Arts & Letters

Enhance the ability of students to think critically and creatively


Visual Arts

The Visual Arts at Prescott College offers a BFA in Visual Art, and BA Competences in the following areas of study: Studio Arts (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Public Art), Integrative Photographic Studies (Digital and Analog Image Making, Video and New Media), and Visual Studies (Critical Theory and Practice). We provide an environment where students transform ideas and concepts into objects and visual experiences. Through a curriculum designed to introduce the importance, impact and influence of visual arts on the individual and society, students receive hands-on instruction in a variety of media, while developing a critical understanding of their art practice within contemporary visual culture. The faculty of artists in the Visual Arts Area endeavors to cultivate a sense of community through the common experience of the creative process and by sharing their professional experience with students. Our studio and field-based courses encourage students to refine creative thought and apply acquired knowledge and skill to the making of images, objects and experimental works. While our Practicum and Development courses provide students with professional experience in gallery and curatorial studies, preparing the student for careers in the arts after Prescott College.

Writing and Literature

The Writing and Literature competence corresponds directly with the liberal arts mission. Literature students have the opportunity to explore classic and contemporary poetry, fiction, plays, screenplays, and nonfiction. The program introduces students to literature from various cultures. They become careful readers, able to effectively analyze and synthesize. In writing courses, students hone their creative and critical writing skills, producing original pieces of polished work in a variety of genres. They learn to give and receive constructive criticism in workshop settings, to evaluate each other’s work and to use that feedback to create strong stories, poems, essays, and scripts.

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts are an integral part of a liberal arts education. Students explore aspects of history, culture, literature, the environment, and society through their study of theatre, dance, and music. Courses range from appreciation to full production, challenging students to move from foundation courses to skills courses, from theory to practice, from the academic study of performance to actual performance. The courses in the Performing Arts Program, especially skill-building and production courses, are experiential, demanding that students develop a high level of problem-solving skills.

Performing arts offer an important contribution to the larger community, and the Performing Arts Program hosts numerous student shows and class presentations. Village Life, in connection with the African Inspired Dance and Drumming course, meets weekly to celebrate the power of community through music and dance. The Dance Workshop and Theatre Production classes produce shows each year. Students can arrange independent studies and internships with various regional and national dance and theatre companies. Choreography in the Community, Children’s Theatre Workshops, and the Green River Project, an inspired dance performance in the canyons of the Green River, engage the local community.

Interdisciplinary Arts and Letters

Many students wish to emphasize Prescott College’s liberal arts mission by pursuing a broad-based competence or breadth in the Arts & Letters area rather than a more narrowly defined field of study. The Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters Program strongly encourages this approach. It allows students to make connections across disciplines, to deepen their appreciation of all the arts, and to learn the theory and techniques of more than one discipline. 

Student Directed Arts & Letters Competences

Art Education

Students develop awareness of historical and theoretical issues and concepts of personal vision, creativity, and expression within a firm understanding of various studio arts and instructional modalities.

Communication and Social Consciousness

Students gain awareness of humanity’s current situation and develop understanding of options leading society in a more ecological, psychological, and sustainable direction. They explore anthropology, philosophy, economics, global issues, ethics, mass media, ecological design, psychology, and issues of social change.


Students develop proficiency in dance, expressive arts, technique, method, and choreography. Improvisation and group dance techniques are used to facilitate opportunities for self-expression and interpretation of personal experience.


Students explore the language arts, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journalism, drama, literary critique, and creative writing.  They develop familiarity with historic and contemporary works of importance, and knowledge of popular styles of writing and authors that typify genres


Students focus on writing for media - magazine, newspaper, journal, commercial, technical, and public communication.  They participate in college newspaper writing and production, prepare writers.

Mixed Media Sculpture

Students delve into personal reflection and self-analysis through exploration of the artist's place in the world.  They explore ideas, beliefs, and emotions that comprise individuality, and gain competence in pottery, color study, painting, glass blowing, 3D design, contemporary art, and art history.


Students develop a strong foundation in painting and experience in a variety of 2D art forms.  They explore drawing, print on textiles, life painting, photography, and figure drawing, and gain a broad  perspective of art through the study of art history, contemporary art trends, public art process and art narrative.

Photography as Social Documentary

Students explore communication, anthropology, photographic theory and execution, journalism, and sociology. They addresses local or global issues such as sustainable agricultural practices, environmental conservation, or socioeconomic and political concerns to promote awareness and change.


Students merge the art of photographic image-making with journalistic-style writing and storytelling. They portray social, political, and environmental issues with the aim of educating and informing the public.


Students study acting, classical training, production, children's theatre, movement/dance, creativity, script writing, theatre history and literature, improvisation, and directing.  They explore practical aspects of the theatre, including business practices and technical training through independent study.


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