Coursework in visual arts is geared both towards majors who wish to become professional artists, designers and art educators and non-majors who wish to find self-expression through the arts. All courses share a primary structure focused on the art elements and principles of design, which allows students to develop a basic skills and conceptual framework for further studies beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts.
Students have many opportunities to express themselves through studying drawing, painting, 2D and 3D design, graphic design, mixed media, printmaking, scene painting and a variety of other media. Art history and art therapy classes help students explore art’s many faces, ideas and meanings.
All classes are taught by trained professional artists and visiting artists with many years of experience creating their own artwork. Visits to museums, galleries and artists’ studios assist students in seeing a variety of approaches to art-making. Our program features many opportunities for creating public works of art, such as murals. Students also participate in art fairs and other exciting activities.
Students may pursue a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a major in Visual Arts. Visual Arts classes are open to both majors and non-majors. Sometimes, students in other fields choose to have a minor in art. Many of our former students have gone on to graduate programs and careers as professional artists.
Many careers require additional degrees or advanced training/internships
Arts Educator: Teaching in elementary, secondary, post-secondary education or Artist-in-Residence/Artist-in-the-Schools; community art and cultural centers or art galleries; nursing/daycare centers; Recreation Specialist
Art Therapist: After completing a master’s degree in counseling with licensing as an art therapist or expressive arts therapist, working in a school, clinic or hospital setting
Art Historian: Museum curators, exhibition preparation specialist, or archivists; gallery directors or other art sales personnel; art restorers or conservators; fine arts appraisers; researchers; publication editors; grant-writing in the arts or cultural activities.
Craftsman: Ceramicists, weavers or fiber artists, glass artists, jewelry or metal designers working in industry or self-employed creating and marketing artwork.
Fine Artist: Working in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture or photography exhibiting artwork in museums, galleries and at arts festivals and working as muralists or designers for a variety of clients.
Designer: Working in advertising or commercial setting as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director, package or product designer or web designer with a variety of other types of media.
Also, this major can provide preliminary coursework in preparation for architecture school.
AR 1001 Applied Visual Arts
AR 1003 Basic Design I
AR 1013 Basic Design II
AR 1043 Introduction to Photography
AR 2113 Basic Drawing
AR 2153 Introduction to Ceramics
AR 2413 Introduction to Painting
AR 2643 Graphic Design
TE 3123 Scenic and Lighting Design
BU 3263 Website Design
AR 3523 Survey of Art History I
AR 3533 Survey of Art History II
AR 3823 Advanced Studio I
AR 3923 Introduction to Art Therapy
FA 4993 Senior Seminar
Students may intern at the Mabee-Gerrer Musuem of Art assisting with installing exhibitions, working with the museum's collection and working with the public in educational and social events. They may also work with professional artists as mentors, painting murals or creating works of art in hospitals and public places.
Students may exhibit their artwork in arts festivals and exhibitions at art centers across the state and region. They are offered opportunities to create illustrations and designs for local businesses to develop their portfolios. In addition, they may travel to visit museums and galleries, as well as professional conferences in selected specialties in the visual arts.
We are proud of the fact that many of the students we have had over the span of our careers have become art educators working in colleges and universities, as well as in elementary and secondary schools. We also have produced art therapists, professional artists, illustrators, web-designers, muralists, arts administrators, museum curators and museum exhibition preparation specialists. We strive to reveal to students what is possible and then to assist them both in planning and achieving their own goals.