With the benefits of a core liberal arts curriculum, professional studies, and required internships, Endicott’s students are well prepared to face the challenges of their professional lives. Small class sizes facilitate a supportive and personal learning environment across a wide variety of disciplines in our bachelor’s degree programs. Offering master’s degrees in Business Administration, Education, Homeland Security Studies, Information Technology, Interior Architecture, and Nursing and doctoral programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Educational Leadership, and Nursing, the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies enrolls over 2,300 students.
Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Art
Students interested in art and design fields may undertake the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, with majors in Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Art. Students in any major may minor in Art History, Arts Administration, Creative Arts Therapy, Graphic Design, Photography, or Studio Art (with concentrations in 2D, 3D, Art Education, and Intermedia). BFA majors begin by developing solid foundation requirements. The core of the BFA creates many opportunities for students to explore and experience visual concepts, history, and basic drawing skills. In-depth studies continue with intermediate studios, theory, and technical skill building. Advanced students engage in senior studios, a senior thesis, and semester internships.
All students are encouraged to honor their own creativity while exploring the demands of the critic, art director, or client. In addition to requirements for the BFA and major, all students complete the General Education Requirements, ensuring a broad education that enables alumni to move both vertically and laterally professionally. Endicott is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Art Therapy alumni work in health care and educational environments, while many pursue the graduate degree required for licensure. Graphic Design graduates are prepared to work in both conventional and digital media, integrating theory and practice of visual communicators. Students who major in Photography pursue careers in studios, publishing houses, newspapers, and freelance photography. Studio Art alumni work as teachers, gallery and museum employees, and artists, while others pursue their master’s degrees. Interior Design graduates are qualified to enter the building industry and are employed by interior designers, architects, consultant engineers, and facility planners. Alumni will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification upon completion of two years of full-time work experience. Also, they may pursue the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture.
Students in any major may choose to be involved in one or more of the performing arts opportunities on and near campus, which include dance, drama, music, and musical theater. The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts includes a 100-seat black box theater, a 250-seat recital hall, private practice rooms, group rehearsal studios, and a 3D design studio.
Participation in dance is available through the courses offered in techniques and production, ballet, and composition. Students may also choose to minor in Dance. Those interested in performance are invited to audition for the Repertory Dance Ensemble. Members of the Repertory Dance Ensemble perform at least once a semester, often in collaboration with other performance ensembles or artists. Endicott is pleased to have a formal collaboration with the Boston Ballet School. Throughout the year, special dance programs provide students opportunities to work with principals from regional and national organizations.
Our Theater program provides training in and exposure to all aspects of the art of theater. The Theater minor offers courses in acting, music theater performance, directing, dramatic theory, technical theater, and theater history. Students have the opportunity to perform in at least two professionally directed productions and additional student-directed productions annually. Endicott is affiliated with nationally recognized theaters, including Boston Children’s Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre. Working professionals serve as instructors at Endicott and provide students with access to private vocal and acting coaching, as well as extensive internship opportunities in all areas of theatrical production. The Drama Club partners with the Performing Arts Department to produce full-length plays and musicals in conjunction with the Dance, Music, and Theater faculty.
Music is everywhere on campus: ensembles in every genre, workshops by guest artists, professional and student concerts, and the Music minor. Students perform regularly at campus events, and student ensembles offer concerts each semester. Students create, record, and edit original material while learning about structural components of music to enhance their work. Ensembles include Chamber; Jazz Band; Endicott Singers; ECHO (Endicott College Harmonic Overtones), the student-run, co-ed a cappella vocal ensemble; and Rock Band.
Students must submit admission materials for the fall term by the deadline of February 15 (international and transfer students, March 15). We may continue to accept applications after that date. However, our class traditionally reaches capacity by early April. The deadline for spring semester applications is December 15. We typically notify candidates of an admission decision within four to nine weeks. Application requirements include an official secondary school transcript with senior year first-quarter/marking period grades, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. SAT or ACT scores are optional with the exception of applicants with majors in Athletic Training, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Nursing, and all Secondary Education Teacher Licensure programs. Although not required, students may submit a résumé highlighting student leadership, extracurricular involvement, athletic activities, work experience, and other secondary school accomplishments. Students may also submit an optional art portfolio (for more information regarding the art portfolio, please see the Application for Admission). When considering applications, the Admission Committee will also consider a student’s overall background and unique strengths and accomplishments. At the Beverly campus, a new undergraduate class of 770 freshmen enrolls from approximately 4,000 applicants.
Although a personal interview is not required for admission, we strongly encourage you to visit Endicott. This will be an opportunity for you to meet students, faculty, and administrators and to tour our beautiful oceanfront campus. In addition to your student-guided tour, you will meet with a member of the Admission staff to discuss the entire educational experience.
“Endicott’s required internship program uniquely weaves classroom and professional off-site experience. Combined with our dedicated faculty and our state-of-the-art facilities, students are supported while they discover their ability to meet the challenges ahead and explore career options.”
— Mark Towner
Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts