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 an interdisciplinary concentration in Computer Graphics with the Department of Computer Science, and a Certificate 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 claimed in the Art & Design Department office, 209 Huber Art Center, or can be found on the Art & Design Department website at www.ship.edu/art/, Prospective Students.
Because of the department’s variety of courses and degrees, its cooperative programs with two major institutions, The Art Institutes (Ai) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the Ship art major has a wide range of career opportunities.
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 ample opportunities to view the “world of art”. With the 33 credits of free electives, many students choose 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.