Academic Departments and Programs

Art

The College of Idaho art department fosters creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the visual arts. C of I art students develop visual literacy and problem-solving skills, learn to confidently explore the many avenues of technical and creative expression, and develop an appreciation for craftsmanship. Through their experiences in the classroom and studio, our students are encouraged to see how their own creative endeavors relate to the world in which they live.

Why study art at The College of Idaho?

The foundation of the art major is based in design and drawing. Students may build on these skills by taking intermediate- and advanced-level courses in ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, and history of art. Advanced studio projects allow students to pursue in-depth study of a chosen medium, with a focus on developing a more mature, personal style of art making.

Courses in graphic design develop creative ability and technical understanding in areas such as web and print design and digital photography. Advanced graphic design studio courses allow students to further develop their skills working on professional projects in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Innovative, often interdisciplinary, winter-term courses are offered on campus and abroad. Courses abroad have focused on the interdisciplinary study of art, literature, history, and music in London, the Lake District of England, and Scotland.

Career opportunities for C of I art students

Art majors and minors can pursue careers in a variety of fields. Those interested in fine art may go on to graduate programs that confer a Master of Fine Arts degree. Students focusing on art history or graphic design often find rewarding careers in museum work or the applied arts. The C of I's PEAK curriculum makes it easy for those interested in a career in the applied arts to complement their studies with a business minor, while those seeking to teach art can complete their certification requirement through the College's department of education.

Majors

Art Major

32 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Studio Courses

 

ART-100

Drawing and Composition

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-330

Figure Drawing

3

ART-400

Senior Exhibition

3

ART-415

Professional Practices in the Visual Arts

2

Ceramic or Sculpture Courses

 

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-103

Ceramics

3

ART-230

Introduction to Sculpture

3

2-D Media

 

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-101

Basic Painting

3

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-202

Visual Communication II

3

ART-207

Digital Video

3

ART-302

Drawing the Portrait

3

ART-315

Printmaking

3

Additional Required Courses

 

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects (Repeatable)

3

ART-321

Graphic Design Studio (Repeatable)

3

Art History Courses

 

A minimum of 6 credits is required. At least 3 credits must be 300-Level:

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-326

Rembrandt and 17th-Century Dutch Art

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ART-355

Medieval Art History

3

Minors

Art historians study the physical, social, intellectual, religious, and political contexts that give rise to works of art and architecture. They analyze their stylistic qualities, explore their symbolic meanings, and seek to understand the way art critics, historians, and other commentators have responded to these artworks over time. The courses satisfying this minor are predominantly concerned with Western art ranging from Paleolithic Europe through the ancient Near East, the classical world, medieval and early modern Europe to the contemporary international art world.

Art History Minor

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

ART-494

Independent Study*

1

Upper-Division Art History Courses

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-326

Rembrandt and 17th-century Dutch Art

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ART-355

Medieval Art History

3

Notes

*ART-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their upper-division art courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievements in the minor.

The primary purpose of the Art and Design Minor is to foster creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the visual arts. We seek to help students develop visual literacy and problem-solving skills, to explore confidently some of the many avenues of technical and creative expression, and to develop an appreciation for craftsmanship.

Art & Design Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

2-D or 3-D Courses

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART-100

Drawing and Composition

3

ART-101

Basic Painting

3

ART-103

Ceramics

3

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-202

Visual Communication II

3

ART-207

Digital Video

3

ART-230

Introduction to Sculpture

3

ART-302

Drawing the Portrait

3

ART-315

Printmaking

3

ART-330

Figure Drawing

3

Advanced Coursework

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects

3

ART-321

Graphic Design Studio

3

Art History Courses

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-326

Rembrandt and 17th-century Dutch Art

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ART-355

Medieval Art History

3

Visual studies, sometimes also known as visual culture studies, seeks to understand the many ways that we see, and are made to see, the world and the role that visual images play. While such imagery includes works of art, it also encompasses the imagery of movies, plays, advertisements, scientific illustrations, political posters, fashion, pornography, comics, graphic novels, web pages, YouTube, and many other areas of visual culture.

Students of visual studies analyze how the design of images (that is, their use of formal elements such as line, shape, value, texture, and color), the combinations of text and image, how the media disseminates them, their sequential arrangements (in the case of narrative imagery), their choice of foci affects our interpretation of them.

Understanding iconography--that is, the set of symbolic meanings that we attach to images-- is also important as this frequently reflects socio-political dynamics, religious beliefs, gender norms, ideals of morality, etc. The latter point relates to the very important question that students of visual studies ask: For whom was the image made and why? That is, when someone makes an image they invariably do so, either consciously or not, with assumptions about the social, gender, or cultural identity of the viewer. This vital point unites the study of visual imagery in art, theatre, and movie history, and in the fields of psychology and anthropology.

Visual Studies Minor
(Humanities & Fine Arts Peak)

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ART-355

Medieval Art History

3

ENG-225

Asia Through Its Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Scenic Design

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART/ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-300

Anthropology and Art

3

ATH-306

Visual Anthropology

3

PSY-254

Psychology and the Movies

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

Independent Study
(to be taken after all other minor requirements have been completed)

Complete 1 credit from the following:

ART-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

THE-494

Independent Study

1

Recommended

ART-497

Internship

1-3

Studio-art classes including, but not limited to:

ART-100

Drawing Composition

3

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects

3

Courses that include significant use of visual material such as:

HIS-303

The Terror

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3

Visual studies, sometimes also known as visual culture studies, seeks to understand the many ways that we see, and are made to see, the world and the role that visual images play. While such imagery includes works of art, it also encompasses the imagery of movies, plays, advertisements, scientific illustrations, political posters, fashion, pornography, comics, graphic novels, web pages, YouTube, and many other areas of visual culture.

Students of visual studies analyze how the design of images (that is, their use of formal elements such as line, shape, value, texture, and color), the combinations of text and image, how the media disseminates them, their sequential arrangements (in the case of narrative imagery), their choice of foci affects our interpretation of them.

Understanding iconography--that is, the set of symbolic meanings that we attach to images-- is also important as this frequently reflects socio-political dynamics, religious beliefs, gender norms, ideals of morality, etc. The latter point relates to the very important question that students of visual studies ask: For whom was the image made and why? That is, when someone makes an image they invariably do so, either consciously or not, with assumptions about the social, gender, or cultural identity of the viewer. This vital point unites the study of visual imagery in art, theatre, and movie history, and in the fields of psychology and anthropology.

Visual Studies Minor
(Social Sciences & History Peak)

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ENG-225

Asia Through Its Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Scenic Design

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART/ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-300

Anthropology and Art

3

ATH-306

Visual Anthropology

3

PSY-254 Psychology and the Movies

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

Independent Study
(to be taken after all other minor requirements have been completed)

Complete 1 credit from the following:

ART-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

THE-494

Independent Study

1

Recommended

ART-497

Internship

1-3

Studio-art classes including, but not limited to:

ART-100

Drawing Composition

3

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects

3

Courses that include significant use of visual material such as:

HIS-303

The Terror

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3