The Art and Design Department offers majors in art that lead to
a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of fine arts degree, a major in graphic design
that leads to a bachelor of fine arts degree as well as a major in art history
that leads to a bachelor of arts degree. The department guides students for
life-long involvement in the fine and applied arts through preparation for
graduate study, teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design, and studio
art. The primary goal of the Art and Design Department is to encourage and
develop the creative potential of each student. The liberal and fine arts
provide a broad foundation for the student artist to develop technical
expertise, aesthetic sensitivity, critical artistic judgment, and the ability
to question and experiment with creative ideas. One of the major objectives of
the Art and Design Department is to create an atmosphere where diversity is
welcomed. Flexibility creates an attitude of openness and receptivity to new
and innovative ideas.
In order to develop expertise, students concentrate their
studies in the areas of ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting,
printmaking, or sculpture. A professional and critical atmosphere encourages students
to extend their artistic involvement beyond studio exercises into juried
exhibitions, internships, independent study, and travel.
Art Department educates students to be competent creative artists and designers.
Further, the study of art history gives them an understanding of their heritage
and the relationship of art to the past, themselves, and contemporary culture.
Clarke’s Quigley Gallery frequently hosts exhibits of student, faculty, and visiting artists’ works. This exposure to new ideas and art forms develops and strengthens the professional and critical sensibilities.
- Acquire knowledge and technical expertise in art and design media to demonstrate creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and critical artistic judgment.
- Develop an openness to respond to and interact with new and diverse people and ideas.
- Explore the relationship of artistic and cultural heritages in order to understand oneself, the past and contemporary society.
- Develop and demonstrate critical seeing, writing, speaking and thinking skills through a study of the visual arts.
- Extend artistic involvement beyond studio and classroom exercises to juried exhibitions, volunteer work, commissions, internships, independent study and/or travel.
- Prepare for lifelong involvement in the fine and applied arts: studio practice, graduate study, classroom teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design and related careers.