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Art and Art History Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The University reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art, a student completes 45 hours, including:

  • 33 hours of studio courses:
      
    • 9 hours of drawing:
      • ART 102 Drawing I
      • ART 201 Life Drawing I
      • 3 hours of drawing elective
         
    • 9 hours of core courses:
      • ART 103 Design
      • ART 106 Color Theory
      • ART 107 Digital Imaging
        
    • 9 hours in a studio concentration:
      • Ceramics
      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
      • Graphic Design
        
    • 6 hours of studio electives
      
  • 12 hours of art history courses, including:
    • ARHS ART 133 Art of the Western World I
    • ARHS ART 134 Art of the Western World II
    • 6 hours of art history electives
       
  • ART 499 Senior Performance Seminar
     
  • Sophomore and junior portfolio reviews
      
  • Recommended general education courses:
    • DRMA 296 Philosophy and the Arts
    • HIST 101 Western Civilization I
    • HIST 102 Western Civilization II 

For a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art, dependent upon art faculty recommendation and maintaining a 2.75 overall GPA and 3.0 GPA in art, a student completes 60 hours, including:

  • A minimum 42 hours of studio courses:
     
    • 9 hours of drawing:
      • ART 102 Drawing I
      • ART 201 Life Drawing I
      • 3 hours of drawing elective
         
    • 9 hours of core courses:
      • ART 103 Design
      • ART 106 Color Theory
      • ART 107 Digital Imaging
         
    • 15 hours in a studio concentration:
       
      • Three-dimensional media:
        • Ceramics
        • Sculpture
           
      • Two-dimensional media:
        • Drawing
        • Painting
        • Printmaking
           
      • 9 hours of studio electives
         
      • 18 hours of art history courses, including:
        • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
        • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
        • 12 hours of art history electives
           
      • Sophomore and junior portfolio reviews
         
      • ART 499 Senior Performance Seminar
         
      • Required supporting course:
        • DRMA 296 Philosophy and the Arts
           
      • Recommended general education courses:
        • HIST 101 Western Civilization I
        • HIST 102 Western Civilization II

For a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Graphic Design, dependent upon art faculty recommendation and maintaining a 2.75 overall grade-point-average (GPA) and 3.0 GPA in art, a student completes 66 hours, including:

  • 48 hours of studio courses:
       
    • 6 hours of drawing:
      • ART 102 Drawing I
      • ART 201 Life Drawing I OR ART 205 Drawing II
         
    • ART 103 Design
    • ART 104 Basic Photography
    • ART 106 Color Theory
    • ART 107 Digital Imaging
    • ART 217 Ceramics I OR ART 213 Sculpture I
    • ART 209 Painting I OR ART 223 Printmaking I
    • ART 230 Introduction to Visual Language
       
    • ART 240 Exploring Typography and Layout
       
    • ART 330 Publication Design
       
    • ART 340 Corporate Design Systems
       
    • ART 430 Website Design
       
    • ART 440 Multimedia Design
       
    • ART 395 Internship/Cooperative Education
       
    • 3 hours of graphic design elective
       
    • 12 hours of art history courses, including:
       
      • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
      • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
         
    • 6 hours of art history electives
       
  • Sophomore and junior portfolio reviews
     
  • ART 499 Senior Performance Seminar
     
  • Required supporting course:
    • DRMA 296 Philosophy and the Arts
       
  • Recommended general education courses:
    • HIST 101 Western Civilization I
    • HIST 102 Western Civilization II

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art and K-12 Teaching Certification, a student completes all requirements listed for the 45-hour studio major, as well as EDUC 344 Curriculum and Instruction in Art and EDUC 351 Special Secondary Curriculum and Methods Art, requirements for general education and professional core course  and all education department requirements. Refer to the education department section in this catalog for more information about general education, professional core and K-12 requirements.

For a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art and K-12 Teaching Certification, a student completes all requirements listed for the 60-hour studio major, as well as EDUC 344 Curriculum and Instruction in Art and EDUC 351 Special Secondary Curriculum and Methods Art, and all education department requirements. Refer to the education department section in this catalog for more information about general education, professional core and K-12 requirements.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Art History, a student completes a minimum of 34 hours, including:
Art history courses:

  • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
  • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
  • ARHS 250 Modern Art, 1880-1940 OR
  • ARHS 251 Art Since 1940
  • 21 hours of art history electives
  • ARHS 499 Research Methods in Art History

Required supporting course:

  • CS 104 Computers and Their Applications OR ART 107 Digital Imaging

Recommended general education courses: 

  • DRMA 296 Philosophy and the Arts
  • HIST 101 Western Civilization I
  • HIST 102 Western Civilization II

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

A Minor in Studio Art consists of 21 hours of courses, including:

  • ART 102 Drawing I OR ART 103 Design I
  • ART 201 Life Drawing I
  • 9 hours of studio electives
  • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I OR ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
  • 3 hours art history elective

A Minor in Studio Art with K-6 Teaching Certification consists of 24 hours:

  • ART 102 Drawing I
  • ART 103 Design I
  • ART 209 Painting I OR ART 223 Printmaking I
  • ART 217 Ceramics I OR ART 213 Sculpture I
  • 9 hours of studio electives
  • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I OR ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II

A Minor in Studio Art with 7-12 Teaching Certification consists of 24 hours:

  • ART 102 Drawing I
  • ART 103 Design I
  • ART 107 Digital Imaging
  • ART 201 Life Drawing I
  • ART 209 Painting I OR ART 223 Printmaking I
  • ART 217 Ceramics I OR ART 213 Sculpture I
  • 3 hours of studio elective
  • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I OR ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II

A Minor in Graphic Design consists of 21 hours:

  • ART 102 Drawing I
  • ART 103 Design I
  • ART 107 Digital Imaging
  • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
  • ART 230 Introduction to Visual Language
  • ART 240 Exploring Typography and Layout
  • ART 330 Publication Design OR graphic design elective

A Minor in Art History consists of 21 hours:

  • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I OR ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
  • ARHS 250 Modern Art, 1880-1940 OR ARHS 251 Art Since 1940
  • ARHS 499 Research Methods in Art History
  • 12 hours of art history electives

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPARTMENTAL ACCEPTANCE

To be accepted for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art or Graphic Design, a student must:

  1. Be invited into and recommended for the bachelor of fine arts program by the art faculty.
  2. Maintain a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA and at least a B grade in the following courses:
     
    • ART 102 Drawing I
    • ART 103 Design I
    • ART 106 Color Theory
    • ART 107 Digital Imaging
    • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
    • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
    • ART 201 Life Drawing I OR ART 205 Drawing II
  3. Present a portfolio for faculty review.
  4. Submit an application form, personal assessment of meeting department outcomes and a
    letter of intent.

To be accepted for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art, a student must:

  1.  Maintain a minimum of a C grade in the following courses:
     
    • ART 102 Drawing I
    • ART 103 Design I
    • ART 106 Color Theory
    • ART 107 Digital Imaging
    • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
    • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
    • ART 201 Life Drawing I
  2. Present a portfolio for faculty review.
  3. Submit an application form, personal assessment of meeting department outcomes and a letter of intent.

To be accepted for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History, a student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum of a C grade in the following courses:
     
    • ARHS 133 Art of the Western World I
    • ARHS 134 Art of the Western World II
    • 3 hours of art history elective
  2.  Demonstrate research and speaking ability.
  3. Submit an application form, personal assessment of meeting department outcomes and a letter of intent.

Note: Transfer students must present an official transcript of courses taken elsewhere and a portfolio representative of their work, skills and abilities.


COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS
Art majors may take advantage of internship and cooperative education opportunities through work experience with local businesses and organizations. These experiences are intended to supplement classroom learning by allowing application of artistic skills and techniques. A student may earn art credit beyond departmental requirements and apply it toward graduation requirements. Students with an emphasis in graphic design must complete at least a one-semester internship, which may be for credit.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT
All art majors with an emphasis in studio art must complete ART 107 Digital Imaging. Art history majors must complete either ART 107 Digital Imaging or CS 104 Computers and Their Applications.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT
Art majors with an emphasis in studio art fulfill their research requirement by taking any upper-division (200-level course) art history course in which a research paper and oral presentation are required. Art history majors fulfill their research requirement by successfully completing ARHS 485 Research Methods in Art History.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
The senior performance in studio art and graphic design is undertaken after the completion of 9-15 hours of course work in the chosen area of concentration. The senior performance is an independent, individually designed project separate from regular studio course work and is intended to reflect creative, conceptual and technical growth in the student’s area of concentration. The project is initially formulated at the time of the junior review and is finalized and submitted in written form for faculty review by mid-September of the student’s senior year. Seniors and art faculty meet for monthly reviews during senior year.

The senior performance must be publicly presented before graduation. The senior performance in art history is an individually designed project intended to reflect the skills and knowledge of historical research developed in previous course work. The performance is a written paper, accompanied by a slide or gallery presentation of a research project on past or present art forms or concepts. The proposal is submitted in writing for faculty review by mid-September of the student’s senior year and is publicly presented before graduation. For senior performance, seniors register for ART 499 Senior Performance Seminar.

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