Visual Arts


MSA Fine Arts Program

What is Art?

While there is no one correct answer to this question, MSA Fine Arts courses explore the many possible answers. Throughout the year, students create original works of art, as well as consider the role visual arts play as communicators of the personal and social experience. Artists often function as visionaries by thinking ahead of their time. Art throughout history and across the world communicates and bears witness to our common and diverse cultures.

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Artistic Voices

The MSA Visual Arts program allows students to develop their artistic voices with a broad range of course offerings. From the tangible to the abstract, MSA offers four main program areas allowing students to develop their artistic skills — Drawing and Painting, Digital Art, Photography and Ceramics and Sculpture.

Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis in one speciality area of Fine Arts, and are required to complete classes in each program areas to provide for a well-rounded education encompassing all facets of visual arts.

 

View current student artwork in each of these program areas in the MSA Fine Arts Gallery.

Extra-curricular opportunities

MSA’s monthly Featured Speaker Series brings professional artists to campus to share their tips, techniques and processes one on one with our students. Collaborations with other MSA programs are also available – such as working with Creative Writing students to illustrate and produce an annual anthology book, and opportunities to create artwork for MSA performance posters.

Toward the end of the school year, MSA Fine Arts presents Arts Fest. The juried exhibition on campus features student artwork from all four program areas and is adjudicated by local artists.

The Academy of Art University partners with MSA to award, through an application process, scholarships for up to 10 students to attend summer art sessions at AAU, as well as awarding a full-tuition scholarship for four years to one MSA Fine Arts or Cinematic Arts graduate.

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Moving Beyond

In support of students who wish to further their studies, the Academy of Art University partners with MSA to award, through an application process, scholarships for up to 10 students to attend summer art sessions at AAU, as well as awarding a full-tuition scholarship for four years to one MSA Fine Arts or Cinematic Arts graduate.

 

MSA Fine Arts Programs

Please visit the program areas below for basic course descriptions and more information about each program area.

Ceramics and Sculpture

Digital Art

Drawing and Painting

Photography

 

Visit the Visual Arts Departments website, MSAvisualarts.com, for more detailed course information, portfolio samples in each program area and more!