Art (ART)

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Faculty: David Baddley, Clayton Keyes, Matthew Kruback

Program Goals

  • Students will be exposed to, and gain experience in, a wide variety of fine art disciplines and ideas.
  • Students will learn and develop the skills required to produce artwork of technical quality.
  • Students will develop the sensitivity, understanding, and insight to produce artwork which is personally meaningful and creatively expressive.
  • Students will develop the ability to write and speak articulately about their own and other’s artwork.
  • Students will learn skills needed for preparing, publicizing, and hanging art exhibits.
  • Students will learn to produce materials for professional presentation of their art for the purposes of gaining acceptance into exhibits, finding gallery representation, applying for grants, seeking publication and applying for graduate school.

Objectives

The Art Program offers an academic major leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It also offers an academic major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an academic minor, and it provides courses for students planning to pursue graduate studies in art, students wishing to concentrate in teaching or practicing art, and those with an avocational interest in the visual arts.

The program is designed to give students the skills and confidence in their abilities needed to produce works of art. To this end, students are given general knowledge about art and art history and are schooled in a variety of techniques, including drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics. Students are encouraged to use and expand their imagination and to express their ideas creatively.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in courses required for the Art B.A. and BFA. With the approval of the instructor, students may repeat specified studio courses for additional credit.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Art major:

• 124 total hours

• 30 upper division hours

• Liberal education distribution

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA)

After completing the Lower Division Art Courses, students apply for acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program by declaring an area of emphasis and submitting a portfolio during Spring Semester of the sophomore year. The portfolio should reflect the applicant’s intended area of emphasis and should contain 8–12 examples of artwork that the student has produced while at Westminster College. The portfolio is due by the Friday before spring break in the main office of the School of Arts and Sciences. The BFA admissions committee will review the portfolios and notify students prior to registration for the Fall Semester. Students who art not accepted may continue working as art majors in the BA track, and are encouraged to reapply again the following year. Transfer students will follow this same process for acceptance to the BFA track, except that the portfolio may contain artwork produced while studying at other institutions of higher education.


Painting and Drawing Emphasis (BFA)

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Fine Arts major:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.
II. Core Art Courses 28
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year), during which students submit their portfolios for acceptance into the BFA program.
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) ART 180 or consent of instructor
III. Studio Art Courses 20
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (4) ART 101 (LE)
ART 205 Figure Drawing (4) ART 101 (LE)
ART 302 Intermediate Painting (4) ART 103 (LE)
ART 303 Advanced Painting (4) ART 302
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4)
This course should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year.
IV. Art History Courses 12
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)
V. Elective Art Courses 10
Additional hours of ART coursework (10)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH PAINTING AND DRAWING EMPHASIS 78

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA with Painting and Drawing Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 101 or ART 103
ART 148 or ART 180
Language I


ART 101 or ART 103
ART 148 or ART 180
Language II


Sophomore Year ART 203 or ART 302, ART 148, ART 180, or ART 209


ART 202 or ART 320
Take one: ART 148, ART 180, or ART 209


Junior Year ART 205, ART 302
ART 390 or ART Elective
ART 310 or ART 312


ART 202
ART 311 or ART Elective
ART Electives (take two)


Senior Year ART 303
ART Elective
ART 310 or ART 312
ART 475
ART 311 or ART Elective
ART Elective

Ceramics Emphasis (BFA)

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Fine Arts major:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.
II. Core Art Courses 28
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year), during which students submit their portfolios for acceptance into the BFA program.
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Fundamentals of Ceramics, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) ART 180 or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Studio Art Courses 20
ART 201 Wheel Throwing (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 325 Figure Sculpture in Clay (4) ART 205
ART 330 Intermediate Ceramics: The Ceramic Surface (4) ART 201 or ART 203
ART 335 Advanced Ceramics (4) ART 330
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4)
This course should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year.
consent of instructor
IV. Art History Courses 12
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 315 History of Ceramics (4)—offered alternate years
V. Elective Art Courses 10
Additional hours of ART coursework (10)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH CERAMICS EMPHASIS 78

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA with Ceramics Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 148
ART 101, ART 103, or ART 180
Language I


ART 148
ART 101, ART 103, or ART 180
Language II


Sophomore Year ART 201, ART 203, or ART 3021
ART 180 or ART 209


ART 201, ART 203, or ART 335
ART 180 or ART 209


Junior Year ART 330
ART 310 or ART Elective
ART Electives (take two)


ART 325
ART 311 or ART Elective
ART Elective (take two)


Senior Year ART 335
ART Elective
ART 310 or 315
ART 475
ART Elective
ART Elective

Photography and Electronic Media Emphasis (BFA)

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Fine Arts major:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.
II. Core Art Courses 28
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year), during which students submit their portfolios for acceptance into the BFA program.
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) ART 180 or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Studio Art Courses 20
ART 321 Digital Media Survey (4)—offered alternate years ART 320 or consent of instructor
ART 345 Video Production (4)—offered alternate years
ART 379 Intermediate Photography (4)—offered alternate years ART 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
ART 380 Advanced Photography (4)—offered fall ART 320 or ART 379 or consent of instructor
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4)
This course should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year.
consent of instructor
IV. Art History Courses 12
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 318 History of Photography (4) offered alternate years
V. Elective Art Courses 10
Additional hours of ART coursework (10)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA EMPHASIS 78

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA with Photography and Electronic Media Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 180
ART 101, ART 103, or ART 148
Language I


ART 180
ART 101, ART 103, or ART 148
Language II


Sophomore Year ART 320
ART 101, ART 103, ART 148 or ART 209


ART 379
ART 101, ART 103, ART 148 or ART 209


Junior Year ART 310 and ART 318,
ART 345 or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Electives (take two)


ART 321 or ART Elective
ART 311 or ART Elective
.


Senior Year ART 380
ART 310 and ART 318,
or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Elective
ART 475
ART 321 or ART 383
ART 311 or ART Elective

Studio Arts Emphasis (BFA)

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Fine Arts major:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.
II. Core Art Courses 28
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year), during which students submit their portfolios for acceptance into the BFA program.
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) ART 180 or consent of instructor
III. Studio Art Courses 16
ART 201 Wheel Throwing (4) ART 101 (LE)
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (4) ART 101 (LE)
ART 302 Intermediate Painting (4) ART 103 (LE)
ART 379 Intermediate Photography (4)—offered spring ART 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4)
This course should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year.
consent of instructor
IV. Art History Courses 12
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)
V. Elective Art Courses 14
Additional hours of ART coursework (14)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH STUDIO ART EMPHASIS 78

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA with Studio Arts Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 101, ART 103,
ART 148, or ART 180 (take two)
Language I


ART 101, ART 103, ART 148, ART 180, or ART 320 (take two)
Language II


Sophomore Year ART 101, ART 103,ART 148, ART 180, ART 209
(take two)
ART 301, ART 302, ART 320, or ART 390


ART 101, ART 103,ART 148, ART 180, ART 209 (take two)
ART 201, ART 202, ART 320,or ART 379


Junior Year ART 301, ART 302, ART 320, (take two)
ART 310, ART 312, ART 318 or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Elective


ART 202, ART 320,ART 340, ART 379 (take two)
ART 311, ART 315 or ART Elective
ART Elective


Senior Year ART 301, ART 302, ART 320, or ART 390
ART 310, ART 312
or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Elective
ART 475
ART 202, ART 320, ART 335, ART 340
ART 311, ART 315 or ART Elective

Students may elect to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that recognizes a double area of emphasis. The portfolio submitted for acceptance into the BFA program should include 8–12 examples of artwork that the student has produced while at Westminster College and should reflect both of the applicant’s intended areas of emphasis. In addition to the other requirements of the BFA, the candidate must take all of the courses listed in section III, Upper Division Studio Art Courses, for both of the chosen areas of emphasis. ART 475, Studio Seminar, should only be taken once. The Elective Art Courses requirement, section V, are fulfilled by the second emphasis. The candidate must also take all Art History courses required in section IV by each area of emphasis. Only areas of emphasis in Painting/Drawing, Pottery and Photography may be combined. The BFA with an emphasis in Studio Arts is not eligible to be combined for this option.


Academic Major for Bachelor of Arts Degree

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Fine Arts major:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 110 Survey of Art, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.
II. Core Art Courses 18
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year).
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) ART 180 or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Art Courses 16
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4) consent of instructor
One additional Art History course from the following list:(4)
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)
ART 315 History of Ceramics (4)
ART 318 History of Photography (4)
IV. Elective Art Courses 10
Additional hours of ART coursework (10)
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MAJOR 62

Recommended Plan of Study for Art Major

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 101, ART 103,
ART 148, or ART 180 (take two)
Language I


ART 101, ART 103,ART 148, or ART 180 (take two)
Language II


Sophomore Year ART 101, ART 103,ART 148, ART 180,  ART 209, or ART 320


ART 101, ART 103,ART 148, ART 180, ART 203, or ART 209


Junior Year ART 310, ART 312, ART 318, or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Elective


ART 311, ART 315, or ART Elective
ART Elective


Senior Year ART 310, ART 312, ART 318, or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Elective
ART 475
ART 311, ART 315, or ART Elective
ART Elective

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12
Choose two of the following courses:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (4)
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (4)
ART 148 Ceramics I, LE (4)
ART 180 Photography, LE (4)
Choose one of these:
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)
II. Electives 11
Additional hours of ART coursework
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MINOR 23