Art

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, DC, Philadelphia, and New York make it an ideal place to study Art.

Overview
Art Education: N through 12
Preparation for Graduate Study: Art Therapy
Minor
Major
Emphasis in Art History
Emphasis in Photography
Emphasis in Studio Art
Emphasis in Pre-museum Studies in Art
Art History Four-Year Plan
Photography Four-Year Plan
Studio art Four-Year Plan
Pre-museum Studies Four-Year Plan
Art Education Four-Year Plan
Course Descriptions 

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

The art department of the School of Arts and Sciences offers a major and minor in art to students in the Women’s College. It also offers Women’s College students preparation for 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, 102, 103, 109, 120, 121, 122, 123, 131, 142, 150, 151, 204, 208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 241, 243, 279, 311, 312, 313, 315, 330, 411, 412, 413. The general education requirement in gender studies may be met by completing ART-315.

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

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Art Education: N through 12

Students in the art education program receive dual certification enabling them to teach art in Maryland in grades N – 12. 
Students will complete a major in art and certification in education and fulfill the General Education requirements of the University.

Requirements

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.

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Preparation for Graduate Study: Art Therapy

The psychology and art departments collaborate in assisting students who wish to pursue the study of art therapy on the graduate level. Students are strongly encouraged to contact specific art therapy graduate programs early in their undergraduate work in order to complete courses required by the graduate program of their choice. The departments also closely monitor the course recommendations of the American Art Therapy Association. The student’s program of study should include 6 credits earned through PSY-307 Abnormal Psychology and either PSY-233 Human Growth and Development or PSY-203 Child and Adolescent Psychology.

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Minor in Art

The art minor consists of seven courses and is offered in three areas of emphasis:

  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

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Programs of Study

Required Courses for a Major in Art (Credits)

(Art history and pre-museum concentrators select only two from 101, 102, 103, 109, 142, or 162.)
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 Art of Europe and the Near East (3)
ART-121 Art of Europe and the United States (3) 
ART-142 Painting I (3)
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.

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Area of Emphasis

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-214 The Splendors of the Renaissance in Italy and the North

One of the following: (3)
ART-213 Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Kingship
ART-311 Artistic Rediscovery and Transformation in the 18th and 19th Centuries
ART-312 Deciphering 20th-Century Art?

One of the following: (3)
ART-122 Art of China, Japan and India
ART-123 Art of Africa
ART-313 Emergence of an American Style
ART-412 Explorations in American Art
ART-413 Explorations in Asian Art

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

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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

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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)

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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-214 The Splendors of the Renaissance in Italy and the North

One of the following: (3)
ART-213 Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Kingship?
ART-311 Artistic Rediscovery and Transformation in the 18th and 19th Centuries ?
ART-312 Deciphering 20th Century Art

One of the following: (3)
ART-122 Art of China, Japan and India
ART-123 Art of Africa
ART-313 Emergence of an American Style 
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)

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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 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe/Near East

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]

 

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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 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

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]

 

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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-141 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 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

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]

 

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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 Art of Europe & U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

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]

 

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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-141 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 Art of Europe and Near East

3

ART-121 Art of Europe and US

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]

 

Courses

ART-101 Drawing I

Introduces the fundamentals of free-hand drawing and explores a variety of materials, techniques and subject matter such as still life, landscape and the human form as students identify individual areas of interest and artistic expression. Informal slide presentations and class critiques will expose students to the diversity of drawing and its manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-102 Color and Design

Introduces the fundamental elements and principles of color and design as a communicative tool. The course is designed for students with limited studio background and explores a wide variety of mediums and techniques as students develop technical virtuosity and personal aesthetic. The concepts and design strategies explored in this course can be applied in related areas of computer design, interior design and fashion design. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-103 Three-Dimensional Design

Explores the sculptural organization of form in three dimensions through the use of a wide variety of materials such as found objects, paper, wire, wood, clay and metals. Projects are developed that consider the relationship of the sculptural object to its perception in time and space. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-109 Basic Photography

Provides hands-on experience with the fundamental controls of the photographic process for black and white photography. Students learn the use of the camera, film development, darkroom printing and the presentation of mounted photographs. Includes lectures and presentations on photographic technique, illustrated lectures on the history and aesthetics of photography, assistance in the darkroom and critiques of work in progress. Lecture plus lab. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-120 Art of Europe and the Near East From Prehistory to the Renaissance

Introduces seminal contributions to Western culture made by painters, sculptors and architects working from prehistoric times to 1400 A.D. Students will examine significant original artwork from this period firsthand in area museums, including ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman statuary; Egyptian painted relief; Medieval manuscripts, stained glass, jewelry and metalwork; and paintings depicting early Christian imagery. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-121 Art of Europe and the United States From the Renaissance to the 1950s

Surveys art created in Europe and the United States from 1400 A.D. to the mid-twentieth century. Artwork by European artists such as Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cassatt, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and Picasso, among others, will be explored, as well as art stemming from the emergence of American artists such as Pollack and O'Keefe. Students will examine significant original artwork from this period firsthand in area museums. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-142 Painting I

Introduces the fundamentals of oil and acrylic painting. Through an exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques of painting, students will develop their powers of observation and artistic expression. Informal slide presentations and class critiques will expose students to the diversity of painting and its manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-162 Digital Photography I

Introduces the fundamentals of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop and emphasizes the exploration of various printing options. Through assigned readings and classroom discussions, students also will gain a critical perspective of the impact of digital imaging on photographic practice. Fulfills general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-201 Drawing II

Builds on the skills gained in ART-101 and provides a progressive investigation of personal expression. The course emphasizes an evolution from traditional methodologies toward contemporary nonrepresentational approaches to the making of art. Prerequisite: ART-101 or ART-204, or permission of the instructor. [3 credits]

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

Introduces fundamental techniques and possibilities of transparent and opaque watercolor. Special emphasis is placed on a broad understanding of the medium and the development of personal expression. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]

ART-205 Printmaking

Introduces fundamental processes of relief and planographic printing. Particular emphasis is placed upon technical mastery and clarity of printed image. [3 credits]

ART-209 Black and White Photography

Explores aesthetics of black and white photography. Employs a variety of methods techniques and materials for negative and print development. Investigating various genres, students build visual literacy through interpretation of subject matter and the preparation of a portfolio, lecture plus lab. [3 credits]

ART-270 Media and Techniques for Art Teachers In the Elementary and Secondary School

Exploration of media and processes for students in PreK-12. Includes studio activities, planning, and instructional strategies for the elementary and secondary schools. [ 3 credits ]

ART-301 Drawing III

Provides students with the opportunity to identify and develop their specific conceptual, aesthetic and technical areas of interest within the context of advanced drawing. Prerequisite: ART-101, 201, 204 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-315 Explorations of Women in Art

Focuses upon the significant contributions of women artists to the history of art and the traditional duality of gender. Emphasis will vary in different sessions; some may focus primarily on topics applicable to art made by women of the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, while others may address topics related to feminism in European and Asian traditions, women as subjects in art, and/or women as artists. The seminar format will emphasize class presentations and discussions. Students will also examine artwork in local collections, particularly the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

ART-321 Life Drawing I

Provides individualized instruction in the study of the nude with special emphasis on observation, movement, proportion, figural composition and pictorial space. All sessions will include short and sustained poses. Prerequisite: ART-101 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-342 History and Aesthetics of Photography

Explores the art of photography from its pre-history to the present. The course will deal with the effects of changing technology, interrelationships with the other arts, and the impact of photography on society. Major photographers and movements will be covered, including study of local exhibitions. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [ 3 credits ]

ART-363 Color Photography

Studies the aesthetics of color photography. Lectures and demonstrations cover techniques and issues related to digital, film and alternate processes. Group discussions and critiques will focus on the development of color vision, the psychology and effective uses of the unique characteristics of color photography. Lecture plus lab. [ 3 credits ]

ART-364 Studio Photography

Practices photographic lighting using continuous and strobe lights, as well as portable flash. Artistic and professional procedures using 35mm as well as departmental 4x5 view camera systems are covered. Topics include studio and location assignments such as still life and portraiture, culminating in a portfolio. Prerequisite: ART-209.[ 3 credits ]

ART-368 Alternate Photographic Processes

Applies historical, non-silver printing techniques of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as innovative approaches to making photographic images. Numerous methods of making an enlarged negative (for Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, Palladium), including the use of graphic art film, copy camera, pinhole camera and the digital negative will be explored. Prerequisite: ART-209 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-401 Drawing IV

Provides students with the opportunity to continue to develop and refine their specific conceptual, aesthetic and technical areas of interest within the context of advanced drawing. Prerequisite: ART-301 or ART-321. [ 3 credits ]

ART-406 Advanced Photography

Guides the student towards fluency in the language of photography as a means of personal expression. Students propose and produce a photographic project that synthesizes personal vision, ideas, techniques and processes learned in previous courses. Prerequisite: junior/senior status and permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-419 Digital Photography II

Deepens experience in digital photography and investigates the relationships between communication through photographs and digital images and other electronic media such as the digital press, World Wide Web and the virtual environment of the video game. Students enhance their skills and personal aesthetic using Adobe Photoshop and choose projects from still photography, graphic design or motion graphics. Prerequisite: ART-162. [ 3 credits ]

ART-440 Senior Seminar

Provides an opportunity for senior art majors from all concentrations to meet together as a group and examine the nature of art in contemporary society and explore topics such as morals and ethics in art, artists and critics, and the business of art. Students present their thesis project at the senior exhibition. To be taken in senior year. [ 3 credits ]

ART-460 Senior Studio Photography

Creates self-directed projects under the supervision of the instructor. The aim of the course is the production of a body of work for exhibition and the compilation of a portfolio for professional use. Course content includes discussions, readings, research, studio and gallery visits and critiques. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-463 Independent Study

Provides an opportunity to pursue an individual project in consultation with an art faculty member. [ 3 credits ]

ART-465 Directed Readings: Selected Topics In Art History

Creates an individual study opportunity that is pursued under the guidance of a faculty member of the department. The directed readings format enables the student to make an intensive examination of a personally selected area of intellectual interest. The selected area of focus may be a specific topic, medium, artist, theme, style or approach; includes pre-museum studies requirement. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]

ART-470 Practicum in Art

Provides the opportunity to gain credit for work experience with professional art organizations with the consent of the advisor. The site is chosen according to the student's field of concentration. Permission required. [ 3 or 4 credits ]

ART-471 Practicum in Art

Provides the opportunity to gain credit for work experience with professional art organizations with the consent of the advisor. The site is chosen according to the student's field of concentration. Permission required. [ 3 or 4 credits ]