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Visual Arts

What are the Visual Arts?
The Visual Arts include the areas of graphic design, web design, illustration, animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

Program Options
The Art & Graphic Design option provides a series of challenging courses designed to meet the conceptual and technical skills needed for careers in graphic and web design and illustration.

The first year core requirements include foundation courses in drawing, color & design, typography, art history, and graphic design courses with a strong emphasis on critical thinking and computer skills. In the second year students complete their foundation with a 3D design course and elect a concentrated track in Graphic Design or Illustration.

The Fine Arts option offers foundation courses in drawing, color & design, sculpture, painting,

art history and printmaking in preparation for a career in art education or as a professional fine artist. Core requirements continue in the second year with courses in 3D design and art history. Students may design their own track by selecting from an array of electives in drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics and photography.

In each option students are expected to develop an individual aesthetic within their chosen discipline. The Visual Arts faculty is dedicated to encouraging and supporting students in their individual course of study and preparing them for transfer to a baccalaureate program or entry level career paths in the visual arts field.

Work Sample Review
Prospective students must meet with a member of the Visual Arts faculty to review a sampling of six to twelve works that demonstrate basic drawing skills and some experience with other media. Selected works must not be copies of other artists work. The Work Sample Review should include a minimum of three original observational drawings from life (not from a photograph or published artwork) and three or more selected works in a specific area(s) of interest. The latter may include paintings, pen & ink drawings, pastels, prints, sculpture, animation, digital design, photography, etc.

To learn more about admission to the Associate Degree program for the Visual Arts Program at Massasoit, schedule an appointment for a personal interview and Work Sample Review with a Visual Arts faculty member. Please contact Christopher Horn, Associate Director of Admissions, Canton Campus, 1-508-588-9100 ext.2115 or

Visual Arts News

Three talented students took home four awards for themselves and Massasoit at the New Impressions Print Competition sponsored by Speedball Art. The competition awarded $10,000 in prizes and was juried by a panel of influential printmakers Bill Fick, Carlos Hernandez, and Susan Rostow.

Work by Corey DuPuis and Justin Whittaker, 2015 graduates of the Visual Arts Graphic Design program, is now on view in NEW VOICES, UNIQUE VISIONS; AIGA PRESENTS THE BEST OF EMERGING DESIGNERS 2016. This juried show, sponsored by The Professional Association for Design (AIGA) in collaboration with Endicott College, features works by Graphic Design students and Junior Graphic Designers from Colleges and Universities throughout New England.The show runs until January 18,2017 at the Carol Grillo Gallery at Endicott College.

To prepare fine arts & graphic design students for entry-level positions in graphic design and/or advanced study beyond the Associates Degree by:

  • Providing faculty who are experienced professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of community college students by creating a supportive environment necessary for learning visual communication.
  • Providing lecture based and didactic instruction in art history and core curriculum studies.
  • Providing studio instruction in drawing, color and design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphic design.
  • Providing computer laboratory instruction in graphic design, animation and web site design.
  • Providing individual and group critiques to discuss specific solutions to visual problems.
  • Providing student outcomes that demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of artistic and creative expression and competency in the technical skills necessary to express an artistic vision.

Our Mission
The Visual Arts Program provides students with the basic technical and intellectual foundation necessary to pursue a career as either a fine artist and/or graphic designer.