Students intending to major in art are encouraged to take three courses in the department during their Freshman year, to provide a strong foundation for intermediate courses in the department. The following courses are required for the major, and are prerequisites for several other courses in the department: Art 2/Two-Dimensional Design; Art 3/Three-Dimensional Design; and Art 21/ Drawing I. Art 2/Two-Dimensional Design, is a prerequisite for several intermediate and upper-level courses in the department, including Art 23/Painting I, and Art 129/130/126 Printmaking courses. Additionally, freshman might consider taking Art 35/ Digital Imaging; or Art 33/Photography I, which are also requirements for the major. A complete Art Major consists of 46-50 credits.
In addition to Art Department classes, Art Majors must take three Art History classes, including Art History 4 or Art History 5, Art History 106, and Art History 145. Students should take Art History 4 or 5 before enrolling in Art History 106 (Twentieth Century). Students are encouraged to take Art History 106/ Early 20th-Century Art in their sophomore year, so that they meet the pre-requisites for Art History 145/Semester on Contemporary Art, which is required for graduation and may be taken for 4 or 8 credits.
The department encourages students to study abroad, and has affiliations with several programs in Florence, including Studio Art Centers International Florence (SACI) and Tyler School of Art. Students typically study abroad in the spring of their Junior year.
Additionally, art majors must complete Art 136/Artist Writes for 2 credits in their junior or senior year. Finally, senior majors are selected by the faculty to take Art 140 and Art 141/Selected Studio and Advanced Studio Projects during their senior year. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered for these courses. If not accepted, or if a student decides not to take these senior capstone courses, they may fill their advanced courses for the major with electives such as Art 128/Sculpture II, Art 123 Painting II, or Art 36/Digital Animation.
Students interested in any particular area of art are encouraged to contact the appropriate member of the faculty:
|Drawing/Sculpture||Raymond Stein (Chair)|
|Video/Digital Imaging||Lee Arnold|
|2-D Design/3-D Design/Painting||Claire Sherman|
|Courses for Art Majors and Minors|