Majors and Minors
The studio art program will help you acquire the technical skills you need to explore the artistic concepts you develop. You'll have the opportunity, both in and outside of class, to understand what a working artist is by having your work reviewed, critiqued and exhibited. Additionally, if you're interested in teaching art, you can continue your studies in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
The art history program provides a strong basis in the history of world arts. Students take in-depth courses in the history and development of art and visual culture. Courses and other opportunities such as internships and independent studies allow you to learn and conduct sound research, present your work in both oral and written format, and establish a foundation for future graduate work or career development.
The minor in photography and video art is an excellent way to complement your major area of study while developing visual literacy. You’ll learn analog and digital photography, and critically evaluate how photographic imagery and video shape our culture.
Our goal is to educate and prepare students for graduate study and for leadership in teaching and other arts-related professions.
We also support several minors across campus, including
- African-American studies
- Asian studies
- Digital humanities
- Film studies
- Latin-American studies
- Medieval and Renaissance studies
- Museum studies
Sample Courses for Art History
FNAR 371W - Modern Art
Striped faces, shattered forms, skyscrapers, urinals, white squares – why were they made and what do they mean; how have they changed our understanding of art and architecture? We will address these and other issues as we explore the artists, schools, styles, philosophies and historical events that define the modern period from the late 19th century to the eve of World War II. In this writing intensive course, you will learn to identify and explain the major artists, themes and “isms” of modern art while developing the skills to look and write thoughtfully and critically about the visual arts in the context of relevant philosophical, political and cultural movements.
FNAR 373 - Italian Renaissance Art
We study the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from the end of the Middle Ages in the 13th century to the dawn of the Baroque in the 17th century. The Renaissance began in Florence, Italy with a revival of classical knowledge and the development of humanism. From this, artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo transformed the way art was created and appreciated.
FNAR 380 - Caribbean Art
This course is an introductory survey of the arts of the Caribbean, from pre-European contact to the present day. The class begins by exploring indigenous cultures such as the Taino of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It proceeds with the eclectic Creole culture of the colonial period, and continues through the present day, looking at the diverse arts of the islands and the Caribbean diaspora.
Sample Courses for Studio Art
FNAR 205 - Digital Photography
This course looks at contemporary photographers for inspiration and introduces the technical and artistic foundations of the medium.
FNAR 252 - Printmaking I
Printmaking is a portfolio-based course that teaches historical, contemporary and experimental imaging techniques to create fine art prints. You’ll learn processes such as intaglio, relief printing, lithography and solvent transfers.
FNAR 334 - Graphic Design
Learn visual communication through print media. Topics include historical and contemporary design history, typography, page layout, logo development and package design. Students will also explore the process of working with clients and learn technical skills in industry standard software.
FNAR 322 - Figure Drawing
This course offers the experience of studying the nude human figure and expressing its vitality through drawing. The study of the nude figure has classical origins and modern applications that are explored in this course through content, media and technique.