About the Program
The art program is designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to produce original, compelling works of art. You’ll study a variety of techniques, including drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics as you learn to employ your imagination and express your ideas creatively. Your professors will challenge you to take creative risks as you explore your passions both in the classroom and in focused studio hours.
What You'll Learn
- Study and gain experience in a wide variety of fine art disciplines and ideas.
- Refine the skills required to produce technical quality work.
- Develop sensitivity, understanding, and insight to produce artwork that is personally meaningful and creatively expressive.
- Write and speak articulately about your own and other’s artwork.
- Develop the skills needed to prepare, publicize, and produce art exhibits.
- Produce materials for professional presentation for the purposes of gaining acceptance into exhibits, finding gallery representation, applying for grants, seeking publication, and applying to graduate school.
Plan of Study
As a first-year student, you’ll take intro-level classes in the area of your interest, sharpening your skills in ceramic sculpture, composition and design, drawing, painting, photography, or digital imaging. As you move through the program, you’ll choose an area of concentration, focusing on your medium of choice. You’ll gain important context for your work through art history classes and practice your craft in one of our dedicated studios as a part of the art department. At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose one of two degree tracks: bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts.
Bachelor of Arts
The BA degree offers flexibility that encourages you to explore a broader field of art topics through upper-division elective credits. This plan of study prepares you for a career as a professional artist—or in any other field that uses your artistic talents in creative and innovative ways. It’s also a great option if you want to double major.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The BFA is designed to give you an intensive education in one of four areas of concentration: ceramics, painting and drawing, photography and digital media, or studio arts. As a BFA student, you’ll work closely with your peers and faculty mentors to develop a cohesive, focused portfolio you can use for work as a professional artist or as a candidate for graduate studies in the arts.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Paint, Perception, and Alchemy
This course covers fundamental techniques, materials, vocabulary, and modes of communication inherent to the art of painting. You’ll study the terms and techniques pertaining to the creation and critique of painting, as well as the presentation and storage of finished works. You’ll also be challenged to analyze and understand works of art through both historical and contemporary lenses.
Trace the history of land-based, environmental, and ecological art and the major concepts, concerns, and trends that surround them. You’ll examine important art from these disciplines and develop a proposal for making environmental art of your own.