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Visual Arts Profile

Colby College, one of thecountry’s premier independent liberal arts colleges, is a private institution located in Waterville, Maine. Colby’s Art, Music, and Theater and Dance Departments offer some of the best opportunities in the country for blossoming artists and performers—new art studios, collaboration with world-class professors, and the chance to work on campus with one of the nation’s premier collections of American art in the largest art museum in the state. 

Committed to making a Colby education accessible to all academically qualified students, the College meets 100% of determined financial need without loans, and there is no fee to apply.

Pedagogy grounded in research
Colby students don’t just absorb knowledge—they create it. Working in partnership with faculty scholars on cutting-edge academic and scientific work, students regularly present at national and international conferences and become authors, coauthors, and editors of articles, editions, and book-length publications. Each spring the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium showcases students’ academic accomplishments, and in 2015 one-third of Colby’s student body presented significant research work through papers, posters, and performances. In addition, every summer more than 100 students engage in research alongside Colby faculty mentors, both on campus and beyond.

Education with global reach
The Colby community celebrates diverse perspectives and experiences and connects students to experiential opportunities across the world. Many students intern and conduct research globally, and two-thirds of students study abroad in programs on every continent except Antarctica. Colby’s diverse student body means discus- sions in classrooms, in residence halls, and at dining tables are enriched by a variety of perspectives. Half of Colby’smajors have an international component, and every student fulfills international diversity and foreign language requirements.

Jan Plan: one month, infinite possibilities
Colby’s one-month academic term, Jan Plan, officially the January Program, allows students to pursue focused course work on campus or off, independent studies, collaborative research, or internships during an intensive four-week term. For example, students can obtain their EMT license, intern at a Fortune 500 company or small nonprofit, study the anthropology of utopias, or travel to Bermuda for a field research course in geology.

Unique partnerships
• Colby’s partnership with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences enables select juniors to work alongside research scientists on the coast of Maine studying marine ecosystems and climate change.
• A five-year, $18.4 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences funds collaboration between the Mount DesertIsland Biological Laboratory and Colby and a dozen other research institutions, providing money for faculty research, summer research fellowships for students, short courses and Jan Plan research, conferences, and scientific equipment.
• Premed Academy, an intensive job-shadowing and clinical observation experience, pairs students with MaineGeneral Medical Center–affiliated physi-cians during Jan Plan.
• The College offers two engineering dual-degree programs. Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Colby and obtain an engineering degree from either Dartmouth or Columbia.

Preparation for lifelong success
A robust global community of alumni and parents—plus partnerships withcompanies, nonprofits, and international institutions—offers students opportunities for internships, service learning, and research. New programs and initiatives foster networking and bolster students’ experiential opportunities, including a pilot program with Citi and an extensive job-shadowing program that pairs students with alumni and parents in senior-ranking positions acrossa wide range of workplaces. Colby Connect, a four-year sequential program, offers students résumé critiques, workshops, career counseling, mock interviews, internship and job search tools, and more. Colby’s Entrepreneurial Alliance program fosters skill development through programming and mentorship, preparing students to compete for $15,000 in the annual business competition. Students on a pre-professional track meet regularly with a designated staff member for advice and guidance as they prepare and apply for admission to the country’s best graduate programs.




Undergraduate Programs in the Visual and Performing Arts 
• Art History
• Music
• Music: Interdisciplinary Computation
• Studio Art
• Theater and Dance
• Theater and Dance: Interdisciplinary Computation