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ART & ART EDUCATION

Jo-Anna J. Moore, Ed.D., Chair
Marilyn Holsing, M.A., Undergraduate Contact, Professor of Art, Undergraduate Advisor

Tyler School of Art Building

Administrative Suite Room 210J
215-277-9163
jmoore06@temple.edu
mholsing@temple.edu
artedart@temple.edu

 

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

(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.


While a portfolio is not required for admission into the B.A. in Art degree program, if you have completed college-level studio courses and are seeking studio equivalency credit you must complete a transfer portfolio review. The department will only accept up to 24 transfer credits of studio work toward the major. The transfer portfolio consist of five to seven images of work for each studio art course you have completed along with a list of the size of the medium and the title of the course. Slides or CDs will be accepted; however, they will be discarded after review if there is no return, self-addressed, stamped (US Postage) envelope. No ZIP disks or floppy will be viewed.  Do not send original art work, portfolio, or slide carousels. Clearly mark your name and telephone number on the front of the CD or each slide. These materials are to be sent to the Tyler Admissions Office, 2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.  

Bachelor of Arts in Art Major Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art 1501 Introduction to Visual Language: Design 3 AR
Art 1401

1496

1996
Introduction to Visual Language: Drawing
     or
Introduction to Visual Language: Drawing
     or
Honors Introduction to Visual Language: Drawing
3 AR

AR

AR
Art 1101 Introduction to Visual Language: Painting 3 AR
Art  1201 Introduction to Visual Language: 3-D Design 3 AR
Art 4796 Art Seminar 3 WI
Art History 1155 Art Heritage of the Western World I 3 AR
Art History 1156 Art Heritage of the Western World II 3 AR
         
Select one from the following list: 3  
Art History

Philosophy

Art Education
Elective

1061

3011
2000 or above
     or
Art and Society
     or
Interdisciplinary Seminar in Community Arts
 

AR
         
A course chosen here cannot be used as part of upper-level CLA requirements.

 

Students must also satisfy all requirements of one of the following three concentrations:

Studio Concentration Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art 2102 Intermediate Painting 3  
Art 2111 Aqueous Media 3  
Art 2402 Intermediate Drawing 3  
      8  
         
Select two from the following list: 6  
Art 2301
2302
2311
2312
3321
Relief Printmaking I
Intermediate Printmaking: Relief
Lithography
Intermediate Printmaking: Lithography
Intermediate Printmaking: Digital
   
         
Plus:        
Art   Five Studio Electives 15  
CLA   Five upper-level CLA courses, one must be in Social Science. Upper-level Art History courses can be counted.  15  


Digital Media Concentration Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art   Two Non-Digital Studio Electives 6  
         
Select one from the following list: 3  
Art 2301
2302
2311
2312
Relief Printmaking I
Intermediate Printmaking: Relief
Lithography
Intermediate Printmaking: Lithography
   
Art 2801
2802
Art Photography: Darkroom
Intermediate Art Photography: Darkroom
   
         
Plus:        
Art   Five Digital Studio Electives 15  
Art   Two additional Studio Electives, digital or non-digital. 6  
CLA   Five upper-level CLA courses, one must be in Social Science. Upper-level Art History courses can be counted here. 15  

Visual Studies Concentration Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one from the following list: 3  
Art 2301
2311
Relief Printmaking I
Lithography
   
Art 2601
2602
Computer Imaging
Intermediate Computer Imaging
   
Art 2801
2802
Art Photography: Darkroom
Intermediate Art Photography: Darkroom
   
Art 2811
2812
Art Photography: Digital
Intermediate Art Photography: Digital
   
         
Select four from the following list: 12  
Anthropology 3324 Anthropology and Art    
Philosophy 1061
2131
Art and Society
Introduction to Aesthetics
  AR
History 1011 Modern U.S. History Through Film    
FMA 1172 Introduction to Film & Video Analysis    
English 2711
2712
2713
Introduction to Cinema Studies
International Film
Art of the Film
 

RS
         
Plus:        
Art History   Two Art History Electives (except 1001) 8  
    Six Concentration Electives drawn from Studio, Theory, History or Science. See department advisor. Courses used in the category “Select four from the following” cannot be used in this category. 18  

Art Minor Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art 1501 Introduction to Visual Language: Design 3 AR
Art 1401 Introduction to Visual Language: Drawing 3 AR
Art 1101 Introduction to Visual Language: Painting 3 AR
Art History 1155

1156
Art Heritage of the Western World I
     or
Art Heritage of the Western World II
3 AR

AR
         
Select one from the following list: 3  
Art 2301
2311
2601
2801
2811
Relief Printmaking
Lithography
Introduction to Computer Imaging
Art Photography: Darkroom
Art Photography: Digital
   
         
Plus:        
Art   Two additional Studio Electives 6  
Note: The department will accept a maximum of 9 s.h. of transfer studio credits towards the minor. A portfolio of work must be submitted for review by department faculty.

 

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