BA Art Studies

The Corcoran School's Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies is designed for the student who wants to engage deeply with art history, contemporary topics in the humanities, cultural criticism and media theory while, at the same time, pursuing a rich and varied exposure to studio art-making practice.

Well-grounded in its consideration of historical and theoretical issues, this four-year, 120-credit program offers students hands-on experience in art-making along with the development of a personal stance on the place of the arts in modern society. Starting early in the program, students participate in seminar classes in art history, theory, critical and creative writing, curatorial studies and museum practices as well as in a general humanities education. The students' experience culminates in a detailed senior thesis on a topic in the arts, supported by workshop groups in designing research and the development of an individual critical stance.

Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies students also work closely with the Corcoran's renowned studio faculty and with the Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in the studio programs.

The program engages all aspects of visual culture in the contemporary world, including traditional fine art, new media, social intervention and popular and commercial art and design. It also welcomes and supports students who want to develop as writers and researchers, maintain their connection to studio practice, propose creative and original projects in the study of the arts and design their own program of study.