Contact Us

For more information about the Division of Social Studies, contact:

Robert Culp, Division Chair
Phone: 845-758-7395

Our Programs

The Division of the Arts offers concentrations in the following areas:

    Divisional News

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    Bard MFA Faculty Matana Roberts Receives 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award

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    Bard College Graduates Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

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    Max Gavrich '14 Awarded Lugo Land Prize from the College's Photography Program

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    Bard MFA Professor Matana Roberts to Receive Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

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    Bard's Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra, April 11 and 12

Division of the Arts

The Division of the Arts offers concentrations in the areas of studio arts, art history, dance, film and electronic arts, music, photography, and theater. Moderated juniors may also pursue a second Moderation, into integrated arts. This provides them with an opportunity to study two or more arts-related fields or a form that eludes categorization. Theoretical understanding and practical skills are taught in all disciplines within the arts and are developed through production and performance.

Course Work and Requirements

Students in the arts develop aesthetic criteria that can be applied to other areas of learning. They may undertake study of the arts as a path to a vocation or an avocation. Each student works with a faculty adviser to plan a curriculum with particular goals in mind.

As a student progresses to the Upper College, the course work increasingly consists of small studio discussion groups and seminars in which active participation is expected.

Advisory conferences, tutorials, and independent work prepare the student for the Senior Project. This yearlong independent project may be a critical or theoretical monograph, a collection of essays, or an artistic work, such as an exhibition of original paintings, sculpture, or photography; performances in dance, theater, or music; dance choreography or musical composition; or the creation of a short film.

Live Arts Bard

Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a partnership between the Theater and Performance Program and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. As its acronym suggests, Live Arts Bard is a laboratory for new performance. Each year LAB will provide residencies for individual artists, or groups of collaborators, in theater, performance, dance, live arts, and allied art forms. Its aim is to develop a fertile and nurturing community of visiting artists and students, who work side by side to generate projects and new creative methodologies.