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 Department's programs are 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:
- Analyze the nonverbal language of art and design.
- Construct responses to visual phenomena and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively.
- Analyze and solve visual problems competently using a number of art and design techniques.
- Classify major achievements and developments in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists in the past and present, and assess the way art reflects cultural values.
- Examine and evaluate contemporary thinking about art and design.
- Assess 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.
Note: Art majors may not apply ART 1251 Jewelry and Metals for Non-Art Majors, ART 1261 Painting for Non-Ali Majors, or ART 1271 Basic Photography Methods to their degree requirements.