Student art at MCLA's Gallery 51



Immerse yourself in the creation of new, original artworks with critical feedback from professors who are artists and scholars. Nestled within the rich cultural beauty and art museums of the Berkshires, MCLA offers a bachelor of art in art with concentrations in studio or design, an art minor, a design minor and an art history minor.

Student making a painting

Art Degrees

 Students can pursue several different degree options in Art including:


Art Courses

Our art courses start with a foundations approach centered on drawing, painting, design, sculpture and art history. Building on these skills and concepts, you can choose electives in figure drawing, book arts, landscape painting, and many other art methods. You will also develop your own artworks, and the depth of your own knowledge about the history of art, according to your career goals and interests. You can combine art-making with business experience through a double major or minor in Arts Management.

art courses

Art in the Field

Our ties to the flourishing arts community in the Berkshires facilitate involvement in cultural events, the exhibition of student artwork, and student internship placements in world-renowned cultural institutions such as MASS MoCA and The Clark. Get involved with MCLA's Arts and Culture (MAC) and MCLA Gallery 51, which offers exhibit space to local artists including MCLA faculty and students. Attend local art gallery openings and other cultural events and interact with the many professional artists, musicians, actors, and other performers who call the Berkshires home.


For more information contact Department Chair Jerome Socolof or Department Administrative Assistant Terrie Pratt.