Art at Aquinas College
We are dedicated to the preparation of students for the roles of artists, art historians, visual arts and administrators, and we build in non-art majors an appreciation for the value of creative problem solving and the rich interchange of images and ideas that happen between art and other areas of life.
Student Learning Outcomes for BA Studio Art Majors:
- Studio art majors will gain an adequate knowledge of the history of art, ancient to the present.
- Art Education certification candidates will gain specific knowledge of contemporary issues in art, including non-traditional studio methods and the history of post-modern art.
- Studio art majors will gain knowledge and skill in the theory and practice of formal design.
- Studio art majors will gain an ability to draw.
- Studio art majors will become technically competent, including safe usage of tools and materials associated with the traditional media of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
- Studio art majors will gain knowledge and experience in proper exhibition presentation, including the matting and framing of artworks and exhibition installation.
Student Learning Outcomes for BFA Studio Art Majors:
- B.F.A. students will gain a particular knowledge of and ability with the human form.
- B.F.A. majors will gain knowledge of their personal artistic antecedents.
- B.F.A. majors will learn to present their art and ideas professionally, including mounting of their B.F.A. thesis exhibit, digital portfolio preparation, resume writing, and discussion of the ideas, images, and processes in their own art.
- B.F.A. majors will gain adequate knowledge regarding contemporary art issues.
Student Learning Outcomes for Art History Majors:
- Art history majors will gain knowledge of the history of art, ancient through contemporary.
- Art history majors will gain knowledge of formal design theory, and of critical evaluation of art objects based on formal design theory.
- Art history majors will gain an understanding of the artistic and cultural context in which a given art object is created.
- Art history majors will gain an ability to do scholarly writing and research.
- Art History majors will gain a familiarity with museums, galleries, and exhibition centers.