Fine Arts at Lake Forest College
Fine arts at Lake Forest College
At Lake Forest College, we understand that the fine arts are a key part in nourishing the student as a whole as well as supporting the cultural enrichment of our campus. Our students study and apply foundational creative and expressive skills they learn in the fine arts so they graduate equipped to effect change in the world beyond our gates.
The fine arts empower our diverse population of students with foundational social, practical, emotional, and creative skills employers are seeking. Practicing the fine arts enhances a Forester's connection to the wider world and helps us find our place in it.
We help our students achieve academic excellence and find success through the fine arts with small class sizes, attentive instructors, and experiential learning opportunities.
Studio students learn painting, drawing, video, multimedia, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and more. Our students of art history learn how to use visual material in the analysis of society, economics, politics, and religion.
The theater program at Lake Forest College merges active learning, creative expression, artistic development, and historical and theoretical understanding. Majoring in theater puts students in a dynamic and immersive learning environment where they make connections and learn skills that lay the foundation for a career beyond graduation.
The study of music education at Lake Forest combines music theory, history and culture of music, and music performance with rigorous study in the practical art of teaching strings, winds and percussion, elemental and secondary general music, and instrumental and choral ensembles.
The Department of English and Creative Writing offers courses for all students who wish to enrich their understanding of literature and language and to develop their skills as readers and writers, enabling them to lead constructive and imaginative lives.
Lake Forest College’s minor in museum studies provides students from a wide range of majors a chance to study the theory and practice of displaying such collections for educational and cultural purposes.
The Print and Digital Publishing Program prepares students for careers in the publishing industry as well as in fields that require exceptional skills in expository writing.
Cinema Studies courses focus on the history, theory, culture, and criticism of film and video, in addition to encouraging hands-on experience in digital video production, setting students up for successful cinema careers.
La España Vaciada Exhibition
In Spain “La España Vaciada" has become a national conversation and a point of contention in issues ranging from declining infrastructure, environmental catastrophe and the use of natural resources.
This exhibition is open from January 18 to February 21, with a reception at 4 p.m. on January 25.
Make your mark and make great art
Our students have a wealth of opportunities to engage in the fine arts while studying at Lake Forest College. Whether you're majoring or minoring in the fine arts or just exploring your passion for the arts while working toward a different degree, there are endless ways to sustain your involvement in creation, performance, and enjoyment of the arts.
Here are just a few ways our students engage with the arts:
- Participating in one of the eight music ensembles on campus
- Taking part in a theater performance as a cast member, musician, or production member
- Attending on-campus exhibits in the Sonnenschein and Albright galleries
- Creating art in one of our many studio classes
- Taking trips to Chicago to soak in the vibrant culture of the nation's third-largest city
Access to a world of art
The College’s art collection numbers over 1,200 pieces and is eclectic in nature. It consists of paintings, drawings, 19th and 20th century prints, both digital and printed photographs, modern art glass, Asian ceramics, Meso-American artifacts, African masks, and monumental outdoor sculptures. Works of art are used for teaching purposes through formal exhibitions and informal class visits of the gallery storage facilities. Pieces from the collection are used to aesthetically enhance almost every building on campus. In the true spirit of the liberal arts, we believe in the importance of living with art on a daily basis.
Culture and arts in Chicago
At Lake Forest College, you'll have access to an incredible urban hub with vibrant culture and endless opportunities to advance your dreams. Students can visit world-class museums and make the most of the various shows, plays, and productions throughout the city. Chicago is undeniably tons of fun with music venues, museums, festivals, and just about any type of food you can imagine. Not only will you learn about the arts in the classroom, but you'll see them in practice in the city.
An interdisciplinary edge
At Lake Forest, we encourage students to embrace all of their passions and make a path that serves their individual ambitions. We don't believe you have to compromise your goals to find success; we'll help you make it. Students at Lake Forest College can pick up to two majors and one minor or up to one major and two minors in four years. The flexibility of our approach allows students to explore every avenue their interests take them. Students can combine any majors and minors to create an interdisciplinary focus that will serve their dreams.
Because students can explore each of their interests in exciting classes and through experiential learning, they are able to make the most of their time in college. This leads to rewarding careers, a strong foundation of knowledge to help them navigate the world beyond our gates, and the know-how to create and effect change. Through our nationally-recognized Career Pathways program, the Gorter Family Career Advancement Center empowers students with essential skills, experiences, and networks that will help them pursue meaningful careers.
Fine Art at Lake Forest College
At Lake Forest College, we understand that creativity is the foundation for innovation. We give our students tools and skills they can bring to their lives beyond graduation to push normative boundaries, encourage critical thought, and express their place in the wide world around them. Our fine arts programs prepare students for meaningful careers.
Fine Arts Scholarships
We believe that the artistic vision and talent students bring to campus enriches our community. That's why Lake Forest College offers talent-based scholarships in music, studio art, and theater. Scholarships are available to both majors and non-majors.