Overview

Would you like to graduate from college with problem-solving and visual communication skills? As an art major, you will learn to analyze various forms of visual expression and develop skills in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media.

This learning happens at Hulman Hall, which houses the Department of Art and Design, featuring studios for drawing, painting, ceramics, and design, as well as an up-to-date computer lab. A gallery gives you an opportunity to display your work.

Why Major in Art?

Since its founding in 1840, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College prides itself on providing an atmosphere where the arts can flourish. Through individual attention, students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and talent. This is accomplished through a strong curriculum coupled with participation in the arts. SMWC’s liberal arts base not only encourages exploration, but also provides the means by which to begin.

As traditional art disciplines are integrating digital technologies, SMWC offers a curriculum that not only teaches students the skills necessary in a variety of mediums, but also how to problem-solve and realize the best medium to communicate their concept.

Students will leave SMWC with a portfolio of professional-quality work from their art classes. Each art major will graduate with marketable digital skills, yet still have the background of a fine artist prepared for a variety of art careers.

Major

In addition to the Woods Core courses and electives, you need to complete at least 51 credit hours in art and related courses to graduate as an art major at SMWC. The art major and minor are offered through the campus program only.

Required Courses

51 credit hours required; All courses listed.

AD 110 2D Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 111 3D Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduction to the principles, techniques and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration in the creation of sculptural forms. Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 121 Drawing Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids and drawing in perspective. This class also covers techniques such as blending, shading and crosshatching. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 157 Digital Imaging
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 221 Painting Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. This course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: AD 110 and AD 121.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 249 Art History I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric period and covers all of the major movements up to the Renaissance period. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/ WOL: Fall, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 250 Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Renaissance period and covers all of the major movements up to contemporary art. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/WOL: Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 252 Women Artists
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of women’s involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: AD 250 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 257 Digital Illustration and Design
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to industry-standard digital illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 260 Visual Communication and Problem Solving
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems and advertising. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: A D 257 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 261 Visual Cognition
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Fall, odd years. Prerequisite: A D260.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 315 Photography
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 321 Advanced Painting and Drawing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students continue to learn and refine drawing and painting skills learned in foundation courses. Emphasis will be placed on the students’ exploration of their unique interests. Conceptual origins of the artistic process will be examined. This course examines drawing and painting as a conceptual tool. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: A D 221.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 323 Ceramics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration and applications, including technical development. Introduces thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 342 Sequential Art
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, every year. Prerequisite: AD 257 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 452 Space & Time
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines a variety of approaches to 3D and 4D art forms including modeling, construction and installation. Studies the relevance of time and space as it applies to communication of the art form. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 453 Senior Studio
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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In this capstone class, students will work independently under the guidance of the instructor, though some collaborative work with others enrolled in the course may be expected. Students will be expected to develop proposals and create self- directed projects and/or work with real clients. They will also create printed and digital portfolios and finalize resumes. As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The art minor requires the completion of 21 credit hours in art coursework.

Required Courses

21 credit hours required; All courses listed.

AD 110 2D Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 111 3D Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Introduction to the principles, techniques and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration in the creation of sculptural forms. Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 121 Drawing Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids and drawing in perspective. This class also covers techniques such as blending, shading and crosshatching. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 221 Painting Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. This course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: AD 110 and AD 121.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 252 Women Artists
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Surveys the history of women’s involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: AD 250 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 260 Visual Communication and Problem Solving
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems and advertising. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: A D 257 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 323 Ceramics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration and applications, including technical development. Introduces thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Choose One

Choose one of the following art courses.

AD 157 Digital Imaging
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 315 Photography
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Introduces the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

Arts Administrator

In the business end of an art and design organization, an arts administrator is responsible for the everyday operation of the organization. This may include professional for-profit, and many professional and nonprofessional not-for-profit, arts-related businesses. Duties often consist of managing a staff, marketing, maintaining budgets, developing programs, and raising funds.

Art Director

In charge of the overall visual appearance of an art and design project, and how it communicates and appeals to the target audience. They are often responsible for unifying the direction of an art piece that multiple artists may develop, and decide what visual elements and artistic style should be used.

Art Studio Manager

Often responsible for running a creative studio technically, logistically, and in regards to resource management. They also often have a hands-on creative role, sometimes taking on the additional role of Art Director.

Art Teacher

With additional classes from the Education Department, art education majors will have the opportunity to learn through the creation of personal art through exposure to a variety of media and styles. Becoming an art teacher offers the chance to provide children the means to express themselves, develop learning skills, and stimulate self-esteem.

Art Therapist

Uses art and the creative process to help their clients deal with mental health issues. Art Therapy combines knowledge of visual art with psychology and human development. This profession requires a master’s degree in art therapy, but you can complete SMWC’s undergraduate art therapy concentration to prepare you for graduate school.

Curator

Often responsible for a gallery or museum's collections, a curator may decide what to acquire, and oversee the care and documentation of the collection. They may also conduct research based on the collection, work with other galleries and museums to loan pieces from it, and share it with the public through exhibitions and publications.

Display Designer

Plans and installs displays in the windows of high fashion stores, family-owned shops, and every place in-between. They work full-time with large retail stores, and on contract with smaller shops, to conceptualize and produce designs in order to promote the store's merchandise.

Exhibition Designer and Technician

Typically responsible for planning, designing, and putting together exhibits in museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions.

Freelance Artist

Contracted by private individuals or companies to create artwork.

Illustrator

Often charged with enhancing writing by creating visual representations of the textual content. Illustrations are often used in advertisements, posters, books and magazines, greeting cards, and a variety of other media.

Surface Designer

Designs the patterns for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects, including fabric & textiles, paper goods, gift wrap, and many other products.