The Art Major focuses on interdisciplinary studies in fine art, digital art technology, graphic design and art history, emphasizing an innovative approach to artistic process, technique and problem solving through the integration of traditional media and digital technologies. Courses in studio art, art history and interdisciplinary studies focus on developing a solid artistic foundation, leading to advanced work in art media and theory. The studio art option provides in-depth study in the areas of two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital media art, and communication design technology. The art history option provides in-depth study in the history of art and interdisciplinary topics.
The Art program is designed for students who wish to pursue:
- A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art,
- A Minor in Art,
- A Certificate in Digital Media Art,
- A Liberal Studies Concentration in Art,
- Preparation for graduate study, and
- Preparation for professional and academic fields in the Arts.
Students prepare for a wide range of opportunities in today’s professional and academic fields. Careers include visual arts positions in fine art, graphic design, Web design, multimedia, computer graphics, computer animation, digital photography, video art, digital filmmaking, visual effects, galleries, museums, teaching and numerous other professions in the arts.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from the Art program will be able to:
- Demonstrate methods of critical analysis through the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of works of art;
- Demonstrate informed understanding and appreciation of the role of art in contemporary society as well as throughout history;
- Create and express personal ideas and opinions through artwork in response to diverse range of global events;
- Explore the integration of traditional art techniques and materials with emerging art technologies;
- Develop communication skills needed to articulate their conscious artistic intentions, and express coherent aesthetics;
- Demonstrate familiarity with high-tech tools while working with emerging digital art technologies;
- Demonstrate their preparation for professional artistic practice through the refinement of artistic concept, narrative and technique;
- Complete in-depth work in specific media and demonstrate advanced competency in artistic production; and
- Analyze a diverse range of career opportunities in their selected artistic discipline.
Jack Reilly, MFA, Professor of Art, Chair, Art Program
Napa Hall, Room 1153
Irina D. Costache, Ph.D., Professor of Art History
Bell Tower West, Room 1285
Matthew Furmanski, MFA, Associate Professor of Art
Topanga Hall, Room 1942
Liz King, MFA, Associate Professor of Art
Bell Tower West, Room 1215
Luke Matjas, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art
Solano Hall 2126