Studio Art

All studio art students at Assumption engage in hands-on creative work and acquire a foundation in art history that enables them to understand and appreciate theory and practice.

The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre at Assumption University will teach you the fundamentals of the visual and performing arts and encourage you to pursue your creative passions. At the same time, you’ll be grounded in the liberal arts tradition, which develops your critical thinking and communication skills – highly valued attributes in any professional career.

Specialize in either drawing or painting. Our north facing studios in the Laska Building offer dedicated spaces for painting, drawing, and 3-D work. Your studies will culminate in a public exhibition of your work.

In small classes led by our accomplished faculty, you’ll use art, music, and theatre, to find new ways of looking at and understanding the world around you. You’ll also engage in hands-on creative work in studios and labs containing the latest tools of the trade.

Outside the classroom, you can enhance your arts education by taking part in our many artistic and performance opportunities. What’s more, you’ll really get out there and experience the arts firsthand by visiting artistic centers right here in Worcester, Mass. And you’ll have the opportunity to visit museums in Boston and New York City – or even venues in Europe.

Studying studio art at Assumption provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education and develops your critical thinking and communication skills. Whether you stay in the field of art or take your talents in a different direction, you’ll have the foundation that enables Assumption graduates to succeed in their professions and lives.

Opportunities Outside the Classroom

  • Art Exhibitions: Students’ works are exhibited on campus and in local galleries.
  • Art Club: The club organizes art projects on and off campus, visits to museums and critiques of student work.
  • Graphic Design Club: This group works to improve the overall aesthetic quality of campus publications, as well as give students interested in design a place to meet and talk about upcoming contests, critique one another’s work and discuss historical and contemporary design.
  • Museum Visits: Opportunities are available for students to visit local, regional and national museums. The faculty teaches courses based on collections at the renowned Worcester Art Museum, only two miles from campus.
  • Internships: Students have had internships for credit at places like the Worcester Art Museum, Davis Publications, Preservation Worcester and Museum Action Corps.
  • Study Abroad: Assumption offers a number of study abroad options that complement art history. Assumption places students at schools such as AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) in Florence, Italy; IFSA (Institute for Foreign Study) in England; the University of the Arts in London and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland; and in other programs around the world.

Program Contact

Toby Norris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History
508-767-7417 Founders Hall - Room 025

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Students choosing to minor in Studio Art complete a total of 6 courses in studio art and art history, as listed below.

    Required Courses (6)
    ART 101 Drawing I, or ART 201: Drawing II
    ART 111 Painting I or ART 211: Painting II
    ART 106 Sculpture I or ART 107: Collage & Assemblage
    One ARH class from among departmental offerings
    One additional ART class
    One additional ART or ARH class
    Students taking the minor must take at least one studio art course at or above the 200 level.

    Course Descriptions 


Toby Norris, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Art, Music & Theatre Associate Professor of Art History
Scott Glushien, MFA
Assistant Professor of Art
Susan Hong-Sammons
Adjunct Faculty
Gary Orlinsky
Adjunct Faculty
Joseph Ray
Adjunct Faculty
Tyler Vance
Adjunct Faculty

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more. Students have recently interned at Davis Publications, Museum Action Corps, Preservation Worcester, Worcester Art Museum and more.

Career Paths

Our graduates pursue personally and professionally rewarding careers.

Art Directors and Graphics Editors for Newspapers and Magazines

Art Historians

Art Therapists/Counselors

Graphic Designers

Museum Curators and Staff Members


Self-employed Artists and Graphic Designers


Visual Resources Coordinators

Web Designers

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.


Graduate Schools

There are exciting opportunities in museums, galleries, marketing departments, education, art therapy and art departments in businesses. Students are also well prepared to enter graduate programs in architecture, painting, drawing, sculpting or other areas. Our graduates have pursued additional study at Boston Architectural Center; Rhode Island School of Design; UMass Amherst; New England Conservatory of Music; Syracuse University; Tufts University; and Maryland Institute of Art.

Programs Related to Studio Art

Art History


Graphic Design