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Welcome to the Department of Art and Music, where students pursue a variety of majors and activities, and make regular use of the opportunities presented by the superb cultural opportunities of Boston. Our curriculum and internship programs prepare students to go on to careers in art and music administration, studio art, as well as many graduate programs in academic and professional fields.
Students who major in art take studio courses like drawing, painting, photography and printmaking combined with art history in a variety of fields including the history of photography, women and art, twentieth-century and African art. View recent student artwork.
Music majors may choose to emphasize either music history or theory and practice.
Arts Administration offers the opportunity to integrate art or music with course work and internships in one of three professional fields: communications, marketing or management.
Boston area museums and cultural organizations serve as your classroom. Students at Simmons are challenged to consider their own creative production and that of others in a cultural and social context through their study of art and music history. Simmons' location in the heart of Boston's cultural district provides unique opportunities for both study and work as part of the art and music curriculum.
The collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are regularly incorporated into the course work of both art history and studio courses. Simmons students automatically receive free admission to these museums in order that they may take advantage of them often to do research, draw and learn more about the collections. The Trustman Art Gallery, on the main campus, has earned a reputation as one of the finest venues in the area featuring contemporary work by Boston artists. Gallery talks and lectures with these artists are a regular part of the academic calendar.
Simmons is the only college in the area with a professional resident orchestra. All students receive free admission to concerts by The New England Philharmonic and also work with various members of the orchestra in their music courses. Qualified students may also arrange to pursue their musical studies at the New England Conservatory, one of the country's finest music schools. In addition, music courses and arts administration courses study the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet, attending performances and meeting with individuals from those organizations.
Internships at local arts and cultural organizations give students experience in their field. Students in the Department of Art and Music fulfill independent learning and internship requirements in a variety of ways, including recent placements in the American Paintings department and the Conservation lab of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Handel and Haydn Society, Art New England, Christie's and Sotheby's.
Recent positions of our alumnae include professor of art history, development professional at the Museum of Modern Art, Program director at the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Education officer at the Smithsonian Institution to name a few. We are committed to providing women the breadth of education and the skills they need to be successful leaders in the exciting field of art and music.
September 4 - October 2