In the modern world we are constantly bombarded by visual stimuli; Art courses offer the chance to reflect on, respond to and create those stimuli. A study of visual principles and the cultural and historical contexts for art production can deepen our responses and strengthen our ability to connect with others through original creations.

Art is a means of problem solving, a way of knowing, a unique form of communication, one of the ways in which human beings are distinct from other species. Art can be a powerful means of creating empathy and communicating truth.

The art major prepares the student to develop a clear personal expression as a visual artist in a chosen medium. Students also will demonstrate technical skill and the ability to evaluate and critique their own work as well as the work of other artists.

Program director: Sarah Brokke Erickson, MFA

Art major

The 42-credit major consists of 20 credits in foundation courses (ART 1105, 1120, 1124, 1126, 4444 and 4577) and 22-28 credits in one of two areas of concentration. Painting/Drawing (ART 2121, 2122, 2220, 2221, 2420, 3321, 3420,  4126, 4420) or Photography (ART 1107, 2207, 2307, 3327 and 4427). Additionally, there are other credits available for electives beyond the 42 credits. 

Art major outcomes

Students will:

      1. Master technical skill to produce artwork in the chosen medium.

      2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of an artist.       

      3. Demonstrate aesthetic awareness and critical judgment of artwork.

Art minor

The art minor requires 22 credits, including 14 core credits -  ART 1120, 1124, 1126, 4444, 4477 - and six credits of art electives. An art minor is a good complement to any major in any field.