Montserrat College of Art offers a wide variety of art, design and writing programs in a student-centered environment that’s fun, rigorous and collaborative. Whatever your passion, you’ll find classes, gallery shows and ideas that inspire you.

Studio Concentrations

Montserrat’s Foundation Program launches students into their arts education through both intensive studio courses, as well as the experiential “FX” seminar to hone the studio and critical thinking skills you’ll need to succeed over the next four years.

FX Seminar
This freshman seminar combines studio and art history methodologies to provide students with a holistic introduction to the visual arts, and to help students acclimate and transition to college level academic and studio work. This early interdisciplinary experience lays the foundation for active and critical engagement with all aspects of their artistic education. Offered in the first semester, the course features a structured and interrelated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, and class discussions; these are complemented throughout by hands-on making, team- and individually-based projects, and critiques.

Studio Courses
From “Paint Color and Light” to “3D Design”, the Foundation Program provides intensive studio-instruction to prepare you for what lies ahead. Yet even in your first year, there are opportunities to explore elective studio courses of your own choosing.

Art is born of a rich variety of human experience and inquiry. In this spirit, liberal arts study at Montserrat helps Bachelor of Fine Arts students sharpen writing and communications skills and provides them with opportunities to explore historical, social and scientific contexts and concepts that are essential to being an artist and living in the contemporary world.

The liberal arts component of Montserrat’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Diploma programs begins by establishing a foundation in English composition and art history. Bachelor of Fine Arts students move on to three traditional and challenging areas of study — humanities, science, and social science — and then explore the liberal arts in greater depth by selecting from a wide range of elective course offerings. This is a unique curriculum that engages both faculty and students in discovering new ways that the liberal and visual arts work together to educate the total artist.

From elective offerings in subjects like Cultural Anthropology and Politics, to seminars in Contemporary Art and Gender Study topics, your liberal arts education at Montserrat prepares students to be engaged and contributing members of society.

There’s a reason Montserrat’s tagline is Where Creativity Works. We believe in preparing our students for successful, enjoyable careers in creative fields. That’s why we incorporate experience-based learning into our curriculum and assist students with finding meaningful internships that most complete during their junior year.

Internship Opportunities

Arbour Partial Hospital, Haverhill MA
Facilitated art therapy groups; planned and executed a group mural with clients; co-chaired expressive therapy sessions.

Arnold Worldwide Advertising, Boston MA
Designed eye-catching monthly flyers and posters for training Arnold’s team of college interns; meet and greet workshop presenters.

Booklyn, Brooklyn NY
Assisted with arts management and exhibits for bookmakers and other artists.

Boston Paper Collective, Charlestown MA
Assist with letterpress and papermaking.

Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, W. Rutland VT
Assist sculptors working with granite and other material; manage studio space.

Frank Chen Visual Art Center, Shanghai China
Developed graphics, photography and 3D design.

Garth Evans, established artist, Woodstock CT
Studio apprentice to professional sculptor.

Magma Metalworks, Beverly MA
Assisted owner of custom metal design business.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, NY, NY
Designed upholstery material and floor tiles. Intern’s tile design was selected by Martha Stewart for production and inclusion in her line of flooring materials.

Nathan Craig, established artist, Wallingford CT
Studio apprentice to professional artist.

Norman Laliberte, established artist, Nahant MA
Studio apprentice to professional artist.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Worked in an art/art history environment; developed, prepared and implemented studio art and related gallery activities for “Art Discovery Saturdays” program; attained certification in object handling.

Printed Matter, Inc., NYC NY
Created and installed store displays; assisted with daily operations of a non-profit.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA
Worked directly with professional artists and curator; installed a show of museum quality artwork.

Silverton Arts Association, Silverton OR
Conceptualized, designed and articulated a community arts project that encompassed multiple art venues; designed promotional materials.

The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi, Ghent NY
Exhibition liaison for artists and staff.

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo Japan
Gallery assistant to director and artists.

zing magazine, NY, NY
Developed design, advertising and promotion for magazine production.

Art Throb Magazine, Salem MA
Contributed to creative planning and execution of monthly magazine; designed ads for sponsors; researched local artists and art-related events.

Dave’s Top Five, Ft. Myers FL
Redesigned web and print material; created company logo; designed printable web coupons.

Hasbro, Pawtucket RI
Developed an icon for the new GI Joe movie; served as art director for packaging for Star Wars toys and a new logo; conducted product photo shoot.

Meridian Associates, Beverly MA
Designed company newsletter and “sustainnovation” newsletter; updated and developed company website; attended trade show / business convention.

MiiR Bottles, Seattle WA
Designed skins for bottles; designed posters / flyers for events; designed banner ads for fundraising platform.

Mullen Advertising, Boston MA
Assisted with presentation, preparation and mock-up of ads for clients; developed layout and design of client brochures and catalogs.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Imbedded metadata and organized museum’s digital assets; designed print collateral; collected print estimates and comped large projects.

Rattle-the-Market Advertising, Beverly MA
Assisted with concept design and production of ads for print, web and broadcast.

The Body1 Network, Cambridge MA
Improved front-end graphics and layout for digital design in the medical field; assisted with coding.

Winning Moves Games, Danvers MA
Created prototypes for game packaging; developed trade show collateral.

Andy’s Summer Playhouse, Wilton NH
Photograph and video record rehearsals, performances and events for advertising and the web.

Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY
Design promotional materials; assist with exhibit set-up.

Beverly Historical Society, Beverly MA
Assisted with documentary video project.

Beverly Main Streets, Beverly MA
Documented projects for visual improvements to the downtown.

Jeph Ellis, established artist, Beverly MA
Studio apprentice to a professional artist/photographer.

Melissa Coe Photography, Danvers MA
Assisted professional photographer.

Meridian Associates, Beverly MA
Designed company newsletter and “sustainnovation” newsletter; updated anddeveloped company website; attended trade show / business convention., Boston MA
Shoot, edit and submit images to editor.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Assisted in-house photographer.

Photographic Resource Center, Boston MA
Assisted with curatorial preparations, jury submissions and teaching at Boston Tech Academy.

Pivot Media, Florence MA
Converted film to digital; edited audio and video for podcasts.

Steve Kelly Photography, Manchester-by-the-Sea MA
Assisted professional photographer.

Wenham Museum, Wenham MA
Converted historic glass plate negatives to digital format.

2011 World Scholar Athlete Games, Kingston RI
Documented activities; taught photography; created commemorative booklet of photographs for participants.

Berkshire Digital Arts, N. Adams MA
Developed characters for animation; created logos for six clients.

Handcranked Films Studios, Waltham MA
Prepared animation frames; developed animation and processes for alternative aesthetics in a short film; composited all materials.

Q2 Sports and Entertainment, NYC NY
Created logos, animation and video slide shows for professional football players and models; created press kits for clients.

Rattle-the-Market Advertising, Beverly MA
Assisted with concept design and production of ads for print, web and broadcast.

The Body1 Network, Cambridge MA
Improved front-end graphics and layout for digital design in the medical field; assisted with coding.

Van Ness Creative, Beverly MA
Created motion graphics for 3D film and 2D documentaries; assisted during video shoots.

American Textile History Museum, Lowell MA
Develop textile-related projects for visiting groups.

ArtsFest, Beverly MA
Assist director with planning annual art festival; manage sidewalk art project.

Community Center Shanghai, Shanghai China
Redesign print and online media package.

Cross World Connections, Tokyo Japan
Update website and organize creative materials and portfolios for artists.

Dusenberry Entertainment, Marblehead MA
llustrate interactive toy projects.

Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody MA
Create designs for book interiors.

Maine Historical Society, Portland ME
Perform archival conservation and preservation of architectural drawings.

Meridian Associates, Beverly MA
Designed company newsletter and “sustainnovation” newsletter; updated and developed company website; attended trade show / business convention.

Nate Walker, established artist, Stratham NH
Assist freelance illustrator with client projects.

National Museum of American Illustration, Newport RI
Assist with website, graphic design and computer graphics.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Create layouts consistent with museum branding; work with vendors and clients.

Rattle-the-Market Advertising, Beverly MA
Develop logos and assist designers with client projects.

Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring MD
Manage preparations for monthly exhibit.
Winning Moves Games, Danvers MA
Design packages, game components, prototypes and marketing materials.

Senior Seminar Programs, a distinguishing feature of the Montserrat BFA is the required Senior Seminar in all concentrations.

Senior A+IM Seminar is a six-credit course that meets twice a week for one or two semesters. In this course students complete independently generated animation or interactive projects. Guided by an instructor, students create a comprehensive body of work, which explores a specific field of animation or interactive media. Particular attention is paid to the workflow and timeline of professional level work, and a thorough understanding of the market for such projects. Students work in their studios and participate in weekly group and/or individual critiques with the instructor. Specific business practices will be addressed throughout the semester through group discussions and readings.

Senior Fine Arts Seminar is a six-credit course that meets twice a week for two semesters. The program consists of three components. The first addresses the development of critical awareness through discussions, led by an art historian, of contemporary art and critical theory. The second component involves studio-based group activities and critiques, enhanced by the regular participation of visiting artists, curators and critics. In conjunction with these interactions, each student works closely with a faculty advisor throughout the senior year to develop a coherent body of work, to be presented in a public thesis exhibition in the senior gallery at 301 Cabot. Overall the SFAS successfully integrates studio practice and theory, and fosters self-discipline and self-reflection in the students. Furthermore, the consistent interaction between the students and visiting artists or scholars provides valuable exposure to “real work” situations and issues related to professional practice.

Senior Graphic Design Seminar Graphic designers enroll in the six-credit Senior Graphic Design Seminar and focus on self-defined projects, which are usually client- or user-oriented. The emphasis in the final year is on mentoring students as they become skilled, informed, creative designers, ready for the real world of work. The seminar leader and advisors help students to structure their independent work and offer continual feedback. Visiting designers, writers and professionals provide the design students with valuable exposure to outside viewpoints. The required internship, tailored to meet the interests of the individual student, complements the classroom study and independent research.

Senior Illustration Seminar is a three-credit course that meets twice a week and is offered only in the spring term. Illustration students enroll in Senior Illustration Seminar to learn the fundamental aspects of preparing for a career in Illustration. Students enrolling in Senior Illustration Seminar are required to take it during their final spring semester at Montserrat College of Art. Students may also opt to enroll in Senior Illustration Thesis to work on a singular proposed topic of work, though this is not required. Continual close contact with faculty throughout the senior year is integral to the senior illustration experience. Furthermore, the interaction between the students and visiting artists, as well as the internship, provide valuable exposure to “real work” situations and issues relating to professional practice.

While the four senior programs differ in content, they share a similar structure and philosophy. Each is either one to two semesters of independent study; they encourage in-depth exploration of a self-designed topic and the development of a cohesive body of work. The project is guided by a faculty advisor(s) and culminates in a public exhibition, organized by the students in collaboration with the Gallery Director.

These seminars require and foster a high degree of self-discipline, seriousness and artistic maturity, intended to help students make the transition into professional life or graduate study. Aspects of Professional Practice are addressed in all the seminars, building on the internship completed in the previous year.

Entrance to Senior Studio Capstone
For students with concentrations in Animation + Interactive Media, Book Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, applications are accepted for Senior A+IM Seminar, Senior Fine Arts Seminar, Senior Design Seminar and Senior Illustration Thesis (elective only for illustration concentrators) during Fall and Spring Semesters. Some illustration students, upon review, may be advised to take alternative illustration electives. Senior Illustration Seminar is a requirement and although students must meet the quantitative academic criteria listed below to enroll, it is not applied for by portfolio review. It is recommended that Senior Illustration Seminar be taken during a student’s last Spring Semester of study.

Entrance to all Senior Programs in Animation + Interactive Media, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Illustration (Senior Illustration Thesis), is based upon a review by a faculty panel which will determine whether the student may enter the program. The following criteria will be considered for entrance:

A. The student must demonstrate the ability to work independently on a body of work with continuity of concept or focus;

B. The student must have earned a minimum of 90 cumulative credits*, completed required preparatory course work, and be able to demonstrate appropriate skills in the various media of the chosen concentration. BFA and diploma candidates must have completed English Composition I and II and Art History Origins and Art History Modern Developments (formerly Art History I and II).

C. The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of his or her work within an art historical context, or sufficient knowledge of the work of contemporary artists whose work is relevant;

D. The student must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and be considered in good academic standing.

E. As outlined in the Student Handbook, all applicants to the Senior Programs must submit a written proposal at the time of the final evaluation. This statement should outline:
1. what, specifically, the student plans to accomplish in the Senior Program (include here the type of work planned and the issues to be dealt with);
2. how previous study has prepared the student for the Senior Program;
3. how the Senior Program relates to the student’s long-term plans; and
4. the context in which the student’s work is related to the field of Contemporary Visual Arts.

* This does not include future credits that may be earned or transferred in, including during the Summer or Winter Sessions at Montserrat College of Art or elsewhere.