School of Art and Art History

Dr. Cole H. Welter, Director

Professors

K. Arthur, Bersson, Caldwell, Chatelain, Coulter, Crable, Humphrey, James, Kain, B.Lewis, McCaslin, Miyata, Szmagaj, Wyancko, Zapton

Associate Professors

Beer, Cole-Zielanski, Halpern, Martin, Ratner, Tschudi, Welter, Yoon

Assistant Professor

Tate

Instructor

Downs

Course Descriptions: Art, Art History, Graphic Design and Interior Design

Introduction

Affirming the belief that a knowledge and understanding of the visual arts is an indispensable part of any higher education, the School of Art and Art History offers a wide range of learning experiences designed to encourage independent thinking and creativity, and to develop a deeper appreciation of important artistic achievements throughout world history.

The School of Art and Art History discerns five distinct goals for the teaching of art at JMU:

To meet these goals the School of Art and Art History offers the following three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts degree offers majors in art history and studio art. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers a major in studio art with three areas of emphasis: general fine arts, graphic design, and interior design. The Bachelor of Science degree offers a major in studio art. Teaching licensure in art is available as part of all degree programs. A minimum of 120 credits is required for all degrees. Minors are available in select areas.

Accreditation

Supplementing JMU's general accreditation, all degrees offered by the School of Art and Art History are professionally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, the B.F.A. emphasis in interior design is professionally accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research.

Admission

In addition to JMU admission requirements as stated on pages 22-23, entering freshmen or transfer students who intend to major in studio art are encouraged to submit a portfolio for review and be interviewed for evidence of their interest and potential for future success in art. Students who are currently enrolled at JMU may declare art as a major by taking one art course at JMU and submitting a positive written recommendation from their art instructor to the school's director. Students intending to major in art history are not required to submit a portfolio or additional material for review, but should follow the regular JMU admissions process. The schedule of portfolio review/interview sessions, as well as other specific information about the admissions process, may be obtained by contacting the School of Art and Art History.

Art Scholarships and Awards

Several scholarships are awarded to qualified undergraduate art majors. A select number of scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen through the School of Art and Art History's portfolio review process. The School of Art and Art History also offers high school seniors the opportunity to earn a scholarship through participation in the national Scholastic Art Awards portfolio program. In addition, the School offers the following named scholarships:

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of art study that promotes lifelong learning with an emphasis on the humanities. A student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree may major in art history or studio art.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Dr. Martha Caldwell, Coordinator

The Bachelor of Arts in art history is intended for students who wish to study the history of the visual arts, including the cultural and social context in which they were created. The degree requires a minimum of 120 credits hours. The major in art history requires 39 credit hours in art history and studio courses.

Students majoring in art history will develop a general knowledge of the principle monuments and artists of all major Western art periods commonly recognized as Classical Greek, Roman, Gothic, High Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Impressionist, and 20th Century Modern, among others.

It is the mission of the art history program to educate students with a global perspective on the arts. Western art history is emphasized, coupled with opportunities to study the art of select non-Western traditions. Students majoring in art history will develop a general knowledge of the principal monuments and artists of all major Western art periods. Students will also

The art history program seeks to provide majors and minors with the opportunity for internships in museums, galleries, and other art related settings, as well as up-to-date information about jobs and graduate programs in art history and related fields. Visiting scholars, art exhibitions on campus, trips to major museums, and a strong presence in the JMU Studies Abroad Program provide opportunities for students to study art history and apply their knowledge outside the classroom. Upon completion of the art history major, students will have been exposed to a broad background and knowledge of the opportunities for graduate school and employment. The art history program is also dedicated to interdisciplinary education, and actively supports double majors with other disciplines.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Jerry Coulter, Coordinator

The Bachelor of Arts in studio art degree is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of study that encourages a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have a preferred interest or stronger background preparation in the humanities. A minimum of 120 credits are required for the degree. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be completed in art and art history. Of these hours, 12 credits are to be in studio foundation courses; six credits in advanced studio art; 15 credits in art electives (with a minimum of nine elective credits in studio art); nine credits in art history; and three credits in ART 200, Art in General Culture.

Students majoring in studio art will develop a grasp of how artworks are created, enhance their understanding of how the visual arts relate to the cultural influences that help produce them, gain an overview of the sequences of style and meaning evident in the history of art, improve their ability to articulate their ideas and knowledge about art to others, and develop an awareness of career opportunities in art and closely related fields.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art is intended primarily for those students whose goal is the professional production of visual art. Enrollment in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is recommended only for those students serious about preparing for a studio career in the visual arts, and who are willing to make the considerable commitment of time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their chosen area of studio emphasis.

The degree major of studio art provides an opportunity to study in one of three areas of emphasis: general fine arts, graphic design, and interior design. All areas of emphasis within the B.F.A. in studio art degree seek to develop a student's visual vocabulary, foster a deeper understanding of the formal visual relationships present in the art/design process, enhance their aesthetic awareness of art forms, and promote the competency to independently seek further professional growth.

General Fine Arts

Jack McCaslin, Coordinator

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 76 credit hours must be completed in art, art history and art related courses. A minimum of 66 credits in studio and related core courses is required. Of these hours, 18 credits are to be in foundation courses, 12 credits in art history, 12-21 credits of in-depth studio study, and 9-18 credits in studio art electives and related coursework.

The general fine arts emphasis prepares students with a competence in several media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, metals and jewelry, printmaking, photography, glass, papermaking, mixed-media, and the beginning of a professional command of at least one medium. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to independently pursue further professional growth in the production and exhibition of their art, or depending on their individual interests and skill levels, may choose to pursue opportunities for more in-depth study at the graduate school level.

Graphic Design

Alan Tschudi, Coordinator

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 79 credit hours must be completed in art, art history and art related courses. A minimum of 24 credits in graphic design courses is required for the degree. The graphic design program at JMU provides professional education within a liberal arts environment. Students learn the vocabulary, visual perception, methods, processes, craft and technology of graphic design, which includes, but is not limited to, specialized courses in print design, advertising, computer graphics, computer animation, illustration, package design, and special topics courses addressing current design issues and problems. The study of the historical and cultural context of the designer helps to broaden the knowledge base and nurture creativity. Frequent field trips, guest speakers and internship opportunities provide students with exposure to the professional field. Opportunities also exist for the graphic design student to take elective coursework in video, sound and multimedia from the School of Media Arts and Design.

Interior Design

Gary Chatelain, Coordinator

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 76 credit hours must be completed in art, art history and art related courses. A minimum of 51 credits in interior design courses is required for the degree. The interior design program prepares the student to formulate, propose and execute creative design solutions that incorporate the needs and issues relating to the interior design environment. A broad, liberal education is combined with specialized professional courses to provide a background enabling the student to pursue careers in the field of interior design, including those dealing with commercial or residential design.

The interior design student may undergo a review process at the end of the sophomore year to determine levels of competencies. Graduates of the program are encouraged to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam after two years of work experience. The interior design program is fully accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of study that encourages a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts who have a preferred interest or stronger background preparation in math and/or the social/natural sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Studio Art

Jim Crable, Coordinator

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 45 credit hours must be completed in art and art history courses. Of these hours, 12 credits are to be in studio foundation courses; six credits in advanced studio art; 15 credits in art electives (with a minimum of nine of these credits in studio art); nine credits in art history; and three credits in ART 200, Art in General Culture.

Teaching License (N, K-12)

Dr. Jay Kain, Coordinator

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, students desiring N, K-12 teaching licensure in art must complete 19 credits of additional course work in art education, education, and psychology, and 16 credits of student teaching. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 147-148 in this catalog for admission procedures and requirements to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the program coordinator of art education. The undergraduate degree leading to licensure must include the following minimum requirements in art:

Twenty-seven studio credits, with a minimum of six credits in each of three separate studio areas.

Up to six credit hours of art education courses may be counted toward fulfilling the 21 art electives in the B.S. and B.A. degree programs.

Twelve credits must be earned in two-dimensional media.

Six credits must be earned in three-dimensional media.

Six credits must be earned in ceramics and crafts, with a minimum of one course in ceramics.

Nine hours must be earned in art history and art appreciation.

Art Minors

Students may select a minor from the following areas. A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for any minor. A minor in an art related area is meant to broaden a student's understanding of the value and role of the visual arts in general culture, develop a deeper appreciation for personal artistic production, and to enhance independent thinking and creativity.

Minor in Studio Art

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in studio art by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in studio and art history courses. The student's minor program is subject to the approval of the director of the school.

Minor in Art History

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in art history by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in art history courses, including ARTH 205, ARTH 206, and four art history courses at the 300 or 400 level. The student's minor program is subject to the approval of the director of the school.

Minor in Interior Design

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in interior design by completing a minimum of 21 credits in interior design and related courses. The minor in interior design seeks to give the student a general knowledge of the basic elements of the discipline.

Minor in Advertising

The minor in advertising is designed to provide students with a broad background in the interdisciplinary nature of the field of advertising. Since the program is interdisciplinary in nature, courses taken to fulfill program requirements are drawn from the offerings of several departments.

The minimum requirement for a minor in advertising is 24 hours. A total of six credit hours may be double counted between the minor and the major. Students electing this minor may acquire more information from the directors or department heads from one of the following schools or departments: School of Art and Art History, Department of Marketing, School of Media Arts and Design and School of Speech Communication.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
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