Art and Art History

The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in either art or art history, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in art.

Faculty: Professor Onorato, chairperson. Professors Dilworth, Hollinshead,  Matthew, Pagh, Richman, and Wills; Associate Professors Anderson and Hutt; Professors Emeriti Calabro, Fraenkel, Holmes, Klenk, Leete, and Roworth.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Art. It is recommended that students intending to major in art plan to complete foundation studio courses (ART 101, 103, 207) and one art history course (ARH 251 or 252) in the freshman year. For graduation, a minimum of 36 credits in the major (maximum 51) must be completed, including: studio courses ART 101 (3), 103 (3), and 207 (3); art history courses ARH 251 (3), 252 (3); and two art history electives (6) at the 300 level or above, one of which must be selected from the following modern or contemporary art courses: ARH 331, 361, 362, 364, 374, 375, 376, 377, 380 (with topic approved by chair), 480 (with topic approved by chair).

Students must participate in ART 002, Sophomore Review, in the first semester of their sophomore year.  Sophomore review is a special evaluation set up to provide individual studio art majors with timely feedback from the art department faculty once they have completed the foundation courses (ART 101, 103, 207) and are ready to take more advanced and specialized studios.  Eligible students are Sophomore or Junior ART majors (BA or BFA) who have completed ART 101, 103, and 207 with at least a 2.3 GPA in those classes.

Eligible students should: Register for ART 002 in the first semester possible (freshman may register in the spring semseter for the Fall sophomore review).  They should prepare a portfolio of 15 but no more than 20 of their best works from the Foundation courses.  A student should fill out the Statement of Purpose form available in the Department office or website when registering for the course.

An additional six (6) credits must be selected from one of the following sequences of studio courses: ART 204, 304; 213, 314; 214, 315; 215, 316; 221, 322; 231, 332; 233, 334; 243, 344. This sequence must be completed by the end of the junior year. An additional three (3) credits of studio art on the 200- or 300-level must be selected.

In the senior year, an additional six (6) credits must be selected from 300-level studio courses (except 301) or ART 405.  Many students choose to do an internship in their junior or senior year.  Consult with your advisor before registering for ART 307 Art Internship.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. Students must fulfill the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program and take 24-39 credits in art and 12 credits in art history. Of the 120 credits required for graduation, 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Art History. It is recommended that students intending to major in art history plan to complete a minimum of six credits in the history of art by the end of the sophomore year. For graduation, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45 credits) in art history, including ARH 251 and 252 (6). At least 12 credits must be taken from ARH 354, 356, 359, 361, 362, 365. An additional six credits must be taken from the preceding group or one or more 200 or 300 level ARH courses except ARH 300 or 371. An additional six credits must be taken at the 400 level. At least three of these credits must be taken from ARH 461, 475, 480. It is recommended that students who expect to pursue graduate studies in art history take ARH 469 or 470.

It is recommended that students majoring in art history achieve intermediate-level proficiency in at least one foreign language. Students anticipating graduate study in art history may need proficiency in a second foreign language. Students are also encouraged to enroll in courses in art studio, history, literature, music, and philosophy.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. Students must fulfill the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program and take 30-45 credits in art history. Students may use an approved course in art studio to satisfy Basic Liberal Studies requirements. Of the 120 credits required for graduation, 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

It is recommended that students intending to enter the B.F.A. program complete foundation courses (ART 101, 103, 207) and one art history course (ARH 251 or 252) in the freshman year. B.F.A. majors should complete a minimum of 24 credits in ART courses by the end of the sophomore year.

Students in the B.F.A. program must complete a minimum of 72 credits in the major. Art courses required of all majors include ART 101 (3), 103 (3), 207 (3), and 405 (3). An additional 18 credits must be selected from 200-level ART courses, and an additional 27 credits must be selected from 300- or 400-level ART courses.

Students must participate in ART 002, Sophomore Review, in the first semester of their sophomore year.  Sophomore review is a special evaluation set up to provide studio art majors with timely feedback from Department faculty once they have completed the foundation courses (ART 101, 103, 207) and are ready to take more advanced and specialized studios.  Eligible students are Sophomore or Junior ART Majors who have completed ART 101, 103, and 207 with at least a 2.3 GPA in those classes.

Eligible students should: Register for ART 002 in the first semester possible (freshman may register in the spring semseter for the Fall sophomore review).  They should prepare a portfolio of 15 but no more than 20 of their best works from the Foundation courses.  A student should fill out the Statement of Purpose form available in the Department office or website when registering for the course.

By the end of sophomore year, the BFA student is encourage to complete at least 24 credits in studio art and at least 6 credits in art history.

B.F.A. students must take 15 credits in art history, including ARH 251, 252, nine (9) credits at the 300 level or above, three credits of which must be selected from the following modern or contemporary art history courses: ARH 331, 361, 362, 364, 374, 375, 376, 377, 380 (with topic approved by chair), 480 (with topic approved by chair). Note: Only 3 credits from ARH 374, 376, or 377 may be used toward the 72 credits required for the major.

Many students choose to do an internship in their junior or senior year.  Consult with your advisor before registering for ART 307 Art Internship.

Outstanding students may be permitted by the Department to substitute other studio courses for the 100 and 200 level courses listed above after a portfolio review arranged by their departmental advisor.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, including the following: major requirements in art (57), and art history (15). Students must meet the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program and may not use an ARH or ART course to fulfill the Fine Arts category of this requirement.