B.A. Degree in Art
Bachelor of Arts Degree
The Department of Art & Design offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education Certification, K-12. For successful completion of both B.A. degree in art and art education certification, K-12, the student is expected to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understandings within the following five categories (#5 pertains to the B.A. in Art Education Certification, K-12):
- Promote visual literacy; e.g., the understanding of a work of art through its connections with history, criticism, aesthetics, culture, style and the formal elements.
- Demonstrate the ability to create and solve the production of original, visual forms of expression in different media designed around a theme and to promote the interdisciplinary importance of art making as a method of knowing.
- Develop critical thinking in strategies of inquiry, iconology and comparative studies that will promote cross-cultural and ethnically diverse methods of art making.
- Establish methods of working and understanding the creative process and production in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media-graphics, computers, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and conceptional/ interdisciplinary work styles.
- Develop methodology for effective teaching; creating lesson plans appropriate for a variety of academic venues; learn how to communicate effectively; be able to demonstrate effective technical skills; and understand the role of art education in human development.
Additional focused programs exist in Graphic Design.
A portfolio of original artwork, for review by the Art & Design department faculty, is required for admission. Specific requirements for content in the portfolio can be found by visiting the Art & Design - Prospective Students webpage.
Continual development of selected topics courses, visiting artists’ programs, trips to Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and credit-bearing trips to foreign countries provide students with opportunities to view the “world of art”. With 36 credits of free electives, many students choose from a number of different options. The student can elect to double major, minor in another field such as business, or strengthen their art major by taking additional unrestricted art electives. Selecting a double major, including art/communication, art/business or art/psychology, increases the student's career options, and the Interdisciplinary Arts minor allows the student to create a program of study to match their specific interests.