Art Department: Undergraduate Programs

Photo of Anna Quinlivan

Anna Quinlivan

MFA Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design
Gallery Director at Grand Bohemian Gallery

"I can point to my studio art classes at Marywood University as the best experiences of my undergraduate career. The fostering of trust, independence, and camaraderie between the professors and students at Marywood prepared me for further artistic pursuits and a professional degree."

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We offer an 18-credit art minor in several studio disciplines that's open to all majors. Marywood's close proximity to major museums and resources in New York and Philadelphia make it an ideal place to study art and design. Learn More About Art Minors

Many art majors choose minors outside the Art Department, depending on their personal and career goals. Popular minors include Spanish for the Professional, Business, Advertising, and Public Relations.

Ad Hoc Major

When students believe that their unique educational objectives cannot be fully attained by choosing one of the existing major programs, they may devise an ad hoc pattern of courses. A form for an ad hoc proposal should be obtained from the Deans’ Offices or department chairs.
The program must be approved by the participating department chairpersons and submitted to the appropriate dean for approval. Ad Hoc major programs usually require 45-60 credits. They are typically designed during the student’s sophomore year.

Study Abroad

Study abroad experiences can be tailored to individual comfort levels so students get exactly what they want from the experience. The amount of time spent overseas could range from a few weeks in the summer to a semester or an entire academic year. Students can choose to live with host families, among foreign students, or surrounded by other Americans. Programs are modestly priced, and scholarships and financial aid are also available. Many art majors study abroad at the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Opportunities for study abroad are also available in other countries including France, Ireland, Scotland, or Australia. More about study abroad

Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series

The Marywood Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings to the Marywood Art Department professionals who are working at the high end of human endeavor; successful and respected visual artists who are dealing with contemporary cultural and aesthetic issues that are relevant to all aspects of the Humanities. These lectures, which are free and open to the public, are invaluable opportunities for our students to engage in an aesthetic dialogue that is diverse and international in scope. See our past list of artists

Internships / Fieldwork for Art Majors

Marywood University acknowledges the necessity of integrating academic course work and practical experience in the total learning process within many major areas of study. As a result, the University maintains strong and active affiliations with a number of cooperating agencies wherein students can gain these competencies, typically as upper division students. These arrangements are defined specifically at the departmental level and include titles such as: “field experience,” “clinical practicum,” “internship,” and “student teaching.” Each is designed to provide the opportunity of transferring theoretical paradigms to practical situations. More about Internships / Fieldwork for Art Majors

Ready to Apply?

Your first step is to contact Marywood's Admissions office and submit your application. Upon acceptance to the University, you may then submit your portfolio for review to be admitted into the Art Department. Portfolios may be submitted any time in the fall or spring however only incoming freshmen portfolios submitted before March 1 of each calendar year will be considered for an Art Talent Award. Learn more about our Portfolio Guidelines and the Art Talent Awards.


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