Fine Art

Fine Art

The Fine Art Major is designed for students looking to establish themselves as fine art photographers. Students are required to strengthen their visual literacy and master technical skills while exploring various visual paths for their work. Weekly critiques will guide students on how to effectively edit their photographs and talk about intention. Business components are integrated throughout this program to emphasize an understanding of the broader fine art market. At the end of the year, each student will have produced a polished, cohesive body of work ready to present to gallery directors and curators.

Fine Art

Fine Art I | 5 units

This course begins with the question, “What is art?” Through class lectures, readings and viewing the work of contemporary fine art photographers, students define the concept of art and learn to employ these concepts in their work. Assignments will encourage students to explore their own creativity and experiment with various forms of artistic expression as they work towards finding a long term project. Intensive critique will encourage students to learn the editing process and how to talk about their work. Students may work in digital or analog mediums, both in color or black and white.

Fine Art II | 5 units

In this course, students are encouraged to push their creativity to the limit while developing a dynamic body of photographs. Gallery visits, reading assignments, research projects and class discussions support the students’ development in their project work as they strive towards visual literacy. Introductory methods of breaking into the fine art world will be introduced as students complete calls for entry and consider topics such as modes of presentation and pricing.

Fine Art Portfolio | 5 units

Fine Art Portfolio is devoted to the completion of a cohesive body of work which is the culmination of an extensive photographic investigation. Weekly exercises will introduce students to important topics in project completion from image size, titling work, writing effective artist statements and presenting work to gallery directors and curators. By the end of this course, each student will have a dynamic, cohesive completed project ready for gallery exhibition.

Faculty Spotlight

Erin Carey

A Boston-based artist, curator and writer; Erin Carey completed her B.A. in Art History and Photography from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before becoming an educator, Erin worked as a Museum Preparator at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA. Her photographic works predominantly focus on place, investigating the changing cultural landscape of man, including her most recent project Tree Hunting. She continues to work with medium and large format analog materials and is committed to the craft. She has been exhibited in Boston and New York and also dedicates significant energies to curating. Erin has been the Director of NESOP’s Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions since 2009. In addition, she is a regular guest reviewer, lecturer, juror and panelist for the likes of The Griffin Museum of Photography, The PRC Boston, and various metro Boston-based photo clubs. To see Erin's work, go to: