The visual arts curriculum is designed to prepare artists or arts educators with a foundation of skills for further growth and to provide continuing education opportunities for local artists.
The initial emphasis is on drawing and design skills including studies of line and tonal control, perspective theories, spatial concerns, and building an understanding of the elements and principles of form that constitute the basic language of the visual artists. Various media areas of the arts and crafts are emphasized in specific courses representing all the major two- and three-dimensional media as well as art history. Emphasis is also placed on the thematic nature of the visual arts. Teaching strategies are designed to cultivate an understanding of the various themes and issues that the visual arts has the potential to articulate. This content-based approach to art-making further enriches the art education the student will experience. For art majors, this affords an opportunity to build a significant portfolio of work in a variety of media areas.
This curriculum is recommended for students preparing for transfer into programs in the fine arts, art education, art history, graphic design, architecture, computer art, illustration, or other commercial art areas, museum studies, or arts management.
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