BA Arts & Humanities

The Corcoran School's Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Humanities 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 written 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 Arts & Humanities 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.

To aid in registration for Fall 2015, please refer to the links below to register for Corcoran School Arts & Humanities courses:

Courses offered off-campus:

Courses offered at the Corcoran School Building:


Program Head


Lisa Lipinski
Arts & Humanities
Assistant Professor