Department of Art
The art department’s programs are designed, through studio and lecture courses, to help students gain understanding and expertise in several aspects of the visual arts. Within the art major students have four options: (1) graphic design, emphasizing visual design for the communications media; (2) illustration, developing images for publications and communication; (3) photography, which involves both fine art and advertising photography; and (4) studio art. Within the studio art option there are four potential areas of emphasis: painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. This option is designed for the student interested in fine arts. All four options have a common foundation program with specializations diverging in the junior year.
The department maintains an extensive slide collection, reproductions, a graphic art collection and a visual art collection. There are regular exhibitions of professional and student work in the art department gallery. Art department faculty have close ties to the New York art world and are active professionals. In addition, the art department has frequent guest critics and speakers from the professional art world.
Museum and gallery studies are integral parts of the student’s learning process. Students are expected to visit museums and galleries at least once a semester. In order to facilitate meeting this requirement, the art department arranges semi-annual bus trips to New York City museums and art galleries.
Degree ProgramS (links go to catalog)
Bachelor of Arts
Courses (link go to catalog)