ARTS 101-107 offer the beginning student a wide variety of media and subject matter to explore. In each class, students confront the decisions that go into making personally meaningful artwork via demonstrations, slides, lectures, and critique sessions, but most importantly by manipulating materials and ideas. Course content and approach will differ from section to section or class to class, but in each the goal is to introduce students to the ideas, techniques, and vocabularies of producing visual art.
Enrollment in introductory courses usually ranges from fifteen to twenty-three students per section, depending on facilities. No previous art experience is necessary.
Students majoring in studio art must take three courses of introductory work (ARTS 101-107), which should be completed by the end of the sophomore year if possible; four courses of intermediate work with at least three different faculty members (ARTS 210-381); two courses of advanced work (ARTS 480-481) with two different members of the studio faculty, one each semester of the senior year; and two courses of art history, which should be taken by the end of the sophomore year, if possible. A maximum of two courses may be taken off campus. Students majoring in studio art may not take a required course as pass-fail or as an Independent Study. Also, independent study courses cannot apply to the major requirements.
Students minoring in studio art must complete two courses of introductory work (ARTS 101-107); three courses of intermediate work (ARTS 210-381); and one art history course. Through the course of their study, minors must have classes from at least three different faculty. One studio course may be taken off campus. A maximum of two courses may be taken off campus. Students minoring in studio art may not take a required course as pass-fail or as an Independent Study. Also, independent study courses cannot apply to the minor requirements.
The studio faculty do not recommend independent studies because we feel it is important for students to work in the context of other artists. Nonetheless we know that occasionally an independent study might be appropriate. They must be approved by the department according to the following guidelines:
The Senior Exercise in studio art consists of a public exhibition, a written statement, and an oral defense before each member of the studio faculty. The Senior Exercise usually occurs immediately after spring break in the second semester.
For more information, consult these detailed Senior Exercise guidelines, or speak with the chair of the department.