Art (major)

Throughout history, people of all cultures have used visual art to express themselves, their beliefs about the world around them, and their place within it. As an art major, you choose to join this common human endeavor. Through the creation and study of art you come to new understandings of the relationships of human beings to each other and to the world they inhabit.

As you work to interpret human experience, you express your creative visions and shape experiences for others. To do this, you, as artist, need to draw upon your command of the media you work with as well as several key abilities:

  1. The ability to analyze. You must be readily able to enter into and understand works of art from any era or culture, and to understand what your contemporaries are creating.
  2. The ability to solve complex problems. You need versatility as a problem solver. The artist’s perennial struggle is to give form to her visions: How can this idea take shape in this particular medium? This requires that you be a risktaker, with the courage to undertake what you imagine. And it requires that you be able frequently to assess how effective your work is, modifying and adapting it as you proceed.
  3. The ability to engage fully with aesthetic experience. You continually refine your techniques, skills, and artistic perceptions. You do so in the activities of producing your own art and responding to the artistic work of others

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Art Major Beginning
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-122Expressive Drawing3
A-1342-D Design3
A-146Self Employment in the Arts1
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
Select one Art Workshop 1
A-189SForm and Space4
A-193CArt in the Professions2
A-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
Art Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester 10
AHS-210Ancient to Byzantine Art2
A-221Beginning Figure Drawing3
A-2343-D Design3
A-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern Art4
A-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
A-384Art Gallery Mgt & Social Media1
MDIA-381Content Development Media Design3
A-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
A-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
Art Major Advanced
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester0
A-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
A-484Adv Art Gallery Mgt & Social Media1
or A-483 Advanced Internship Seminar
Art Electives—take 21 credits of 300 or 400 level Art Electives 221
AHS-409Modern & Contemporary Art3
AHS Elective Take 2-4 credits of Art History Electives2-4
A-482Ext Assmnt of Effective Citzenship Lvl 40
MDIA-401New Media3
A-491Senior Art Seminar1
A-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60

This major does not require a minor and follows the general education requirements for standard majors not-science related.

The Course Sequence should be used for planning purposes only.  All official graduation  requirements are listed on the Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 1 0
A-189S Form and Space 4
A-193C Art in the Professions 2
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
FSS-125
First Semester Seminar
or Liberal Learning for Transfer Student
2
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
A-130 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 1 0
 Credits16
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 1 0
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
A-121 Analytic Drawing (course offered spring semester only) 3
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
A-230 Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 2 (taken during finals week) 0
A-146 Self Employment in the Arts 1
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 1 0
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
A-122 Expressive Drawing (Offered Fall only) 3
A-210 Ancient to Byzantine Art (Offered Fall Only. Counts as HFA 210) 2
Natural Science/Math General Education Credits: Choose one lab course 3-4
A-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
A-395 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 4 (Taken during finals week--must be complete to enter 300 level studio electives) 0
 Credits11-12
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
A-262 Graphic Designs & Illustration (Offered spring only) 3
A-234 3-D Design (Offered spring only) 3
A-241 Art History 2/Renaissance (Offered spring only) 2
Natural Science/Math General education course (one must be a lab) 3-4
A-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
A-395 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 4 0
 Credits14-15
Third Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper level Studio Art electives. Must include 2D, 3D, and digital areas in 21 credit sequence. Must include at least one 400 level study 3
A-309 Offered fall only 2
SSC-101 Introduction to Social Science 4
MDIA-381 Content Development Media Design (Offered fall only) 3
A-147 Grant Writing for Artists & Educators 1
 Credits13
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
A-221 Beginning Figure Drawing 3
A-310 Art History 4/20th Century (Offered spring only. Counts as HFA 310) 2
MDIA-401 New Media (Offered spring only) 3
Upper Level Studio Electives 3
HFA-210 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective (must be outside of visual art) 2
 Credits13
Fourth Year
Fall
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Studio Art Electives 6
INTERN-383
Internship Seminar
or Advanced Internship Seminar
2
HFA-310 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective (must be outside of visual art) 2
A-384 Art Gallery Mgt & Social Media 1
General Education Electives (must be outside of major or minor and total must be 6) 2-3
A-400 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 5 0
 Credits13-14
Spring
A-100 Community Art/Design Midsemester 0
Upper Level Studio Art Electives (300-400 level) 6
A-491 Senior Art Seminar 1
A-482 Ext Assmnt of Effective Citzenship Lvl 4 0
A-409 Modern to Contemporary Art (Offered spring only) 3
A-146 Self Employment in the Arts (Offered spring only) 1
A-450 Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 6 0
General Education Electives (Must be outside of major or minor and total must be 6 credits) 3-4
 Credits14-15
 Total Credits111-115