The Studio Art program stresses a strong foundation in the fine arts, as well as the liberal arts, on which to build careers in the art field. The student is also prepared for graduate study leading to a M.F.A. in Studio Art or a M.A.T. in Art Education.
By the end of the sophomore year, Studio Art majors choose one area of concentration from Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture. The Studio Major takes courses not only in his or her field of concentration, but is also encouraged to experiment in other media to broaden his or her knowledge of the studio arts, and to form a foundation for further development.
A portfolio is not required; however, students with an art background may prefer to send a portfolio of artwork as part of the application to Providence College.
We prefer a digital portfolio in Slideroom, with 10 – 20 images formatted as JPEGs (or you can put them into a PowerPoint or PDF). File size of individual images should not exceed 1MB. The images should represent your best recent work (jr/sr year is best) in any medium. If you have a few examples of drawings done from observation (not from photos) we like to see that, but it’s not required.
The McAlister Studio Art Scholarship
The Father McAlister Scholarships will be awarded to six studio art majors entering Providence College starting with the class of 2021. A scholarship of $10,000.00 will be available all four years, provided the student remains an art major. Students will be chosen based on a portfolio review by the studio art faculty.
Father Richard Alan McAlister has played a pivotal role in developing the Art & Art History Department at Providence College. His practice and accomplishments as a studio artists -in many media- his past teaching and mentoring, and his continued commitment to the arts curating the McGlynn and PC art collection over many years merits the namesake of the studio art scholarship. Please contact the Admissions Office regarding this scholarship.