Art Major

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

Summative Assessment

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:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. 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

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

PHL 310Philosophy of Art3
Select two of the following: 1
Classical Tragedy
Mystery&Monument:Ancnt Greece
Mystery&Monument:Ancient Rome
Etruscan Art and Archaeology
Golden Age of Rome
Communication Theory/ Practice
Ethics in Communication
Digital Aesthetics
Advanced Web Design
Introduction to Graphics
Computer Vision
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
French Romanticism
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
Contemporary Music
Filmmaking Methods
Introduction to the Film
Digital Filmmaking
Short Film Production
Global Cinemas
Animation Workshop
Sensation and Perception
The Beauty of God

Major Requirements

Major Concentration

Fundamental Courses
Select four of the following including one required art history course:12
Any Art History course
The Experience of Architecture
Introduction to Studio Art
Drawing I
Painting I
3-D Studio Art
Pottery I
Ceramics I
Figurative Sculpture
Intro to Found Object Art
Traditional Photography
Digital Photography I
Alt. Photographic Processes
Select four additional courses within a specialization, three of which must be taken prior to the capstone courses12
One may "specialize" in Art History or in Studio Art (ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture)
ART 495Senior Project I (Capstone)3
ART 496Senior 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.