The Visual Arts department at Roger Williams University prepares students for future careers in the arts with an interdisciplinary spirit and a global perspective. The Visual Arts faculty consists of active artists who share their experience with students through lively and challenging discussions and critiques. Media exploration is encouraged throughout the program and culminates in the creation of a cohesive body of work that reflects the individual student’s interests. Emphasis of study is placed on historical as well as contemporary theories in the arts so that students may better place their own artwork within a larger context. Balancing craft and conceptual agility, and new and traditional media, the Visual Arts program positions graduates to engage in an increasingly interdisciplinary world.
Roger Williams University offers both the Liberal Arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts and the Professional degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with an opportunity to develop an area of media concentration within the Professional Degree. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements in addition to the major requirements. Bachelor of Arts candidates must successfully complete the 14 courses required for the major as well as sufficient electives to total the 120 credits necessary for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major. Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates must successfully complete the 24 courses required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Visual Arts students will have a portfolio of their work reviewed by a faculty committee at mid-program and again at the end of the program in a Capstone Review. Senior Visual Arts majors must submit a written statement, participate in an exhibition and produce a portfolio of their work during their last year at the University.
The Intermediate Studio sequence is a two-part structure of 2 required courses + 4 intermediate studio options including at least one advanced studio option. Students complete all five required + elective studio courses: