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Programs Offered

Art and Archaeology Major, B.A.

The art and archaeology major with a concentration in archaeology introduces students to the art, artifacts and cultures of the ancient world, as well as the field methods of archaeologists today. Hood students regularly participate in excavations in the U.S. and around the world, most recently at sites in Italy, Turkey, Belize and Bermuda. U.S. sites include battlefields and historical sites in Maryland and Virginia. We also encourage students to seek internship opportunities locally and worldwide, as hands-on experience is vital to future studies and employment in archaeology.

Art and Archaeology Major with Art Education Concentration (Pre K-12), B.A.

Students who wish to teach art at the preK-12 level should plan to major in Art and Archaeology with an Art Education Concentration. Students in this concentration receive a strong training in traditional studio media, including design, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and printmaking; as well as in digital media and art history. Students who successfully complete this concentration will receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation, as well as reciprocity for teaching in certain other states.

Art and Archaeology Major with Art History Concentration, B.A.

The art and archaeology major with art history concentration introduces students to significant works of painting, sculpture and architecture, and helps them develop creativity, critical judgment and historical awareness. The major stresses art history, which places works of art in their historical, cultural and artistic contexts. It also offers the student experience in the concepts, methods and materials of archaeology and the history of film. Studio art, providing direct experience with design, drawing, painting and other media, enriches the student’s understanding of the creative process and is also an important component of the curriculum.

Art and Archeology Major with Studio Art Concentration, B.A.

The studio art concentration provides academic preparation for students planning to pursue professional careers in the visual arts, teaching, community art programs, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions. The study of studio art is important for students interested in art therapy. Students planning careers in art therapy should take a minimum of 15 credits in studio art and 15 credits in psychology in preparation for graduate school. Students will gain broad-based knowledge and skills in design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and ceramic art. A major in studio arts will provide educational opportunities to develop an understanding of movements and concepts in art, the ability to analyze formal design issues and apply accurate terminology to that analysis, the ability to express personal visual aesthetics inherent in a body of work, the ability to communicate their aesthetic intentions verbally and in written form, and the skills to create a body of work and present an exhibition to the public. The studio art concentration provides educational opportunities that both strengthen the analytical and creative thinking skills needed for diverse careers and give students experience in personal aesthetic expression.

Archaeology Minor

Students majoring in a number of fields, including history, literature, foreign languages, philosophy, religion or the sciences, may wish to minor in archaeology, as it can complement the major field and introduce new areas of study. The minor is interdisciplinary, requiring coursework in archaeological methods, regional studies, ancient history and literature.

Art History Minor

Students majoring in one of the humanities—history, literature, foreign languages, philosophy or religion—will find that the art history minor complements and enhances their area of study. The minor is also worthwhile for students considering careers in arts administration, conservation, interior design and similar fields. The required courses offer both chronological breadth and the opportunity to study a period in depth.

Studio Art Minor

The minor in studio art exposes students to fundamentals of design, drawing and painting, and develops visual and creative thinking skills.

Ceramic Arts, M.F.A.

Program Director: Joyce Michaud, M.F.A.;  301-696-3526


The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts offers comprehensive research in the ceramic arts, providing academic preparation for matriculating students pursuing professional careers in personal artistic exploration, arts instruction, community arts and museum positions. Creation of ceramic art is a multidisciplinary confluence of science and art. The production of three- dimensional works of art in the ceramic medium is a continuing exercise in critically assessing the results of a complex series of deliberate experiments culminating in an aesthetic judgment, documentation and exhibition. The M.F.A. degree program will ground students in the scientific requirements of ceramic arts and develop critical understanding of the aesthetics involved in exploring the third dimension. Innovative experiential process is the basis of the Hood College ceramic arts program history and the major thrust behind the curriculum.

Certificate in Ceramic Arts

Program Director: Joyce Michaud, M.F.A.;  301-696-3526

The Hood College Graduate Certificate in the Ceramic Arts is a post-baccalaureate program providing an advanced studio experience to assist students in achieving a professional level of proficiency in the ceramic arts. With attention to the application of universal design principles and the unique requirements for teaching the ceramic arts at a variety of institutional levels, the program has been designed to assist students in the development of technical proficiency, refinement of personal aesthetic expression and production of a comprehensive body of work. Although not a teaching certificate, the course work in ceramics will provide an intensive experience in a planned and structured curriculum based on aesthetics, technical and experiential learning and skill development. Through study, studio production and objective-subjective analysis of creative work, the program will prepare the student for the challenges, demands and opportunities of careers in ceramic arts and related art fields.