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Art Minor

Degree Type: Primary or Secondary Minor

The minor in Art is designed to develop students' intellectual abilities and technical skills through studio production and art history courses. This minor will provide valuable skills for a variety of fields, including graphic design, marketing, architecture and teaching.

Art Minor Courses

ART 110 - Drawing I

This course focuses on learning to see form through the process of drawing still-life and the human figure. It is open to all students, both to those who have some drawing experience and those without any prior experience. The course assists the student towards improvement of their visual observation skills and provides individualized attention in developing the student's rendering of three dimensional objects in two dimensions. A variety of media is utilized. Read more »

ART 111 - Design

Design is an introductory course in the elements of art and the principles of color and composition. Projects will include 2 and 3-dimensional organization. Studio activity will include a variety of media in the production of assignments. The design projects will progress from basic exercises to complete compositions. This course prepares the foundation for students interested in drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, applied and graphic design. Read more »

ART 116 - Art History: Renaissance to Modern

A historical survey of Western Art from Renaissance through Modern. Includes The Renaissance through Rococo: Early and High Renaissance, Mannerism, Late Gothic, Baroque and Rococo; and The Modern World: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Twentieth Century. Read more »

ART 117 - Art History: Modern

A historical survey of Modern Art, a time of radical change and innovation. Includes: Early Modernism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, De Stijl, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Conceptualism, Lyrical Abstraction, Hyper Realism, Neo-Expressionism, Post-Modernism, and Neo-Modernism. Read more »

ART 217 - Reading Seminar

A seminar course with selected readings in contemporary, avant-garde art and theories, emphasizing major artists and critics. This course prepares the student for critical discussion and research in the studio and the independent reading program. As a forum of concepts and ideas, the student is challenged to consider the purpose and meaning of twentieth century art as they begin to deal with their own art forms and develop their personal philosophy of art. Read more »

ART 225 - Media and Techniques

This course introduces the student to the basic media and methods used in producing art works. It is the philosophy of the department that ideas and needs control the use and selection of media. Traditional media and methods will be introduced as a foundation along with modified and specialized media and techniques for a diverse overview. This course should be taken in conjunction with Art 250. Read more »

ART 250 - Studio I

Studio I is the first studio course designed to pursue, develop and investigate possibilities that are related to the student's core sensibility and aesthetic and conceptual direction. The creative process in Studio I takes the student through numerous and varied studies and culminates in the first finished work. Selection within a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media, as investigated in Art 225, gives the student the opportunity to experience multiple media while following their artistic interest. Read more »

ART 260 - Studio II

Studio II is a continuation of ART 250 with an emphasis on producing finished works. This process of completing works promotes a creative evolution of ideas and forms. Throughout the course the student may change and modify media as the works develop. Studio production and criticism foster the artistic development of the student. Discussion and research of artists, art works, media, techniques, aesthetics and theory will be included in the studio experience. Read more »

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