Art

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
  • WCore requirements

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)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world 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 203   Ceramic Sculpture (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209   Composition and Design (4)
ART 320   Digital Imaging (4) WCFAH 119 or ART 180 or consent of instructor
WCFAH 106    Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111    Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119    Photography (4)     
WCFAH 121   Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
III. Studio Art Courses 20
ART 202   Intermediate Drawing (4) – offered spring semester WCFAH 106 or ART 101
ART 205   Figure Drawing (4) – offered fall semester WCFAH 106 or ART 101
ART 302   Intermediate Painting (4) – offered fall semester WCFAH 111 or ART 103
ART 303   Advanced Painting (4) – offered fall semester 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 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 WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111
WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119
Language I
WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111
WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119
Language II
Sophomore Year

ART 302
Take one: WCFAH 141, WCFAH 119 or ART 209


ART 202
Take one: WCFAH 141, WCFAH 119 or ART 209

Junior Year

ART 205
ART Elective
ART 310 or ART 312


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)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world 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 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) WCFAH 119 or ART 180 or consent of instructor
WCFAH 106 Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111 Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119  Photography (4)
WCFAH 121  Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
III. Upper Division Studio Art Courses 20
ART 201 Wheel Throwing (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 325 Figure Sculpture in Clay (4)
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 WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111
WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119
Language I
WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111
WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119
Language II
Sophomore Year

ART 302
Take one: WCFAH 141, WCFAH 119 or ART 209


ART 202
Take one: WCFAH 141, WCFAH 119 or ART 209

Junior Year

ART 390 or ART Elective
ART 310 or ART 312


ART 311 or ART Elective
ART Electives (take two)

Senior Year

ART 303
ART 390 or ART Elective
ART 310 or ART 312


ART 475
ART Elective
ART Elective


Photography and Electronic Media Emphasis (BFA)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world 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 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) WCFAH 119 or ART 180 or consent of instructor
WCFAH 106   Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111   Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119   Photography (4)
WCFAH 121  Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
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 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
WCFAH 210 Traditional Photography (4)
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 WCFAH 119, WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 111, WCFAH 106
Language I
WCFAH 119 or WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 111 or WCFAH 141
Language II
Sophomore Year

ART 320,
WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 111 or WCFAH 141 or ART 209


WCFAH 210,
WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 111 or WCFAH 141 or ART 209

Junior Year

ART 310 and ART 318,
Or ART Elective (take one or two)
ART Electives (take two)


ART 321 or ART 345
ART 311 or ART Elective
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)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world 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 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) WCFAH 119 or ART 180 or consent of instructor
WCFAH 106  Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111   Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119  Photography (4)
WCFAH 121  Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
III. Studio Art Courses 16
ART 201 Wheel Throwing (4)
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (4) WCFAH 106 or ART 101
ART 475 Studio Seminar (4) – This course should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year. Consent of instructor
WCFAH 210 Traditional Photography (4)
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 WCFAH 141, WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, WCFAH 111 or
WCFAH 119
Language I
WCFAH 141, WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, WCFAH 111 or
WCFAH 119
Language II
Sophomore Year

ART 201
Take one: WCFAH 119 or ART 209


ART 301
Take one: WCFAH 119 or ART 209

Junior Year

ART 330 or ART 305
ART 310 or ART 312


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

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.


Art Major for Bachelor of Arts Degree

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Fine Arts majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Core Art Courses 28
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (spring of sophomore year).
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4) WCFAH 121 or ART 148 or consent of instructor
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4) WCFAH 119 or ART 180 or consent of instructor
WCFAH 106 Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111  Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119  Photography (4)
WCFAH 121 Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
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
Choose one additional Art History course from the following list:
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 ART MAJOR 62

Recommended Plan of Study for Art Major

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, WCFAH 111 or WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119 (take two)
Language I
WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, WCFAH 111 or WCFAH 141 or WCFAH 119 (take two)
Language II
Sophomore Year

WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111, or WCFAH 141, or WCFAH 119, or ART 209


WCFAH 106 or WCFAH 203, or WCFAH 111, or WCFAH 141, or WCFAH 119, or ART 209

Junior Year

ART 310, ART 312, ART 318, or ART Elective (take 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


Art Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12
Choose two of the following courses:
WCFAH 106  Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
WCFAH 111   Paint, Perception, and Alchemy (4)
WCFAH 119  Photography (4)
WCFAH 121 Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
Choose one of the following courses:
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 (11)
TOTAL HOURS FOR ART MINOR 23
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