Fine Arts (ID)

stained glass students watching a demonstration during class

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:

Dance Track

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
Studio Arts Track

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



Contact Information
Dr. Jonathan Kline
Chair of the Arts Department

Our Faculty

Graham Bier
Lecturer in Music

Graham Bier

Dr. Bier has been director of the Bryn Athyn College Chorale since he joined the...
Jessica Bostock
Head of Performing Arts Program / Assistant Professor of Dance & Theatre

Jessica Bostock

Jessica is an award-winning choreographer who has taught and choreographed many styles...
Martha Gyllenhaal
Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Martha Gyllenhaal

Dr. Gyllenhaal is an art historian and painter who integrates humanities and the...
Naomi Haus-Roth
Director of Mitchell Performing Arts Center / Instructor in Theater

Naomi Haus-Roth

Naomi Haus-Roth is currently in her ninth year as the Director of the Mitchell Performing...
Jonathan Kline
Assistant Professor of Art History, Chair of the Art Department

Jonathan Kline

Dr. Kline teaches Art History and Studio Art classes at Bryn Athyn College. He is...