DEGREES & LICENSURE
BA : Art
The BA in Art is a highly interdisciplinary program encouraging students to combine varied disciplines and approaches to their creative and academic work. Students can pursue traditional art pathways or develop areas of focus moving fluidly between artistic practice, curation, education, business and relational aesthetics. In addition, many students successfully leverage the liberal arts education received through an Art BA to achieve professional goals in law, medicine, business and other fields.
Students will choose one of four emphases when declaring a BA in Art: Art, Arts Administration, Art and Technology, or Printmaking and Book Arts. Later in the program, students in any emphasis may choose to apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a professional degree program which requires additional advanced courses and the development of a cohesive body of work in preparation for graduate studies in art and other professional opportunities.
Students pursuing a BA in Art may also choose to add an Art Education Licensure to their program of study.
The Art emphasis provides a broad-based creative education focusing on creative problem solving, artistic and aesthetic development, collaboration and innovation. Students have access to our entire range of courses, faculty, disciplines, and scholarships as they build their course of study and complete their degree requirements.
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The Arts Administration emphasis combines studies in art with supplemental business courses from the Marriott School. Students will complete courses in accounting, creative business practices, and resource development. Students will develop as artists and creative thinkers and graduate prepared to work in a range of roles within galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations.
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The Art and Technology emphasis integrates courses within the Art Department to prepare students to combine their development as artists and creative thinkers with an understanding of new technologies. Students who choose this emphasis will take advanced courses in photography and time-based art to strengthen their skills in photography, video, and audio in addition to a broad range of art courses. Students will also have the opportunity to take a course in Web and Print Design for Studio Artists, as well as a course in Digital Sculpture, where they will learn 3D modeling and how to use 3D printers and CNC machines.
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The Printmaking & Book Arts emphasis encourages students to develop skill sets in traditional and contemporary print mediums and book arts techniques. Students who choose this emphasis will also have the opportunity to participate in the print study program, learning to produce editioned works in a collaborative environment.
BFA : ART
The BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program is a degree focused on developing artists who function at the highest of levels and preparing students for graduate work in art. Students develop fluency in the traditions of art, are given time and resources to experiment in their work, and are encouraged to develop strong, conceptually grounded artistic voices. The BFA program has an open structure, allowing students to move freely between disciplines while developing as artists. Students can focus on one area of exploration or can work out an interdisciplinary program of study.
Students have access to department facilities, labs, and cohort-oriented studio spaces, enjoy proximity to the Museum of Art, and work closely with faculty in small classes and a highly personalized and mentored environment. The BFA culminates in a solo capstone exhibition and exit portfolio.
Students pursuing a BFA in Art may also choose to add an Art Education Licensure to their program of study.
BA : K-12 Art Education
The BA in K-12 Art Education guides students both as artists and teachers through engagement with hands-on teaching, curriculum development, and studio work. Students acquire an understanding of schools, teachers, and students through supervised observations and teaching experiences. They also develop a professional portfolio, study contemporary and historical art, and immerse themselves in critical questions about life and creativity. Graduates from this program are prepared to work as art specialists and are equipped with the skills to teach in primary and secondary schools. The teaching licensure gained as a part of the Art Education major qualifies its graduates for teaching positions in all 50 states.
Art education builds on the creativity and artistic interests of its students. Core classes in drawing, photography, and two- and three-dimensional design familiarize students with the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of various studio areas. Students develop the ability to work and teach proficiently across several areas of artistic expertise, i.e. drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, graphic design, computer graphics, ceramics, printmaking, film, new media/genre, installations, and relational aesthetics/social and public engagements.
Art Education Licensure
The Art Education area also provides K-12 licensure courses for BA and BFA students in the Art Department, BA and BFA students in the Design Department and BA students in Media Arts. This program includes art education methods courses as well as extensive practicum experiences in schools. Students seeking licensure take the introductory course, ARTED 276, Introduction to Art Education and Exploration of Teaching as a prerequisite to becoming part of this program.
The Art Minor is a 21-credit open enrollment program. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students enrolled in a liberal arts university to have a blended art experience based in critical thinking, theory, and practice. Course requirements have been designed to allow students with varying needs to access multiple disciplines within the program while completing classes in their major field of study.
Art Education Minor
The Art Education Minor is a 29.5 credit program designed to complement a teaching major within another discipline. Many students take advantage of this minor since it adds an extra dimension to their teaching experience. The Art Education Minor gives students both art and art education experiences as well as practicum experiences in schools that focus on art education. An Art Education Minor gives students expanded teaching opportunities in schools as well as insight into curriculum integration with the visual arts.