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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art + Design

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Associate Professor: Gretchen Sinnett, Chairperson                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Professors: Haig J. Demarjian, Benjamin H. Gross, Richard A. Lewis, Mark J. Malloy, Kenneth J. Reker, John J. Volpacchio

Associate Professor: Brian Alves

Assistant Professors:  Antwon Key

Faculty Emeriti

Professors: Thomas Leary, Patricia Johnston, Francis C. Quimby, Margers Raudzens

Associate Professor: Elissa Ananian

  Programs Offered 


3-Dimensional Studio 
Art History 
Graphic Design 

Art, Second Major Early Childhood & Elementary Education ✝✝  



2-Dimensional Art 
3-Dimensional Art 
Art History 
Graphic Design 
User Experience and Interface Design



Bachelor of Arts – Art

The undergraduate Art + Design major provides in-depth experience in design, photography, studio arts, and art history supported by the university’s broad liberal arts curriculum.  Art + Design courses encourage an appreciation of the social, cultural, ethnic, and environmental complexities of our community and the world.  The plurality within and among cultures, and the richness in diversity of individuals and groups are emphasized.

Students in Art + Design develop their abilities to express ideas and concepts visually and verbally.  They explore traditional artistic tools as well as the most recent technologies, while gaining in-depth knowledge of the history of art and design.  They learn to look closely, think critically, and express themselves creatively, skills necessary in art and design and many other fields.  Students study and create art and design from diverse aesthetic, historical, and socio-cultural perspectives.  Foundation studio courses expose majors to a range of artistic media, while strengthening critique and problem-solving skills.  Concentration-specific courses allow students to focus intensely on one of six disciplines.  The art history curriculum expands students’ visual literacy and analysis skills.  Majors in capstone courses build their portfolios and develop supporting documents such as resumes, artist statements, and cover letters for graduate school and employment applications as well as exhibition submissions.  Graduates work in design firms, museums, advertising agencies, galleries, photography studios, printing shops, schools, and other creative fields, locally and nationally.

Salem State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Admission to Art + Design

Students who wish to be admitted directly into the Art + Design major when applying to Salem State must submit a portfolio to www.slideroom.com as part of the admissions process. Portfolios should consist of 10-15 pieces of original art and design work that are made with a variety of media and demonstrate a range of skills. Written descriptions for each portfolio piece should include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a short explanation of the purpose of the project. Applications will not be considered complete until all required credentials are submitted.

There are two methods that students already at Salem State can use to declare or change to a major in Art + Design. Current Salem State students can either submit a portfolio to www.slideroom.com or enroll in any Art + Design course and then get an instructor’s recommendation to join the major. It’s best to get an instructor’s referral near the end of the semester after a number of projects have been completed. Students then declare or change their major through Navigator. Whether a portfolio is submitted online or an instructor signs a referral form, students wishing to join the major need to notify the chairperson for final approval.


Many students in the Art + Design department choose to participate in an internship while at Salem State. Internships are a great opportunity to get professional experience while you are still earning your undergraduate degree. ART 501 Internship in Art is a three-credit course that requires 100-120 hours of working at an internship location. Some internships provide a stipend or salary and some do not. If you want to do an internship, you have to find a company or organization that is willing to sponsor an intern. You also need a Salem State instructor who will meet with you periodically throughout the semester to discuss how your internship is going and review the work you did at the internship.

Honors In Art

Senior Art majors with a minimum average of 3.5 in the major may be invited by an Art + Design faculty member to submit a proposal to the department to pursue ART 600H Honors in Art. This course is an opportunity for qualified students to produce a research or studio project that exhibits substantial knowledge and creative achievement outside of the normal pattern of courses. Students must have the ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision. A proposal must be approved by the chairperson.