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ART & ART EDUCATION
Jo-Anna J. Moore, Ed.D., Chair
Tyler School of Art Building
The Art and Art Education Department (AAE) offers the Bachelor of Arts in Art degree with three different concentrations: the B.A. in Art, Studio Concentration; the B.A. in Art, Digital Media Concentration; and the B.A. in Art, Visual Studies Concentration. Our studio courses offer the chance to study art within a liberal arts context, basing course content and pedagogical approach on a view of studio experience as part of education in a broad sense rather than primarily as training for a profession. We offer the Bachelor of Science in Art Education, an accredited program leading to Pennsylvania Certification in Art, K-12. Newly-expanded offerings in the Community Arts have developed courses with outreach to the Philadelphia community. Graduates from our Art programs have gone on to graduate study, field work in art galleries, studios, and a wide variety of art-related occupations. We have a 92% placement rate for Art Education in K-12 schools and also in community sites.
(Studio, Digital Media, or Visual Studies Concentration)
The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Studio concentration offers students a strong focus in visual art practice within a liberal arts context. The curriculum is devised to offer students a rich range of choices in other academic disciplines to augment their studio studies. The faculty approaches the teaching of studio art from the viewpoint of its connection to a wide sphere of interests, such as psychology, literature, philosophy, mathematics, biology, and physics. Students graduating with this major are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in the fine arts, work as professional artists, or work in galleries or museums.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Digital Media concentration is a fine-art oriented course of study focusing on the use of the computer as a creative tool. This concentration helps students develop their artistic vision using new technology to focus on personal expression; it is not graphic design. Students in this concentration pursue a variety of projects designed to help them explore the boundaries between technology and studio art processes. Students interested in graphic design should investigate the B.F.A. in Graphic and Interactive Design.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Visual Studies concentration enables students to organize multiple approaches to visual thinking that cut across various disciplines into a logical whole. Students will analyze visual communication from a variety of aesthetic, theoretical, scientific, sociological, and historical viewpoints. Analysis will include the consideration of the medium, its impact on the image and message, and its social and cultural context. While the majority of their coursework is in academic disciplines, students take studio courses in part because the making of images is closely aligned to their analysis. This major provides a sound basis for pursuing graduate study in art history, art theory and criticism, or visual anthropology.
In addition to the major and college requirements, students must complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.
New freshman students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year and after are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum. In addition to the GenEd World Society requirement, B.A. candidates in Art under the GenEd curriculum are required by their department to successfully complete the second semester of a foreign language. Study abroad for a summer or semester will satisfy the World Society requirement.
For students in the B.A. in Art program who fall under the General Education curriculum, there will be no requirement to take the GenEd Arts course if all of the following courses are completed: Art 1101, Art 1201, Art 1401 (or 1496 or 1996), and Art 1501. If the student changes majors before completing all four courses, s/he must complete a GenEd Arts course to satisfy the requirement for General Education.
New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the University Core curriculum. B.A. candidates under the Core curriculum are required by the department to successfully complete both the International Studies and the Foreign Language requirements. This may be done by completing the third semester of a language and one international studies course or by completing the second semester of a language and two international studies courses. Studying abroad may satisfy all or part of the international studies requirements.
Students must complete at least 15 semester hours in upper-level Liberal Arts courses. Courses taken in the major count toward the requirement.
The Bachelor of Arts degree for all concentrations may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
Bachelor of Arts in Art Major Requirements
Students must also satisfy all requirements of one of the following three concentrations:
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