The goal of the Art Major is to provide students with a broad-based general education in studio art (by requiring them to take a range of courses across media and in art history) and to create a framework that encourages students to develop knowledge, skills, and ideas within a single medium (via sequences of courses - basic, intermediate, and advanced - within media).
The Art Major consists of eleven units including a five-unit core and six upper-level courses as follows:
Core Courses (five units):
Select 2 from 2-D basic classes (ART 111, 121, 131, 151)
Select 1 from 3-D basic classes (ART 171, 181)
ARTH 150 Art, Culture, & Society I or any 200-level ARTH course from the corresponding time period. AND
ARTH 151 Art, Culture, & Society II or any 200-level ARTH course from the corresponding time period.
Art majors must complete six additional units of art courses:
Six additional units of art courses, including completion of coursework in two different disciplines through the 300 level, from the following areas: Painting, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Sculpture.
The Art Minor seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study art in some depth. While it does not give students expertise, it is designed both to introduce students to various skills and ideas in the visual arts and to allow them some scope to develop those skills and ideas.
The minor in Art consists of six units. Two must be courses from the core, and three units must be studio art classes at the 200-level and above. The sixth unit may be any studio art course, art history course, or course from another program that has been approved by the art faculty.
“I have my students look at tangible objects instead of creating something abstract,” Shortridge said. “I make my students work hard because they become better painters or drawers that way. The knowledge is theirs to use.”