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Art Major

Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts and Literature

You’ll gain hands-on experience in the studio, mastering concepts and skills by putting them into practice. Move from existing skills, ideas and viewpoints to new ones.

Work in all the varieties of media we have to offer – paint, draw, sculpt, photograph, design in our digital media lab, and so much more. You’ll acquire a high level of competency while discovering your own unique interests and point of view. Written assignments and research supporting work in the studio are integral elements of the art major. Field trips and visiting artist events support effective and in-depth learning.

Through art history, explore the visual arts from prehistory to the present. Study in art history combines the critical methodologies of history with the visual, physical and aesthetic qualities of art and architecture. Art history is a way to look at all of history and society from a visual and cultural perspective.

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 theelements and principles of 2-D and 3-D design invisual art and communication contexts. Emphasisis on visual problem solving mastery of visualdesign principles technical proficiency andcritical analysis of how visual imagescommunicate. This course provides a foundationfor students planning to take advanced courses inany art media and other fields in which visualimagery plays an important role. As a stand-alonecourse Art 120 provides critical and practicalskills related to visual communication.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration of drawing fromobservation using basic materials like graphiteand charcoal. This course investigates drawing asa process generating and critically evaluatingvisual ideas as well as producing visual imagery.Art 130 is a foundation course for studentsplanning to take advanced art courses in anymedium. As a stand-alone this course buildspractical and theoretical skills in seeing andmaking the 2-D images we call drawings. Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General 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 themysterious cave paintings and carvings of thePaleolithic to the towering structures of Gothiccathedrals. This course is a requirement for artmajors and minors and is very highly recommendedto other students as a visual approach to thestudy of history and society.Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110General Education fine arts & musicWriting intensive

Unit(s): 3

An overview of the history of art from theRenaissance to the present. This course is arequirement for art majors and minors and is veryhighly recommended for other students as a visualapproach to the study of history and society.Corequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Critical study of the visual arts of the last 100years with emphasis on understanding theimplications of the concepts we know as modernismand postmodernism.Prerequisites PDP 150 or 350 ENG 110General Education fine arts & musicWriting intensive

Unit(s): 3

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This course is a critical exploration into theviews and theories shaping the production of artfrom the late 20th century into the early 21stcentury. Starting with an understanding ofpostmodernism in an art context this courseexamines the impacts of globalization identityrepresentation and environmental issues as majorparadigms shaping contemporary art practice.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and
Introduction to academic expository andargumentative writing with a focus on developingrhetorical skills and practices appropriate to arange of disciplines. Instruction in ethical useof material from sources and academicdocumentation systems. Supplementary writersworkshop required based on placement.General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3
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 createsculptural forms using coilsslabs and press molds.Corequisite ENG 110General education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

Studio introduction to the potters wheel as atool in the production of functional andsculptural clay forms. Corequisite ENG 110General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

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

Unit(s): 3

Design and construct websites using current HTMLand CSS standards and digital tools includingBrackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis ondesign process content development andprofessional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

A studio based exploration into visualcommunication with typography and images usingAdobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis isplaced on the design process and creativethinking.Corequisite ENG 110General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

An interdisciplinary hands-on workshop increating artists books-works of art conceivedand produced in book form. Book bindingtechniques and experimental approaches tonarrative materials and form are emphasized.2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 115

Unit(s): 3

Learn skills and concepts for collage andassemblage the re-purposing of 2D and 3D foundimages and objects into unique works of fine art. This class will examine the history andevolution of collage and assemblage and itsplace in the world of fine art applied arts andadvertising. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and
Introduction to academic expository andargumentative writing with a focus on developingrhetorical skills and practices appropriate to arange of disciplines. Instruction in ethical useof material from sources and academicdocumentation systems. Supplementary writersworkshop required based on placement.General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3
General Education fine arts & music

Unit(s): 3

This intensive studio course will use drawingmethods and materials to explore abstraction. Students begin by making drawings fromobservation then collectively andcollaboratively engage processes that move thedrawings from representation to abstraction. Students are encouraged to be courageouslycurious and experimental in their work. 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 85

Unit(s): 3

A project based investigation of the materialspractices and aesthetics of painting withemphasis on how these three elements worktogether to create compelling 2-D colored images.This course provides practical and theoreticalfoundations for four hundred-level courses indrawing and painting and for independent work inthese media.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digitalcameras and software including Adobe Lightroomand Photoshop to create compelling photographs.Emphasis is placed on composition visualcommunication and creative process in acontemporary photography context. Note Studentsmust provide a digital camera capable of manualexposure and Raw image capture.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Learn skills and concepts for studio lighting ofportraits objects and environments usingcontinuous lights strobes on-camera lightingand special effects such as light painting. NoteStudents must provide a digital camera capable ofmanual exposure and Raw image capture andshoe-mounted flash or speedlight.Prerequisites ART 121 or ART 344

Unit(s): 3

Produce short videos using digital cameras andediting software. Emphasis is placed ondeveloping skills in camera operation lightingaudio and editing and development of effectivenarrative structure and non-fiction storytelling.Note Students must provide a DSLR or compactcamera capable of HD video capture and externalhard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

A continuation of ART 311 building more advancedforms including multiples large-scale piecesandsculptural forms. Emphasis is on personalexperimentation and expression through aestheticforms and advanced instruction in materials andsurface techniques.Prerequisite ART 311 or permission of department

Unit(s): 3

An advanced course in which students develop aseries of related sculptural forms in a specificmedium. The focus is on in-depth exploration ofmaterials advanced techniques and thedevelopment of individual working processes andcreative voices. Knowledge of historical andcontemporary sculpture is emphasized.Prerequisite ART 115

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in drawingexploring the potential of various drawing media.Emphasis on advanced mastery of drawing andcomposition skills and on the development ofindividual interests and concepts conveyedthrough drawing.Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

An advanced-level studio course in paintingexploring the technical and conceptual potentialmedia (oil acrylic other water-based paintsand mixed mediacollage) and color composition.Emphasis on advanced mastery of painting andcompositional skills and on the development ofindividual interests and concepts conveyedthrough painting.Prerequisites ART 130 or ART 335

Unit(s): 3

A study of specific topics related to studio artand art history. May be taken more than onceprovided different topics are covered.

Unit(s): 3

Students will propose design and produce ahardcover book of original photography wok to beprinted using Blurb a professional-quality printon demand service. Topics include a historicaloverview of the photo book genre developing andediting a body of photography work writingsupporting text book design principles and useof photography and publication software.Interdisciplinary projects encouraged.Corequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and
Introduction to academic expository andargumentative writing with a focus on developingrhetorical skills and practices appropriate to arange of disciplines. Instruction in ethical useof material from sources and academicdocumentation systems. Supplementary writersworkshop required based on placement.General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the VicePresident and Dean of Academic Affairs a studentwith a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 orbetter may engage in an independent study orresearch project. One desiring to pursueindependent study or research must submit awritten description of the proposed work to thechair of the appropriate department and to theVice President and Dean for Academic Affairs bythe first day of the semester in which the studyis to be conducted. At the end of the semesterthe supervising professor files with the Registrara grade for the student and a description of thework accomplished. Credit may be received for notmore than three independent studies or researchprojects.

Unit(s): 3

Capstone

Two courses (6 credits):

A senior capstone course in which studentspropose and produce a body of original creativework for a senior exhibition. Work is madeindependently with oversight provided by weeklycritique sessions with classmates and theprofessor.Prerequisite senior art majors

Unit(s): 3

Practical preparation for professional practicein art and the creative professions. Topicsinclude but are not limited to careersprofessional organizations self-promotiongrants fellowships and residencies taxes andpreparing an exhibit.Prerequisite senior art majors

Unit(s): 3

Graduate Schools and Careers

What can you do with your degree in art?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Clemson University (Urban Planning)
  • George Washington University (Interior Design, Museum Management)
  • Hollins University (Teaching)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Sculpture)
  • Virginia Tech (Architecture)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Architecture
  • Art direction
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Journalism
  • Motion design and video
  • Photography
  • Production ceramics
  • Studio art
  • Teaching (elementary, secondary and college)
  • Videography
  • Web design and development

Learn more about the options for employment and advancement in art education careers from the National Art Education Association.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Prof. Scott Jost, Department Chair
540-828-5775
sjost@bridgewater.edu