Art History majors can choose to follow a course of study focusing on either the Western or non-Western artistic tradition. The major involves a minimum of 11 courses. The minor in Art History (requiring a minimum of six courses) provides the student with an introduction to the art of both Western and non-Western cultures.
Film Studies majors take a minimum of 12 courses to develop both critical and technical skills in the field. The Film Studies minor requires a minimum of six courses, including courses in both production and history or criticism, that provide students with a solid understanding of the role of film in society.
The Studio Art major requires a minimum of 12 courses that give students the opportunity to develop their technical skills and understanding of conceptual issues involved in the creative process. Studio Art minors, who must declare the minor prior to the end of their junior year, take a minimum of six courses that allow them to pursue a focused exploration of one medium (ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting or photography).
The art history faculty has determined the following outcomes for our program:
- General familiarity with the history of art in its entirety from pre-history to the present.
- Ability to identify the medium, chronological period, geographical origin, religious and cultural-historical context of works of art.
- Ability to analyze the formal, technical, stylistic, compositional characteristics of works of art—the time periods when these were introduced—and the potential influences that contribute to a work’s overall visual appearance or organization.
- Ability to identify the subject matter of works of art, their potential meaning and significance, and the larger intellectual, historical, or political trends—and patronage practices—that impact their production.
- Ability to connect works of art to cultural manifestations in other disciplines in the liberal arts (literature, theology, music, dance, philosophy) and to apply methods from the sciences (economics, psychology, physics, chemistry) to their study.
- Familiarity with the history of the history of art, and critical self-consciousness of how an interpretive approach relates to others practiced in the discipline.
- Ability to do advanced research in the field: knowledge of the important resources in terms of scholarly books, peer-reviewed journals, on-line databases, image archives, etc.
- Ability to distill the above knowledge and adduce evidence in the construction of logical, clearly reasoned arguments.
- Ability to present these arguments in the form both of oral presentations and written papers modeled on the professional standards presently applied in the discipline.
- For those considering graduate school, the Ability to conduct research in foreign languages, is essential. This is facilitated by junior-abroad programs, in which many of our students participate, largely prompted by a desire to study works of art in their specialty first-hand and on site.
A student completing a Film Major in the context of Liberal Arts will be evaluated prior to graduation on the following points before a panel of two or three faculty members:
General View of Film: Based on the initial course in Introduction to Film Art
Film Production: Intermediate grasp of sound, lighting, composition
Film Editing: Digital editing for a film production (Final Cut Pro or Avid non-linear)
History: Solid grasp of American film( feature and documentary), basic knowledge of foreign film (European, Mid-East, Latin American, or World Cinema)
Criticism: Ability to grasp nuances in script, characterization, camera work, etc.
Written Expression: Clarity and proper grammar for essay writing; structure, for screenwriting, with a focus on narrative.
Research: Ability to do scholarly research and documentation
At the same time, as part of the requirement, the Film Major necessitates a student writing a thesis, completing a full-length screenplay, or producing a short film (feature or documentary) under close supervision of an advisor.
The Studio Art Major offers students a course of study that includes introductory and advanced investigations in a variety of media, an exploration of the conceptual approaches inherent in artworks, and background knowledge of art history. Through a course of directed study, advanced students create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis, which is exhibited.
The Studio Art major will be assessed on their ability to:
- Create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis. These artworks should display a mastery of technique, an individual visual and conceptual sensibility, and historical understanding of the issues relevant to their work.
- Effectively communicate issues and aspects of visual experience and culture in oral and written arguments.
- Discuss and articulate knowledge of contemporary artists and understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by visual artworks in global cultural discourse.
They should also:
- Develop technical abilities and fundamental knowledge with a variety of media.
- Develop a self-reflective and critical approach in making artworks.
- Develop creative thinking and problem solving skills.
- Develop the ability to research ideas, and to make one’s work accessible to others thru clear, well organized visual thinking.
- Acquire the ability to verbally express the ideas and concepts with which one works visually.
- Acquire standards for a visually critical and contextualized practice.
- Develop skills in the preparation and use of presentational strategies.
- Develop documentation skills consistent with professional practice.
- Acquire a familiarity with artists and their practice in a variety of historical periods.