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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Studio - Major (BS)

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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.

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.

Note - Transfer students in studio art must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

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 a 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.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Art Core

The Art Core is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in preparation for more advanced coursework in Art.

Art Electives

Students must complete 9 additional studio courses (27 credits). Studio Art majors must complete a minimum of four studios in an area of their choice. Transfer students in studio art must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

Art Department Senior Experience

The senior capstone course in the Art Department deals with a variety of issues involving philosophical, cultural, political and aesthetic ideas about art, the function of art institutions and art media, and the individual artist.  In addition to reflective weekly and term papers, students will give presentations on the evolution of their work during their college careers.

Sample Program for Studio Art - Major

Freshman Year

  • Math and Science Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 7
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 3
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 9
  • Art Studio Credits: 9

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 9
  • Art Studio Credits: 9
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 9
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0

Senior Year

  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 6
  • Art Studio Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 12 (upper division studios recommended)

As well as:

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