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.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

  • Fostering creativity
  • Fostering critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Developing visual literacy
  • Expressive use of technology and media

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

Art Major

36 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-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Fostering Creativity
  • Fostering Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning
  • Developing Visual Literacy
  • Expressive Use of Technology and Media

Minors

Art History Minor

15 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

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-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

Additional Humanities Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ENG

English (excludes ENG-100 and FYS-101)

3

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages (200-level or higher)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Recommended

ART-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Developing analytical skills (both visual and textual)
  • Identification and solving of problems
  • Understanding the historical context in which artworks are made
  • Understanding key theoretical approaches underpinning are history
  • Understanding how pictorial conventions contribute to artistic meaning

Upon the successful completion of a minor in are history. Students should also be able to communicate effectively in the following ways:

  • discuss some of the ways in which their own encounters with artistic imagery are shaped and limited by their own cultural and historical context
  • write thesis-driven visual analyses in which they conduct fruitful close readings and discuss
  • critical elements of imagery (such as context, composition, style, technique point of view, etc.)
  • demonstrate their ability to incorporate theoretical and/or critical perspectives into their own
  • analyses of artistic images contribute meaningfully to seminar-type critical discussions of issues in art history

Art & Design Minor

18 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-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

Additional Humanities Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ENG

English (excludes ENG-100 and FYS-101)

3

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages (200-level or higher)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Fostering Creativity
  • Fostering Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning
  • Developing Visual Literacy
  • Expressive Use of Technology and Media

Associated Minors

Visual Studies Minor
(Humanities and 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 9 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 the Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Stage 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

PSY-399T.1

Hitchcock's Cinema

3

PSY-399T.3

Visual Violence

3

PSY-399T.4

Film Noir

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 Minor
(Social Science and 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 the Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Stage 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

PSY-399T.1

Hitchcock's Cinema

3

PSY-399T.3

Visual Violence

3

PSY-399T.4

Film Noir

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