We are constantly surrounded by visual stimuli, but we rarely take time to reflect on them or participate in their creation. Art courses offer a chance to do both. If, as Abbe Dubes claims, "The first purpose of art is to touch us," a study of visual principles and the cultural and historical contexts for art production can deepen our responses and strengthen our ability to connect with others through original creations.

Art is a means of problem solving, a way of knowing, a unique form of communication, one of the ways in which human beings are distinct from other species. Art can be a powerful means of creating empathy and communicating truth.

The art major prepares the student to develop a clear personal expression as a visual artist in a chosen medium. Students also will demonstrate technical skill and the ability to evaluate and critique their own work as well as the work of other artists.

Program director: Po-Lin Kosuth, M.F.A.

Art major

The 38-credit major consists of 18 credits in foundation courses (ART 1105, 1120, 1124, 1126, and 4577) and 20-24 credits in one of three concentrations. Painting/Drawing (ART 2121, 2221, 3321, 3421, 4521, 4621, 2220, 2320, 3420, and 2122), Media Art (ART, 2041, 2122, 2307, 3241, CTA 3041, 3141 and 3341), or Photography (ART 1107, 2207, 2307, 3327, and 4427). Additionally, there are other credits available for electives beyond the 38 credits.

Art major outcomes

Students will:

      1. Master technical skill to produce artwork in the chosen medium.

      2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of an artist.       

      3. Demonstrate aesthetic awareness and critical judgment of artwork.

Art minor

The art minor requires 22 credits, including 14 core credits, ART 1120, 1124, 1126, 4477 and 8 credits of art electives. An art minor is a good complement to any major in any field.