Art (Major, Minor)

Art Department

Geoffrey Delanoy, M.F.A., Chair
Jennifer Wester, Ph.D.
Kevin B. Raines, M.F.A.

Degrees offered

Major
Minor

Campuses

Main Campus

The Art Department prepares women to understand and interpret art of the past and the present and contribute to the future. The vibrancy of Baltimore’s art scene and Notre Dame’s closeness to museums in Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York make it an ideal place to study art.

Summary

The Art Department of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business offers a Major and Minor in Art to students in the Women’s College. It also offers Women’s College students preparation for Elementary and Secondary Teaching Certification in Art. The Art Major provides a curriculum that emphasizes the development of creative potential, the understanding of the history and tradition of the visual arts, and the realization of the place of art in contemporary society. Classroom lectures, creative experiences and museum tours give students an opportunity to become part of a community of artists preparing for graduate school or for a variety of art-related careers.

Among the career opportunities are art librarian, art historian, museum curator, art advisor, art administrator, visual resource curator, corporate curator, painter, sculptor, art restorer, art therapist, illustrator, animator, layout artist, graphic designer, theatre designer, exhibition designer, jeweler, textile designer, freelance photographer and staff photographer.

The General Education Requirement in Fine Arts may be fulfilled by taking any of the following departmental offerings: ART-101, ART-102, ART-103, ART-109, ART-119, ART-120, ART-121, ART-122, ART-123, ART-131, ART-142, ART-150, ART-151, ART-162, ART-204, ART-208, ART-211, ART-212, ART-213, ART-214, ART-219, ART-223, ART-241, ART-243, ART-267, ART-279, ART-311, ART-312, ART-313, ART-315, ART-323, ART-330, ART-342, ART-411, ART-412, ART-413. The General Education Requirement in Gender Studies may be met by completing ART-315. The General Education Requirement in Cross-Cultural Studies may be fulfilled by completing ART-323.

Art Majors and Minors, in all concentrations, must complete all courses with a minimum grade of C.

Programs of Study

Required Courses for a Major in Art (Credits)

       ART-101 Drawing I (3)
       ART-102 Color and Design (3)
       ART-103 Three-Dimensional or ART-207 Two-Dimensional (3)
       ART-109 Basic Photography or ART-162 Digital Photography I (3)
       ART-120 Survey I:  Western Art from Prehistory to the Renaissance (3)
       ART-121 Survey II:  Western Art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century (3) 
       ART-142 Painting I (3)
       ART-315 Explorations of Women in Art
       ART-440 Senior Seminar (3)

Senior Thesis

All seniors will complete a senior thesis during the fall and spring semesters of their senior year. For students with an emphasis in Studio Art and Photography, this will be a body of work that will be presented in the annual senior exhibition at the end of the spring semester of senior year. The body of work will be completed, with guidance from the student’s advisor, in the context of advanced courses taken during fall and spring. This would be the point at which the student would be completing 300-400 level courses, as well as independent study courses, culminating in ART-440 Senior Seminar.

Students with an Emphasis in Art History and Pre-museum Studies will complete a written research project on a topic in consultation with the advisor. This written project also would be completed within the context of advanced courses in the area of emphasis, including independent study and directed readings courses, culminating in ART-440 Senior Seminar. The student will prepare a poster presentation of her research and would be present with this poster presentation at the senior exhibition opening to discuss the project and findings.  Art Minors enrolled in ART-440 Senior Seminar may participate in the senior exhibition.

Area of Emphasis in Art

All majors will select an area of emphasis and complete its requirements prior to graduation.

Emphasis in Art History

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-211 Art of the Ancient World
       ART-212 Art of the Medieval World
       ART-213 Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Kingship
       ART-214 The Splendors of the Renaissance in Italy and the North

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-221 Artistic Rediscovery and Transformation in the 18th and 19th Centuries
       ART-223 20th Century Art:  Modernism and Innovation
       ART-313 Emergence of an American Style
       ART-412 Explorations in American Art

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-122 Art of China, Japan and India
       ART-123 Art of Africa
       ART-323 African-American Art
       ART-413 Explorations in Asian Art

       Any five 200, 300 or 400 level art history courses (15)

Emphasis in Photography

       ART-209 Black and White Photography (3)
       ART-342 History and Aesthetics of Photography (3)
       ART-162 Digital Photography I (3)
       ART-363 Color Photography (3)
       ART-364 Studio Photography (3)
       ART-368 Alternate Photographic Processes (3)

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-262 Photography and the Handmade Book 
       ART-322 Picture Story 
       ART-350 Photographic Criticism 
       ART-470 Practicum in Art

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-406 Advanced Photography 
       ART-460 Photography Senior Studio

Emphasis in Studio Art

       ART-201 Drawing II or ART-321 Life Drawing I (3)
       ART-202 Painting II (3)
       ART-204 Watercolor Painting (3)
       ART-205 Printmaking or Studio Elective (3)
       ART-247 Ceramics (art education students only) (3)
       ART-330 Theory, Criticism and Contemporary Art (3)

       Any two courses selected from:

       ART-301 Drawing III, 302 Painting III, 203 Sculpture, 321 Life Drawing I, 401 Drawing IV, 
       402 Painting IV and 421 Life Drawing II (6)

Emphasis in Pre-museum Studies in Art

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-211 Art of the Ancient World
       ART-212 Art of the Medieval World
       ART-213 Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Kingship
       ART-214 The Splendors of the Renaissance in Italy and the North

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-221 Artistic Rediscovery and Transformation in the 18th and 19th Centuries
       ART-223 20th Century Art:  Modernism and Innovation
       ART-313 Emergence of an American Style
       ART-412 Explorations in American Art

       One of the following: (3)

       ART-122 Art of China, Japan and India
       ART-123 Art of Africa
       ART-323 African-American Art 
       ART-412 Explorations in American Art
       ART-413 Explorations in Asian Art

       Any three 200, 300 or 400 level art history courses (9)
       ART-465 Directed Readings: Museum Studies (3)
       Two practicums in museum work (6-8)

Art Education: Pre-K through 12

Students in the Art Education Program receive dual certification enabling them to teach art in Maryland in grades Pre-K through 12. 

Students will complete a Major in Art and certification in education and fulfill the General Education Requirements of the University.

Requirements in Art Education

    1. An overall GPA of 2.8.
    2. A GPA of 2.8 in your Major (3). An interview with the education chairperson and a portfolio review with the studio art advisor and the field supervisor.

Minor in Art

The Art Minor consists of a minimum of any seven courses and is offered in three areas of emphasis:

    • Art History
    • Photography
    • Studio Art

Art History Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art history major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

Physical Education

1

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

[16 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

Art History elective

3

Studio/Lab requirement

3

Art History requirement

3

Art History requirement

3

English Literature

3

Social Science

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third year

 

 

Art History elective

3

Art History requirements

6

Art History requirement

3

Art History elective

3

History

3

Religious Studies (300/400)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

Fourth year

 

 

Art History requirement

3

Art History electives

6

Art History elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

General Education/Electives

9

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

Photography Four-year Plan

Sample program of study for the photography major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-109 Basic Photography

3

ART-209 Black & White Photography

3

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Math or History

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

[16 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

ART-102 Color & Design

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-142 Painting I

3

ART-342 History & Aesthetics of Photography

3

ART-162 Digital Photo I

3

ART-363 Color Photo

3

Mathematics or History

3

Natural Science

4

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third year

 

 

ART-364 Studio Photography

3

ART-368 Alternate Photography Processes

3

ART-315 Explorations of Women in Art

3

Art Photography elective

3

Art Photography Elective

3

English Literature

3

Religious Studies (300/400 level)

3

General Education/Electives

6

Social Science

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

Fourth year

 

 

ART-406 Advanced Photo

3

ART-460 Photo Senior Studio

3

ART-419 Digital Photo II

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum in Photography

3

Art photography elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

Studio Art Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the studio art major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-142 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

[16 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

English Literature

3

Mathematics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third year

 

 

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking

3

Natural Science

4

Art History Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

[16 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

[15 credits]

 

Fourth year

 

 

Studio elective

3

ART-401 or 402 Drawing or Painting IV

3

Art History elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-463 Independent Study

3

Art History elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

Art Pre-Museum Studies Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art pre-museum major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

Art History requirement

3

Foreign Language

3

Studio/Lab requirement

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

[16 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

Studio/Lab requirement

3

Art History requirements

6

Art History requirements

6

Social Science

3

English Literature

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third year

 

 

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

Art History electives

6

Art History requirement

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

Fourth year

 

 

Art History requirements

6

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum

3

ART-465 Directed Readings

3

General Education/Electives

6

ART-471 Practicum

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

[15 credits]

 

 

Art Education Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art education major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

ENG-101 Expository Writing

3

ART-142 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

[16 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-270 Media and Techniques for Art Teachers

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

English Literature

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

Mathematics

3

 

[18 credits]

 

Winterim Field Experience

 

 

EDU-252

 

 

Third year

 

 

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking or 206

3

Natural Science

4

Art History elective

3

Methods of Teaching N-12

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Elective

3

[19 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Winterim

 

 

Clinical field experience

 

 

Fourth year

 

 

Student Teaching EDU-411

12

ART-401 or 402 Drawing IV or Painting IV

3

[12 credits]

 

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

 

Art History elective

3

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

[15 credits]