Each year over 500 students across the Claremont Colleges enroll in thirty-nine courses offered by the Scripps Art faculty in: art theory, book arts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Courses are designed to integrate theory and practice, enabling students to express their knowledge through research and diverse creative forms that can foster and enhance social discourse. The Art Department offers a rich and distinctive program that prepares our majors to pursue graduate work and careers in art, media, education, and the non-profit sector.
Taking advantage of Scripps’ long-standing position within the Los Angeles arts community, as well as the many opportunities found in a liberal arts environment, the Art major emphasizes hands-on learning and critical thinking. We support student research and production in traditional art to new media in various labs, classrooms and studios: the Lincoln ceramics building, Lang and Steele computer labs, and painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and video studios. Individual studios are available for qualifying majors during their senior year. Students enrolled in Scripps Art courses have 24-hour access to their classroom facilities.
The Scripps College Press and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery are also integral parts of the Art program. The Art faculty works closely with the Gallery to showcase the annual Scripps Senior Exhibition as well as other temporary exhibitions of interest to the College and the Claremont community.
An art major consists of 10 upper-division art and art history courses. Students are encouraged to explore a number of studio practices before choosing an area of concentration.
T. Kim-Trang Tran