The Art Department offers a full range of studio art courses in the concentrations of art education, ceramics, communication design, digital art, drawing, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Art degree is offered with a concentration in art history, theory and criticism. Coursework leading to licensure in art education is available for those with an existing bachelor’s degree. The Art Major is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Undergraduate studies in art prepare students to function in a variety of artistic roles. In order to achieve these goals, instruction should prepare students to:
- read the nonverbal language of art
- develop responses to visual phenomena and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively
- become familiar with and develop competence in a number of art and design techniques
- become familiar with major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists in the past and present
- demonstrate the way art reflects cultural values
- evaluate developments in the history of art
- understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about art
- make valid assessments of quality in design projects and works of art
Note: Art students will be expected to purchase tools and supplies appropriate to the media in which they are working. In addition, all art courses have a program fee for consumable materials and/or modeling fees.