The B.A. in art program provides students with an emphasis in creative visual arts. Individuals are encouraged to concentrate in one or more areas of fine arts or design after foundation experience in drawing, design, and art history.
The B.A. in art history program focuses on the nature and history of artistic development in the Western world from prehistoric times to the present. Students who expect to attend graduate school should study either French or German. Students interested in the classical period should study Latin or Greek.
The B.F.A. program offers students a choice of four majors: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Acceptance to the B.F.A. program is based on an interview and a portfolio review. Majors in each discipline take courses that provide a thorough understanding of art history and visual art, and in-depth studio and exhibit experiences in the major.
- Painting majors study color organization, pictorial skills, and traditional materials and techniques. Students work in oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media.
- Photography majors study traditional darkroom and emergent digital technologies in creative photography and learn how to use it in personal, commercial, scientific, and educational applications.
- Printmaking majors study intaglio, lithography, relief, screen-printing processes, and papermaking. Students become involved in all phases of bookmaking from design to production.
- Sculpture majors explore additive, subtractive, and constructive approaches to sculpture. Students learn techniques such as modeling, carving, plaster, glass and metal casting, welding, vacuum forming, and woodworking.
The art history minor educates students about the development of Western art.