“Castleton was the perfect environment for me to grow as a person and into my own as an artist and educator."
Castleton University offers a bachelor’s degree in Art that nurtures your natural curiosity and inspires a fascination with discovery.
You will gain practical skills that are crucial in today’s complex world and learn the language of art and design to cultivate your creativity.
Through studio experiments, you will learn to sharpen your senses of perception. Creating artwork means distilling your observations, ideas, and dreams into a physical form. Along the way, the materials, technologies, and methods you use will challenge you to make complex decisions and come up with original solutions.
As a Castleton art student, you will gain the insight and self-confidence to describe your own place in the contemporary world, culminating with a senior show.
Students are encouraged to pursue internships while completing their Art degree at Castleton.
Castleton students have been awarded internships in the following work settings, as well as opportunities to work alongside nationally recognized artists living in the area.
The proximity of Castleton University to major art centers, such as Boston, Montreal, and New York City makes it easy to gain firsthand knowledge of original, historic, and contemporary works of art.
There are also multiple museums and galleries, such as Hood Museum, Williams College Museum, Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, Middlebury College Museum, and Fleming Museum, which are all within easy reach of the campus.
In nearby Rutland, The Castleton University Bank Gallery exhibits faculty and student shows and showcases regional and national artists. The Christine Price Gallery presents the work of both professional and student artists.
The student run Art Club sponsors visiting artists, film series, studio visits, collaborative projects, and trips.
The Art Department has five major studio workspaces in the Fine Arts Center:
Additionally, Wooldridge House holds the woodshop, welding area, carving benches, outdoor space for sculptural installations, and upstairs studio space for art majors. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab for graphic design and digital photography.