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In your final year of study, you have the option to apply to our Senior Thesis Program.

Thesis students participate in a year-long journey of research, writing, and art-making centered around critical dialogue with peers, faculty, visiting artists, and arts professionals.

For those students who are accepted, this program acts as a capstone to the undergraduate experience, helping them to assess the progress they’ve made and clarify the directions they’ll take next. Students work closely with dedicated Senior Thesis faculty as they plan, create work for, and mount a final public exhibition. Along the way they cultivate skills in the planning and development of ambitious projects, form bonds with their classmates, refine writing and professional presentation skills, all while honing their concept and craft. The professional practices developed during Senior Thesis serve as a platform for the development of an ongoing, independent art practice.

"My thesis has been a conduit for all the things I’m interested in to come through without feeling like any one has to be compromised or sacrificed."

- NICHOLAS PAPA, BFA '18
 

Past Senior Thesis Exhibitions

2020 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Outrageous Plans for Sensible Ideas

Outrageous Plans for Sensible Ideas presents the work of 14 undergraduate students who completed the Senior Thesis Program in the midst of the COVID-19 2020 global pandemic.

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2019 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Liminal Space

Liminal Space, a term to describe the transition between past and future, showcased emerging artists from different backgrounds, coming together to speak of their own experiences. 

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2018 Senior Thesis Exhibition: In Search of Coalescence

In Search of Coalescence examines the relationships that can be built between self-identity, institutional powers, perception, and the environment as they circulate through each artist's work.

More about the 2018 exhibition