Majors & Minors

Guidelines for the Major in Art

The major in art offers three tracks: Studio Art; Art History; and Art and Art History, offering an even balance between studio art and art history classes.

Also offered are minors in Art History and Studio Art.

Studio Art Track Requirements, 36 credits minimum

Each student must complete the outline of foundational and intermediate courses shown below, and complete a concentration in 2-D media, sculpture or digital art.

Foundation Courses 12 credits

These classes should be completed first, in any order.

  • Introduction to Art 2-D, ART 100, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Art 3-D, ART 101, 3 credits
  • Drawing I, Art 210, 3 credits
  • History of Western Art 2, Art 206, 3 credits
Intermediate Courses 15 credits These classes should be completed next. The three studio classes may be taken in any order.
  • Seminar in Visual Thinking, Art 288, 3 credits (offered spring term only, should be taken at end of sophomore year and simultaneous with one of the intermediate studio courses—222, 252, or 200)
  • Painting 1, Art 222, 3 credits
  • Sculpture 1, Art 252, 3 credits
  • Digital Photography 1, Art 200, 3 credits
  • Contemporary Art, Art 370, 3 credits
Advanced Art Requirements 9-13 credits Typically these requirements are met during the final three semesters.  Advanced Art Seminar (Art 388) must be taken during the fall term of the senior year, and completion of the senior project usually takes place during the final semester.
The Concentration 6 credits Select a studio area that you would like to focus upon in your curriculum and complete two additional semesters of coursework in that area. These classes may be completed at suitable points during the junior and senior years. Please maintain a close consultative relationship with your advisor in determining the best semesters in which to complete these courses.
  Concentration in 2-D Media

Painting 2, Art 323, 3 credits and Special Projects in Painting, Art 324, 3 credits

Or

Two semesters of enrollment in Special Projects in Drawing, Art 311, 6 credits

  Concentration in Sculpture Sculpture 2, Art 353, 3 credits and Special Projects in Sculpture, Art 354, 3 credits
  Concentration in Digital Art Advanced Digital Photography, Art 300, 3 credits and Special Projects in Digital Photog., Art 301, 3 credits
Advanced Art Seminar 3 credits Art 388. Offered fall term only; should be taken in the fall of the senior year.
Senior Project 0-4 credits

The senior project in studio art is a graduation requirement, but it can be completed in a number of ways. In all cases the senior project must be presented to a public audience. This is ordinarily accomplished by presenting either a solo exhibition or a two-person exhibition of senior project artwork. The following list identifies the ways in which the senior project requirement can be completed:

  • Enroll for senior project credits under the supervision of a studio art faculty member; Senior Project in Studio Art, Art 389, 0-4 credits;
  • By agreement with the studio art faculty members, you may present a major project you have recently completed at the annual Colloquy (takes place in December) in your senior year;
  • By agreement with the studio faculty members, you may create a coherent body of work for exhibition in Advanced Art Seminar or the Special Projects course in your concentration.

Art and Art History Track Requirements

The Balanced Curriculum, 36 credits minimum
This option allows a balance between studio and art history coursework. The balanced curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with keen interest in both areas of study. It also provides much of the breadth (studio and art history) required by teacher credentialing standards in art. The senior presentation or project may be completed following the standards shown in either the Studio Art Track section or the Art History Track section.

Art History Component 15 credits Any five art history classes
Studio Art Component 21 credits

Foundation courses (12 credits). Among the required studio courses, these are to be completed first. 

  • Intro to Art 2-D, ART 100, 3 credits
  • Intro to Art 3-D, ART 101, 3 credits
  • Drawing 1, ART 210, 3 credits
  • Seminar in Visual Thinking, Art 288, 3 credits

Intermediate courses (6 credits). Next, complete any two of the following three courses.

  • Digital Photography 1, ART 200, 3 credits
  • Painting 1, ART 222, 3 credits
  • Sculpture 1, ART 252, 3 credits

Advanced course (3 credits minimum). Either after completing or while simultaneously enrolled in the Intermediate courses, take Advanced Art Seminar (offered fall semester only).  Ordinarily this class is taken in the fall term of the senior year.

  • Advanced Art Seminar, ART 388, 3 credits

Senior Presentation or Project. The student may fulfill this requirement following the standards described in either the Studio Art Track section or the Art History Track section.

Art History Track Requirements, 30 credits minimum

Art History Courses A minimum of nine art history courses (27 credits) must be taken. 

15 credits are required from the list of intermediate courses. ART 391 or 392 is required as an advanced course. One studio art elective of the student’s choice completes the track.

In addition, each student must complete and publicly present a senior project.  Presentation of the senior project takes place at the fall Colloquy, in December.

Introductory Courses 9 credits

Choose three from the four:

  • Western Art: Pre-history through the 14th Century, ART 205, 3 credits
  • Western Art: 15th through 20th Centuries, ART 206, 3 credits
  • Women and the Visual Arts, ART 207, 3 credits
  • Expressive Arts of Africa, ART 211, 3 credits
Intermediate Courses 15 credits minimum
  • Art of Ancient Greece and Rome, ART 361, 3 credits
  • Art of the Medieval West, ART 362, 3 credits
  • Early Renaissance Art in Italy, ART 363, 3 credits
  • The High Renaissance and Mannerism, ART 364, 3 credits
  • Art of the Eighteenth Century, ART 366, 3 credits
  • Age of Impressionism, ART 368, 3 credits
  • Age of Dada and Surrealism, ART 369, 3 credits
  • Contemporary Art, ART 370, 3 credits
  • Art of Mexico, ART 381, 3 credits
  • Art of Colonial Spanish America, ART 382, 3 credits
  • Special Topics in the History of Art, ART 390, 3 credits
Advanced Course 3 credits minimum
  • Seminar in art from the Ancient through the Renaissance periods, ART 391, 3 credits
  • Seminar in art from the Early Modern through the Modern periods, ART 392, 3 credits

    391 or 392 must be taken within the junior or senior year. Either may be repeated for credit. 

Studio Art Requirement 3 credits
  • One studio art course, 3 credits
Recommended

 

  • Study abroad
  • Foreign language study
  • A double major (many combinations are possible) or an interdisciplinary minor, such as French Cultural Studies

Minor in Art History or Studio Art Requirements

Art History

18 credits minimum Any six art history courses
Studio Art 18 credits minimum
  • Drawing 1, ART 210, 3 credits

Additionally, four of the following courses. At least one must be 300 level or above:

  • Introduction to Art 2-D, ART 100, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Art 3-D, ART 101, 3 credits
  • Digital Photography 1, ART 200, 3 credits
  • Painting 1, ART 222, 3 credits
  • Printmaking 1, ART 242, 3 credits
  • Sculpture 1, ART 252, 3 credits
  • Advanced Digital Photography, ART 300, 3 credits
  • Constructing Images, ART 322, 3 credits

Lastly, one of the following two courses:

  • Seminar in Visual Thinking, ART 288, 3 credits (recommended)
  • Advanced Art Seminar, Art 388, 3 credits

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