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 Midsemester Assessment0
A-121Analytic Drawing3
A-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
A-134Studio Art 2: 2-D Design3
A-189SForm and Space4
A-193CArt in the Professions2
AHS-210Ancient to Byzantine Art2
A-221Beginning Figure Drawing3
A-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
A-234Studio Art 3: 3-D Design3
A-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
Art Major Intermediate
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment 10
A-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
AHS-252Medieval to Modern4
A-384Art Gallery Management1
MDIA-381Content Development Media Design3
A-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
A-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Art Electives—take 21 credits of 300 or 400 level Art Electives 221
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
Art Workshop—take 1 credit of Art Workshop1
A-146Self Employment in the Arts1
Art Major Advanced
A-100Community Art Midsemester Assessment0
AHS Elective Take 2-4 credits of Art History Electives2-4
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
or A-483 Advanced Internship Seminar
AHS-409Modern & Contemporary Art3
A-482Ext Assmnt of Effective Citzenship Lvl 40
MDIA-401New Media3
A-491Senior Art Seminar1
A-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
A-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60

Take this mid-semester assessment for each semester 3, 4, 5.


1-2 courses must be at 400 level.

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