Art
 
   

Degrees/Courses

 
Degrees Courses  
 
Degrees
Students interested in any of the major or minor programs listed below are asked to consult with the Art Department chairperson. Art majors are advised to consult with Art faculty before registering each semester. For each course in any of the Art Department degree programs, a grade of C- or better is required.
 
Majors
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Art Major
Major requirements: Forty-five (45) semester hours, including AT130, AT131, AT 140, AT 141, AT 230 and five studio electives including two from among AT201, AT 212, AT 311, AT 321, and AT 341; 15 semester hours of art history courses which include AT150, AT 151, AT 350, AT 391, and an art history elective course. B.A. majors are required to earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in studio and 6 credit hours in art history at Aquinas, and to participate in the annual student exhibition during their senior year. Art Majors are required to submit a portfolio of work completed at Aquinas before mid-term of their last semester. See department chairperson for details of this portfolio.
Art majors interested in earning K-12 Visual Arts Education certification should consult with both the Art Department Chair and an advisor from the Aquinas College School of Education. State of Michigan certification requirements include twelve hours (four courses) in visual arts education, and stipulate that the studio electives noted in the preceding paragraph include three advanced courses in the same medium. Visual Arts Education candidates must take required School of Education courses. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained in order to continue taking education courses. A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all major, minor and education classes.
 
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Art History

Major requirements: Thirty-nine (39) semester hours, including AT150, AT 151, AT 350, AT 391, and twelve (12) elective credit hours in Art History, nine (9) semester hours in studio courses (from three different areas), and three (3) elective credit hours from film, studio, or art history. Art History Majors are required to submit a portfolio of work completed at Aquinas before mid-term of their last semester. See department chairperson for details of this portfolio.


It is recommended that the College’s Foreign Language requirement be fulfilled in either French or German. It is recommended that three (3) credit hours of an elective be fulfilled with three (3) credit hours of AT 398, with directed readings in “Historiography” during the junior or first half of the senior year. B.A. majors in Art History are required to earn a minimum of 18 credit hours in art history at Aquinas. Art History majors are asked to consult with Dr. Joseph Becherer for clarification of these requirements.

 
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Majors: Ceramics, Drawing, New Forms, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture
Major Requirements: Seventy-eight (78) hours as follows: 33 semester hours of foundation studio courses AT130, 131, 140, 141, 201, 202, 212, 230, 311, 321, 341; a primary studio concentration (12 semester hours) and a secondary studio concentration (9 semester hours) in ceramics, drawing, new forms, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture; and 6 hours of 104 Academic Programs art electives; 15 semester hours in art history courses including AT150, 151, 350, 391, and an art history elective; and 3 hours of AT400. B.F.A. majors are required to earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in studio and 9 semester hours in art history at Aquinas. At least nine studio art credits must be earned during the last two years before graduation. Entry into the B.F.A. program is via a portfolio review conducted near the end of each semester. To remain in the program, B.F.A. students are required to have their portfolio reviewed each semester. A final thesis exhibition is required of all B.F.A. students before graduation. This exhibition must be approved by the Art Department faculty and verified by the chairperson. B.F.A. Majors are required to submit a portfolio of work completed at Aquinas before mid-term of their last semester. See department chairperson for details of this portfolio.
 
Dual Major in Business and Art: Visual Arts Administration
Major requirements: Sixty-six (66) semester hours, including 36 hours in business administration and related courses; BS201, 202, 305, 311, 357, 460, AG210, 211, ES211, 212, MS151, CS152 and 30 hours in art; AT130 or 140; three studio courses selected from among AT212, 230, 311, 321, 331 and 341; AT150, 151, 350, 391; and a six-hour internship in Arts Management. The 18-hour residency requirement must include 9 credit hours in the Art Department. Students should consult with the Art Chairperson for clarification.
 
Minors
Art History Minor
An Art History Minor can be earned in combination with any major by taking a 21 semester hour sequence which must include AT150, 151, 350, 391 plus three elective Art History courses. To earn an art history minor, a minimum of twelve hours must be earned at Aquinas.
 
Studio Art Minor
A studio art minor may be earned in combination with any major by taking a 24-hour sequence including 18 hours of studio art (AT130, 140, and four studio electives) and six hours of art history (AT150 and 151). Students intending to earn a minor in studio art are required to complete, with the Art Department Chair, a minor agreement form. To earn a studio art minor, a minimum of twelve hours must be earned at Aquinas.
 
Exhibition Program
The Art and Music Center houses an excellent exhibition facility, through which the Art Department’s exhibition program provides art students and the College and civic communities the opportunity to experience, study, and enjoy artwork in a wide variety of media and conceptual concerns. Exhibition opportunities and requirements are part of each degree program.
 
Courses
Art History Courses

AT150, 151, 161, and 360 fulfill the Artistic and Creative Studies General Education distribution requirement. Art majors should follow recommended course sequences. Non-majors are welcome in any art history course.

 

AT350 and 391 fulfill the College's Writing Intensive requirement

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AT360 fulfills the College's Global Perspectives requirement.

 
AT150 Art Survey I (3) AC
Selected major monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture from the cave to early Italian Renaissance, arts of China, and Japan.
 
AT151 Art Survey II (3) AC
Major monuments of painting, sculpture, and architecture of western world from early Italian Renaissance through 19th century.
 
AT161 Art Appreciation (3) AC
A sampling of a wide range of Art with emphasis on understanding the elements, principles, and language of the visual arts, selected artists, their works, and their historical contexts. This course will not apply for credit in the studio art major.
 
AT260 19th Century Art (3)
An examination of the major artistic personalities and stylistic movements in European art from Neo-Classicism through Post-Impressionism. The independence and European influence on the art of the United States will also be introduced.
 
AT275 Renaissance Art and Society (3)
An investigation of the masters and monuments from 1250-1550. Emphasis is placed on Italy culminating in a study of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael and their legacy; however, Northern masters and styles will be introduced.
 
AT350 Van Gogh to Picasso (3) WI
Survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture of western world from Post-Impressionism through World War II.
 
AT360 Art: A Global Perspective (3) GP
 
AT380 Baroque Art (3)
A study of the artistic styles and cultural centers of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the development and legacy of leading masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Bernini and Caravaggio.
 
AT391 Contemporary Art (3) WI
An exploration of the primary currents in the visual arts from 1945 through the present. Leading figures and artistic currents in the United States and Europe are discussed as will the expanding role of art theory and criticism
 
AT398 Independent Readings in Art History (Variable)
Individually-negotiated program of readings on selected topics established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
Studio Courses
The following studio courses fulfill the Artistic and Creative Studies General Education requirement: AT111 and 130. All studio courses require a lab fee. Consult current course schedule.
 
AT111 Art for Non-Majors (3) AC
Introduction to visual thinking and process in art through a studio art experience. Specific media (ceramics, drawing, painting, print-making, photography, or sculpture) will vary from semester to semester.
 
AT130 Basic Drawing I (3) AC
Introductory course in drawing from life using traditional materials and subject matter including still life, landscape, and the human figure. A sequence of projects isolates technical and compositional problems.
 
AT131 Basic Drawing II (3)
Continuation of AT130. Emphasis on increased understanding and control of composition as well as basic elements of drawing. Exploration of additional drawing media and techniques. Individual creative solutions encouraged. Prerequisite: AT130.
 
AT140 2-D Design (3)
Principles of two-dimensional design as foundation for understanding and creating art. Problems in composition and in color theory. No prerequisite.
 
AT141 3-D Design (3)
Structural, spatial, and organizational problems carried out with basic 3D materials. No prerequisite.
 
AT201 Life Drawing (3)
Beginning course in drawing the human form using both clothed and nude models. Accurate observation and rendering will be emphasized along with compositional elements and recognition of a developing personal aesthetic. Prerequisite: AT131.
 
AT202 Advanced Drawing (3)
Continuation of AT201, Life Drawing; broadened technical and conceptual approaches introduced; strong encouragement in recognizing and developing individual direction. Prerequisite: AT131.
 
AT212 Photography I (3)
Exploration of photography as fine art. Includes: basic camera handling, black and white film development and printing, aesthetic discussion and critiques. All photography courses require an additional lab fee. Consult current course schedule. Equipment required: 35 mm camera.
 
AT213 Photography II (3)
Continuation of Photography I. Includes further development of camera techniques, darkroom skills, and manipulation of print. Digital photography an option for some projects. Postmodern issues in photography also covered. Individual directions are encouraged, written and verbal critiques included. All photography courses require an additional lab fee. Consult current course schedule. Prerequisite: AT212.
 
AT214–219 Photography III–VIII (3)
Advanced photography course emphasizing personal artistic growth. Frequent critiques. Exploration of advanced techniques. Digital photography an option for some projects. All photography courses require an additional lab fee. Consult current course schedule.
 
AT230–236 New Forms Studio I–VII (3)
Based in a post-modern art aesthetic, this course will allow students to make art using a concept-driven approach. Ideas will be developed via reading, journal writing, sketching, video, and photography. Final art works will use media appropriate to the idea.
 
AT/EH240 Artists and Writers in Collaboration (3)
A studio/writing workshop centered on collaborative production of art works and creative writing. Students are encouraged to register in collaborative pairs if possible. Prerequisites: for EH240, EH210; or AT240, one studio art class. For EH240 and AT240, junior or senior status or instructor permission.
 
AT 242-249 Digitally Based Art (3)
The Digitally Based Art class is designed to expose art students to various methods of using current image editing technology in the creation of art. Students will not only learn to use image editing software and equipment and how to incorporate new technology into their art practice, but will also learn about the place that technologically based art has in modern art history and in the current discourse. Prerequisite: AT 140
 
AT/WS 252 Ceramics in the Style of Twentieth Century Women Artists (3)

The study of contemporary women ceramic master artists through lecture, discussion and studio work using clay. Images, concepts, and styles of artists studied will be incorporated into student-made ceramic vessels. No prerequisite.

 
AT302–307 Advanced Drawing III–VIII (3)
Individual problems in drawing defined by the student, approved by instructor. Options include addressing a traditional or non-traditional, figurative or non-figurative direction. Frequent critiques. Scheduled in same time slot as AT201 and AT202. Prerequisite: AT202.
 
AT 310 Special Topics in Art (1–3)
Trial courses on variable subject matter in studio art or art history, outside of the focuses of regularly scheduled courses.
 
AT311 Painting I (3)
Beginning course in oil painting. Introduction to basic tools and techniques, with an emphasis on observation and composition. Prerequisites: AT130, 140 or instructor approval.
 
AT312 Painting II (3)
Continuation of Painting I with more advanced problems and techniques. Prerequisite: AT311 or instructor approval.
 
AT321 Sculpture I (3)
Traditional life-sized figurehead project modeled in clay and either kiln-fired or cast in plaster. Additional figurative sculptural problems.
 
AT322 Sculpture II (3)
On a rotating basis, opportunities to work in steel, stone, clay, plaster, bronze, and assemblage. The conceptual emphasis will be on 20th century approaches to sculpture. Individual sculptural directions will be encouraged.
 
AT331 Ceramics I (3)
Introduction to ceramics as a fine-art form. Hand building, wheel-throwing, and glazing techniques. Frequent critiques will build skills in evaluating art objects. No prerequisite.
 
AT332 Ceramics II (3)
Continuation of Ceramics I. Greater student involvement in wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing techniques. Individual directions encouraged. Frequent critiques. Prerequisite: AT 331.
 
AT341 Printmaking I (3)
Beginning course in etching, lithography, and relief printmaking. Introduction to materials, techniques and methods unique to these media. No prerequisite.
 
AT342 Printmaking II (3)
Continuation of Printmaking I. With more advanced problems and techniques, studio problems are designed to encourage individual direction and the development of a personal aesthetic. Prerequisite: AT341.
 
AT370 Foundations in Visual Arts Education (3)
Introduction to the philosophical, psychological and cultural foundations of visual arts education for visual arts educators and artists. Prerequisite: Four art courses and EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
AT372 Elementary Methods in Visual Arts Education (3)
Methodology used in the teaching of elementary school students, including the study of child development, applicable technologies and practical and cultural influences relevant to the discipline of visual arts education for young learners. Prerequisites: Four art courses and EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
AT374 Secondary Methods in Visual Arts Education (3)
Methodology used in the teaching of junior high and high school students, including the study of child development, applicable technologies and practical and cultural influences relevant to the discipline of visual arts education for preadolescent and adolescent learners. Prerequisites: Four art courses and EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
AT376 Studio Practicum in Visual Arts Education (3)
Methodology and practices used to design, implement and sustain a quality visual arts education program for elementary and secondary school students, including facilities, supplies, equipment, curriculum, budget, technology and communications. Prerequisites: Four art courses and EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
AT399 Independent Studio Project (Variable)
Individually-negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contract filed with Registrar. Chairperson approval.
 
AT400 Art Seminar(3)
Structured experiences centered on the profession of being an artist: slide documentation of artworks, portfolio and resume preparation, and discussions with art professionals. Substantial writing component.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.
 
AT412–417 Painting III–VIII (3)
Advanced courses in painting. Individual problems and directions designed to build strengths in color and composition while emphasizing personal artistic growth. Prerequisites: AT311 and AT312.
 
AT422–427 Advanced Sculpture III–VIII (3)
Continuation of individual directions begun in Sculpture I and II. Prerequisites: AT321, AT322.
 
AT432–437 Ceramics III–VII (3)
Continuation of AT332 with emphasis on individual solutions to problems in design, clay, and glaze composition, forming and firing techniques. Prerequisites: AT331, AT332.
 
AT442–447 Printmaking III–VIII (3)
Advanced course in print making. Individual problems and directions designed to foster growth within the print making media. Prerequisites: AT341, AT342.