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 the program in an efficient manner for a wide range purposes.
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BA DEGREE – 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 professional goals in law, medicine, business and other fields.
Beginning fall semester of 2018, art students will choose one of three tracks when applying to the BA program: Art, Arts Administration, or Art and Technology.
The Art track provides a broad-based creative education including opportunities both in and outside of art while 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.
The Arts Administration track combines studies in art with courses from the nonprofit management minor housed in the Marriott School of Management. Students will complete courses in accounting and resource development, and will apply what they learn to arts organizations in a capstone class specific to this track. Students will develop as artists and creative thinkers through a customized range of art courses, and will also graduate prepared to work in administrative roles within galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations.
Art and Technology
The Art and Technology track 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 track 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.
The Art Department accepts applications for incoming students twice a year, on March 30 and November 30. Prior to submitting an application, students must declare a pre-art major and take several 100-level courses. Later in the program, students 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.
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BFA DEGREE – ART
The BFA program is a professional degree focused on developing artists who function at the highest of levels and preparing students for graduate work in art. The program is a vibrant community of students and faculty working together closely in a wide range of disciplines. Students develop fluency in the traditions of art while being pushed to experiment and develop strong conceptually grounded artistic voices. The department and BFA program have 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. Disciplines include Ceramics, Figure, New Genre, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Students have beautiful classrooms, labs, and studio spaces, enjoy access to our museum of art and work closely with faculty in small classes and a highly personalized and mentored environment.
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