The mission of the Visual Arts program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is to provide academic, aesthetic and technical challenges through a diverse curriculum to talented students who are interested in the production, analysis and promoting the visual arts. Our faculty offers well-organized programs in a nurturing environment where students are stimulated to ask questions, able to solve problems, and challenged to become competitive in their chosen field of study. The visual arts program provides our students with an understanding of the important role played by African Americans in the visual arts and challenges them to evolve this knowledge into an understanding of their role in the arts in a global environment steeped in technology. By encouraging discovery through experimentation, the visual arts program prepares its students for liberal arts graduate study and the careers of today.
Upon completion of the Visual Arts program major, students will be able to:
- Acquire, research, understand and accurately recall the vocabulary inherent in studio arts, art history, art criticism, and museum studies.
- Apply and present ideas, in written and oral form, using accurately the vocabulary inherent in studio arts, arthistory, art criticism and museum studies.
- Acquire and apply techniques and skills using a variety of traditional and new art mediamedia (electronic/computer generated) for the creation of finished works of art.
- Effectively apply the elements of art and design, as well as the principles of organization in two and three dimensions compositions.
- Evaluate their own art, and/or that of others, in terms of media, formal composition, content and context, anddemonstrate an ability to analyze the formal/visual qualities of a work of art in isolation and/or in comparison withother art.
- Research theories about art, formulate thesis statements and write articles that illustrate knowledge of various artists, artistic styles and eras. Final products should reflect skill and mastery of bibliographic citationmethods (Chicago Manual of Style) used in the field.
- Articulate the history and organizational structure of different types of museums and arts organizations, including their respective mission goals, collection theories and processes, and educational philosophies.
- Create a digital and paper portfolio.
- Create works of art and/or design based on original research, self-directed planning and/or based on a self-selected/created thesis.
Please consult the university catalog for more information and program requirements.
For more information, contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.