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Visual Arts and Design

Babson undergraduate, Babson graduate, and Olin Engineering students have a plethora of opportunities to engage in and be a spectator of visual arts and design. In terms of engagement, currently, students may explore ceramics, drawing, and painting through hands-on non-credit classes and workshops in Trim at the Sorenson Family Visual Arts Center. The latter are also open to the extended Babson community. Students interested in pursuing digital arts can take advantage of the student-run Media and Design (MAD) Studio in Horn Library. There are opportunities to apply visual arts and design skills through the student organizations such as The Babson Free Press and The Babson Literary Magazine. Students who have created significant bodies of work are encouraged to explore exhibiting their work on campus.


Academically, students can take general elective classes at an introductory level in photography, 2D and 3D classes at Babson. Students can take introductory level A&H classes in Art History. They are also able to cross-register for studio art and art history classes at Wellesley College through the 3-college collaboration. Many Babson students take visual arts classes while studying abroad. Students interested in becoming professional artists themselves are encouraged to take the management and law classes “Arts & Entertainment Management” and “Entertainment Law.”


As spectators/consumers of visual arts and design, here are some of the ways in which students can appreciate art: attend openings and artist talks at the exhibits on campus; Babson student OneCards gain free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston; visit local free exhibits at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University; and visit Massachusetts institutions (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, ICA, Peabody Essex Museum, MassMoca, Fuller Craft Museum, the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, and the museums at Harvard, to name but a few).