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  • Art Department Mission

    The mission of the Art Department is to encourage the development of our students as artists, designers, scholars, and leaders capable of excelling in a complex, rapidly changing society. The faculty of the Art Department, in support of the Urban Mission of the University, is committed to facilitating the outstanding achievement of every student in our program, to help each realize their goals, and to aid them in their development. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the multiplicity of roles for the creative person in a contemporary urban society. Our program is dedicated to taking advantage of the cultural diversity of the greater metropolitan area. We recognize and stress the importance of balancing history and tradition with contemporary aesthetic ideas, skills, techniques and technologies.


    Art Department Goals

    To graduate skillful artists, designers, and scholars prepared and able to create meaningful, effective research and artwork in their field of study.

    To graduate artists, designers, and scholars who demonstrate knowledge and intellectual understanding of global artistic and cultural achievements in the liberal arts and the visual arts.

    To graduate citizens who are critical thinkers, reflective and engaged about the meaning of art in their life, their work, and their community throughout their lives.


    Art Department Objectives

    • Students will engage in a sequence of study, from foundation to advanced practice in studio, that advances literacy and skill with non-verbal art/design studio language, inclusive of traditional and contemporary practice, and will learn a range of tactile, spatial, visual, written and oral modes. 
    • Students will differentiate and make connections among major styles and periods of art history and world cultures, including the works and intentions of artists and designers in the past and present.
    • Students will study the analytical methods and principles of art/design criticism, past and present, and will apply this critical theory to creative expression in art and design.
    • Students will investigate diverse ideas about the nature of the aesthetic experience and learn to apply a practical understanding of art history and theory to aesthetic preferences. 
    • Students will study contemporary art practice and make valid connections to their work and that of others, explaining and defending their views through written, verbal and visual means.
    • Students will create artworks, synthesizing visual, spatial, tactile and intuitive elements to communicate ideas, information and aesthetic experiences.
    • Students will continually present, analyze and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of design projects and works of art.
    • Students will engage in open-ended problem solving, using research and experimentation to find multiple solutions to problems.
    • Students will develop sensory, conceptual and technical skills in the foundations of art and design study and in a variety of art/design techniques.
    • Students will develop advanced sensory, conceptual and technological expertise in one area of art study, developing the ability to engage in independent art and design practice.
    • Students will develop written and verbal responses in the study and practice of art, using the English language effectively.
    • Students will develop technological and conceptual expertise in digital media as applicable to their discipline.
    • Students will engage in various forms of collaboration that cultivate a climate of respect and generosity, generating valid evaluations, and a responsible attitude toward others.
    • Students will learn to value cultural developments in other artistic, humanistic and scientific domains and understand those developments in relationship to their own work in art/design.
    • Students will learn to value artworks and cultural artifacts as a key to understanding world civilizations past and present. 
    • Students will identify personal goals and aspirations as a basis for intellectual and professional growth throughout their lives and will be able to articulate a personal philosophy. 
    • Students will develop the curiosity, discipline and direction to succeed as artists, designers, and art historians and to value the creative process.