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Art and Design

Faculty

 Aston, Bové, DeFazio, Harrison, Lloyd, Miecznikowski, Persinger, Pinkham, Mohney, Norman, Snyder

Purpose

The Department of Art and Design provides professional degrees in art and design as well as a liberal arts degree in art education. These programs foster critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, communication skills, individual initiative and responsibility, professional knowledge and performance skills in a broad range of art media, and an understanding of historical context and the role of art and design in the history of humankind. The primary emphasis is on the development of concepts, skills and sensitivities essential to the professional artist, designer or art educator.

Programs

The department offers four degree programs: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Art, Bachelor of Science in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification (in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services), and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree allowing students to develop a concentration of 18 advanced-level credits and a minor of 12 advanced-level credits in any of the following studio areas: painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing or jewelry/metals. The Bachelor of Arts in Art is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad range of studio areas without concentration in any one area. The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design combines the strengths of the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology to provide students with a broad range of design and technical skills. The department also offers a general art minor and a studio art minor in which students concentrate in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics or jewelry/metals.

Careers

Graduates with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art have job opportunities in a variety of fields: museums, art galleries or medical illustration. The B.F.A. degree program also prepares students for entry into graduate degree programs, particularly the Master of Fine Arts degree, which is the terminal degree in art. A minor or second major in another field further expands career options, including historic preservation, art therapy, law and government. Graduates with a B.S. in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification are certified to teach art K-12 in the public or private schools, and can pursue careers in museums or art/cultural centers teaching or directing museums' education programs in art. Graduates with the B.S. in Graphic Design have plentiful opportunities for careers in the expanding fields of advertising, graphic design and Web design.