdisciplinary plan for
liberal studies majors, and the interdisciplinary media and performance studies minor.