Visual and
Performing Arts

The arts contribute greatly to campus life. From studio art classes, to photography, film & video, and advanced acting tutorials, every Deerfield student participates in the arts. Whether it’s music, dance, or design, students gain energy and essential skills from the arts at Deerfield.
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Studio Art

The visual arts play a significant role in the life of the school. Vibrant academic courses, unique cocurricular options, and substantive exhibitions captivate our students and inspire the community. Our course offerings provide an essential creative outlet and a means by which students can apply their artistic scholarship to real-world applications.

Photography

Our courses range from introductory to Advanced Placement and specialized tutorials, with content that delves deep into art history and addresses contemporary issues in photography. We explore the technical aspects of a variety of film and digital cameras, and work with processing techniques that range from nineteenth century cyanotype to twenty-first century Giclée printing. Projects are designed to teach skills in maximizing the potential of the camera while allowing students creative freedom.

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Film & Video

Deerfield has a dynamic film/video program, with students working in a range of genres. There are introductory courses and advanced tutorials, and students have produced award-winning documentaries and feature length films.

Architecture

The architecture program has been a long-standing component of the arts curriculum at Deerfield Academy and introduces students to drawing, design, and model-building techniques, architectural vocabulary, and the role and responsibilities of architects and architecture in society. It also strives to incorporate a larger philosophical discussion regarding our current- and future-built environment that will enable students to be active participants in later discussions and decisions, regardless of their eventual career path.

Theater

Theater provides a plethora of benefits to those who study it, including increased confidence, resilience, collaboration, discipline, and creativity. Deerfield Academy is proud of its award-winning, active theater program. In a typical year, more than 100 students participate as actors and technicians and more than 2,500 patrons attend four annual productions. 

Dance

Deerfield’s comprehensive dance program provides training in modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary dance techniques as well as instruction in the craft of choreography and improvisation. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of all experience levels from complete beginners to pre-professional dancers. There are opportunities to perform in and choreograph for dance concerts that are presented each of our three terms.

Music

The Music Program at Deerfield Academy is home to a world-renowned faculty of music professionals and boasts a state-of-the-art performing arts facility that rivals the nation’s finest conservatories.

Our wide array of music classes, student ensembles, and guest artist residencies provide students the opportunity to gain deep knowledge and direct experience in the many diverse facets of the modern musical landscape.

  1. ART100

    Intro to Studio Art

  2. ART201

    Photography

  3. ART255

    3-D Design

  4. ART405

    Topics in Art History

  5. ART412

    Art of Architectural Drawing

  6. ART415

    Architectural Design

  7. ART501

    AP Art: 3D

  8. ART510

    AP Studio Art – Photography

  9. ART520

    AP Studio Art – Drawing

  10. ART600

    Topics: Post AP Studio Art

  11. ART700

    Topics Tutorial (Post AP)

  12. DAN100

    Intro to Dance

  13. DAN200

    Dance I

  14. DAN300

    Dance II

  15. DAN400

    Dance III

  16. DAN500

    Adv. Dance Ensemble

  17. DAN600

    Advanced Dance Tutorial

  18. MUS220

    Studio/Production

  19. MUS300

    Chorus

  20. MUS303

    Advanced Vocal Ensemble

  21. MUS310

    Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz

  22. MUS400

    Adv. Music Comp. & Analysis

  23. MUS403

    Advanced Chamber Music

  24. THE200

    Acting I

  25. THE300

    Acting II

  26. THE500

    Act/Directing for Production

Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Academic Dean.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Office of the Academic Dean determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Academics

academics@deerfield.edu
413-774-1470
Fax 413-772-1128

Boyden Library
Mon–Fri, 8am–4pm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342