The mission of the Art Department is to affirm and nurture the creative spirit of each student and to promote the skilled production of artwork and the appreciation of art as a discipline that contributes 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 maintain a B- average in all art courses that count toward fulfillment of the major and lead to the senior capstone sequence (ART 412 Senior Project I and Art 413 Senior Project II).
Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 52 credit hours in art to fulfill the major requirements, distributed as follows.
Grades: Students must pass all courses at a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the minor.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in art to fulfill the minor requirements, distributed as follows.
The art history minor is designed for non-art majors. Art history is a field of study that analyzes visual images and material objects and seeks to understand their form and why and how we use them. Art history is also the investigation of an artwork's historical context and mode of production. These inquiries can lead in many different directions involving issues of race, class, gender, and nationality; problems of patronage and taste; and questions of exchange, reception, conservation, and restoration. The history of art is an ideal field for students who wish to acquire a general cultural background in art, to develop analytical, writing and oral presentation skills, and to sharpen critical sensibilities. The minor is designed for students who seek to study art history in depth as a complement to their major area of study. It allows students to study art historical topics that cover a variety of regions, cultures, and time periods.
Grades: Students must pass all courses at a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the art history minor. In addition, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0.
Total Credit Hours: To fulfill the minor requirements for art history, students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours distributed in the following way:
* Students may also choose other four-credit electives, special topics, or study abroad courses in art or philosophy with approval of the Art Department.