Art Major

The art major at EMU provides a solid foundation for students interested in pursuing professional art-related careers independent studio work, and graduate work in studio art. Studio classes develop artistic process and critical thinking in the context of a liberal arts university that embraces excellence, cultural understanding, respect for creation, and openness to diverse ideas. Through exposure to a variety of media, students develop artistic and analytic skills in various forms of artistic expression.

Art history courses expose students to artistic images and artifacts in their creative context and the role they play in expression, communication, shaping ideas, recording events, and revealing culture. Students often have the opportunity to link their cross-cultural experiences to art history study with individual or group presentations. The beginning studio and art history courses also serve a broad population of EMU students as part of their liberal arts education.

Additional art opportunities are available through local internships and participation in the Washington Community Scholars Center (WCSC). In the setting of Washington, D.C., students take advantage of internships in community arts organizations and businesses and study at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Catholic University, and Howard University.

The art major culminates with a senior exhibition thesis project. It highlights focused art work in a chosen medium and direction, supported by instruction in professional preparation and installation. The senior show provides an opportunity to publicly showcase each art major’s creative achievements.

Curious about the vocational possibilities for EMU alums? Visit our VACA careers page.

Art by Kurt Rosenberger and Emelene Reist

ART Major

48 semester hours

VaCA Core (12 credits)

ART 111 Foundations of Design (3)
PHOTO 112 Digital Photography (3)
DIGM 213 Graphic Design (3)
COMM 352 Visual Communication Theory (3)

Additional art major courses

ART 141 Drawing (3)
*ART 181 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 251 Painting (3)
ART 321 Survey of Western Art (3)
*ART 322 Survey of World Art (3)
*ART 391 Junior/Senior Art Seminar (3)
ART 443 Advanced Drawing (3)
*ART 453 Advanced Painting OR
*ART 473 Advanced Ceramics (3)
ART 492 Senior Studio Practicum (4)
COMM 434 Senior Thesis (2)

VaCA capstone

ART 482 Senior Studio Practicum (Advanced Studio) (4)
COMM 482 Senior Thesis (2)

Electives
Choose two courses from the following list:
*ART 261 Papermaking (3)
*ART 262 Printmaking: Relief and Screen (3)
ART 271 Ceramics (3)
*ART 323 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art (3)
ART 399 Art Internship (3)
PHOTO 241 Black and White Photography (3)

Minor in Art

The 18 SH minor provides a focused experience in art for students wishing to supplement primary study in another discipline.

(Art minors are strongly encouraged to take ART 111 and ART 141 as a beginning course sequence.)
ART 111 Foundations of Design (3)
ART 141 Drawing (3)
ART ___ Elective (3)
ART ___ Elective (3)

Choose one of the following courses:
ART 321 Survey of Western Art (3)
*ART 322 Survey of World Art (3)
*ART 323 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art (3)

Choose one of the following courses:
*ART 181 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 271 Ceramics (3)