Art and Art History at Providence College

Why Study Art and Art History at Providence College?
The studio art program stresses a strong foundation in the fine arts, as well as the liberal arts, on which to build careers in the arts, communication, advertising, and related fields. The student is also prepared for graduate study leading to an M.F.A. in studio art or M.A.T. in art education.

The program in art history emphasizes the historical, cultural, and formal contexts of art and visual culture, preparing students for graduate study as well as careers in museums, cultural advocacy, marketing, communication, and other fields. 

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What you'll study

Art History 
The art history major is designed for undergraduates interested in a humanist education, as well as for those who may pursue careers in college-level teaching, research, museums and galleries, historic preservation, and related careers in communication, advertising, marketing, law, and cultural advocacy. The art history division emphasizes the historical, cultural, and formal contexts of art. 

Studio Art 
The studio art major stresses a strong foundation in the fine arts and the liberal arts on which to build careers in the arts, communication, advertising, and related fields. By the end of the sophomore year, studio art majors choose one area of concentration from Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. 

Selected Courses

  • American and European Art since 1945
  • Visual Design
  • Drawing
  • Art of the Ancient Classical World
  • Asian Art through VR Games
  • Introduction to Museum Studies
  • Digital Imaging: Web Animation
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Italian Renaissance Art


Art and art history faculty members have expertise in areas that include drawing; painting; photography; digital imaging; theories of sacred space; “Old Masters,” such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt; modern and contemporary artists; and art of the Ancient Classical World.

These faculty bring to their classrooms a wide variety of backgrounds that complement their teaching, including research, leadership of scholarly organizations, government work, and economic consulting. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from institutions that include the Rhode Island School of Design, Stanford, the University of Colorado, Indiana University, Emory, Dartmouth, NYU, Harvard, and Brown.


Our program offers students a number of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action. Our students:

  • undertake a thesis project that becomes an exhibition in one of our galleries for studio art majors and a public presentation of their research thesis for art history majors;
  • can become members of our thriving Art Club, which engages with community schools and other organizations to promote cultural events and activities;
  • conduct research alongside faculty mentors;
  • participate in international archaeological excavations and other field projects; and
  • visit museums, locally and regionally, including department-sponsored trips to Boston and New York.

Additionally, our Visual Resource Center acts as the departmental hub and training ground for students interested in visual art/art history as they relate to scholarly research, digital media, archives, communication, etc. A large portion of our students work here, spending one-on-one time with distinguished faculty scholars and gaining tremendous professional experience.

Lastly, Providence College Galleries (PC-G) provide students and the community at-large access to professional, international artists via museum-quality contemporary art exhibitions, a distinguished artist-in-residence program, and the production of scholarly publications and public art installations. PC–G is locally and nationally recognized as an important venue for contemporary art. Because of this, many of our students are hired by museums and galleries soon after graduation.



of 2017-2021 fine and performing arts graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

  • 64% are employed only
  • 11% are attending school only
  • 15% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Art League Rhode Island
  • College Light Opera Company
  • The Doseum
  • Elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Mutiny Theatre Project
  • People’s Light Theatre Company
  • Pili Montilla
  • Providence CityArts for Youth
  • The Standard-Times
  • Upserve
  • Walt Disney World
  • White Heron Theatre Company

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Curry College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New York University Steinhardt
  • Penn State University
  • Providence College
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst