As part of a new studio art pro­gram for under­grad­u­ates, Jane Bas­solino spent a semester in Ire­land studying with Art + Design pro­fessor Mira Cantor, pro­ducing large-​​scale impres­sion­istic land­scape paint­ings and immersing her­self in the beauty of the Irish countryside.

The pro­gram, a col­lab­o­ra­tion among the University’s Art + Design depart­ment and Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, com­bines studio art courses at the museum school with art and design his­tory courses and gen­eral elec­tives at North­eastern. It also offers expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties of the kind that Bas­solino pur­sued in Ireland.

The cur­riculum, which includes courses on topics ranging from ceramics and drawing to film and sound, pre­pares stu­dents for careers as pro­fes­sional artists, art teachers, and in other cre­ative fields.

Bas­solino, a recent grad­uate who is moving to New York to work with a pro­fes­sional artist whose mediums include sculp­ture and video, praised the pro­gram for its ability to adapt to stu­dents’ artistic pas­sions, both on campus and abroad.

I was given a studio and told to pro­duce what­ever I wanted with the teacher’s guid­ance,” Bas­solino said. “The pro­gram gave me the tools and a loose struc­ture that really allowed me to focus on my own work and explore.”

Another recent grad­uate, Liz Noftle, said the museum school’s courses on drawing, print­making and career prepa­ra­tion took her artistic skills to another level.

It’s very sup­portive of you and your vision as an artist,” said Noftle, who cur­rently free­lances for Boston Mag­a­zine, doing in-​​house illus­tra­tion and page layout. “It’s a very nur­turing environment.”

Art + Design depart­ment chair Rus­sell William Pensyl echoed Noftle by pointing to the exper­tise of the program’s fac­ulty and diverse course offer­ings. He said the museum school’s classes com­pli­ment those offered at Northeastern.

The museum school has a great rep­u­ta­tion for offering a broad range of studio art classes with qual­i­fied fac­ulty who focus on spe­cific dis­ci­plines such as painting and print­making,” he said.

Bas­solino and Noftle, who count 20th cen­tury impres­sion­istic artist Oskar Kokoshka and modern-​​day Scot­tish painter Jack Vet­triano as two of their favorite artists, respec­tively, have ambi­tious plans: Bas­solino wants to open an art gallery, while Noftle wants to design mag­a­zines and pursue a career as an illustrator.

No matter what, art has always been — and always will be — part of their lives. “I always knew I’d end up doing some­thing cre­ative,” Noftle said.