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, ceramics, 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 ceramics, drawing and design, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital imaging; seminar room and classroom; a student gallery; and faculty and administrative offices. The department is well equipped with a large image collection and 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 programs in Art and Art History 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.

Classes in digital and installation art are offered in Ford Hall, the new state-of-the-art classroom and studio building on campus. Ford Hall is adjacent to historic Gatke Hall, which houses an updated sculpture studio on the lower level. These facilities together with the Art Building itself and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art provide a variety of spaces and settings for the study of Art and Art History.

Requirements for the Studio Art Major (12 Credits)

One course from the following FOUNDATION COURSES, to be completed in first semester of major: (1)

  • ARTS 112 (CA) Color and Composition (1)
  • ARTS 113 (CA) Fundamentals of Design (1)
  • ARTS 114 (CA) Three-Dimensional Design (1)
  • ARTS 117 (CA) Exploring Visual Art (1)

One course from the following TWO-DIMENSIONAL AREA: (1)

One course from the following THREE-DIMENSIONAL AREA: (1)

  • ARTS 210 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 244 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 245 (CA)Introduction to Ceramics (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 341 (CA) Material Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 346 (CA) Ceramic Vessel Construction (1)
  • ARTS 349 (CA)Ceramic Surface Techniques (1)

One course from the following TIME-BASED MEDIA AREA: (1)

  • ARTS 216 Introduction to Video Art (1)
  • ARTS 355 Topics in Photography and Video (1)

Four additional courses required in any of the ART (STUDIO) 200-level or above (4)

One course from the following WRITING-CENTERED AREA: (1)

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

One course from the following SENIOR SEMINAR AREA: (1)

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

One course from the following ART HISTORY AREA: (1)

  • ARTH 117 Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art History (1)

One course from the following ELECTIVES AREA (outside of Studio Art): (1)

  • ANTH 303 Museum Studies (1)
  • ENGL 311 The Avant Garde as a Critical Tradition (1)
  • ENGL 355W Feminist Film Criticism (1)
  • ENGL 336 (AR) Visible Evidence: The History and Theory of Documentary Film (1)
  • FILM 210W History of Cinema (1)
  • IDS 252 (CA) Computer Animation Production (1)
  • JAPN 340 (4th Sem Lang Req) Japanese Cinema (1)
  • LAS/SPAN 380 Latina American Cinema (1)
  • MUSC 121 (CA) Creating Music with Technology (1)
  • MUSC 129 (CA) Uniting the Ear, Mind, and Body Through Music (1)
  • PHIL 242 What is Art? (1)
  • RHET 125 (CA) Creating Visual Rhetoric (1)
  • RHET 232 (AR) Persuasion, Propaganda and the Mass Media (1)
  • RUSS 235 (IT) Russian and Soviet Cinema (1)
  • THTR 145 (CA) Acting for Non-Majors (1)
  • THTR 212 (TH) Costume History (1)
  • THTR 233 (CA) Fundamental of Costume Design (1)
  • THTR 355 Fundamentals of Scene Design (1)

Requirements for Studio Art Minor (5 Credits)

One course from the following ART FOUNDATION AREA: (1)

  • ARTS 112 (CA) Color and Composition (1)
  • ARTS 113 (CA) Fundamentals of Design (1)
  • ARTS 114 (CA) Three-Dimensional Design (1)
  • ARTS 117 (CA) Exploring Visual Art (1)

Three credits in ART (ARTS) at the 200 or 300 level (3)

One credit in any introductory ART HISTORY (ARTH) at the 100 level (1)