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2014-2015 Course Catalog


This catalog was created on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Studio Art

An integral part of a liberal arts curriculum, the courses of the art and art history department encourage aesthetic awareness and appreciation by emphasizing the interdependence of art-making, art history, and other creative and intellectual fields. A major is offered in either studio art or art history, and certification for teaching K-12 is available in conjunction with the studio art major. A student may complete a double major in studio art and art history by fulfilling the requirements for each major. Students planning to major in studio art and/ or art history should take the introductory 100-level courses required for the major in their freshman and sophomore years. Students may take a maximum of 126 units in the art and art history department, provided that no more than 90 are in either studio art or art history.

Required for the studio art major

  1. A minimum of nine studio art courses (54 units) to include:
    • ART 100 and 110
    • One two-dimensional and one three-dimensional course (6 units each) at the 200 level
    • At least four courses (24 units) numbered 300 or above, of which at least one (6 units) must be numbered 500 or above
    • ART 600: Senior Seminar
  2. A grouping of works in the senior exhibition
  3. Two Art History courses (12 units) to include:
    • ARHI 100 or 102
    • One ARHI course (6 units) with an emphasis on 20th century or contemporary art

Required for the studio art minor

  1. A minimum of six studio art courses (36 units) to include:
    • ART 100 and 110
    • One course (6 units) numbered 500 or above
    • Three additional courses (18 units)
  2. C average in the minor

Certification for teaching K-12

Studio art majors may enroll in a program for certification to teach art in grades K-12. Studio art course requirements for certification must be taken in conjunction with or in addition to the studio art major requirements. The required art courses for certification include ART 200, 240, 250, and 585 and ARHI 100 and 102.

It is highly recommended that studio majors planning for certification consider additional courses that expand their knowledge base of media and process. Recommended courses: ART 220, 230, and 270.

Education requirements: EDST 180, 350, 440, and EDUC 430, 650, and 660.

Student teaching is usually done in a 13th term. For other general regulations governing students seeking certification to teach, see the Department of Education.

Students intending to complete the program in art certification should declare their intention to their advisor and the director of teacher education as early as possible, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Senior Experience in Studio Art

The studio art Senior Experience consists of two separate yet complementary components: ART 600: Senior Seminar (usually offered Term II) and participation in the Senior Exhibition, held annually in the Wriston Galleries near the end of Term III.

Both aspects of the studio art Senior Experience are intended to be a culmination of the practical and conceptual art-making skills developed through the studio art program. Designed to inform one another, both serve to encourage a more refined awareness and understanding of current issues pertinent to contemporary art along with the applied skills and critical thinking processes necessary for success either in graduate school or as a professional visual artist.

Students pursuing double majors and double degrees are encouraged to consult in advance with the studio art faculty if they are interested in developing a body of work for the senior art exhibition that integrates their interests in both majors.