The Art School offers several degrees in the fine arts, including photography, graphic, woodworking and the arts.

Fine Arts

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Fine Arts Degree Program Overview

Fine Arts Degree Program

The Fine Arts major is designed to provide broad foundations in the arts as well as the opportunity to focus in one area such as painting, drawing, mixed-media, or photography. Art history and criticism are emphasized, as are technical foundations. As students develop more advanced skills, they are encouraged to work more independently in tutorials or guided independent studies as well as placements in internships and even apprenticeships with local artists. Cross-registration and arrangements with local arts and crafts organizations provide additional opportunities to enrich possibilities for individualizing the curriculum. Students in this program work closely with the advisor to plan their programs.

Graduates of the program have gone on to further study and/or careers in teaching, arts administration, commercial arts/graphics, or professional fine arts or photography.

Fine Arts Major Requirements

All students are required to complete an upper-level internship in the major; typical placements include settings such as museums, galleries, schools, and local arts organizations. Each student also undertakes a 6-credit Degree Project in the last two semesters that includes both a creative component (usually a portfolio of work and a public show displayed in our gallery) and a process paper.

Every Bachelor of Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College's General Education requirements and must earn a minimum of 120 credits to achieve a degree. The following course requirements are specific to the Fine Arts major.42 credits past the 3 entry level credits are required. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Other coursework may be substituted with permission of academic advisor.

Entry Level (100): 3 credits
Studio Art I

Intermediate Level (200): 6 credits
Art History I: Prehistory through the Medieval Period
Art History II: Renaissance to Modern

Intermediate Studio Electives: 9 credits
Painting Techniques
Drawing Beyond the Studio
Photography: Black & White Camera and Darkroom I
Photographic Communication
Documentary Photography
Photoshop I
Experimental Filmmaking
Introduction to Animation
Introduction to Flash Animation
Mixed Media

Upper Level (300): 9 credits
Search and Research: Academic Writing
Ways of Seeing: Art, Literature & Film Criticism
Advanced Studio Seminar

Upper Level Art History Elective: 3 credits
Women, Art, and Society
The Avant Garde

Upper Level Studio Electives: 6 credits
Drawing: Beyond the Studio
Painting Techniques
Photography: Black & White Camera and Darkroom II
Photoshop II
Mixed Media
Other approved coursework (Guided Independent Studies, Tutorials, etc.)

Internship: 3 credits    Degree Project I & II (3 credits each) 6 credits

General Education Requirements

  • Demonstration of proficiency in academic computing
  • Vision and Revision (or assessment of writing sample)
  • Research and Reflection

Evidence of proficiency in the four fundamental learning skills 

  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Researching

3 credits in each of the following areas of the liberal arts 
  • Creative Expression
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Historical Consciousness
  • Media Literacy
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Responsible Action
  • Scientific Thought
  • Social Awareness


There is an internship requirement for each major. For 3 credits the student must complete 96 hours of field-supervised, hands-on experience plus participate in a concurrent action learning seminar. The seminar instructor provides guidance through the support seminar, and submits the final evaluation of the student's progress. An action learning activity carries a minimum of 3 academic credits. A course description for this study must be submitted before the end of the add/drop period.

The Fine Arts Studio

The Fine Arts Studio is a large, well-lighted, and welcoming space where art, photography, and some film classes are held. The studio itself is equipped with drawing benches, easels, and tables that can be moved around depending on the needs of various classes. In addition, there is a small press used by printmaking students. It also houses a darkroom; a room with a large animation stand used for filming animations and experimental films; and an area for matting and framing photographic prints.

The Miller Studio is equipped with state-of-the-art Mac workstations. Each station has the latest version of the following software: Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Avid Xpress Pro, the Apple Final Cut Pro Studio bundle, Logic, Pro Tools and others.
The Fine Arts major is designed to provide broad foundations in the arts as well as the opportunity to focus in one area