basic skills, you won't be successful."
and Graphic Design classes are taught has changed, too. "For many
years, all our courses were only available in Bedford. Now, we offer
courses in Lowell."
work. Student projects are displayed in cases that line the hallways of
Henderson Hall on the Bedford campus. And an annual spring Juried
Student Art Show is held at Lowell Telecommunications Corp. (LTC).
said Swan. "They come with their families and friends to the openings,
and their efforts and achievements are celebrated. People take
them seriously as artists sometimes for the first time."
came to Middlesex in the early 1980s, she was the only full-time
the department into a thriving and vital part of the Humanities Division.
I fashioned the Studio Art program into a foundational program for
students who wanted to attend a four-year art school. They could come
here and build a great portfolio, complete their academic requirements,
figure out what they wanted to study, and transfer."
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, as well as prestigious programs
in New York and California.
world, the department expanded. "Once we added our Graphic Design
programs in 1996, things really took off."
taught annually by nearly 25 faculty, who are all, like Swan, practicing
artists or professionals in their fields. "Our Graphic Design program is
especially strong. Our graduates can get jobs right away and many do,
even though we encourage them to earn a four-year degree."
courses to meet them without losing sight of the basics is what
makes MCC's art and design programs so successful, said Swan.
new things in our classes, but the basics don't change. Good design,
color principles, strong conceptual skills you still need those basics."
Swan, is conceptualizing an idea and taking it to completion. "How to
come up with a fully developed finished project from sketches to final
skills you still need those basics."
Art Department Chairwoman