In a culture in which the dominant form of communication is logical and verbal, art explores the power of visual imagery for personal and public communication. The Art Department provides students with the means to pursue this imagery with a foundation in visual studies. This foundation is necessary for students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge about a broad range of visual activity, both past and present; students are offered courses that expose them to the complex relationship between theory and practice.
The program is composed of courses in drawing, painting, printmedia, photography, sculpture, inter-media and interactive technologies, critical thinking, public art, and electronic art; students are also encouraged to pursue interests in many other contemporary media and technologies. The Art Department offers theory and studio courses in digital media including interactive media, video, 3D graphics and animation, and mechatronics. Baskin visual arts studios provide world-class facilities for art production in these areas. Students may also take courses from other areas in the division which stimulate creative thinking in the arts.
The Art Department is committed to pursuing a continuing dialogue about what constitutes basic preparation in the arts while offering students experiences in established practices, new genres, and new technologies. Upper division Art Studios are only open to fully declared art majors.
Students graduating with a major in art may become professional artists or pursue careers in such diverse areas as arts management, museum and gallery practices, communication technologies, public school teaching, media arts, publishing, of the social domain. Many students who want to teach at the college level continue their education in graduate school.
Art Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes
Students who earn a B.A. in Art will gain the skills, knowledge, and understanding that will enable them to:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of techniques and media.
2. Demonstrate the ability to imagine, create and resolve a work of art.
3. Communication: Demonstrate familiarity with and ability to analyze both verbally and in writing issues and forms of contemporary art with a clear understanding of historical precedents.
4. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to articulate an insightful response and analysis of a work of art in order to participate in discussions and studio critiques.