Courses and Streams
Art history sees the visual arts as vital, creative engagements with social, artistic, economic and political conditions, which give voice to social aspirations, spiritual beliefs, philosophical ideals, the formation and consolidation of individual and collective identities, and the underlying fears of any given society. Art history investigates the creation and interpretation of art, and how these meanings are dynamic.
The visual design emphasis bridges many subjects that deal with communication, expression, interaction and cognition. In design courses we develop the technical "how" of graphic design, the creative "how" of communication problem-solving, and the critical "how" of reframing problems in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative way. Students will develop professional expertise in digital design tools, typography, page-layout, imaging, illustration and interactivity. Real-world assignments explore common information and brand identity design challenges across various print and screen formats.
Photography courses prepare students for an informed engagement with our predominantly visual culture. They combine photography at the practical level with informed visual and photographic theory relating to matters aesthetic, ethical, and theological. Through classroom instruction and discussion, on- and off-campus photoshoots, gallery visits, darkroom work and assigned readings, students will grow in their proficiency and knowledge of photography while developing a renewed vision for the world around them.
The hands-on courses teach students the basics of ceramics and traditional clay forming methods. Students explore the expressive characteristics of clay through the investigation of various hand-building techniques, the potter’s wheel, bisque molds, firing and glazing. Students work alongside an active ceramic artist in a well-equipped studio with seven wheels and several kilns.
Printmaking enhances students' repertoire of two-dimensional media and expands their understanding of printmaking as a vibrant and relevant medium. Students work in traditional relief and screen printing in their introductory course, and in intaglio and lithography in the intermediate course. In their senior year, students may continue to develop their technical skills or explore the use of printmaking techniques in conjunction with other visual arts media.
Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
Students interact with historical, current and experimental art practices in drawing, painting and sculpture. Visual intelligence is developed through formal, imaginative and critical challenges. Students choose from a variety of courses such as fundamentals of design, life drawing, abstract painting, intermedia, video art and 3D design.back to top