Visual Arts Major
Your major in visual arts is at home in both traditional studio art and digital media. The interdisciplinary nature of this major encourages you to explore key areas of your creative work in drawing, painting, digital design and photography, sculpture and ceramic art. Choose a double major or minor in another area that best fits your career objectives. Several options are available and include business, communication art, computer science, psychology, theater or other programs of interest.
Program ConcentrationsThis program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.
The Digital Arts concentration is for students who want a focus on visual communication through art and digital design (e.g., computer graphics, photography, time based media, and web design). Communicating ideas in the workplace, in the classroom, or online demands clarity, precision, efficiency, visual impact, and an awareness of diverse audiences.
Courses in this Concentration
The Studio Arts Integration Concentration will expand your artistic skills through 2D and 3D studio art courses and introduce strategies for creating arts-rich, culturally responsive work environments. Our program will encourage you to think critically and speak about issues related to arts integration and education.
Courses in this Concentration
Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.
- 2-D Digital Design
- Web and Time Based Media
- Bugs, Bitmaps and Banksy
- Digital Photography
- Digital Imaging
- Arts Integration
- Art History
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Liberal Arts Core
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
- Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
- Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
- Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
- Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
- Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
- Language & Culture (3 cr.)
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
- Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
- Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
- Social Tensions (3 cr.)
- The American Experience (3 cr.)
- Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Arts integrated curriculum, strategies and experiences
According to the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive definition of arts integration, it is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.
Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
Source: The Kennedy Center
The goal of the Linda D'Aquisto Cultural Diversity Museum Project is to provide Undergraduate teacher candidates the opportunity to 'seek first to understand, then be understood' as they work together to bring their collective cultural backgrounds to life for local elementary students.
Students address social justice through art
In the Interdisciplinary course, Social Change Through Storytelling, students were given the ultimate challenge to tell a story of how society reacts to different world events.
This is my favorite time of the year, and it has to do with that point of energy where there’s an initial excitement, and then it gets to be work. Students begin to realize there’s a lot of decisions, and that’s my favorite part because it’s a struggle. That’s what art often is. It’s often part of the story too. Stories aren’t easy to tell.
Visual Arts Jobs
Creative careers allow windows of opportunities for students to take their talents in any direction.
Job opportunities can include...
- Graphic Design
- Set Designer
- Animation Artist
- Marketing Director
Tim G. Abler
Chair - Visual and Performing Arts|Faculty - Art