Arts & Culture Track

The arts play a vital role in Boston's daily life. The city's cultural offerings include everything from small gallery shows and world-class museum exhibits to productions in the Theatre District, historic preservation projects in the Back Bay, outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell, and summer festivals on the Boston Common.

From art history to film and the performing arts, you'll explore topics in arts and culture while gaining valuable hands-on experience through internships in local arts organizations.

"My biggest accomplishment was spending a whole summer in Boston by myself while interning for 35-40 hours a week. I feel I am stronger and more independent because of it. This was a great experience that advanced both my academic standing and my resume."
Stephanie Stassi, Hollins University
Intern, Harvard Art Museums

Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 19 - June 26, 2015)

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in arts and culture, including courses in American studies, literature, film, music, and art history.

Choose Two:

  • CAS AH 111 Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages

    An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts. Study of masterpieces of Western Art from prehistoric to dawn of Renaissance. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Green CAS 229
  • CAS AH 112 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today

    Major monuments and artists. Sequential development from the late Renaissance to the modern period of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Alberts CAS 303A
  • CAS AH 211 Boston Museums

    An introduction to the fundamentals of visual analysis and the history of art, focusing on outstanding works in the collections of Boston and Cambridge museums. Current, temporary exhibitions are included. Also examines the curatorial decision-making process determining the choice of works and the conditions under which they are displayed. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Ribner CAS 303A
  • CAS AH 295 History of Photography

    An introduction to the study of photographs. The history of the medium in Europe and America from its invention in 1839 to the present. After lectures on photographic theory and methodology, photographs are studied both as art objects and as historical artifacts. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Hite CAS 229
  • CAS AH 389 Impressionism

    Impressionism, its sources, and its aftermath, from the painting of modern life and leisure by Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, and Degas, to the evocation of spirituality, pain, and desire in the work of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Munch. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Ribner CAS 303A
  • CAS AM 371 Art and Architecture in Boston

    Explores art, architecture, and literature in Boston from 1630 to present. Frequent walking tours and site visits supplement lectures, readings, and discussions. Themes include the city's physical growth and the relationship of politics, culture, and society to art and architecture. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with this number formerly entitled "Seeing and Reading Boston, 1630 to the Present." 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Edwards KCB 107
    SA1 T, R 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Edwards KCB 107
  • CAS EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing

    An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, plays. Students' work discussed in class. Designed mainly for those with little or no experience in creative writing. Does not give concentration credit. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Clouse CAS 424
    SA2 Independent T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Murphy EPC 201
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare I

    Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Henry IV (Part I), Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Siemon CAS B25A
  • CAS EN 476 Critical Studies in Literature and Gender

    Topic for Summer 2015: Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Introduces major movements and texts in gender and sexuality studies central to literary studies. Sub-topics include identity, race, nationhood, family, erotics, representation and digital media, public/private spheres, and literary forms. Readings include theoretical works (feminist, queer, transgender, etc.), novels, graphic novels, and films. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Murphy CAS B25A
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature

    Topic for Summer 2015: Japanese Popular Culture. Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, CLAMP, and Anno Hideaki (Neon Genesis Evangelion). In English translation. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Frederick CAS 201
  • CFA AR 136 Drawing and the Figure

    An introduction to the practice of representational drawing with the human figure. Focuses on establishing basic skills concerning the translation of three dimensional form onto the two dimensional page. Students investigate methods of identification, definition, and location of form in a comprehensive space utilizing a variety of materials and approaches. Students work from still life, the figure, interior and exterior spaces, and themselves. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 2:00 PM-5:00 PM De Gaetano CFA 308
  • CFA AR 470 Ceramics 1

    An introduction to methods for making both sculptural and functional works of art out of clay. Explores traditional and experimental hand-building techniques such as slab, pinch, and coil. Basic wheel throwing and vessel making are also integrated. Includes a variety of glazing and various surface treatments that enhance both sculptural and functional clay works. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, W 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Sauve CFA 554
  • CFA MT 105 Elements of Music Theory 1

    Intended for non-music majors who wish to know more about elements of music. Covers properties of tone and rhythm, notation, and construction of scales, triads, and intervals. Sight reading from both bass and treble clefs, ear-training, analysis, and composition work is included in course activities. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, W, R 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Aghababian CFA 216
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1

    Focuses on awareness of the human body as an expressive instrument. The approach to acting begins with preparation exercises that connect the actor's body and mind and then introduces tools for creating character and playing the action of dramatic scenes. Through exercises and improvisations, students increase awareness, strengthen the ability to speak and listen, and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. The course develops the actor's imagination and creativity towards truthful, authentic, expressive, spontaneous "serious" play as well as practical aspects of acting with a scene partner, and as the member of an acting ensemble. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, R 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Boris CFA 109
  • CFA TH 267 Scene Painting Intensive

    Studio class intensive. Exercises in scene painting ranging from fundamentals to advanced techniques including layout, transferring, and executing scenic painting projects. Summer Term Only. Material costs are extra. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent R 11:00 AM-6:00 PM Fargo BUT ARR
  • COM FT 250 Understanding Film

    Required of all students in the Film Program. An introduction to the art of film. How do films make meaning? How do audiences understand them? Explores some of the ways in which movies teach us new ways of knowing. Students also study a variety of historical examples of different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 5:00 PM-9:00 PM Grundmann KCB 107
  • COM JO 305 Basic Photography for Non-Majors

    Students learn the fundamentals of 35mm digital photography from the basics of image capture to processing finished photographs. No previous experience in photography is required. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Smith COM 301A

Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 6 - August 14, 2015)

For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Arts & Culture Internship Opportunities

Internship placement opportunities are available at commercial galleries; auction houses; cultural councils; museums; architectural firms; design companies; arts campaigning groups; theater companies; music and dance companies; and art centers.

Internship Placement

  • Internship placement for 35 hours a week
  • Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
  • All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
  • Visit our Placement Process page for additional information

Summer Study Internship Course
(May 22 - August 14, 2015)

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet an Arts & Culture Student

Student: Meredith Rankin

Courses: Modern Art from 1940 to 1980; Art of Classical Greece

Internship Site: Diana Levine Art Gallery

On the Job: I enhanced the gallery’s online visibility through social networking sites and an e-newsletter. I helped with special projects for clients, such as selecting artwork they might be interested in for corporate or residential settings. I also assisted with designing a window display to exhibit a new artist. My job was to convey the theme and mood of the artwork while also attracting the attention of passersby.

Perspectives: I took interesting courses that count toward my major, and I gained valuable work experience while living in an exciting city. I would never have known where to start looking in Boston for the kind of work I was interested in, and the program guided my way. Interviewing at different galleries alone gave me a better sense of the art scene in Boston, as well as of the variations among galleries in general.

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