May 16, 2021  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021

Visual Art Major

The major consists of a minimum of 12 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the major.

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This major is offered within the Studio Division of the Art Department, and is considered a component of the Studio Art Program. It allows individual students greater flexibility for pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the visual arts. Concentrations in this major permit students to study art within a particular social or historical context: urban studies, environmental studies, critical theory, museum studies, or art conservation. In addition this major can serve students wishing to pursue projects in the creative arts that may incorporate creative writing, theater, dance, music, performance art, or architectural design. The major may also be designed to accommodate students who wish to study more wide-ranging topics such as environmental aspects of art and/or architecture, art in the context of another discipline such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, critical or cultural studies, art and the law, arts management, multi-media work in computer science, music, or geology.

Summary of Requirements

Note: Additionally, students are required to take at least one course in Media (Integrated Media or Photography) and one in Traditional Media (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking).

Transfer of Credit/Major Credit for Off-Campus Study

No more than 3 full courses or the equivalent of studio art may transfer towards this major.

Honors Program

Honors in Studio Art takes place within the capstone course for all Studio Art majors. This course, Senior Studio and Thesis, is a year-long, team taught course. Each student will receive a private studio. At the end of the fall semester faculty will invite students to do Honors who they feel are ready to handle the additional work. All students who are enrolled in Senior Studio and Thesis will continue in the course for the entire year.  Honors, while not guaranteed, is conferred at the end of the spring as a result of outstanding work in this course. 

Visual Arts Major Course Lists

Visual Concepts and Process Courses

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19th- and/or 20th-Century Art History Courses

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Area of Concentration Outside the Art Department Courses

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Three additional courses in the area of your concentration to be determined in consultation with your advisor. These courses should be provided to the Degree Auditor so that they may be included in your degree evaluation.