The Department of Fine and Performing Arts supports a variety of approaches to the creation and examination of both the visual and performing arts. Through creative endeavor we challenge our students to celebrate, explore and express the human condition, pushing through conventional boundaries while forming meaningful connections with both local and global communities. We affirm the arts as an integral part of our culture and a critical component of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.
The departments offers a variety of majors in the discipline of arts administration, music, theatre, and visual arts. Students are encouraged to explore connections that embrace the diversity of the liberal arts.
Programs in art and art history offer:
Introductory courses designed to develop appreciation and increased understanding of the fine arts and their contribution to the cultural life of society.
Advanced courses leading to and academic major or minor in art history, design arts or fine arts.
Special programs formulated to prepare the student for graduate study or a professional career.
Support courses leading to a professional degree in architecture and state certification in art education.
Prior to selecting the Graphic and Digital Design major, students should consult with their advisor and the chair of Art and Art History. All students who decide to major in Art History, Graphic and Digital Design, or Fine Arts should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.
This major is appropriate for students who:
Wish to pursue a career in graphic design, web development, commercial photography, art direction and multimedia artists; or
Plan to seek admittance into a graduate program in fine arts, in which additional Advanced Studio coursework and a second major in Art History or Fine Arts is highly recommended.
The Graphic Design and Design Arts major is only available through the Springfield campus.
Please note that ARTZ 111 is offered in the fall semester only. ARTZ 496 Apex Studio is to be taken in the spring semester of the year the student graduates. To enroll in ARTZ 496, students are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form.