Visual Art Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Art Major

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.

Progress is the seminar sequence is stringently evaluated at the end of each semester and continuation in the program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and the student’s good standing with the College and the Department.

Students will complete the following sequence of courses and portfolio reviews:

Freshman Year: 12 credit hours of Foundations Courses

  • ART 1010 Basic 2-D Design (3)
  • ART 1200 Basic Painting (3)
  • ART 1210 Drawing I (3)

Plus a minimum of three additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the following:

  • ART 1920 Printmaking (3)
  • ART 1030 Basic 3-D Design (3)
  • ART 1040 Intro to Graphic Design (3)
  • ART 2400 Digital Imaging (3)

Sophomore Year: 18 credit hours of Intermediate Courses

  • ART 3200 Intermediate Painting (3)
  • ART 3500 History of Art I (3)
  • ART 3510 History of Art II (3)

Plus a minimum of nine additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the following:

  • ART 2230 Theory and Practice of Ceramics (3)
  • ART 2310 3-D Design (3)
  • ART 2951 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
  • ART 2952 Drawing II (3)
  • ART 2953 Bookarts (3)
  • ART 3100 Black and White Photography (3)

During the spring semester of the Sophomore year, students must make a formal application for admission into the art degree program. This application process includes a portfolio submission and a written artist’s statement.

Only after completing a minimum of 18 hours from the above list of courses, and receiving a positive portfolio review, will students be allowed to register for Junior Studio Seminar.

Junior Fall Semester: min. 6 credit hours of Upper Division Courses

  • ART 3980 Junior Studio Seminars I (3)

Plus a minimum of three additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the list below.
Required participation in a juried exhibition of work
Positive semester summary review by the Faculty

Junior Spring Semester: min. 6 credit hours of Upper Division Courses

  • ART 3990 Junior Studio Seminars II (3)

Plus a minimum of three additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the list below.
Required participation in a juried exhibition of work
Positive semester summary review by the Faculty

Senior Fall Semester: min. 6 credit hours of Upper Division Courses

  • ART 4980 Senior Studio Seminar I (3)

Plus a minimum of three additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the list below.
Required participation in a juried exhibition of work
Positive semester summary review by the Faculty

Senior Spring Semester: min. 6 credit hours of Upper Division Courses

  • ART 4990 Senior Studio Seminars II (3)

Plus a minimum of three additional CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT hours selected from the list below.
Required participation in a juried exhibition of work
Positive semester summary review by the Faculty

Junior/ Senior level suggested CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT courses

  • ART 3000 Theory and Practice of Critique (1,1,1,1)
  • ART 3100 Black and White Photography (3)
  • ART 3200 Intermediate Painting (3)
  • ART 3201 Watercolor (3)
  • ART 3230 Wheel Thrown Ceramics (3)
  • ART 3520 20th Century Art (3)
  • ART 3950 Gallery Internship (1,1,1,1)
  • ART 4200 Advanced Painting (3)
  • ART 4710 Advanced Studio Practice (3)
  • ART 4951 Life Drawing (3)

Many alternate CONTEXTUAL / SUPPORT course options are available, contingent upon pre-approval by the Department Chair.

Note: Art majors may not use any of the above courses to fulfill a general education requirement.

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS, ART MAJOR                                        54


ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Students planning to major in art must begin the foundation courses in the freshman year in order to avoid delayed graduation. Before being admitted to the seminar sequence, students must have successfully completed 30 credit hours of foundations and intermediate courses including ART 3500 and ART 3510 with at least a 2.0 GPA. Formal application to the program is required in the spring semester of the sophomore year, with a portfolio of 20 works submitted to the Department for review. Here is a link to the Portfolio Submission Form.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEMINARS
Studio seminar courses (3 credit hours each) must be completed in sequence, each semester of the junior and senior years. These junior/senior seminars will be comprised of independent studio work and research 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. A minimum of 24 hours of the total studio credit hours must be at the 3000 and 4000 level.

MINOR IN ART
Coordinator: Ray Stratton
A minor in art consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours of art, at least 12 of which must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses. The minor must be pre-approved by the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Suggested courses are: Art 1010, Art 1200, Art 1210, Art 3500 and Art 3510, plus any additional upper division studio course.