Information For Undergraduates - Princeton
The Program in Visual Arts
provides excellent physical facilities and an atmosphere of serious intellectual investigation. We welcome students who wish to take just one or two courses and those who are interested in a program of study leading to a concentration or a certificate in visual arts. Our close relationship with one of the finest art history departments in the country ensures that students will gain the historical knowledge of periods and cultures as diverse as African-American, European Renaissance/Baroque, Far Eastern, Islamic, Modern and Pre-Columbian.
We believe that a strong liberal arts education provides an essential foundation for the aspiring artist and is the best platform for understanding the function and history of the arts in modern society. We believe that the foundation we provide is necessary for the development of new forms and modes of inquiry.
Most importantly, the various academic subjects studied at Princeton help inspire the artwork created by our students. Contemporary visual artists are engaged with the effects of globalization, the despoiling of the earth, and issues including feminism, genetics, politics, art history, information theory, literary criticism, and philosophy.
Contemporary artists need to become familiar with the cultural history of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as be able to recognize the multiplicity of issues that have excited artists of these periods. We believe that the art of the future will be made by innovative, independent-minded individuals who combine a broad knowledge of the traditions of experimentation with a hands-on experience of available materials.
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