Art Department


Art Department Mission Statement

The Department of Art provides pathways for students to explore art, visual creativity, and art history within the liberal arts tradition. Studio art and art history majors develop the elements of visual literacy and performance, including observational proficiency, basic media-specific skills, understanding of historical context, the ability to analyze and articulate these visual issues, and produce independent work. The curriculum is designed to prepare art history and studio art majors to meet the entrance requirements of graduate programs in art history, studio art, and art education, or to prepare them with skills in creative visual expression and critical analysis that are assets in many career paths.

Program Goals for Art History and Studio Art

      1.      1.  Demonstrate an understanding of visual language in its role of
                  imparting meaning
      2.      2.  Acquire critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate
                  concepts and present arguments
      3.      3.  Effectively communicate issues and aspects of visual
                  experience and culture in oral and written arguments, and studio

Program Goals Specific to Art History

Students will be able to:

  •      1.  Develop a fundamental understanding of art in a social, political,
               and economic context
  •      2.  Practice visual analysis: careful, detailed description leading to
               interpretation based on visual evidence
  •      3.  Learn to write analytically using visual evidence and library
  •      4.  Become acquainted with art historical methodologies

Program Goals Specific to Studio Art

Students will be able to:

  •      1.  Demonstrate proficiency in analytical drawing and digital media
  •      2.  Discuss and articulate knowledge of contemporary artists and
              understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by
              visual artworks in global cultural discourse.
  •      3.  Demonstrate proficiency and knowledge of visual conventions
              and issues resulting from concentrated study in one medium.
  •      4.  Research ideas, and make one’s work accessible to others thru
              clear, well organized visual thinking.
  •      5.  Demonstrate skills in personal discipline (studio habits, ability
              to focus, ability to work independently) as effectively applied to
  •      6.  Demonstrate a self-reflective and critical approach in making
  •      7.  Produce independent thesis work that is informed by a broad
              knowledge of visual media.
  •      8.  Document their work and present it in modes consistent with
              current professional practice.