Art Minor Learning Objectives

i. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

  • Analyze the social, political, historical and religious contexts of Western art and architecture from Antiquity to the present with an appreciation for the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts for works of art.
  • Chart the philosophical underpinnings of the changing definition of art.
  • Recall the diversity of ways in which Biblical texts and Christian beliefs and practices have inspired artistic responses over many centuries.
  • Test the historical suspicions of art in various Christian traditions against an integral Christian worldview that upholds art-making as a legitimate Christian task.
  • Situate a variety of artistic techniques, media, styles, and genres within the historically conditioned discourses of art history, art theory and art criticism.
  • Recognize connections between art practice and other disciplines of study in the humanities, natural and physical sciences.
  • Execute studio art projects in order to experience visual concepts, art disciplines and media with the goal of developing proficiency in one or more areas of fine or design arts.
  • Develop strategies for evaluating a work of art
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of art theory and aesthetics and communicate how one’s own work relates to contemporary art practice.
  • Apply basic visual critical thinking and visual literacy techniques to art of both student peers and through self-evaluation.
  • Develop faculties of observation and capacities for verbal or textual comprehension
  • Develop sensitivity to aural, visual, spatial, temporal and allusive aspects of the art making.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with some of the ways that contemporary art practice creatively and critically works between or across established disciplines.
  • Interpret and engage with existing visual culture and media as a form of creative intelligence.
  • Create and sustain a body of work through self-directed research, experimentation, risk-taking, and reflective analysis.

ii. Knowledge of Methodologies

  • Recognize key theoretical debates within the discipline of contemporary art practice.
  • Articulate the fundamental concepts, questions, and approaches within art criticism and history
  • Recognize that art is a witness to both our fallen world and hope for its redemption.
  • Develop confidence in one’s own artistic authorship, based on material aptitude and emerging conceptual sensibility.
  • Develop basic strategies for navigating the difficult intersection of religious belief and contemporary art.
  • Develop an awareness of the ethical and spiritual issues that exist in discipline and be able to respond in a manner consistent with Christian worldview.

iii) Application of Knowledge

  • Begin developing a portfolio of work within specialized discipline(s)/media(s) of fine art and/or design.
  • Recognize the standards for quality a given media and apply those standards to one’s own artwork.
  • Conduct basic research and synthesize acquired knowledge in fine art context.

iv) Communication Skills

  • Apply critical approaches to works of art and use these approaches to describe, analyze and critically judge works of art through oral and written communication.
  • Clearly communicate the connections between a Christian worldview and the creative work student creates.

v) Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge

  • Gain an understanding of diversity by studying artworks and artists from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Differentiate between the God-given task of aesthetic obedience and the historical conditioning of artistic expression.

vi) Maturity and Professional Capacity

  • Articulate a diversity of marketable applications for studio art.
  • Integrate as Christian artists with other organizations of Christian cultural service to redemptively affect the culture and community in which you live and work.
  • Be equipped to serve both the church and community through the arts with responsibility, respect and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.