Art | College Catalog

Majors

Art

Minors

Art

Concentrations

Digital Media
Multimedia Authoring

The Department of Art offers introductory and advanced courses in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, videography and art history. All students, regardless of major, are welcome in art courses, as visual art is for and about everyone.

The art major provides a concentrated hands‑on experience that promotes deep learning in art and broad skill development across the college curriculum. Students majoring in art study a range of art media and processes while mastering at least one in depth. Flexibility is a crucial advantage of the art major’s compact size, allowing and encouraging students to easily pursue second majors and minors in other disciplines. The art department also offers concentrations— stand‑alone sets of courses in focused areas including Digital Media and Multimedia Authoring (in collaboration with the communication studies department)—along with internships, study abroad opportunities, field trips, visiting artists and exhibition opportunities.

The art major, minor and concentrations appeal to many student interests, including:

  • Visual art as a personal interest and commitment
  • Careers in teaching, visual communication and art
  • Graduate study in art and design
  • Study in art combined with career ambitions in other fields
  • Experimenting with art for the first time

Art Major

Requires a bachelor of arts degree and consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours distributed as follows:

Foundation

Three courses (9 credits):

A studio project-based introduction to the elements and principles of 2-D and 3-D design in visual art and communication contexts. Emphasis is on visual problem solving mastery of visual design principles technical proficiency and critical analysis of how visual images communicate. This course provides a foundation for students planning to take advanced courses in any art media and other fields in which visual imagery plays an important role. As a stand-alone course Art 120 provides critical and practical skills related to visual communication.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration of drawing from observation using basic materials like graphite and charcoal. This course investigates drawing as a process generating and critically evaluating visual ideas as well as producing visual imagery. Art 130 is a foundation course for students planning to take advanced art courses in any medium. As a stand-alone this course builds practical and theoretical skills in seeing and making the 2-D images we call drawings. Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Any digital media course at the 300-level

Art History

Three courses (9 credits):

An overview of the history of art from the mysterious cave paintings and carvings of the Paleolithic to the towering structures of Gothic cathedrals. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended to other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

An overview of the history of art from the Renaissance to the present. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended for other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Critical study of the visual arts of the last 100 years with emphasis on understanding the implications of the concepts we know as modernism and postmodernism. Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

-or-
This course is a critical exploration into the views and theories shaping the production of art from the late 20th century into the early 21st century. Starting with an understanding of postmodernism in an art context this course examines the impacts of globalization identity representation and environmental issues as major paradigms shaping contemporary art practice. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110 Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Studio Focus

Select four studio courses including at least one 400-level course from the following:

Studio course working with clay to create sculptural forms using coils slabs and press molds. Corequisite ENG 110 General education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Studio introduction to the potters wheel as a tool in the production of functional and sculptural clay forms. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Studio exploration of sculptural forms that move. Projects include flip books mobiles and sculptures propelled by wind water and motors.

Unit(s): 3

Design and construct websites using current HTML and CSS standards and digital tools including Brackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis on design process content development and professional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration into visual communication with typography and images using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis is placed on the design process and creative thinking. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

An interdisciplinary hands-on workshop in creating artists books-works of art conceived and produced in book form. Book binding techniques and experimental approaches to narrative materials and form are emphasized. 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 100

Unit(s): 3

Studio course exploring the use of found materials to make 2-D and 3-D visual art.

Unit(s): 3

This intensive studio course will use drawing methods and materials to explore abstraction. Students begin by making drawings from observation then collectively and collaboratively engage processes that move the drawings from representation to abstraction. Students are encouraged to be courageously curious and experimental in their work. 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 85

Unit(s): 3

A project based investigation of the materials practices and aesthetics of painting with emphasis on how these three elements work together to create compelling 2-D colored images. This course provides practical and theoretical foundations for four hundred-level courses in drawing and painting and for independent work in these media. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digital cameras and software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create compelling photographs. Emphasis is placed on composition visual communication and creative process in a contemporary photography context. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn skills and concepts for studio lighting of portraits objects and environments using continuous lights strobes on-camera lighting and special effects such as light painting. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture and shoe-mounted flash or speedlight. Prerequisites ART 121 or ART 344

Unit(s): 3

Produce short videos using digital cameras and editing software. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in camera operation lighting audio and editing and development of effective narrative structure and non-fiction storytelling. Note Students must provide a DSLR or compact camera capable of HD video capture and external hard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

A continuation of ART 311 building more advanced forms including multiples large-scale pieces and sculptural forms. Emphasis is on personal experimentation and expression through aesthetic forms and advanced instruction in materials and surface techniques. Prerequisite ART 311 or permission of department

Unit(s): 3

An advanced course in which students develop a series of related sculptural forms in a specific medium. The focus is on in-depth exploration of materials advanced techniques and the development of individual working processes and creative voices. Knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture is emphasized. Prerequisite ART 115

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in drawing exploring the potential of various drawing media. Emphasis on advanced mastery of drawing and composition skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through drawing. Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in painting exploring the technical and conceptual potential media (oil acrylic other water-based paints and mixed mediacollage) and color composition. Emphasis on advanced mastery of painting and compositional skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through painting. Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

A study of specific topics related to studio art and art history. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered.

Unit(s): 3

Students will propose design and produce a hardcover book of original photography wok to be printed using Blurb a professional-quality print on demand service. Topics include a historical overview of the photo book genre developing and editing a body of photography work writing supporting text book design principles and use of photography and publication software. Interdisciplinary projects encouraged. Corequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Unit(s): 3

Capstone

Two courses (6 credits):

A senior capstone course in which students propose and produce a body of original creative work for a senior exhibition. Work is made independently with oversight provided by weekly critique sessions with classmates and the professor. Prerequisite senior art majors

Unit(s): 3

Practical preparation for professional practice in art and the creative professions. Topics include but are not limited to careers professional organizations self-promotion grants fellowships and residencies taxes and preparing an exhibit. Prerequisite senior art majors

Unit(s): 3

Art Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours distributed as follows:

Foundations

Two courses (6 credits):

A studio project-based introduction to the elements and principles of 2-D and 3-D design in visual art and communication contexts. Emphasis is on visual problem solving mastery of visual design principles technical proficiency and critical analysis of how visual images communicate. This course provides a foundation for students planning to take advanced courses in any art media and other fields in which visual imagery plays an important role. As a stand-alone course Art 120 provides critical and practical skills related to visual communication.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration of drawing from observation using basic materials like graphite and charcoal. This course investigates drawing as a process generating and critically evaluating visual ideas as well as producing visual imagery. Art 130 is a foundation course for students planning to take advanced art courses in any medium. As a stand-alone this course builds practical and theoretical skills in seeing and making the 2-D images we call drawings. Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Art History

Select one course (3 credits):

An overview of the history of art from the mysterious cave paintings and carvings of the Paleolithic to the towering structures of Gothic cathedrals. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended to other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

An overview of the history of art from the Renaissance to the present. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended for other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Critical study of the visual arts of the last 100 years with emphasis on understanding the implications of the concepts we know as modernism and postmodernism. Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

This course is a critical exploration into the views and theories shaping the production of art from the late 20th century into the early 21st century. Starting with an understanding of postmodernism in an art context this course examines the impacts of globalization identity representation and environmental issues as major paradigms shaping contemporary art practice. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110 Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Studio Focus

Select two courses (6 credits)

Studio course working with clay to create sculptural forms using coils slabs and press molds. Corequisite ENG 110 General education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Studio introduction to the potters wheel as a tool in the production of functional and sculptural clay forms. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Studio exploration of sculptural forms that move. Projects include flip books mobiles and sculptures propelled by wind water and motors.

Unit(s): 3

Design and construct websites using current HTML and CSS standards and digital tools including Brackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis on design process content development and professional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration into visual communication with typography and images using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis is placed on the design process and creative thinking. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

An interdisciplinary hands-on workshop in creating artists books-works of art conceived and produced in book form. Book binding techniques and experimental approaches to narrative materials and form are emphasized. 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 100

Unit(s): 3

Studio course exploring the use of found materials to make 2-D and 3-D visual art.

Unit(s): 3

This intensive studio course will use drawing methods and materials to explore abstraction. Students begin by making drawings from observation then collectively and collaboratively engage processes that move the drawings from representation to abstraction. Students are encouraged to be courageously curious and experimental in their work. 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 85

Unit(s): 3

A project based investigation of the materials practices and aesthetics of painting with emphasis on how these three elements work together to create compelling 2-D colored images. This course provides practical and theoretical foundations for four hundred-level courses in drawing and painting and for independent work in these media. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digital cameras and software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create compelling photographs. Emphasis is placed on composition visual communication and creative process in a contemporary photography context. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn skills and concepts for studio lighting of portraits objects and environments using continuous lights strobes on-camera lighting and special effects such as light painting. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture and shoe-mounted flash or speedlight. Prerequisites ART 121 or ART 344

Unit(s): 3

Produce short videos using digital cameras and editing software. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in camera operation lighting audio and editing and development of effective narrative structure and non-fiction storytelling. Note Students must provide a DSLR or compact camera capable of HD video capture and external hard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Capstone

Select one course (3 credits)

A continuation of ART 311 building more advanced forms including multiples large-scale pieces and sculptural forms. Emphasis is on personal experimentation and expression through aesthetic forms and advanced instruction in materials and surface techniques. Prerequisite ART 311 or permission of department

Unit(s): 3

An advanced course in which students develop a series of related sculptural forms in a specific medium. The focus is on in-depth exploration of materials advanced techniques and the development of individual working processes and creative voices. Knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture is emphasized. Prerequisite ART 115

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in drawing exploring the potential of various drawing media. Emphasis on advanced mastery of drawing and composition skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through drawing. Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in painting exploring the technical and conceptual potential media (oil acrylic other water-based paints and mixed mediacollage) and color composition. Emphasis on advanced mastery of painting and compositional skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through painting. Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

A study of specific topics related to studio art and art history. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered.

Unit(s): 3

Students will propose design and produce a hardcover book of original photography wok to be printed using Blurb a professional-quality print on demand service. Topics include a historical overview of the photo book genre developing and editing a body of photography work writing supporting text book design principles and use of photography and publication software. Interdisciplinary projects encouraged. Corequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Unit(s): 3

Digital Media Concentration

The Digital Media concentration consists of 12 credit hours and is designed for students in any major wishing to develop broad creative, visual and technical skills in photography, video, web design and graphic design. Introduction to Visual Design, while not a digital course, provides foundation skills in visual design essential to creating effective communication in any visual medium and is strongly recommended as a first course.

Required course (3 credits):

A studio project-based introduction to the elements and principles of 2-D and 3-D design in visual art and communication contexts. Emphasis is on visual problem solving mastery of visual design principles technical proficiency and critical analysis of how visual images communicate. This course provides a foundation for students planning to take advanced courses in any art media and other fields in which visual imagery plays an important role. As a stand-alone course Art 120 provides critical and practical skills related to visual communication.

Unit(s): 3

Select three courses (9 credits):

Design and construct websites using current HTML and CSS standards and digital tools including Brackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis on design process content development and professional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration into visual communication with typography and images using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis is placed on the design process and creative thinking. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digital cameras and software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create compelling photographs. Emphasis is placed on composition visual communication and creative process in a contemporary photography context. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Produce short videos using digital cameras and editing software. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in camera operation lighting audio and editing and development of effective narrative structure and non-fiction storytelling. Note Students must provide a DSLR or compact camera capable of HD video capture and external hard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

 

Multimedia Authoring Concentration

The Multimedia Authoring concentration consists of 12 credits and combines theory and practice in contemporary media writing and public relations with hands-on experience in photography, videography and design. This concentration is open to students in any major wishing to develop the skills to both author and produce effective multimedia communications in a new media journalism and public relations context.

Required course (3 credits):

COMM/

Teaches students the basic skills of researching investigating and writing in a variety of formats. Emphasis is on identification of the writing structures used by contemporary media writers and utilization of these structures in original pieces researched and written by the students. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

COMM/

Builds on the skills-oriented approach of ENGCOMM-255W by putting behind the practice of writing. Through individual and group writing projects students work toward understanding the increasingly complex definition of news its blurring line with entertainment and the dynamic interplay between technologies and audiences. Prerequisite COMMENG 255W or permission of instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

-or-
This course will cover strategic planning and specialized public relations issues. Issues include risks crisis management social marketing campaigns and corporate and non-profit communication. Students will learn and apply advanced public relations theories and skills to case studies and real-life situations. Prerequisite COMMENG 255W

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

Design and construct websites using current HTML and CSS standards and digital tools including Brackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis on design process content development and professional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

-or-
A studio based exploration into visual communication with typography and images using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis is placed on the design process and creative thinking. Corequisite ENG 110 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digital cameras and software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create compelling photographs. Emphasis is placed on composition visual communication and creative process in a contemporary photography context. Note Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Produce short videos using digital cameras and editing software. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in camera operation lighting audio and editing and development of effective narrative structure and non-fiction storytelling. Note Students must provide a DSLR or compact camera capable of HD video capture and external hard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100 General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3