Studio Art Major Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete a major in Studio Art or Art & Technology will be able to:
- Actively engage in the production of a body of work that demonstrates conceptual sophistication while also conveying meaning, investigating human experiences, and integrating knowledge from other disciplines and cultural contexts;
- Make original works of art that demonstrate effective use of design principles, creative problem-solving, and appropriate craftsmanship and technique, in a range of mediums;
- Interpret and critically evaluate art and media, in writing and in speech, from an informed perspective by carrying out relevant research, contextualizing and interpreting relevant works;
- Exhibit familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both Western and global, and familiarity with contemporary art and critical theory;
- Develop professional practices through the exhibition of their work in a gallery setting, documentation of work in a portfolio, and proposal writing.
The Studio Art Major
Students who major in the Art Department select an emphasis in Studio Art, Art History, or Art and Technology. All emphases must have the approval of the department and lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Art majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in art at graduation. All art courses taken at Allegheny on a letter grade basis are included in the calculation with the exception of repeated courses for which only the most recent grade counts. All art courses must be taken on the letter grade basis. Under exceptional circumstances, one additional course taken Credit/No Credit may be presented for the major with permission of the chair of the department. Typically, this exception is made when a student has taken an art course CR/NC before declaring a major in the department.
The Studio Art major emphasis requires the completion of at least 48 semester hours, including:
ART 151 - Drawing I
ART 155 - Introduction to Studio Art: The Creative Process OR
ART 156 - Introduction to Studio Art: Art and the Environment
ART 261 - Sculpture I
ART 281 - Painting I
ART 171 - Photography I OR
ART 285 - Electronic & Intermedia Art I
Art History Courses:
ART 110 - Survey of Art History I
ART 111 - Survey of Art History II
ART 247 - 20th-Century Art: Images of the Avant-Garde OR
ART 249 - Art Since 1945: The Road to Post-Modernism
Choose a two-course sequence from one of the areas listed below. Foundation courses may not be included in the Media Sequence.
ART 285 - Electronic & Intermedia Art I AND
ART 385 - Electronic & Intermedia Art II OR
ART 386 - Internet Art
ART 171 - Photography I
ART 271 - Photography II
ART 583 - Advanced Studio Projects (may be used only if ART 171 serves as a foundation course)
Any two of these.
ART 275 - Printmaking: Relief and Etching I
ART 276 - Printmaking: Lithography I
ART 375 - Printmaking II
Upper Level Requirements:
ART 580 - Junior Seminar (must be taken on the letter grade basis)
ART 620 - Senior Project: Studio Art (must be taken on the letter grade basis)
ART 583 Advanced Studio Projects is strongly recommended, as are additional electives selected from Studio and Art History courses.