The Department of Visual Arts provides an environment and curriculum devoted to promoting and nurturing creative and critical thinking skills, individual artistic expression, and spiritual growth within the framework of a Christian-based liberal arts program that balances tradition and innovation, and values diverse approaches to art making and design. Our vision is to provide a structured, creative environment that enables students to ask questions, solve problems, and take risks as they gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for meaningful and productive lives as artists, designers, and citizens of the world. The Department of Visual Arts is a collaborative teaching and learning environment that encourages students to develop meaningful interaction across the visual arts and other disciplines.
Education in art develops appreciation for the beautiful and harmonious in life. Courses in art are open to students wishing to develop critical and creative abilities and to students desiring professional art training.
Department of Visual Arts Core Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will gain functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing.
2. Students will present work that demonstrates perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a competent entry level in their chosen field(s).
3. Students will become familiar with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both in the Western and Non-Western worlds.
4. Students will exhibit their work and will experience and participate in critiques and discussions of their work and the work of others.