The Visual Arts department provides both disciplinary focus and an environment for interdisciplinary exploration, as well as access to the rich intellectual resources of a major research institution. This breadth enables students to graduate with the skills and thinking necessary for careers in today’s diverse and changing art world. B.F.A., B.A., and M.F.A. degrees in Visual Arts are offered with undergraduate concentrations in Design, Drawing, Media, Painting, Photography, Print, and Sculpture. Proximity to New York and Philadelphia gives students access to a faculty of renowned professional artists and designers, prestigious museums and galleries, visiting artists and critics, and profoundly affects the exchange of ideas within the Visual Arts department. Visual Arts graduates become professional artists and designers, and work in creative environments such as museums, galleries, schools, and universities and industries including film, television and advertising.
Painter and Mason Gross Professor Julie Langsam recalls how she "broke it" to her parents she was going to art school. Don't try this at home.
Artist Aki Sasamoto talks about how her installation, Coffee/Tea, at the Frieze art fair tells the viewer something about themselves: "All the choices are simple yet telling. Your taste, preference and instinctive reaction become clues for this system to decide on your personality type." Read more in her interview with Phaidon.
The MFA program is named toArtinfo's "10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck" --August 2012