Art

The visual art major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the history of art, basic skills with traditional and digital media, and advanced study in art history or art studio. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take up to 42 credit hours in art to build their portfolios, expand their research, and prepare for the senior thesis course. Students with an emphasis in art studio will finish their program of study with a portfolio. Students with an emphasis in art history will prepare a research paper that utilizes primary research.

The visual art minor is designed to provide an introduction to art history and a variety of media and may be augmented to suit particular student interest and career goals. It also allows ample opportunity to pursue interests in other fields or in combination with a major in another academic area.

Course offerings include art education, art history, drawing, design, digital media, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Cross-listed courses include ART/WST 470 Women and Art (in conjunction with the Women’s Studies Program) and ART/PSY 470 Genius and Madness (in conjunction with the Honor’s Program).

Students majoring in visual art find career opportunities in a wide variety of professional fields, including teaching in public or private schools; management of cultural programs in city, state, or federal government agencies; museums, galleries and other cultural institutions; advertising, design studios, special effects and broadcasting agencies and in the fine arts. Our undergraduate program in art also prepares students for graduate study in their areas of concentration. Certification in art education (P-12) is also available. Students completing the BA in art (with an area of emphasis in studio or art history) will develop skills in formal and contextual 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.

The studio art major will demonstrate:

  • skills in formal and contextual analysis;
  • a broad knowledge of world art history;
  • the ability to relate one’s own creative ideas and intentions to the wider contemporary and historical context;
  • technical skills showing knowledge of traditional and digital media thereby enabling the student to execute work with competence and clarity.

These skills enable the studio major to undertake a capstone during the final semester of coursework, therein developing, exhibiting, and defending a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas.

The art history major will demonstrate:

  • skills in formal and contextual analysis;
  • deepened knowledge of world art history;
  • knowledge and application of the methods of art history;
  • familiarity with foundational skills in 2-d, 3-d, and/or digital media.

These skills enable the art history major to undertake a capstone during the final semester of coursework, therein conducting, writing, presenting, and defending an original research or curatorial project that evidences skill with primary literature and current art historical or curatorial methods.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours required, including nine hours in art history, nine hours in studio foundations, nine hours in area of specialization, five hours elective, and four hours of senior thesis work. Twelve hours must be taken at the 300-level or above.

Nine hours in art history may be taken from: 216, 217, 414, 416, or 470; nine hours in foundations may be taken from: 115, 117, 118, or 234; nine hours in an area of specialization (art history or art studio); five hours elective may be selected from any art courses; and four hours senior thesis.

Minor

Twenty-one hours required, including six hours in art history, six hours in studio foundations, six hours in area of specialization, three hours elective. Six hours in art history may be taken from: 316, 317, 414, 416, or 470; six hours in foundations may be taken from 115, 117, 118, or 234; six hours in an area of specialization (art history or art studio); three hours elective (any art offering). Note: Students seeking education certification should consult with the art department chair.

Courses

115. Drawing. (3 hours) Basic problems in drawing in various media such as pencil, pen, brush and charcoal and experimental techniques. Both representational and experimental approaches to drawing will be studied. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

117. Design Basics and Color. (3 hours) Basic problems in composition, the elements of design, materials and design concepts. Special emphasis on color theory. This course is also an introduction to painting. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

118. Introduction to Three Dimensional Design and Ceramics. (3 hours) This studio course addresses the fundamental concepts of sculpture and other three-dimensional works. Working with a variety of materials including paper, wire, and clay, students will have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the formal elements of three-dimensional forms through hands-on personal experience. In this course students will observe the work of others in the studio environment; explore a broad repertoire of media possibilities; and critically analyze produced works. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

120. Photography. (3 hours) This course explores both traditional darkroom and digital photography practices. Students will be instructed in the operation of the camera, subject and compositional considerations, image refinement, and a variety of printing methods. All students will receive help in expanding their knowledge and vision for the photographic medium as well as prepare them for further development of personal photographic work. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

170. Topics in Art. (2 or 3 hours) This course provides the opportunity to engage in formal and contextual analysis of a work 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. This course may be repeated. Topics include: Picasso’s “Guernica” Then & Now; Design and Visual Language; The Language of Photography; Arts of Asia; and others. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring

216. Survey of Art History I. (3 hours) Art 216 is the first half of a year-long introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and stylistic analysis and a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture and other art forms from prehistoric and ancient cultures to circa 1450 CE. The course is taught from the Western perspective with at least 25 % content from beyond the Western tradition. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

217. Survey of Art History II. (3 hours) Art 217 is the second half of a year-long introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and stylistic analysis and a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from 1450 CE to the present day. The course is taught from the Western perspective with at least 25% content from beyond the Western tradition. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

230. Sculpture I. (3 hours) Introduction to the concepts and design of sculpture with emphasis on the student’s technical, personal, and conceptual development through a variety of materials and processes including woodworking, welding, metal casting, and installation. Prerequisite: ART 118 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

232. Painting I. (3 hours) ART 115 and 117 are recommended for art majors and minors before enrolling in this course. Beginning painting in which color and composition problems will be assigned. Different styles and techniques will be studied as well as one’s personal creative development. Prerequisite: ART 115 or 117 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

234. Survey of Computer Art Applications. (3 hours) An introductory study in the aesthetics, creative, and technical aspects of graphic design and digital imaging. Although no one area will be mastered in this course, students will gain a basic understanding of Adobe’s Creative Suite with emphasis in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

250. 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 sophomore standing. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

300. Printmaking. (3 hours) This course introduces students to basic methods of traditional printmaking. Each student will complete individual assignments utilizing multiple printmaking media including monoprint, paper lithography, and silkscreen. Demonstrative instruction will be given in woodcut, etching, engraving, and multiple transfer techniques. Students will learn how to identify various types of papers and will become familiar with a number of fundamental print concepts such as editioning, registration, group problem solving, and collaboration. Students will also receive the fundamental processes found in bookmaking. Prerequisite: ART 115 or 117. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

302. Curatorial Studies. (3 hours) This course is experience-based. Students engage in individual and group projects that further their understanding of art historical and curatorial activities in addition to collections care and management. Students learn the basics of art handling, condition reporting, and the professional responsibilities of the curator. Students work closely with faculty, the Director of Art Galleries, and the College Archivist to explore issues relating to the planning, design, and installation of exhibitions. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

313. Art Education. (2 or 3 hours) The creative process and its educational value, unique to the visual arts, are emphasized in this course. The course includes some of the history of art education, its psychology and philosophy which are basic to understanding art education as well as studio art activities for the classroom. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

315. Advanced Drawing. (3 hours) This course is an advanced study in the technical skill of drawing achieved in ART 115 offering further development through exploration of varied mediums including charcoal, ink wash, reductive drawing, and conté crayon. The course will investigate still life, anatomical drawing, and large-scale drawing, among other subjects. Students are expected to come to the course equipped with drawing experience and a knowledge of mark making in historical or contemporary terms. Therefore, the prerequisites are ART 115 (Drawing) plus one other art course. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Even Falls

330. Sculpture II. (3 hours) This course is a further exploration of materials and techniques, leading to personal conceptual advancement and an investigation of personal aesthetics. Prerequisite: ART 230 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

332. Painting II. (3 hours) A continuation of the exploration of composition and painting techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal development for the student. Prerequisite: ART 232 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

336. Intermediate Graphic Design. (3 hours) This course emphasizes problem-solving, conceptual development, layout and implementation of text and image integration through extensive use of Adobe Illustrator. Students work with complex design projects and problems that encourage development beyond basic skills and experimentation with creative solutions. Prerequisite: ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Even Springs

338. Intermediate Digital Imaging. (3 hours) An in-depth study of digital imaging explored primarily through Adobe Photoshop. Students create multiple projects, addressing technical issues and exploring various solutions to visual and digital design problems. Prerequisite ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Odd Falls

370. Topics in Studio Art. (1, 2, or 3 hours) The study of a unique topic in art studio addressing specialized mediums, techniques, and/or themes. Past topics have included: Digital Interpretation, Sketchbooks, Performance and Installation, Digital Photography, Storytelling and Sequential Art, and Alternate Photographic Processes. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

375. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) The study of a special topic in art history or art theory using one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford University. Required as preparation for students interested in pursuing study through the Oxford Program at Georgetown College. Please consult 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

414. Modern Art History. (3 hours) This course surveys developments in nineteenth and twentieth-century art and architecture, beginning with the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 and concluding around 1970, with the advent of color-field painting and minimalism. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues in addition to the historical, intellectual, and socioeconomic changes that are reflected or addressed in the works of artists and architects. Prerequisite: ART 216 or 217 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

416. Contemporary Art History. (3 hours) This course is a continuation of issues and ideas of art history and criticism presented in ART 414 Modern Art History. In ART 416, students survey developments in twentieth and twenty-first century art and architecture (1970-present). Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues in addition to the historical, intellectual, and socioeconomic changes that are reflected or addressed in the works of artists and architects. Prerequisite: one course in art history or permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

430. Advanced Sculpture. (3 hours) Each student will provide a statement of specific goals to the instructor (who will act in an advisory capacity). Using the assignments as points of provocation, students are expected to produce a conceptually cohesive body of work by the completion of this course. Independent thinking and technical development are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 330 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall

432. Advanced Painting. (3 hours) The student will provide a statement of goals to the instructor who will act in an advisory capacity. Independent thinking and technical development are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 332 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring

435. Web Design. (3 hours) Students will learn interactive techniques and interface design using HTML code, CSS, JavaScript, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. This course will be an in-depth study of interactive design for the web that focuses on skill use, thematic development, visual consistency and efficiency. The skills you will learn in this course will enable you to do develop an array of websites utilizing basic HTML, blogs or content management systems. Prerequisite: ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Even Falls

440. Independent Study. (3 hours) The student may select any studio area or art history or art education topic for research or development. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

455. 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 art studio 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

461. Internship in Visual Arts. (1-3 hours) Supervised professional experience in an ad agency, studio, gallery or institution as a means of preparing the student for a career goal or further studies in the visual arts. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

470. Special Topics in Art History. (3 hours) The rotating topics cover one or several themes that explore aesthetics, subjects of art, the producers of art, art theory, and criticism. Topics include: Harlots, Mothers, and Saints: Women and Art; Public Art; Public Sculpture; The End of Impressionism; The History of the Museum; Art Theory and Art Criticism. This course may be repeated. Prerequisite: One course in art history or permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring



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