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    Hope College
    Jun 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The Department of Art and Art History offers concentrations in studio (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics), art history and art education and is one of the elite departments in the nation accredited in all three of these areas.

About The Program

Course offerings in the Department of Art and Art History are structured in form, content and sequence to provide a foundation in the fine arts for both the art student and the liberal arts student. The curriculum affords opportunities for study and creative work in the visual arts through studio practice and art history.

The Department of Art and Art History faculty members are teaching, producing and research oriented artists and art historians.

The department offers assistantships to qualified upper level students.

Students majoring in art and art history at Hope College participate in a wide variety of activities:

  • Apprenticeships in New York City, Chicago and through The Philadelphia Center
  • Contact with visiting artists and lecturers of national importance
  • Field trips to museums, such as those in Chicago and Detroit
  • Exhibition experience in the De Pree Gallery
  • Entrance in competitive shows
  • Funded summer research opportunities with department faculty and the Borgeson Artist in Residence
  • Varied contact with other college art departments

Graduates of this department have gone into the following areas:

  • Graduate work in studio and art history
  • Practicing fine arts, sculpture, painting, printmaking and photography
  • Teaching in the college, secondary and elementary levels
  • Graphic design industry
  • Furniture design industry
  • Arts administration
  • Art gallery management
  • Museum work
  • Publishing industry
  • Auction houses


A major consists of at least 45 credits of art in studio art or 38 credits in art history.




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