Studio art majors may choose a concentration in painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, or metalsmithing. (See also: Visual Communication Design major). After taking a variety of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in a particular area, students are expected to attain a thorough knowledge of the chosen medium and its aesthetic possibilities. Through individual and group critiques and mentorship from faculty members, students are guided through the process of becoming professional artists in terms of style, content, and aesthetic vision.
The full-time faculty, composed of studio artists, art historians, and art educators, is supplemented by a number of practicing professionals who are highly respected in their areas. The College has strong working relationships with many local museums, schools, and graphics firms, providing students with an active internship program.
Transfer students in studio art must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.
Students must have an AP score of 5 to place out of any Art Foundation courses (Art 101, 102, 106, 107). The use of any art AP credit toward completion of the art major is discouraged. An AP score of 4 or 5 may be used as studio art elective credits.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Competency in studio practice: Attain competency in composing the elements of art and principles of design in two and three dimensions.
2. Development of conceptual process in formulation of art and design works: Articulate idea development, develop visual communication strategies, and demonstrate technical facility in a range of media to convey concepts through their personal aesthetic.
3. Exhibit and analyze art with regard to cultural context: Understand and apply knowledge of significant historical, global, and contemporary achievements and issues in art.