When asked what they like the best about the department, concentrators mention instructors, facilities and equipment, but at the top of their list is what they express as "freedom." By this, they mean not only 24-hour building access, but opportunities to do interdisciplinary projects and the openness of assignments.
Brown does not promote a particular "style." Instead, we encourage and aid students in learning whatever makes effective and challenging work. Assignments are often accompanied by readings selected to generate thought and discussion. Class critique is not done in the classic master/pupil style; instead, students are encouraged to critique themselves and each other.
We also hear from Visual Art alumni about the myriad ways in which lessons from our courses translate into a vast array of other creative enterprises. Our alumni fondly remember the many studio hours they spent in the List Art Building and note their development of critical thinking skills, technical proficiencies, and appreciation for both contemporary and historical art.