Program Information

The Art program emphasizes the rich diversity of human experience as it is expressed in visual form. The transmission of personal and cultural values through objects is a phenomenon that can be observed around us constantly in daily life; it is also something that happens over time, through space, and across cultures. Indeed, our need to make, experience, and comprehend art is as old and as profound as our need to speak. It is through art that we can understand ourselves and our potential, and it is through art that we will be understood and remembered by those who will come after us.

The Art major, as part of the broad liberal arts tradition, fosters the development of analytical skills, engagement with ideas, and the exploration of social and personal values. Consequently, students majoring in Art have found their study a good point of departure for careers in education, professional art, advertising, communications, architecture, art criticism, and museum work, as well as law, business and government.

Through creative work, Studio Art courses develop skills that emphasize visual perception and articulation, conceptual and practical problems, and technical skills in a variety of media and processes. Foundation courses in basic design and composition prepare students for creative work in courses dealing with particular media or processes, such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, electronic media, and photography. Upper level courses develop students' conceptual and artistic skills needed for successful completion of a final thesis project highlighted in the annual Senior Show at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The Art Building is located on the northwest corner of the campus at State and Winter Streets. Built in 1905 as a medical school and later used as the science building and then the College of Music, the building was completely renovated for use by the Department of Art and Art History in 1977, and remodeled with a 6,600 square foot addition in 2002-2003. The building includes studios for drawing and design, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital media; a student gallery; and faculty and administrative offices. The department is well equipped with studio equipment needed to make works of art in a variety of media. The Germaine Fuller Japanese Garden adjacent to the building is another educational and aesthetic resource.

Integral to the program in Art is the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, one block from the Art Building. The museum enriches the Art program, offering opportunities to study, firsthand, works of American, European, Asian, and Native American art, to conduct research projects on particular objects or groups of objects in the University's growing collection, and to prepare for a possible career in museum work.

Requirements for the Studio Art Major (12 Credits)

Introductory Courses to Art Media (2)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 116 (CA) Introduction to Drawing (1)
  • ARTS 121 (CA) Introduction to Mew Media (1)
  • ARTS 132 (CA) Introduction to Experimental Photography (1)
  • ARTS 135 (CA) Introduction to Painting (1)
  • ARTS 152 (CA) Introduction to Printmaking (1)

Three-Dimensional Art-Making (1)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Material Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)

Studying Art from a Historical Perspective (1)

  • ARTH 117 (IT) Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art History (1)
  • ARTH 243  (TH) Contemporary Art: 1970-Present (1)
  • ARTH 339W (TH) Post-War Art: 1947-1970 (1)
  • ARTH 376W (TH) History of Photography (1)
  • IDS 171 (CA) Exploring Contemporary Sculpture (1)

Intermediate and Advanced Studio Courses (4)

  • ARTS 216 (CA) Video Art (1)
  • ARTS 231 (CA) Etching: Processes and Themes in the Printed Age (1)
  • ARTS 232 (CA) Black and White Photography (1)
  • ARTS 239 (CA) Drawing Concepts (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Materials Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 321 Drawing Inquiry (1)
  • ARTS 331 (CA) New Media, Historical Themes (1)
  • ARTS 336 (CA) Painting: Contemporary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 343 (CA) Printmaking: Monoprints and Mixed Media (1)
  • ARTS 355 Topics in Photography (1)
  • ARTS 357 Photography: Documentary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 360-377 Independent Projects (.5-1)

Elective (1)

  • One additional course in ARTS at any level

One course from the following (1)

  • ARTS 441W Contemporary Art Theory and Practice (1) (to be taken in the junior year)

One course from the following (1)

  • ARTS 496 Senior Studio (two semesters of senior seminar taken in the senior year) (.5 each semester)

Interdisciplinary Creative Study: Non-ARTS elective (1)

One additional credit in making or analyzing creative forms outside of studio art. Any course with these prefixes or from the list:

  • ARTH
  • FILM
  • MUSC
  • THTR
  • IDS 171 (CA) Exploring Contemporary Sculpture (1)
  • IDS 252 (CA) Computer Animation Production (1)
  • PHIL 242 What is Art? (1)

Requirements for Studio Art Minor (5 Credits)

Introductory Course in Art Media: (1)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 116 (CA) Introduction to Drawing (1)
  • ARTS 121 (CA) Introduction to Mew Media (1)
  • ARTS 132 (CA) Introduction to Experimental Photography (1)
  • ARTS 135 (CA) Introduction to Painting (1)
  • ARTS 152 (CA) Introduction to Printmaking (1)

Intermediate and Advanced Studio Courses (2)

  • ARTS 216 (CA) Video Art (1)
  • ARTS 231 (CA) Etching: Processes and Themes in the Printed Age (1)
  • ARTS 232 (CA) Black and White Photography (1)
  • ARTS 239 (CA) Drawing Concepts (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Materials Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 321 Drawing Inquiry (1)
  • ARTS 331 (CA) New Media, Historical Themes (1)
  • ARTS 336 (CA) Painting: Contemporary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 343 (CA) Printmaking: Monoprints and Mixed Media (1)
  • ARTS 355 Topics in Photography (1)
  • ARTS 357 Photography: Documentary and Conceptual Practices (1)

Electives (2)

Any two additional ARTS courses