There are four concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, with all offering distinct options of study within the major. The Art History Concentration is a focused exploration of art history and theory. The Fine Art Studio Concentration prepares the student for professional studio practice across mediums. The Museum Studies Concentration focuses on museums and future employment opportunities within the museum, gallery and curatorial fields. The Graphic Design Concentration provides students with the applicable skills, knowledge, and professional proficiency for every aspect of the graphic design profession. All concentrations prepare students for further study at the graduate level, and to meet the demands of a workforce requiring exceptional creative problem solving skills. All four tracks culminate in a public presentation, at a professional level, of an original creative research project produced during the senior year.
The Art Department's Visiting Artist series as well as the regular exhibitions of renowned Artists in our various galleries expose art majors to current trends in regional, national and international art. Students can work one-on-one with internationally-renowned art professionals (such as artists, curators, art historians and critics) to gain feedback and to make valuable contacts.
Art History Concentration
The Art History concentration provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the history, theory, and visual culture of art from prehistory to the present day. The concentration offers a wide variety of courses, including courses about the art of ancient Egypt, African art, medieval relics and reliquaries, Italian and Northern Renaissance art, Baroque art in Europe, Art Since 1950, Latin American art and film, art theory, and the visual culture of gender, race, and ethnicity.
The Art History concentration culminates in a one-semester Senior Capstone experience. Capstone students work directly with a professor to research and develop a selected topic that culminates with a written paper and a public presentation.
Fine Art Studio Concentration
The Fine Art Studio concentration track provides an opportunity within the liberal arts framework for students to develop skills, experiential practice and multicultural understanding of studio arts with a fine arts focus. A wide variety of courses are offered including basic art skills such as Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design, traditional art history surveys and upper-level Studio Art courses in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking.
The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art concentration track culminates in an interdisciplinary yearlong Senior Capstone experience. The first semester of the senior year involves working closely with a professor and members of the Art Faculty to research and develop skills and ideas for a Senior Thesis Exhibition. The second semester of the senior year is focused on creating a body of original artwork and mounting a Senior Thesis Exhibition for public presentation.
Graphic Design Concentration
The Graphic Design concentration provides a learning environment that nurtures creative thinking and skill development. The curriculum is carefully assembled to fulfill the growing interest in graphic design from students in the Department of Art and beyond. Courses are designed to help students acquire the applicable skills and knowledge of design principles to gain professional proficiency in every aspect of the graphic design profession. The concentration will also prepare students for further study at the graduate level and to meet the demands of the workforce.
A wide variety of courses are offered including Intro to the Computer in Art, Graphic Design Studio from beginning to advanced level, Typography, Publication Design, Corporate Identity, Packaging, Motion, Senior Capstone experience that focuses primarily on research, design ideation and portfolio development, and Special Topics in Design. The topic will vary from section to section and may include high-end security printing, environmental design, web design, motion design, wayfinding design, and exhibition design, among others.
Museum Studies Concentration
The Museum Studies concentration is a Bachelor of Arts degree program offered in the Department of Art. It is one of only a few undergraduate programs of this emerging field offered in the United States.
Students in this program learn and understand the internal operations of a museum organization. The courses include Introduction to Museums Studies, which explores the history and function of museums, their missions, diverse collections, exhibition programming, and interaction with audiences and communities. In Exhibition Design, presents museum and gallery design principles and exhibition construction techniques. Critical and Curatorial Theory & Development focuses on curatorial practices for the development of exhibitions and collections in a museum environment. Museum Administration focuses on the organizational structure of museums.