visual arts

Art Minor

Available to all undergraduate students who gain approval from their degree granting unit, the Art Minor track creates a space for non-major students who wish to explore their artistic interests alongside their academic pursuits and professional goals within the stimulating creative climate of Mason Gross School of the Arts. Art minors are not required to submit a portfolio for admission. To declare, one of the following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better: 07:081:121,227, or 228. To maintain status, students must adhere to a "C or better" grade requirement for all courses in the minor. Because studio courses are sequential, students are advised to declare a minor by the first semester of their junior year to allow for adequate time to complete the visual arts minor.

Art Minor Requirements (22 credits)

Art History 105 (3 credits)
Art History 106 (3 credits)
Drawing Fundamentals A (4 credits)
4D Fundamentals (4 credits)
Visual Thinking A or B (4 credits)
Drawing IIA: Figure Drawing (4 credits)
 

NOTES:

  • The 16 Studio credits must be completed at Mason Gross.
  • Typically, "A" studio classes are offered in the fall (07:081:121, 07:081:227 and 07:081:321) and "B" studio classes are offered in the spring (07:081:228).
  • Drawing Fundamentals A (07:081:121) is a prerequisite for Drawing II-A (07:081:321)
  • Class attendance at Mason Gross School of the Arts is crucial to success.
 

Art BA Minor Studio Course Descriptions:

  • Drawing Fundamentals A (07:081:121) 4 credits

    Drawing Fundamentals A is required for the BA Minor in Art.

    This two-semester studio course introduces the principles of drawing. Students learn to see the three-dimensional world around them and to capture that world in two-dimensional images.  Both semesters address composition, perspective, representation of space, observation, accuracy in “seeing” and the mastery of materials.

    Drawing Fundamentals A emphasizes the primacy of line through basic materials such as pencil and charcoal on paper.

    Projects and assignments increase the students’ technical and perceptual skills within a variety of approaches. Classroom critiques address formal issues as well as technical and conceptual aspects of drawing such as ideation, subject, meaning, context, intentionality, alternate readings of the work, etc. Art historical and contemporary art examples will be shown throughout the course. Students make a trip to New York City each semester to visit contemporary galleries.

  • 4D Fundamentals (07:081:122) 4 credits

    Students learn fundamentals of time-based art making, working with still and moving images, sound, and duration. Students make artworks that explore techniques and practices of montage, sequencing, lighting, framing, and sound/image relationships.

  • Visual Thinking A (07:081:227)

    Either Visual Thinking A or B is required for the BA Minor in Art.

    This studio course introduces the concept and basic principles of “visual thinking,” those basic formal and conceptual aspects of design related to image, object and culture. The course emphasizes both visual and verbal vocabulary. Classroom exercises include making collage, constructions, installation and more. Assignments explore visual dynamics including form, line, composition, movement, scale, space, material etc. Readings, critiques and discussions together advance students’ material, technical, formal and conceptual abilities.

  • Visual Thinking B (07:081:228)

    Either Visual Thinking A or B is required for the BA Minor in Art.

    This course features the basic principles of color including its physical properties, scientific characteristics and the practical application of color theories. The cultural and psychological implications of color are considered. Students develop both a visual and verbal vocabulary. Projects are assigned to advance the students’ technical and conceptual understanding and skills. Art historical and contemporary art examples are presented throughout the course. Readings, critiques and discussions focus upon both formal and conceptual issues.

  • Drawing IIA: Figure Drawing (07:082:321)

    300 level course required for the BA Minor in Art.

    The figure has been a central subject in art for thousands of years. For our purpose, we will survey the figure from the Renaissance to the present. Our goal is to familiarize ourselves with both the techniques of art of the past and figurative strategies employed by our contemporaries. We will view a range of figurative artists to gain a clearer and more practical understanding of history and seek ways to introduce the figure in our own work. The first half of the semester will focus mainly on technique to ensure confidence in resolving proportional and spatial problems in your drawings. In the second half of the semester we will refine these techniques through practice. Finally, we will look more closely at content-driven work where traditional techniques might take a back seat but where the figure still plays a central role.