Arts & Humanities BA

Prescott College’s small class size, nationally-recognized faculty, and commitment to experiential learning create an ideal and nurturing community in which students may learn fundamental skills in Arts and Humanities. Students may pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Arts & Letters by designing a competence that combines two or more areas of the arts, or they may choose a competence in one area, such as Creative Writing or Studio Arts. Some students, working closely with advisors and mentors, design individual competence and breadth tracks in Arts and Humanities that allow them to combine their studies of painting, photography, writing, or dance with their studies in ecology, education, social justice, human development, or adventure education. Student designed competence titles such as Nature Writing, Travel Writing, Photojournalism, Environmental Art, and Nature and Dance are also possible. All students working toward degrees housed in the Arts & Humanities Department engage in courses focused on rigorous, hands-on acquisition and application of skills and theory.

Creative Writing and Literature
In this hands-on, interdisciplinary area of study, students work with published writers to hone their creative and critical writing skills. In creative writing workshops, students generate original poetry and prose, and in addition to learning to give and receive constructive criticism, they learn to use feedback to polish their work. In literature courses, students explore both classic and contemporary American works as well as works from other cultures. All of our writing and literature courses encourage students to become careful readers and informed writers, able to effectively analyze and synthesize material, able to appreciate diversity, and able to engage in discourse with the wider world community.

Studio Arts 
We provide an environment within which 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. All of our courses cultivate a sense of community through the common experience of the creative process. Our studio courses encourage students to refine creative thought and apply acquired knowledge and skill to the making of images and objects as well as interdisciplinary and experimental works.

A well-rounded competence in the Arts & Humanities supports the development of an informed aesthetic; effective communication and problem-solving skills; creative and critical thinking skills; and insight into diverse cultural and artistic sensibilities.

  • Students will identify and explore the contribution of the arts and
    humanities to the human experience including historical, social,
    environmental, religious, or cultural contexts.
  • Students will apply the language and techniques of their chosen
  • Students will produce original artwork or a critical analysis of art or
    literature that communicates effectively with an audience.


  • Art Program Director
  • Art Critic
  • Art Theorist
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Director
  • Dance Educator
  • Dance Performing Artist
  • Dance Studio Director
  • Dance Therapist
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Graduate School
  • Health & Fitness Professional
  • High School Art Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator
  • Professional Writer
  • Travel Writer  

Students interested in Arts and letters and Arts and Humanities engage in classes addressing the following competencies: disciplinary practice, literature or art history, and interdisciplinary study. Though course combinations are endless, students could earn a degree in Arts and Letters with the following list of classes.  

Lower division - the starting points

Opening the Creative Person: An Applied Approach
Form and Function: Theory and Practice in Sculpture
The Derivative Image: Abstract Painting
Photographic Tactics for the Environment
Short Shorts: Adventures in Flash Prose
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
American Mosaic

Upper Division - Developing a deeper mastery
Just Art: Art and Social Justice
Gallery Management 
Film & Literature: Elements of Desire
Cinema and Social Change
Creative Practice and Performance
Documentary Photography
The Senior Project