C. Vallee Morgan
The Department offers an Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Arts, Arts Administration (with concentrations in Museum Studies or Performing Arts), and a General major. Students may also choose a Visual and Performing Arts major with a concentration in Music.
Minors in Art History, Dance, Music, Studio Arts, and Theatre Arts are also offered.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides a variety of courses to enhance students’ Liberal Arts foundation through appreciation of their cultural heritage. Students develop perceptual and analytical skills while exploring the ideological, religious, political, and personal factors, which have shaped creative expression throughout the centuries.
In Art History, Music History and Theatre History courses students gain an appreciation for the artistic and musical modes through which artists have grappled with essential aspects of the human condition in various cultures during different historical periods. In Studio, Performance, and Theatre Arts classes, through hands-on study of specific techniques, students explore their own creative potential.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department seeks to expand the definition and activities of the traditional arts to include art as a social catalyst, to engage students in social service and practical experience through outreach programs and internships. The Visual and Performing Arts majors prepare students for graduate work or career possibilities in museums, galleries, corporate collections, graphic design, photography, teaching, art therapy, theatre and music performance and production.
Majors in Arts Administration will:
- acquire the necessary knowledge and skill base for careers in management in cultural institutions.
- develop an understanding of arts organizations such as galleries, museums, and the like and/or performing arts organizations such as concert or theatre venues.
- integrate experiential learning with Arts Administration theory and practice through related internships, both domestic and international, and through the Art History capstone curatorial course, Exhibitions and Collections.
- be directly exposed to professionals in the field through guest lecturers.
Majors in Art History will:
- understand and employ different art historical methods.
- develop effective communication skills, both written and oral, about art works.
- develop a knowledge of a wide range of art objects from contemporary art through the distant past.
- integrate experiential learning and art historical theory and practice.
Majors in Graphic Design will:
- develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies as well as participate in applied learning experiences that graduate schools and employers seek:
a.) work successfully as a member of a creative team.
b.) sharpen visual communication skills.
c.) accurately gather and process information.
d.) creatively problem solve.
e.) develop the skills to produce concepts and visual communication solutions in a variety of media.
f.) gain knowledge of the different uses of effective, persuasive communication tools to reach and appeal to target audiences.
Majors in Studio Arts will:
- demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of art.
- develop critical thinking skills.
- cultivate each student’s imagination and enhance their conceptual abilities.
- be exposed to and demonstrate an appreciation for a wide variety of artistic practices.
- become familiar with the work and methods of other artists, both contemporary and historical.
- acquire technical skills as well as develop an art vocabulary so as to become more visually and verbally articulate.
- increase knowledge of and incorporate new media and technology into studio arts.