Whatever your passion, you’ll find classes, gallery shows, internship opportunities, and ideas that inspire you at Montserrat College of Art. Our well-rounded, interdisciplinary approach to art education infuses art-making with research and critical thinking in each of our ten visual arts concentrations. With 400 students on campus, we’re the perfect size for bold artistic development from day one—that’s the tried-and-true Montserrat way.
Our 12-to-1 student-to-professor ratio allows Montserrat students to form meaningful relationships with our faculty of practicing artists, designers, and scholars. The faculty is deeply invested in our students’ artistic journeys, and Montserrat’s hands-on advising system ensures that every student stays on track and has access to our many resources (internships, travel abroad opportunities, mobility programs) during their time here.
In addition to their dedication to teaching, all Montserrat faculty are active and accomplished artists in their fields.
Foundation year at Montserrat prepares students of all concentrations for a rigorous Bachelors of Fine Arts program. The Foundation Program combines hands-on studio classes with liberal arts courses, plus an experiential Color: Material and Light course that hones hands-on art-making techniques and critical thinking skills through an exploration of the history, physicality, psychology and culture of color.
Montserrat’s Foundation Program is unique in its rigor, range, and connectivity between the studio disciplines, the liberal arts, and the real world. Through cross-disciplinary curriculum, it strives to build the platform each Montserrat student will need to succeed over the next four years. Montserrat students also benefit from opportunities to explore elective studio courses of their own choosing during Foundation year.
Montserrat’s Foundation Program Includes:
- Observation 1
- Observation 2
- Studio 1 – 2D, 3D and 4D
- Studio 2 – 2D, 3D and 4D
- Color: Material and Light
- Art History
- English Composition
- Sophomore Studio – 2D, 3D and 4D
Freshman Experience (“FX”) Seminar
All incoming students take part in a Freshman Experience (“FX”) Seminar, a hybrid course that combines art history with practical art-making skills. This freshman seminar provides students with a holistic introduction to the visual arts, while helping them acclimate and transition to college-level academic and studio work.
This interdisciplinary experience lays the foundation for active and critical engagement with all aspects of a visual arts education. Offered in the first semester, the course features a structured and interrelated series of lectures, research, class discussions, critiques, team projects, and visits to art museums, galleries, and studios.
This seminar, in combination with the Foundation Program, gives Montserrat students the technical and conceptual base they need to pursue their creative goals.
Montserrat incorporates experience-based learning and professional practice into our curriculum from day one to prepare our students for successful, meaningful careers in the arts upon graduation. Every student completes an internship during junior year (a graduation requirement), and more than half of those internships lead to job offers.
Travel Abroad OpportunitiesClick here to learn more about our upcoming programs.
Montserrat participates in the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) Mobility Program. This affords full-time students the opportunity to study at over 30 partnering art schools in the U.S. and Canada. This is a terrific option for students seeking a semester-long study experience in another art-making environment. We also welcome visiting mobility students to Montserrat College of Art.
Senior Capstone Project
The culminating experience of every Montserrat student’s art education is their capstone project, completed in their senior year. This semester-long or year-long independent study project allows each student to dive deep into a self-designed topic and develop a cohesive body of work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Each student is given their own designated studio space in which to work on their capstone project. Learn more about the senior capstone project here.