The visual arts at Marlboro are distinguished by a commitment to the idea that the study of form and expression through various media leads not only to further work in the discipline, but also to new ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with local and global communities. The faculty provides direct instruction and support in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Students may integrate their study in the visual arts with other academic areas of the college, and cross-disciplinary Plans have linked the visual arts to biology, politics, history, sociology, and all other liberal arts disciplines.
A complex set of experiences is encouraged for all students who concentrate in the visual arts. These include a foundational class in the study of drawing, two-dimensional design, or other graphical medium; the study of art history and visual culture with emphasis on the direct experience of artworks in museums and galleries; and significant work in more than one medium. Students are expected to develop a formal and critical vocabulary with which to discuss both their own work and the work of others, as well as complete a substantial body of work that is presented in a final cohesive exhibition.