The Art Department emphasizes an academic approach to artistic training centered on a strong foundation in design and drawing. Studio courses revolve around classical materials employed in a contemporary manner and offer students access to a faculty who are equally versed in tradition and cutting-edge artistic practices, technologies and industry-standard software. Students are also given the tools to explore critical contemporary issues and a broad foundation in western and non-western art history and theory. With all of this at their disposal, students are expected to develop strong research, writing and presentation skills alongside their artistic development.
The Art program has Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs.
B.A. students can enroll in a Standard major, to be taken with another major or minor, or a Comprehensive major, which allows students to specialize in Studio Art, Graphic Design, K-12 Education licensure and Art History.
The BFA degree is designed for students wishing to become professionals or pursue graduate studies in Art. The BFA also has Comprehensive majors that specializes students in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture and Graphic Design. In their senior year, students exhibit their work in the Quigley Gallery, preparing them for professional exhibits.
Our B.A. and BFA degrees prepare students for graduate studies or specialized training, allowing them to pursue a broad spectrum of professional activities in the art world, including:
- Professional Artist
- Industrial Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Web Designer
- Forensic Criminal
- Justice Artist
- Art Historian
- Art Critic
- Gallery and Museum Manager
- Game Designer
- Film Maker
Reach out to S. Chase Hutchison, MFA for more information.