Despina Zefkili from Athinorama visited our campus numerous times this past year, attending a plethora of cultural events and exhibitions held and organized by the College. Within this context, she recently spoke with archaeologist and art historian Dr. Katerina Thomas, our Dean of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts (FRSFPA).
The school was named in honor of renowned sculptor Frances Rich (1910-2007) who supported the College through a generous endowment, as well the donation of her own art collection, including pieces by the legendary Diego Rivera.
Beyond the establishment of the FRSFPA, the College has always had a special bond with the arts, amassing an impressive collection of over 3,000 artworks by artists such as Alexis Akrithakis, Michael Lekakis, Alex Mylona, Masaaki Noda, Theodoros Stamos, Yannis Tsarouchis, and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas.
Dr. Thomas spoke about the many fascinating career paths a student can embark on through the School’s bachelor degree programs that range from Art History, Music and Music Performance, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts, to the newly established programs of Graphic Design and Contemporary Dance Practice.
On the added benefits of Deree’s programs, Dean Thomas said, “the School prepares students not only for graduate studies in European or US universities, but it also equips them with the necessary skills in order to respond to a demanding, globalized, and highly competitive environment with success.”
To do so, the programs are designed in such a way as to ensure a holistic educational experience for the students, cultivating a wide array of transferable skills, including: analytical and critical thinking, proficiency in the English language, communication, IT, and research skills, as well as the ability to work independently or as part of a team.