Visual Art Program
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
The major in visual art is a broad-based program in two-dimensional studio art stressing interdisciplinary study. The program encourages critical and creative thinking skills and extensive studio experience. Students experience a variety of learning environments in which to develop the individuality of their work.
The program is arranged in three levels of development:
The first level, consisting of foundation courses, includes ART 101, 120, 221, and six additional credit hours to be chosen from any 2-D art listing.
The second level, consisting of experiential learning and support courses, includes: ART 320, 350, 351 and an additional 18 hours of approved contextual support courses other than art courses and relative to the student's individual art initiative.
The third level, focusing on the individual artist's development through four semesters of study, includes the studio seminar courses: ART 385, 386, 485 and 486. Of the total art courses, 24 hours must be at the 300- and 400-level.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Before being admitted to the program, students must have completed the level one foundation courses listed in the previous section with at least a 2.0 GPA. In addition, a portfolio of 20 works must be submitted for review. Formal application to the program should be made by the spring semester of the sophomore year. Delayed admission will only be considered for transfer students and/or extenuating circumstances. A link to the Portfolio Submission Form may be found at the bottom of this page.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEMINARS
Studio seminar courses (3 credit hours each) will be completed each semester of the junior and senior years. These junior/ senior seminars will be comprised of independent study in a chosen subject area as well as weekly group sessions for critique and related studies. Specific studies outside the realm of the academic studio environment may be considered for fulfillment of the seminar requirement, such as museum studies, foreign travel, apprenticeships, etc.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Major candidates must present a portfolio of work for review at the end of each semester. Graduation is contingent upon an approved body of work presented for exhibit at the end of the final semester.
MINOR IN ART
A minor in art consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours of art. At least 12 of which must be in 300- or 400-level courses. The minor must be approved by the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
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