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Art History

Bachelor of Arts in History

The art and art history program is committed to providing majors the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic means of visual expression and a broad exposure to the history of art. Those who major in the program acquire foundation preparation for professional or graduate study or for careers in teaching, museum work, and studio and commercial art.

Foundation Review

In order to continue in the major, all studio art majors are required to submit portfolios of work from all art courses for review by the art faculty by the end of their second year in the program (fall of Junior Year for Junior year transfer students). The purpose of this review is to identify, early in the student’s career, potential strengths and weaknesses, to provide students with an opportunity to solicit opinions from and exchange ideas with professors outside their areas of emphasis, and to assist the student in clarifying goals. Students must participate in and pass the Foundation Review in order to continue in the major.

Requirements to Major in Art:

A. Core Courses 

  • AR 1110 – Two-Dimensional Design
  • AR 1230 – Introduction to Art and Art History
  • AR 1610 – Drawing I
  • AR 2120 – Three-Dimensional Design
  • AR 2610 – Drawing II

B. Art Concentration

General Studio Concentration 

  • AR 1710 – Photography I
  • AR 2410 – Graphic Design I
  • AR 3310 – Printmaking
  • AR 3510 – Sculpture
  • AR 3610 – Painting I
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art

Upper Level Art History

  • AR 4980 – Senior Project in Studio Art

Painting/Drawing Concentration 

  • AR 3610 – Painting I
  • AR 3310 – Printmaking

Three additional studio courses from the following:

  • AR 3620 – Painting II
  • AR 3630 – Water-Based Media
  • AR 3640 – Figure Painting and Drawing
  • AR 3650 – Drawing and Mixed-Media Studio
  • AR 4630 – Advanced Studio I
  • AR 4640 – Advanced Studio II
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art

Upper Level Art History

  • AR 4980 – Senior Project in Studio Art

Photography Concentration 

  • AR 1710 – Photography I
  • AR 2710 – Photography II
  • AR 3710 – Photography III
  • AR 4730 – Professional Photography
  • AR 2410 – Graphic Design I
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art
  • AR 3260 – History of Photography
  • AR 4980 – Senior Project in Studio Art

Graphic and Communication Design Concentration

  • AR 2410 – Graphic Design I
  • AR 3420 – Graphic Design II
  • AR 2420 – Design and Illustration
  • AR 1710 – Photography I
  • AR 2710 – Photography II
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art
  • AR 3260 – History of Photography
  • AR 4980 – Senior Project in Studio Art

C. DISTRIBUTION COURSES AND ELECTIVES

Requirements to Minor in Studio Art

  • AR 1110 – Two-Dimensional Design
  • AR 1610 – Drawing I
  • AR 1230 – Introduction to Art and Art History

One Additional course in art history (AR 3250 – 20th Century Art recommended)

Two additional studio art courses

Requirements to Major in Art History

Note: The Art History Major is not subject to the same core requirements as the Studio Art Major.

A. Art History and Cognate Courses

  • AR 1230 – Introduction to Art and Art History
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art

One art history course from the following:

  • AR 1310 – Art and Diversity
  • AR 2220 – Women in Art

One history or literature course, chosen from:

  • HS 1110 – Western Civilization to 1500
  • HS 1120 – Western Civilization since 1500
  • EN 2070 – Mythology: The God, The Goddess, and the Trickster

Three upper level (3000 level and above) art history courses (One may be AR 4910 – Internship in Art/Art History)

One studio art course, chosen from:

  • AR 1110 – Two-Dimensional Design
  • AR 1610 – Drawing I
  • AR 1710 – Photography I

Two semesters of a foreign language (French recommended)

  • AR 4981 – Senior Project in Art History

B. DISTRIBUTION COURSES AND ELECTIVES

Requirements to Minor in Art History

  • AR 1230 – Introduction to Art and Art History
  • AR 3250 – 20th Century Art

One art history course from the following:

  • AR 1310 – Art and Diversity
  • AR 2220 – Women in Art

Two  upper level (3000 level and above) art history courses

Course Descriptions

**All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

AR 1110 Two-Dimensional Design

A studio course stressing the fundamentals of visual organization. Introduces the beginning student to basic two-dimensional design elements such as line, shape, form, texture, value and color.

AR 1230 Introduction to Art and Art History

This course will explore the ways in which social, cultural, religious, political and aesthetic values have been expressed in art and architecture throughout history. A thematic approach will encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of connections, issues and influences across time periods and cultures. While focusing primarily on Western society since antiquity, other cultures and civilizations will be covered as well. Projects and papers assigned will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of these connections, as well as to clearly articulate the characteristics, both culturally and aesthetically, of a particular historical time and place.  Students will become familiar with the vocabulary and media of art and architecture as well as develop their visual analysis and critical thinking skills.

AR 1310 Art and Diversity

Why have issues such as race, gender and class been historically excluded from the study of art history? Why is it important that histories of art reflect the kind of gender and racial diversity seen in present-day America? This course takes these questions as central ones to understanding how race, gender and class impact artists who explore these issues through their art.

AR 1610 Drawing I

Fundamental techniques of drawing. Students explore line, form, value and composition.

AR 1710 Photography I

Although the computer has transformed the medium of photography, this class explores the traditional fundamentals of photography employing the new technology in a simplified workflow. Emphasis is placed on personal expression through the creation of B&W and color imagery. A digital camera with at least 6MP that allows manual control of aperture and shutter and 2 GB (or larger) memory card is required. Please bring your camera and manual to the first class.

AR 2120 Three-Dimensional Design

A studio course dealing with the fundamentals of three-dimensional design. Prerequisite: AR 1110. 

AR 2220 (WS 2220) Women in Art

The place of women in the history of Western art as producers of major works and as the subject of the work of other artists, primarily male artists, remains controversial. This course will explore issues relating to the conditions under which women have worked as artists from the Middle Ages to the present as well as the ways that art and art history have shaped or have been shaped by society’s attitudes toward women.

AR 2230 History of American Art and Architecture

What is “American” about American art? How do the political, social and cultural events and ideals of an era shape the art and artists that emerge from it? This course will examine the visual culture of the United States from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. We will study art and architecture made in America as a reflection of its social, political, economic and cultural values.

AR 2410 Graphic Design I

This course focuses on the fundamentals of graphic design with an emphasis on visual communication. Design concepts and use of image as a communication tool will be explored. Students will learn and analyze the formal and technical concepts of design as they pertain to structure and pattern, symbols, logotypes and pictographs, as well as stationary systems. Students will use the most current software applications on the Apple Macintosh platform. Prerequisite: AR 1110 or permission of instructor.

AR 2420 Design and Illustration

This course will focus on the relationship between illustration and design, and will explore the different tools, materials and techniques used in illustration and design. Prerequisites: AR 2410, AR 1710 recommended.

AR 2610 Drawing II

An emphasis on drawing techniques as a means toward developing controlled and individual expression. Students will be involved in intensive practice in drawing the human figure. Prerequisite: AR 1610. 

AR 2710 Photography II

Blending traditional and digital processes can provide remarkable flexibility, control, and expressive freedom. Along with digital capture, this class explores the use of traditional silver materials in a more sophisticated workflow. Emphasis is placed on creating expressive imagery. Students explore both screen and printed output with their personal imagery; a printed final project is required to complete this hands-on course. A digital SLR camera and dedicated electronic flash is required. Prerequisite: AR 1710 or permission of the instructor.

AR 2990 Introductory Topics in Art or Art History

An examination of a selected topic in art or art history at the introductory level. Courses may be classroom or field trip oriented and may be repeated for credit on different topics. Variable credit (1-4).

AR 3220 Renaissance Art

This course surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture produced in Italy and in Northern Europe from approximately the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries, situating the art within a discussion of its social and artistic contexts. Because the Renaissance encompassed a period of great historical change as well as a self-conscious looking backward to ancient civilizations, understanding Renaissance art is helpful to understanding modern art in general. Prerequisite: AR 1230 or permission of instructor.

AR 3240 19TH Century Art

An examination of the divergent, yet related, trends in European art that herald the modern age. The various artistic movements of Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism are studied in light of the historical factors and the theoretical ideas that helped shape them. Prerequisite: AR 1230 or permission of instructor.

AR 3250 20TH Century Art

A study of major movements and artists in Europe from 1860 to 1940, and in America since 1940. Emphasis is on art theories and visual images as a reflection of modern civilization. Prerequisite: AR 1230 or permission of instructor.

AR 3260 History of Photography

A broad historical survey of photography from Daguerre to the present. Since the 17th century, the camera has been used by both the artist and the scientist as a tool in the exploration of the visible world. The continuity of this photographic vision is studied in the variety of images of the documentary, scientific, and artistic modes of modern work. Prerequisite: One art history or photography course, or permission of instructor.

AR 3310 Printmaking

Introduction to the fundamental printmaking processes of intaglio, relief, monotype and collograph. Historical context and contemporary approaches to these mediums will be addressed. Prerequisite: AR 1610. 

AR 3420 Graphic Design II

An intermediate graphic design course covering a wide range of graphic art processes and approaches to publication design. Studio work will explore the principles of design as they relate to layout, composition and production. Students will use the most current software applications on the Apple Macintosh platform. Prerequisites: AR 2410, AR 1710 recommended.

AR 3510 Sculpture

An introduction to the aesthetic and expressive concerns of sculpture, emphasizing the basic forming processes: modeling, building, casting and carving. Prerequisite: AR 2120.

AR 3610 Painting I

An introduction to the fundamentals of oil painting. The course will emphasize observation and use of color, technical control, and expressive use of the paint medium. Prerequisite: AR 1610.

AR 3620 Painting II

A course designed to strengthening the fundamental skills of oil painting introduced in Painting I. Students will be encouraged to explore personal imagery and style. Prerequisite: AR 3610.

AR 3630 Water-Based Media

A studio course to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Students explore the techniques of watercolor painting through a series of specific projects dealing with the expressive properties of the watercolor medium. Additional projects will explore other water-based media on paper such as ink, gouache or acrylic wash. Prerequisite: AR 3610.

AR 3640 Figure Painting and Drawing

Intensive drawing and painting from the model for the intermediate student. Assignments will include drawing, paint studies on paper as well as developed works on canvas. Prerequisites: AR 2610 and AR 3610. 

AR 3650 Drawing and Mixed-Media Studio

This course will build upon the fundamentals explored in Drawing I and Drawing II. Students will be introduced to new media and will explore a range of imagery and themes. Experimentation will be encouraged. Prerequisite: AR 2610 or permission of instructor. 

AR 3710 Photography III

This is an advanced photography class for photo concentrators. Students will pursue their own creative ideas in image-making while exploring the concepts of studio lighting. Several classes will be dedicated to understanding photographic criticism. Other classes will consist of demonstrations and extended critique. An exhibition-quality portfolio will be the final focus of this course. Prerequisite: AR 2710.

AR 3990 Intermediate Topics in Art or Art History

The study of a selected topic in art or art history at an intermediate level. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

AR 4230 Contemporary Issues in Art  

A study of recent 20th and 21st century art covering artistic developments throughout the world since 1980 and considering a range of issues that affect contemporary artists. Readings are drawn from art history texts, contemporary art journals and critical essays on art and culture. Prerequisite: AR 3250 or permission of the instructor.

AR 4630 Advanced Studio I

In this course students will work under the direction of the instructor(s) in their choice of drawing, painting media or combination of media. Each student will select from a range of suggested topics and stylistic approaches to develop imagery for content and personal expression. Each will be responsible for researching and writing about artists who have worked with related imagery, content and/or style. The student will be expected to develop one or more series of related works for presentation at critique. Highly recommended as preparation for Senior Project. May be repeated for credit with permission only. Prerequisites and Course Notes: Two or more 300-level courses in the medium or area of focus and permission of instructor. 

AR 4640 Advanced Studio II

Students ready for independent and advanced work undertake individually selected projects under the guidance of the instructor, in the media of their choice. Prerequisites: AR 4630 and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission only.  

AR 4730 Professional Photography      

Designed for the photography studio concentration. The fields of photojournalism, studio, and commercial photography are explored using client-generated assignments. Event coverage, creative portraiture, studio and location assignments are required. Prerequisite: AR 2710 or permission of instructor.

AR 4810 Directed Study in Art

Course of study to be arranged between faculty and student in the field of Art. May be repeated for credit. Variable credit, depending on contract. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. Variable credit (1-4).

AR 4830 Independent Study in Art

Advanced, independent study of a specific topic. Course of study to be arranged with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. Variable credit (1-4).

AR 4910 Internship/Apprenticeship in Art /Art History

Students who meet requirements for admission to the College Internship Program may acquire practical experience in a variety of settings (e.g. artists’ studios, museums, commercial galleries, arts organizations) under the supervision of a qualified professional and a member of the art faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and advisor required. Variable credit (1-16).

AR 4980 Senior Project in Studio Art

The Senior Project in Studio Art will consist of a self-determined study under faculty supervision to create and develop a body of work for portfolio and/or senior exhibition. A minimum of six to ten presentation quality and/or exhibition ready works is required. The project will include a short thesis addressing influences, direction, chronology, and working methods. The project will normally be undertaken at the start of the senior year and culminate at the end of the senior year with an exhibition. A student must have a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 in order to be eligible to apply for the Senior Project in Studio Art. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and advisor required.

AR 4981 Senior Project in Art History

The Senior Project in Art History will take the form of a research project in a topic mutually decided upon by the student and his/her advisor and will result in a written thesis or substantial curatorial project. The project will normally be undertaken at the start of the senior year and culminate at the end of the senior year with a public presentation. A student must have a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 in order to be eligible to apply for the Senior Project in Art History. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and advisor required.

AR 4990 Advanced Topics in Art or Art History

Study of a selected topic in art or art history at an advanced level. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.