The Department of Art offers six programs of visual studies leading to the bachelor’s degree: the bachelor of fine arts major (B.F.A.), the studio art major, the art business major, the art education licensure major, the graphic design major and the interdisciplinary communication studies major. The programs are designed to build on the strengths of a traditional core curriculum while encouraging individual artistic direction and supporting career goals. Completion of a degree program provides the student with the academic background, technical foundation, and qualifications necessary to pursue graduate study or a career in the visual arts, communication, education or a related field.
Along with the majors, the department offers a concentration in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, a minor in art education and a minor in art history. The minor may be elected to accompany a major or chosen to support programs in other fields that interrelate with visual art. In addition to these programs, the department supplies a range of courses that satisfy two of the categories of the Integrated Curriculum: Fine Arts and Historical Analysis as well as the Informational Literary and International Domestic and Global tags.
The department also welcomes students who simply wish to explore their creative interests by taking an individual art course. Introductory studios are open to all students with or without previous art experience or special skills.
Other on-campus resources include an outstanding art collection of Imagist and Abstractionist art. Comprising more than 150 works, this collection is on permanent display in the A.C. Buehler Library. In addition, the College has a vibrant art exhibition and a visiting artist program that each year hosts six or more exhibitions by professional artists that include gallery talks and additional classroom contact.
Dustan Creech, Chair; Lynn Hill, Andrew Sobol, John Pitman Weber, professor emeritus, Richard Paulsen, associate emeritus
Majors in Art
All majors in Art require a combination of the Core Curriculum and concentrations in studio work.
The Core Curriculum
One course from the following in Non-European Art History:
The Core Curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of and ability to use the basic components of visual literacy, an understanding of the art historical heritage of Western culture and of non-European traditions, and an understanding of how these areas of the discipline interrelate and how they are integrated in practice.
Areas of Concentration
Students may elect studio courses from the following five areas:
Note: The department offers some courses on a multi-level or multi-section basis, meaning that two or more levels of a course or two related courses may meet at the same time and may share the same studio space. In such a case, the instructor’s time is divided among the students from each of these sections. All studio courses require work on projects apart from scheduled meeting times. Upper-level students may be obliged to meet with the instructor at times different from the printed class schedule.