2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

A Place for Practice, Application, Dialogue, and Critique

As a student at The College of Art and Design, you will participate in an internship seminar, an external internship as a graduation requirement and successfully complete a Professional Practices course intended to broaden your experience and expand your professional network. You may be able to complete an internship at a top design firm; work at a gallery on Newbury Street or take an apprenticeship with a successful national or international artist. Additionally, you can catch lectures at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, view classic treasures and masterpieces at the many fine arts museums, observe classic examples of architecture, to music, dance and dramatic performance. Students have access to every kind of artistic experience. A surprising juxtaposition of the old and new, historic and innovative, Boston and Cambridge are ideal spots for urban immersion, professional experience, and enlightened inspiration as an artist. You can take advantage of the vibrant arts scene, rich history, intellectual culture, exciting urban landscape of New England's charm with ease of access. Each major of study focuses on a rigorous critique and jury process that integrates critical dialogue and feedback, allowing students to articulate their ideas, while being informed of how their work reaches a wider audience. This allows them to gain the skill sets necessary to express their ideas and provide informed opinions regarding their own work, as well as the work of others, in a public setting, in preparation for being an active participant in visual culture.