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Overview

The Art Department fosters creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the visual arts.

This program will challenge you to:

  • See how your own creative endeavors relate to the world in which you live.
  • Build on the foundations of drawing and design.
  • Develop creative ability and technical understanding.
  • Learn to confidently explore the many avenues of technical and creative expression.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Art Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

32 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

 

Studio Courses

Complete all courses from the following (11 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-100 Drawing and Composition 3 credits
ART-330 Figure Drawing 3 credits
ART-400 Senior Exhibition 3 credits
ART-415 Professional Practices in Visual Arts 2 credits

 

Design Courses

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-130 Introduction to Design 3 credits
ART-132 Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits

 

3-D Media

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-103 Ceramics 3 credits
ART-120 Jewelry Making 1 credits
ART-121 Book Arts and Papermaking 2 credits
ART-230 Introduction to Sculpture 3 credits

 

2-D Media

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-101 Basic Painting 3 credits
ART-107 Digital Imaging 3 credits
ART-108 Introduction to Web Design 3 credits
ART-201 Graphic Design 3 credits
ART-205 Illustration and Visual Narrative 3 credits
ART-207 Digital Video 3 credits
ART-302 Drawing the Portrait 3 credits

 

Additional Required Courses

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-320 Advanced Studio Projects 3 credits
ART-321 Visual Communication Advanced Studio 3 credits

 

ART-320, ART-321: Repeatable

 

Art History Courses

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-239 Ancient to Medieval 3 credits
ART-240 Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ART-324 Picasso and 20th Century Art 3 credits
ART-325 Art of the Romantic Era 3 credits
ART-326 Rembrandt and 17th Century Dutch Art 3 credits
ART-341 Modern Art: 1850-1940 3 credits
ART-342 Modern Art After 1940 3 credits
ART-351 Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture 3 credits
ART-355 Medieval Art History 3 credits
ART-356 History, Literature, and Art of the Italian Renaissance 3 credits
HIS-367 The History of Jewish Art 3 credits

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Art and Design Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

 

2-D or 3-D Courses

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-100 Drawing and Composition 3 credits
ART-101 Basic Painting 3 credits
ART-103 Ceramics 3 credits
ART-107 Digital Imaging 3 credits
ART-108 Introduction to Web Design 3 credits
ART-120 Jewelry Making 1 credits
ART-121 Book Arts and Papermaking 2 credits
ART-130 Introduction to Design 3 credits
ART-132 Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART-201 Graphic Design 3 credits
ART-205 Illustration and Visual Narrative 3 credits
ART-207 Digital Video 3 credits
ART-230 Introduction to Sculpture 3 credits
ART-302 Drawing the Portrait 3 credits
ART-330 Figure Drawing 3 credits

 

Advanced Coursework

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-320 Advanced Studio Projects 3 credits
ART-321 Visual Communication Advanced Studio 3 credits

 

ART-320, ART-321: Repeatable

 

Art History Courses

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-239 Ancient to Medieval 3 credits
ART-240 Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ART-324 Picasso and 20th Century Art 3 credits
ART-325 Art of the Romantic Era 3 credits
ART-326 Rembrandt and 17th Century Dutch Art 3 credits
ART-341 Modern Art: 1850-1940 3 credits
ART-342 Modern Art After 1940 3 credits
ART-351 Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture 3 credits
ART-355 Medieval Art History 3 credits
ART-356 History, Literature, and Art of the Italian Renaissance 3 credits
HIS-367 The History of Jewish Art 3 credits

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Art History Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-239 Ancient to Medieval 3 credits
ART-240 Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ART-494 Independent Study 1-3 credits

 

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.

 

Upper-Division Art History Courses

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ART-324 Picasso and 20th Century Art 3 credits
ART-325 Art of the Romantic Era 3 credits
ART-326 Rembrandt and 17th Century Dutch Art 3 credits
ART-341 Modern Art: 1850-1940 3 credits
ART-342 Modern Art After 1940 3 credits
ART-351 Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture 3 credits
ART-355 Medieval Art History 3 credits
ART-356 History, Literature, and Art of the Italian Renaissance 3 credits
HIS-367 The History of Jewish Art 3 credits

 

Courses rich in artistic content, offered by other departments, may also count towards the nine upper-level units. Such courses can be found in the departments of Anthropology & Sociology (for example Anthropology and Art); History (especially those dealing with Ancient Greece, Rome, Medieval and modern Europe); Psychology (particularly those dealing with the cinema) and Interdisciplinary courses such as London: Art, Architecture and Literature. As new courses continue to be developed, it is possible that suitable options may become available in departments other than those listed above. Students who wish to take advantage of this broader range of options should read the catalog description carefully and check with both the course instructor and Art Department faculty to confirm that the course is suitable for the Art History minor. In some cases a supplementary research project relating specifically to the visual arts covered by the course in question may be required. An Academic Adjustment Form should be submitted to the Registrar's Office for any substitutions.

 

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