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You already have the gift — St. Scholastica’s art major and minor will help you take it to the next level. If you’re truly passionate about creating art and reflecting on its importance in today’s world, this is the program for you.
Your professors will include Sarah Brokke Erickson and Paul LaJeunesse, internationally exhibited and published visual artists. They’ll help you develop your own unique voice as an artist.

You’ll be able to choose from five concentrations: painting/drawing, photography, film/new media, design and studio art. Courses will include a class specifically designed to help you become successful in an art-based career.

Alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies or work in architecture, education, art therapy, the fine arts and more.

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All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

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100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Curriculum

Program Requirements

Major: 46 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Coursework

ART 1120 – Drawing I

Develops the student’s sense of familiarity and ease with drawing materials as well as his/her sense of perception, which goes beyond the limitations of habit. It also explores subjective approaches to subject matter. Traditional situations and materials form the basis of the course.

ART 1124 – Design I

Studies the elements and the principles of design and their application to fine art and commercial art. Various media are used to experiment with both two- and three-dimensional structures.

ART 1126 – Modern Art History

Examines works of art produced during the 20th century, starting in 1870 with the art of the Impressionists. Focus on analyzing how artists’ subjects and styles are shaped by and express opinions about historical events, social ideologies and theoretical issues in visual culture. Investigate how works of art functioned within their time, as well as their relevance to how we perceive art currently. While Art History typically is explored by the use of images, lectures and reading, this course will also delve into the subject using group discussions, videos, and hands-on activities which may include field trips and guest speakers.

ART 4577 – Art Major Capstone Project

Develop a body of work based on a personal theme and prepare it for a solo exhibition. The course performs a secondary role of preparing students for a career in art after graduation.

CTA 1101 – Interpersonal Communication

Text, lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises emphasizing relationships, the self, perception, verbal communication, assertiveness and listening skills, nonverbal communication and conflict management.

DGN 1101 – The Responsible Self

Provides the foundation for our students’ entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program’s signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person.

DGN 1102 – And Dignity for All

Provides the foundation for our students’ entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program’s signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person.

ENG 1110 – First Year Composition

Helps students build rhetorical knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and practice writing processes. By doing so, students gain transferable knowledge and skills that they can apply to a wide range of fields, disciplines, and writing situations. Students can expect to practice some of the types of writing that they may encounter in their college careers, such as summaries, analysis papers, academic arguments, reviews, critiques, and papers built on research. English 1110 serves as a foundation for future writing practice within specific disciplines, where students will encounter different tasks, audiences, and purposes under the guidance of faculty from across the college.

Concentrations

Design

ART 1107 – Photography I

Introduces black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

ART 2121 – Painting I

Explores painting both as a practical application of a tool for Art-making as well as addressing its historical applications as an art form. Examines color, form, composition, and expression, enables further personal expression with paint.

ART 2122 – Color Theory

Trains students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

ART 3420 – Advanced Drawing

Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 4126 – Art Theory

Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.

CIS 4041 – Web Design

Explore the design principles that characterize successful Web sites and use modern tools for creating Web sites. Design issues will include the differences between print and electronic media, working within the limits of the technology, and how the user’s contexts and goals affect Web design. Web sites will be critiqued from both an aesthetic and functional standpoint and students will be required to design and build fully functional Web sites. No prerequisites; CTA/CIS 2041 recommended.

MKT 3340 – Market Promotion

Provides an in-depth exposure to market promotion. There is special emphasis on advertising and the creation of message strategy based on sound product design. Good personal selling and sales promotion actions are also addressed.

Film/New Media

ART 1107 – Photography I

Introduces black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

ART 2122 – Color Theory

Trains students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2201 – The Film as Art

Traces the evolution of nonfiction (documentary) and fiction film forms from 1895 to the present; summarizes research describing persuasive effects by means of lecture, screenings, assigned readings and oral presentations.

ART 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

ART 3420 – Advanced Drawing

Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 4126 – Art Theory

Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.

ART 4420 – Advanced Figure Studies

Enhances skills in observational life drawing. Emphasizes drawing the human figure efficiently, realistically, and expressively, eventually utilizing the figure for a personal means of expression. This two-credit course can be repeated up to three times.

ART 4427 – Alternative Photography Methods

Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

CTA 2514 – Media Production: Studio

Introduces the basic concepts of postmodern media production and networking with an emphasis on creative digital media. The course provides an examination of past, present, and future trends in media production and the development of a postmodern digital media workflow. The latest trends and debates in the field of digital media are explored, including social networking and the latest methods of generating, editing, and syndicating various digital media (text, audio, video, and photo). Other topics include digital radio, iPods and podcasting, the growth of Google and YouTube, social network syndication, cable and Internet advertising. Students develop a working knowledge of practical principles that will be useful for a career in the electronic media, with an emphasis on creating new digital media content in a studio lab environment.

CTA 4414 – Media Criticism

Applies a variety of critical-theoretical perspectives to consider issues of media production, texts and audiences. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

Painting/Drawing

ART 2121 – Painting I

Explores painting both as a practical application of a tool for Art-making as well as addressing its historical applications as an art form. Examines color, form, composition, and expression, enables further personal expression with paint.

ART 2122 – Color Theory

Trains students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2125 – Printmaking

Introduces the study of the basic elements and techniques of printing. Linoleum block, woodcut and other media are used to experiment with a variety of printing processes. ART 1120 and/or ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2221 – Painting II

Concentrates on using acrylic to explore painting technique. Students experiment with subject matter, color, space and composition in a traditional form. Prerequisite: ART 2121 or consent of instructor.

ART 2420 – Beginning Life Drawing

Develops basic skills in observational life drawing, through studying and learning to draw the human skeleton, the muscular structure, and physical model.

ART 2430 – Illustration

Introducing Illustration as a field, students in this course will exercise fundamental drawing and design skills and will become familiar with principal genres and artists within the field. Exploring a variety of illustration techniques, this course centers on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the creation of narrative-driven imagery.

ART 3126 – 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Art History

Focus on artwork created over the 19th and 20th centuries in both Ireland and Great Britain, this course will investigate the history, identity, political and geographic resonance of the people and their cultures. In particular, we will examine political murals created in Northern Ireland, the work of Existentialist figurative painter Francis Bacon, and the evolution of British Art from the Pre-Raphaelites to Modern Sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, through lectures, reading and site-specific engagement.

ART 3321 – Advanced Painting

Provides a sequence of conceptual painting problems based upon modern and contemporary artistic practices as well as historical applications. Engages specific topics in painting, defines personal voice and develops an informed individual aesthetic. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 3420 – Advanced Drawing

Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 3777 – Topics in Art

Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.

ART 3800 – Artistic Monuments in Seville

ART 4126 – Art Theory

Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.

ART 4420 – Advanced Figure Studies

Enhances skills in observational life drawing. Emphasizes drawing the human figure efficiently, realistically, and expressively, eventually utilizing the figure for a personal means of expression. This two-credit course can be repeated up to three times.

Photography

ART 1107 – Photography I

Introduces black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

ART 2122 – Color Theory

Trains students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

ART 3327 – Color and Landscape Photography

Studies color photographic aesthetics and theory; these principles are then applied to the practice and technique of landscape photography. Digital SLR cameras are required and are provided by the school.

ART 3420 – Advanced Drawing

Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 4126 – Art Theory

Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.

ART 4427 – Alternative Photography Methods

Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

CTA 2514 – Media Production: Studio

Introduces the basic concepts of postmodern media production and networking with an emphasis on creative digital media. The course provides an examination of past, present, and future trends in media production and the development of a postmodern digital media workflow. The latest trends and debates in the field of digital media are explored, including social networking and the latest methods of generating, editing, and syndicating various digital media (text, audio, video, and photo). Other topics include digital radio, iPods and podcasting, the growth of Google and YouTube, social network syndication, cable and Internet advertising. Students develop a working knowledge of practical principles that will be useful for a career in the electronic media, with an emphasis on creating new digital media content in a studio lab environment.

Studio Art

ART 1107 – Photography I

Introduces black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

ART 2121 – Painting I

Explores painting both as a practical application of a tool for Art-making as well as addressing its historical applications as an art form. Examines color, form, composition, and expression, enables further personal expression with paint.

ART 2122 – Color Theory

Trains students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2125 – Printmaking

Introduces the study of the basic elements and techniques of printing. Linoleum block, woodcut and other media are used to experiment with a variety of printing processes. ART 1120 and/or ART 1124 recommended.

ART 2201 – The Film as Art

Traces the evolution of nonfiction (documentary) and fiction film forms from 1895 to the present; summarizes research describing persuasive effects by means of lecture, screenings, assigned readings and oral presentations.

ART 2221 – Painting II

Concentrates on using acrylic to explore painting technique. Students experiment with subject matter, color, space and composition in a traditional form. Prerequisite: ART 2121 or consent of instructor.

ART 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

ART 2420 – Beginning Life Drawing

Develops basic skills in observational life drawing, through studying and learning to draw the human skeleton, the muscular structure, and physical model.

ART 2430 – Illustration

Introducing Illustration as a field, students in this course will exercise fundamental drawing and design skills and will become familiar with principal genres and artists within the field. Exploring a variety of illustration techniques, this course centers on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the creation of narrative-driven imagery.

ART 3126 – 19th and 20th Century British and Irish Art History

Focus on artwork created over the 19th and 20th centuries in both Ireland and Great Britain, this course will investigate the history, identity, political and geographic resonance of the people and their cultures. In particular, we will examine political murals created in Northern Ireland, the work of Existentialist figurative painter Francis Bacon, and the evolution of British Art from the Pre-Raphaelites to Modern Sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, through lectures, reading and site-specific engagement.

ART 3321 – Advanced Painting

Provides a sequence of conceptual painting problems based upon modern and contemporary artistic practices as well as historical applications. Engages specific topics in painting, defines personal voice and develops an informed individual aesthetic. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 3420 – Advanced Drawing

Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

ART 4126 – Art Theory

Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.

ART 4420 – Advanced Figure Studies

Enhances skills in observational life drawing. Emphasizes drawing the human figure efficiently, realistically, and expressively, eventually utilizing the figure for a personal means of expression. This two-credit course can be repeated up to three times.

ART 4427 – Alternative Photography Methods

Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

ART 4777 – Topics in Art

Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.

Internships

While internships are not mandatory, students are encouraged to seek them. Students have interned at regional arts councils, galleries, museums and advertising agencies.

Career Outlook

Students who majored in art have gone on to work in a variety of professions, including architecture, education, art therapy, graphic design and the fine arts. Others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. As part of the curriculum, students take a course specifically designed to being successful in an art-based career, ART 4444: Professional Practices.

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Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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