Fine Arts (ID)

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Fine Arts (ID) Program

An interdisciplinary degree in fine arts will change the way you see the world. It will help you see more clearly and assess the world more acutely. Art is a technical field—so at Bryn Athyn you’ll study painting, jewelry, blacksmithing, glass painting, stone carving, ceramics, and photography, honing your artistic abilities. The Interdisciplinary major presents a unique opportunity for students to combine studies of two liberal arts areas and to develop, in a structured way, the interrelations between these different fields of knowledge.

Program Strengths

At Bryn Athyn, art is in our history. Our campus includes the stunning Bryn Athyn Historic District. You’ll explore the galleries and exhibitions at Glencairn Museum, study the original Beaux-arts architecture of Cairnwood Estate, and examine the incredible Gothic stonework, blacksmithing and stained glass at Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Whether you use them for research or inspiration, you’ll have incredible resources just across the street.

Here, you’ll study with working artists and active researchers. Your classes will be small. You’ll take studio course, research seminars, and participate in critiques. So you won’t simply create art, you’ll hone your artistic eye and learn to express your thoughts clearly.

Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Major

This program can be combined with any of the following areas:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion

Fine Arts Tracks

Fine Arts Interdisciplinary students can select between two tracks:

The Dance track encourages self-expression, cooperation, and the development of individual technique, while providing instruction in choreography and performance skills.

Choreography includes a number of styles of dance:

  • Modern
  • Contemporary jazz
  • Theater jazz
  • Hip hop
  • Ballet
  • Tap

The Studio Arts track allows students to explore visual aesthetics and artistic expression through a variety of mediums, including:

  • Ceramics
  • Stained glass
  • Metal work
  • Drawing and painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography


The capstone experience is an art project with a companion research paper. Before applying, students should have a grade of C- or better in:

  • Fine Arts 101: Aegean to Early Christian
  • Fine Arts 102: Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • One of the following:
    • Fine Arts 120: Metalwork
    • Fine Arts 130: Glass Painting
    • Fine Arts 140: Drawing and Painting



Our Faculty

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Daryl Baker

Spring Adjuct in Fine Arts

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Graham Bier

Lecturer in Music

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Jessica Bostock

Head of Performing Arts Program / Assistant Professor of Dance & Theatre

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Martha Gyllenhaal

Associate Professor of Art and Art History

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Warren Holzman

Instructor in Art

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Jonathan Kline

Assistant Professor of Art History, Chair of the Art Department

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Christina Orthwein

Instructor in Art