General Major: Art (12 courses)

Minor: Art (6 courses)

*permission of the department required

Course Details

Introduction to Studio: Drawing

A basic introduction to concepts, techniques, and drawing media. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies. 

Introduction to Studio: Painting

Aesthetics and techniques are examined through the study of various traditions and approaches to painting. Visual vocabulary and formal compositions are developed through practical application in studio projects, and reviewed through critical assessment. Studio course, six hours a week.

Figure Drawing

An introduction to both analytical and expressive methods of drawing the human figure. Students will study the human figure using traditional and contemporary tools and resources, including models. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies. 


Digital Photography

This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography with an emphasis on the use of a digital SLR camera as a tool for image making. Students will learn the technical aspects of photography as well as how to use the camera as a medium for art, expression, and creative problem solving. Students will learn to use their digital camera in full manual mode and will apply various editing techniques in Photoshop. This class will include hands-on studio and field location shoots as it introduces students to a new way of viewing God’s world, through the lens of a camera.

Intermediate Painting

As an extension of ART-115, this course will focus on problems in painting at the intermediate level, with emphasis on exploration of the nuances of the painting language. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies. 


Concepts, Materials, and Experiments

This intermediate course introduces students to experimental and process based methods. Students will sharpen the conceptual foundations of their work and develop innovative processes for the production of artworks. This course incorporates non-art materials into the artistic process, understanding that materials bring their own meanings and associations. Grounded in the processes of drawing, this course extends to painting, performance, and relational aesthetics.

One of ART-112 or ART-115

Illustrative Design

The study and practice of illustration in design including a brief history, industry production process, copyright, marketing, diversity of styles, and market sectors. Using industry standard original media, students will solve illustrative problems in key market applications.

ART-112, ART-115

Introduction to Media Design

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of computer based graphic design. Students will learn the formal, aesthetic and communicative aspects of creating effective graphic images.

Pre-Modern Art History

Beginning with the era of pre-history and proceeding through Greek, Roman, Christian and non-Western art, the course concludes with the Neo-Classical period. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the visual arts within their philosophical, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.

Modern Art History

The course traces artistic expression from romanticism to modernism, post-modernism and contemporary art. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the visual arts as expressions of their philosophical, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.

or permission of the instructor


A philosophical consideration of art and art criticism, drawing on both classical and contemporary thinkers. Topics include beauty, expression, representation, aesthetic distance, the identity of the work of art, the relation of art to morality, and the influence of art on perception.

Advanced Studio

In this conceptually-driven advanced studio course, students address significant themes of contemporary art and culture using the media of their choice (drawing, painting, photography, or digital). This course is structured to encourage spiritual reflection and the development of personal style through idea generation, material investigation, technical refinement, and research.

ART-112 & 212 or ART-115 & 215

Contemporary Art Worldwide

This course explores the diverse and dynamic globalization of contemporary art. Situating art practices within their cultural contexts, the course examines how non-Western religious, political, and philosophical perspectives are sharing the world today.

Faith and Art

How does our faith bear upon our understanding of art? What is the significance of art in our post-modern culture? How can the church become more in tune with the aesthetic dimension of life? What are the challenges facing Christian artists today? These and other questions exploring the relationship between faith and artistry will be discussed.

ART-352 is the Capstone Course for the Art Department and is required for all majors in the 3rd or 4th year. ART-235 can also be a corequisite (taken concurrently with ART-352).

The Business of Art

Focusing on the business of art, this course combines business practices with art-related issues. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to progress to careers in the art community, a vital element of the so-called creative industries sector of the economy.

Directed Studio & Exhibition

Each student arranges, in consultation with an Art Department faculty member, the content of studio work and its exhibition or a significant project in art history, art criticism, or art education. Materials fee applies. 

and permission of the department

Independent Study

For information on setting up an independent study see page 52 of the Academic Calendar.

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