Chatham University

Visual Arts Curriculum

The Visual Arts major is designed to prepare students to work as visual communicators and artists in a complex, rapidly changing global culture. The mission of the major is to empower students through the integration of technical applications and critical theories, to provide students with marketable skills, to assume creative, scholarly, and leadership roles in the visual arts field, and to promote an understanding of the role that the visual arts play in all facets of contemporary life. Concentrations are available in: Studio Arts and Art History.

Program Requirements

+ Major Requirements

Five core courses:

ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
ART132 History of World Art II: 1400 to Present

This introductory survey focuses on Western art from the Renaissance to today and the art of selected non-Western cultures (including Japan, Africa, and Islamic countries) after 1400. It concentrates on the stylistic, technical, and expressive evolution of painting, architecture, and sculpture within specific historical contexts, yet also explores the cross-influences and interaction of non-Western and Western art as defining characteristics of the modern world.

3
ART254 Modern Art, 1900 to the Present

In this course the student will be introduced to the major movements in European and American art since 1900. The first half will focus on 1900 to 1950 and the concept of modernism, who and what shaped it, and the shifting definitions of the artist. The second half will focus on recent trends in world art, focusing on new media and movements, including installation art, earth art, video art, postmodernism, and teh new theoretical and conceptual approaches to art and art history.

3
ART117 Drawing I

Through various drawing media, this studio course explores the basic principles of creating a work of visual art, including figure studies from the model, studies from nature, and techniques of composition. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART214 Design Studio

This course is an introduction to the visual grammar of dynamic composition and form. In this studio course the student will study design with an emphasis on gaining an understanding of organizing principles that contribute to visual engaging and visual arrangements.

3
ART498 Tutorial: Art

4
ART499 Tutorial: Art

4

Additional Major Requirements

In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the requirements for one of the following concentrations.

Studio Arts Concentration

Six courses:

ART115 Painting I

This course introduces the student to basic principles of painting and two-dimensional thinking and expression. Drawing skills, color theory, stretcher construction, and a general understanding of visual art concepts accompany each assignment. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART111 Ceramics I

This studio course provides students with an introduction to ceramic processes and materials. Instruction in beginning wheel-throwing methods augments competency in basic construction and surface application techniques. Projects focus on development of form and surface in ceramics, as well as exposure to historical and contemporary issues specific to the medium. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART127 Printmaking I

This course is an introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of graphic media, including dry point, engraving, mezzotint, etching, and aquatint. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART105 Sculpture I

This beginning course explores the basic concepts, materials, and techniques of sculpture, including carving, casting, and construction. Conceptual and critical approaches are introduced in their relation to specific projects. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART215 Painting Studio

This advanced course in painting gives the student a broad understanding of technical issues in the context of contemporary conceptual and critical approaches to the medium. Students will have an opportunity to work on independent projects. Prerequisite(s): Art 115 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART315 Painting Studio

This advanced course in painting gives the student a broad understanding of technical issues in the context of contemporary conceptual and critical approaches to the medium. Students will have an opportunity to work on independent projects. Prerequisite(s): Art 115 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART415 Painting Studio

This advanced course in painting gives the student a broad understanding of technical issues in the context of contemporary conceptual and critical approaches to the medium. Students will have an opportunity to work on independent projects. Prerequisite(s): Art 115 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART227 Printmaking Studio

This course is an exploration of the expressive possibilities of graphic media. Historical methods of printmaking are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Art 127 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART327 Printmaking Studio

This course is an explorartion of the expressive possibilities of graphic media. Historical methods of printmaking are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Art 127 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART427 Printmaking Studio

This course is an exploration of the expressive possibilities of graphic media. Historical methods of printmaking are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Art 127 or permission of the instructor.

3
ART211 Ceramics Studio

This studio course advances the student in all technical aspects of ceramics and explores conceptual, critical approaches both to the medium and to specific contemporary issues. Prerequisite(s): Art 111 or permission of the instructor. Permission of instructor required for Art 311 and 411. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART311 Ceramics Studio

This studio course advances the student in all technical aspects of ceramics and explores conceptual and critical approaches both to the medium and to specific contemporary issues. Prerequisite(s): Art 111 or permission of the instructor. Permission of instructor required for Art 311 and 411. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART411 Ceramics Studio

This studio course advances the student in all technical aspects of ceramics and explores conceptual, critical approaches both to the medium and to specific contemporary issues.

Prerequisite(s): Art 111 or permission of the instructor. Permission of instructor required for Art 311 and 411.
Additonal Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART205 Sculpture Studio

This advanced studio course gives the student the opportunity to study a particular process or combination of processes in more depth. Contemporary approaches such as installation and performance art, and environmental and conceptual art are are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Art 105 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART305 Sculpture Studio

This advanced studio course gives the student the opportunity to study a particular process or combination of processes in more depth. Contemporary approaches such as installation and performance art, and environmental and conceptual art are are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Art 105 or permission of the instructor. Additonal Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART405 Sculpture Studio

This advanced studio course gives the student the opportunity to study a particular process or combination of processes in more depth. Contemporary approaches such as installation and performance art, and environmental and conceptual art are are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): Art 105 or permission of the instructor.
Additonal Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3

One Advanced Studio in Painting or Printmaking

One Advanced Studio in Ceramics or Sculpture

Art History Concentration

Six Courses:

ART231 Renaissance Art

This course traces the rise of the humanistic spirit in the art of Italy between 1300 and 1550. Equal emphasis is placed on the achievements of Early Renaissance artists and architects (Ghiberti, Alberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli), and the masters of the High Renaissance (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bramante, Titian).

3
ART208 Introduction to Art Museum Studies

This course introduces students to the themes and issues addressed in the Art Museum Studies program, including an overview of the history and function of art museums, their role in society, the interpretation of objects for museum audiences, and other issues central to the museum profession such as censorship and repatriation.

3
ART271 Asian Art

This course surveys the art of India, China, Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan from the earliest civilizations to the modern period. Since much Asian artistic production was inspired by religious belief, students also will be introduced to the major currents of Asian religion and philosophy, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism.

3
ART313 Special Topics

3
ART366 American Art: Colonial to 1900

This course examines the major movements, artists, and cultural issues of American painting, sculpture, and photography from its beginnings to 1900. Special attention is given to works that address definitions of American "identity" and cultural interaction and conflict between races. Prerequisite(s): Art 132 or ART 131 or permission of the instructor.

3

+ Minor Requirements

Studio Arts Concentration

Five Courses:

ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
ART254 Modern Art, 1900 to the Present

In this course the student will be introduced to the major movements in European and American art since 1900. The first half will focus on 1900 to 1950 and the concept of modernism, who and what shaped it, and the shifting definitions of the artist. The second half will focus on recent trends in world art, focusing on new media and movements, including installation art, earth art, video art, postmodernism, and teh new theoretical and conceptual approaches to art and art history.

3
ART214 Design Studio

This course is an introduction to the visual grammar of dynamic composition and form. In this studio course the student will study design with an emphasis on gaining an understanding of organizing principles that contribute to visual engaging and visual arrangements.

3
ART117 Drawing I

Through various drawing media, this studio course explores the basic principles of creating a work of visual art, including figure studies from the model, studies from nature, and techniques of composition. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3

One Studio art class

Note: For digital documentation and portfolio work students must provide their own portable hard drive. Please see faculty member for specifications.

Art History Concentration:

Five courses:

ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
ART132 History of World Art II: 1400 to Present

This introductory survey focuses on Western art from the Renaissance to today and the art of selected non-Western cultures (including Japan, Africa, and Islamic countries) after 1400. It concentrates on the stylistic, technical, and expressive evolution of painting, architecture, and sculpture within specific historical contexts, yet also explores the cross-influences and interaction of non-Western and Western art as defining characteristics of the modern world.

3
ART214 Design Studio

This course is an introduction to the visual grammar of dynamic composition and form. In this studio course the student will study design with an emphasis on gaining an understanding of organizing principles that contribute to visual engaging and visual arrangements.

3
ART231 Renaissance Art

This course traces the rise of the humanistic spirit in the art of Italy between 1300 and 1550. Equal emphasis is placed on the achievements of Early Renaissance artists and architects (Ghiberti, Alberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli), and the masters of the High Renaissance (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bramante, Titian).

3
ART254 Modern Art, 1900 to the Present

In this course the student will be introduced to the major movements in European and American art since 1900. The first half will focus on 1900 to 1950 and the concept of modernism, who and what shaped it, and the shifting definitions of the artist. The second half will focus on recent trends in world art, focusing on new media and movements, including installation art, earth art, video art, postmodernism, and teh new theoretical and conceptual approaches to art and art history.

3