Students whose primary major is Art will receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree upon graduation. The Art Major is designed to provide a concentration in the visual arts, within the context of a liberal arts education.
Our majors have developed careers in a wide range of art-related areas including advertising, gallery and museum curating, graphic design and web design, pottery, interior design, fashion design, and architecture. B
During their final two semesters Art majors create a summative portfolio of visual artwork or an in-depth work of critical scholarship. This is the culminating expression of their years of pushing their own personal boundaries so that they might know themselves as artists or historians seeking excellence.
Art majors focusing on studio art present their portfolio as a public exhibition in the Senior Show at the University Gallery in Merion Hall. They will have already had the opportunity to show their work in a juried Junior Show in the Boland Hall Gallery.
Art majors focusing on art history write in-depth research papers and present their findings at a public Senior Art History Thesis Presentation.
For all majors there are at least two faculty mentors and the professor of record, who provide critical perspectives on the progress of their year-long project. The culminating senior project provides an accurate reflection of the degree of success achieved by each major. It provides the basis for the next stage in their creative and scholarly careers.
Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: To develop a visual awareness through analysis and creative work.
Outcome 1.1: Distinguish the components of a work of art, and
Outcome 1.2: Discuss the context of a work of art.
Goal 2: To manifest their visual awareness in their own work.
Outcome 2.1: Produce a body of creative visual works, and/or
Outcome 2.2: Write critical analysis of visual works of art.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses
|PHL 310||Philosophy of Art||3|
|Select two of the following: 1|
|Etruscan Art and Archaeology|
|Golden Age of Rome|
|Communication Theory/ Practice|
|Ethics in Communication|
|Advanced Web Design|
|Introduction to Graphics|
|Interactive 3D Game Developmt|
|Social Studies Thru Arts PK-4|
|Major American Writers|
|Images of Women in Literature|
|Contexts of Faith in Modrn Lit|
|Twentieth Century American Lit|
|Medieval to Early Mod France|
|France: Enlightenment to Today|
|The Age of Louis XIV|
|German Civilization & Culture|
|From Ger Enlightnmnt to Realsm|
|From Bismarck to Hitler|
|American History to 1877|
|American Hist. 1865 to Present|
|Historical Intro to Latin Am|
|His Intro to the Islamic World|
|Historical Intro to Asian Civ|
|AP European History Credit|
|Historical Intro to Mod.Africa|
|Italian Renaissance 1100-1600|
|Postwar Am, 1945 to the Presnt|
|Am Ideas: Gilded Age to Pres|
|His of Women in Am Since 1820|
|Popular Culture in the US|
|Italy Through Art|
|L'Italiano al Cinema|
|Imges of Rome:Papl Rome - Pres|
|The Medici Court|
|Mathematics & Visual Arts|
|Westrn Music Hist: MidAge-1750|
|Western Music: 1750 to Present|
|Introduction to the Film|
|Short Film Production|
|Sensation and Perception|
|The Beauty of God|
Some courses below may have prerequisites – please consult the appropriate department for further information
|Select four of the following including one required art history course:||12|
Any Art History course
|The Experience of Architecture|
|Introduction to Studio Art|
|3-D Studio Art|
|Intro to Found Object Art|
|Digital Photography I|
|Alt. Photographic Processes|
|Select four additional courses within a specialization, three of which must be taken prior to the capstone courses||12|
|One may "specialize" in Art History or in Studio Art (ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture)|
|ART 495||Senior Project I (Capstone)||3|
|ART 496||Senior Project II (Capstone)||3|
Students wishing a double major with Art as their second major must complete the requirements for the major with the exception of the Senior Project. However, they may take the Senior Project courses with departmental approval.