The mission of the Art Department is to affirm and nurture the creative spirit of each student while fostering knowledge and structure to promote the production of artwork and the appreciation of art as a discipline and its contributions to the cultures and histories of humanity.
The goals of the Art Program are the following:
The Art Department provides a course of study in the visual arts that supports, integrates, and contributes to the mission of the college. Each student is encouraged to develop a unique vision and to come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the diverse responses and contributions of others. Students explore how and why they work creatively and develop an appreciation for art in a historical context.
The major in Art provides a basic foundation in the visual arts that allows each student to:
A major in Art prepares students to pursue careers as artists as well as further study in a graduate program or in art school. It can also open opportunities in interior design, graphic design, web page design, art management, museums and galleries, art-related businesses, and successful work as a studio artist. The art major is intended for students who are interested in making dedicated commitments to the visual arts within a liberal arts context. The major provides an experiential foundation in the visual arts. Students discover and develop creative potential and direction and come to greater understanding and appreciation of the unique contributions of others and of the complex issues that confront those in the arts today.
To be eligible for admission to the art major, a student must have completed at least 28 credit hours and must have completed Drawing I, Design, and either Art History I or II with grades of B- or better in each of these courses.
Grades: Students must pass all art courses leading to the senior capstone sequence (ART 412 Senior Project I and Art 413 Senior Project II) at a grade of B- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.
Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 52 credit hours in art to fulfill the major requirements, distributed in the following way:
Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of B- or better to count toward fulfillment of the minor.
Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in art to fulfill the minor requirements, distributed in the following way: