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Resources for Majors

Prospective Carleton Students

Students applying to Carleton who have done creative work are encouraged to submit images of their work as part of the admissions process

Off Campus Programs for Studio Art and Art History Majors

Studying off-campus is highly encouraged for all disciplines at Carleton.  For more information, check out the Studio Art Off-Campus Programs page or the Carleton College Off-Campus Studies website.

Student Departmental Advisers

Each year, one Art History senior major and one Studio Art senior major serve as Student Departmental Advisers. These students are available to advise and discuss the major course of study and answer questions regarding the various classes students are required to take and options for electives. Majors and prospective majors may contact them any time with questions or concerns.


A number of students choose to intern for a summer or, occasionally, during winter break or a term at a museum, preservation agency, architectural firm, or similar institution. The Career Center has information on internships as do some of the Studio and Art History faculty members. Internships may also posted on Art Department bulletin boards and sent electronically.

Whether paid or unpaid, these offer both valuable experience and insight into possible career paths. Our students have interned in a range of institutions and businesses from New York and Twin Cities photography studios to to museums across the country.

In addition, each year the department hires two graduating students to work as part-time "Fifth-Year" educational assistants during the following year. They maintain access to the Boliou facilities and assist faculty members with various projects, including organizing and mounting exhibitions in the Boliou Gallery. Faculty members offer help and guidance for the fifth-year educational assistants' own art work.

Visiting Artists and Scholars

In order to give students opportunities to hear as many different viewpoints as possible, the department brings to campus many visiting lecturers. Efforts are made to ensure they are quality speakers with interesting topics. Majors should take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. Juniors should consider attendance at these a requirement, as reference to the lectures will be made in the seminars for majors. Seniors will benefit from these lectures too, whether Art History majors reviewing for their Comps exam, or Studio majors gaining access to the wider art world. 

Field Trips 

In addition, the department makes regular use of Twin Cities cultural institutions, including field trips to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center each term. Occasionally, too, students in a course take a field trip as far away as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, or the Chicago Art Institute.

Special Funds for Students

Hyslop-Warnholtz fund is available to help support majors who wish to study art or art history in summer or winter break or for workshops during break, or who accept non-paying internships for summers or December breaks. Materials other than those which are part of workshop will not be funded.  Previous majors have used these funds for study at the Yale Summer School of Art, the Anderson Ranch in Aspen, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or to finance study abroad. Apply to the Chair. A short written thank you  to the families of the donors is required upon completion of the project/trip. Students may be awarded one grant per academic year

Everett funds are allocated to senior studio majors to help them buy materials for their art.

Jepson award funds provide an annual cash award to three outstanding junior majors in studio art.

The Ray Jacobson Memorial fund, established in 2012, makes small amounts available to studio art majors who may need financial assistance with materials for classes. Students should contact a studio art faculty member to request financial assistance.