Art History Concentration

  • 361. Curatorial Studies. (3 hours) Students engage in individual and group projects to further their understanding of art historical and curatorial activities in addition to collections care and management through reading, discussions, and the planning, design, and installation of exhibitions. One project includes the student collaboration in preparing an exhibition that focuses on an aspect of Georgetown College’s history. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming. Students also learn the basics of art handling, condition reporting, and the professional responsibilities of the curator. Students collaborate with peers and work closely with faculty, the Director of Art Galleries and Curator of Collections, and the College Archivist throughout the semester. This course is experience-based and employs collaborative learning. For this reason, students are not permitted to enroll in this course with the “Pass/Fail” option. Please see the course instructor or department chair for clarification. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 370. Topics in Art (art history concentration). (1–3 hours) This art course addresses specialized mediums, techniques, and/or subjects. Topics may have a concentration in studio art or art history and have included: Noh Mask Carving, Paper/Book Arts, Impasto Mannerism Painting, Alternative Photographic Processes, and Museum Studies. This course may carry a Flag in the Foundations and Core Program. Consult the semester schedule for this information as well as the topic under study. This course may be repeated. Prerequisites may apply; consult instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed
  • 375. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) The study of a special topic in art history or art theory using the one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at the University of Oxford, one of the leading universities in the world. The course is required as preparation for students interested in pursuing study in art history through the Oxford Program at Georgetown College. Please consult the art department chair for current offerings. Prerequisite: one course in art and permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed
  • 395. Art History Methods. (3 hours) This course serves as an introduction to the concepts, methods, and issues in art history and art criticism. Students will explore several art historical methods before intensively examining a work or series of works first hand. In consultation with instructor, students may choose to research a work(s) of art in the GC Archives, Permanent Collection, or Jacobs Gallery. Prerequisite: one course in art history or junior standing. This course carries the Quantitative (Q) and Writing (W) Flags in the Foundations and Core Program. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

Additional Courses

  • 170. Topics in Art. (1–3 hours) This course provides the opportunity to engage in visual and contextual analysis of art while investigating a topic of interest in the area of art history, art studio, or curatorial studies. The course is open to all students and may be counted toward the art major or minor. Topics include: “Design via Photography,” “The Grand Tour,” “Artistic Traditions of Asia,” and “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” This course may carry a Cultural Awareness Flag (C) in the Foundations and Core Program. Consult the semester schedule for this information as well as the topic under study. This course may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring
  • 313. Art Education. (2 or 3 hours) This course is designed to address the needs of education majors while providing opportunities to develop skills in pedagogy, leadership and advocacy, and personal inquiry in visual arts. In this course, students will: understand the elements of art and principles of design and will be able to critique a work of art according to universally recognized criteria; create original works of art using a variety of media and styles; and write and present original lesson plans incorporating visual arts and Kentucky’s core content. No prerequisite, however enrollment in the Teacher Education Program and/or declaration of art major/minor is recommended. This course offers students a Service Learning opportunity. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 440. Independent Study. (1–3 hours) Students may select any studio area or art history or art education topic for research or development. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 45 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork as well as seek approval from the Office of the Provost. This course may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed
  • 461. Internship in Visual Arts. (1–3 hours) Students may undertake professional involvement in an ad agency, studio, gallery, collection, archive, or other institution as a means of preparing for a career goal or further studies in the visual arts. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 50 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork and register with the Center for Calling and Career. This couse may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

Capstone Course

  • 495. Senior Thesis. (4 hours) Students completing the BA in art (with an area of emphasis in art history or art studio) will develop skills in formal and con-textual analysis, gain knowledge of art history from prehistoric to the present, demonstrate technical skills, and produce a capstone project that is studio or research-based. This course will focus on work leading to the Senior Thesis and Exhibition. For art history majors, participation in the senior research preview and subsequent research review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student conducts, writes, presents, and defends an original research or curatorial project that evidences skill with primary literature and current art historical or curatorial methods. For studio art majors, participation in the senior preview exhibition and subsequent portfolio review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student develops, exhibits, and defends a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas relevant to his/her study. A supporting paper, artist’s statement and professional documentation, and an oral defense are required. Prerequisite: Student must pass portfolio review before admission into course. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring