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The art and art history department believes that students learn both inside and outside the classroom and thus provides multiple student experiences that enhance the skills taught within the classroom and studio setting.
Internships are offered in coordination with local institutions such as the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the McNay Art Museum, and ArtPace, as well as a wide range of state and national cultural institutions, including museums, galleries, cultural centers, schools, and art agencies.
Internships encompass a variety of activities, from research, to helping arrange an exhibition, to some physical labor (such as loading or unloading art works) or clerical tasks. The clear emphasis, however, should be on scholarly and intellectual activities.
An internship is arranged by the student together with the institution offering the position. The student and proposed supervisor will arrange the details of the internship, specifying the focus of the project, the type and range of activities involved, and the number of hours per week that the student will be expected to commit to the project.
The Trinity art collective provides an open forum for active student and faculty dialogue within the department. The club also seeks to stimulate art-based discourse to enrich the Trinity community, encourage participation in the real-world art community, and establish post-graduation professional guidance opportunities. While many of our members are art and art history majors, we also invite any students with an interest in art to participate in our activities.
Media Madness shows, held four times a year, are opportunities for students to display their artwork in a studio art room that serves as a temporary gallery. We encourage students to discuss the works and invite professors to give students their creative opinions outside of class. The events also serve as social gatherings where we enjoy food, live music, and art.
Aside from learning techniques and producing art in our studios, students also show their art in a variety of exhibitions.
Students have the opportunity to gain an international perspective by going abroad to study at schools throughout the world.