The Art program is focused on the development of conceptual and technical skills of students in the fine arts and commercial design. Graduates of the Art program are provided strong foundations in art and design they can apply to the marketplace.
All art majors fulfill 24 credit hours of foundations including basic drawing, design, art history, color theory, concept development and an introduction to computer art software. Students then choose an area of specialization from the following:
Drawing and Painting
This specialization focuses on developing aesthetic and technical skills for drawing and painting and exploring the potential of materials.
The Fine Crafts specialization provides a broad-based foundation with emphasis on 3-dimensional exploration using the non-traditional fine arts materials of clay and glass.
Graphic Design is concerned with visual communication and the design of ideas for print media and the Web. This specialization includes instruction in typography, digital image creation, design and advertising.
The Multimedia Design specialization focuses on visual communication as it applies to multimedia and interactive environments. This specialization includes instruction in animation, Web and interactive design.
The mission of the Art program is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain employment in the fields of design, graphic design, mulitmedia design or related professions; provide a comprehensive foundation program to prepare students for transfer to upper division schools in accredited programs in graphic design, education and the fine arts; to provide the opportunity for continuing education for those interested in further study in studio arts as well as updating professionals in current advancements in their fields.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to develop conceptual thoughts into original visual communication forms.
- Demonstrate an appropriate level of technical competence in the production of his/her artwork.
- Demonstrate a competence in the craftsmanship, execution and presentation of his/her artwork.
- Exhibit use of verbal and written artisan vocabulary to communicate content of his/her/other visual compositions and processes.
- Demonstrate a preliminary working knowledge of art history and its social relevance.