Studio Art

Bachelor of fine arts (BFA) - ART

The Art department at Wesleyan College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a major in Art. This degree incorporates the liberal arts general education curriculum, which it requires of the Bachelor of Arts (AB) programs. The BFA requires highly intensive and focused coursework in the arts to prepare students for professional careers in visual arts fields and further study. The BFA especially prepares students for entrance into Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate programs. Students will cultivate a disciplined methodology for studio art production and develop the skill and confidence to speak, write, and professionally present her work in a gallery or public setting. The BFA student will focus on one or two areas of study to refine her skills and develop a cohesive, professional, and original portfolio.

The Student Learning Outcomes for the BFA major in Art are:

I. To develop a focused knowledge of the elements and principles of visual art and design as well as  movements and artists in art history to contextualize their personal work.
II. To achieve highly developed skills, techniques and knowledge in one area of concentration in studio art as evident though a cohesive portfolio.
III. To gain a broad knowledge of the processes of art in various media while learning to analyze and critique the art of others as well as their own artwork
IV. To demonstrate professional preparedness for a career in art.
 

Wesleyan College BFA Art Requirements

1. Students may declare the BFA Art major at anytime but must take required preliminary coursework and apply for acceptance by March 1st. Students may apply a second time by October 1 in the following fall semester if the first attempt is unsuccessful.

2. The student must complete 120 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in the major.

3. BFA students will participate in a department critique at during their junior year.

4. Each senior student is required to have an exhibition at the end of her coursework along with an illustrated catalogue and artist’s statement.

5. BFA students are required to attend lectures, exhibition openings, and workshops provided by the art department as an essential part of their educational experience and coursework in studio art.

6. Students are encouraged to become involved in art related internships and collaborations on campus.

Major Course Requirements: A BFA in Art requires a total of 72 hours of coursework from the following:

I. Core Foundations (18 hours)
ART 101 Drawing: 3 hours
ART 106 Understanding Images: 3 hours
ART 110 Creativity: Art/Design from Nature: 3 hours
ART 108 3-D Design: 3 hours
ART 201 Figure Drawing: 3 hours
ARH 126 Critical Eye: 3 hours

II. Fundamental Studio Processes (18 hours)
ART 221 Painting: 3 hours
ART 225 Graphic Design: 3 hours
ART 250 Traditional & Digital Printmaking: 3 hours
ART 231 Ceramics: 3 hours
ART 241 Sculpture: 3 hours
ART 275 Digital Photography or ART 280 Alternative Processes: 3 hours

III. Art Historical Context: (9 hours: 3 of the 9 hours must be at the 300 level)
ARH 216 Art of the Spirit: 3 hours
ARH 230 Masterpiece: 3 hours
ARH 235 Outside the Mainstream: 3 hours
ARH 325 Greek & Roman Art: 3 hours
ARH 326 Art of the Middle Ages: 3 hours
ARH 327 Renaissance Art: 3 hours
ARH 354 Women’s Issues in Contemporary Art: 3 hours
ARH 396 Special Topics: 3 hours

IV. Intermediate Study: (12 hours)
BFA students may take a 300 level course for 3 or 6 hours at a time. If the student wishes to take 6 hours of the same course in the same semester she must obtain advisor approval.

ART 300 Intermediate Drawing: 3 or 6 hours
ART 318 Intermediate 3D Studio: 3 or 6 hours
ART 338 Intermediate Printmaking: 3 or 6 hours
ART 340 Intermediate Graphic Design: 3 or 6 hours
ART 345 Web Design: 3 or 6 hours
ART 350 Intermediate Painting: 3 or 6 hours
ART 360 Documentary Photography: 3 or 6 hours
ART 385 Studio Photo: Portrait & Product 3 or 6 hours
ART 396 Special Topics: 3 or 6 hours

V. Advanced Study: (12 hours)
Area of Emphasis: BFA Students must complete 6 hours in one of the following Portfolio Building areas of emphasis, with the option to complete this requirement in one or two semesters. If the student wishes to take 6 hours of the same course in the same semester she must obtain advisor approval.

ART 400 Portfolio Building: Drawing 3 or 6 hours
ART 418 Portfolio Building: 3D 3 or 6 hours
ART 438 Portfolio Building: Printmaking 3 or 6 hours
ART 440 Portfolio Building: Graphic Design 3 or 6 hours
ART 450 Portfolio Building: Painting 3 or 6 hours
ART 460 Portfolio Building: Photography 3 or 6 hours
 

Electives: Complete 6 hours of studio electives by choosing one or two areas from the following 400 level courses, BFA students have the option to complete this requirement in one or two semesters. If the student wishes to take 6 hours of the same course in the same semester she must obtain advisor approval. Electives must exclude your Area of Emphasis.

ART 400 Portfolio Building: Drawing 3 or 6 hours
ART 418 Portfolio Building: 3D 3 or 6 hours
ART 438 Portfolio Building: Printmaking 3 or 6 hours
ART 440 Portfolio Building: Graphic Design 3 or 6 hours
ART 450 Portfolio Building: Painting 3 or 6 hours
ART 451 Directed Independent Study 1-3 hours
ART 452 Field Study 1-3 hours
ART 460 Portfolio Building: Photography 3 or 6 hours

VI. Senior Capstone (3 hours)
ART 408 Senior Studio Seminar 3 hours

Students will follow the outlined curriculum. A recommended sequence of courses for the student majoring in studio art is shown below:

First Year: ART 101; ART 106; ART 110; ART 108; ARH 126

Second Year: ART 201; ART 221; ART 231; ART 275 or 280; ART 230; ARH 216, ARH 230, or ARH 235

Third Year: ARH 354, 325, 326, or 327; Six to Nine hours from ART 300 level

Fourth Year: ART 408; Three to Six hours from ART 300 level; Twelve hours from ART 400 level


bachelor of arts (AB) - Studio Art

The student who studies art should expect to experience new forms of visual expression and creative thought. The art program offers a solid foundation in studio techniques and concept development. Personal artistic and intellectual growth is encouraged. The student is provided with skills for a professional career as an artist, photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer. Students may design an arts management program by double majoring in art and business. This course of study prepares the student for a position as a museum or gallery administrator, or art consultant. Art students interested in advertising may double major in studio art and advertising and marketing communication.

Major Program: Studio Art. The College offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in studio art. In the studio art major, students can concentrate in one of the following areas: painting, drawing, ceramics, computer graphics, photography, sculpture or printmaking.

The student learning outcomes for the major in Studio Art are for the student:

I. to achieve a working knowledge of visual elements and principles;
II. to learn how to analyze works of art;
III. to gain an understanding of the processes of art in various media;
IV. to develop personal expression in one or more art medium; and
V. to acquire a basic knowledge of movements in art history.
 
Major Requirements: Studio Art. A major in studio art requires a total of 48 hours of course work from the following:
 
I. Core Foundations (15 hours)
ART 101 Drawing 3 hours
ART 106 Understanding Images 3 hours
or ART 110 Creativity: Art/Design from Nature 3 hours
ART 108 3-D Design 3 hours
ART 201 Figure Drawing 3 hours
ARH 126 The Critical Eye 3 hours
 
II. Fundamental Studio Processes (12 hours):
ART 221 Painting 3 hours
ART 225 Graphic Design or ART 250 Traditional & Digital Printmaking 3 hours
ART 231 Ceramics or ART 241 Sculpture 3 hours
ART 275 Digital Photography or ART 280 Photography: Alternative Processes 3 hours
 
III. Art Historical Context: (6 hours)
Choose one course from:
ARH 216 Art of the Spirit 3 hours
ARH 230 Masterpiece 3 hours
ARH 235 Outside the Mainstream 3 hours
 
Choose one course from:
ARH 325 Greek & Roman Art 3 hours
ARH 326 Art of the Middle Ages 3 hours
ARH 327 Renaissance Art 3 hours
ARH 354 Women's Issues in Contemporary Art 3 hours
 
IV. Advanced Study (12 hours: 3 of the 12 hours must be at the 400 level)
ART 300 Intermediate Drawing 3 hours
ART 318 Intermediate 3D Studio 3 hours
ART 338 Intermediate Printmaking 3 hours
ART 340 Intermediate Graphic Design 3 hours

ART 345 Web Design 3 hours
ART 350 Intermediate Painting 3 hours
ART 360 Documentary Photography 3 hours
ART 385 Studio Photo: Portrait & Product 3 hours
ART 400 Portfolio Building: Drawing 3 hours
ART 418 Portfolio Building: 3D 3 hours
ART 438 Portfolio Building: Printmaking 3 hours
ART 440 Portfolio Building: Graphic Design 3 hours
ART 450 Portfolio Building: Painting 3 hours
ART 460 Portfolio Building: Photography 3 hours

V. Senior Capstone / Integrative Experience / Professional Development (3 hours)
ART 408 Senior Studio Seminar 3 hours
 
In addition:
1. In the spring semester of her sophomore year, each student is required to exhibit her works in the sophomore review.
 
2. Each senior student is required to have an exhibition of her work.
 
3. Students are required to attend lectures, exhibition openings, and workshops provided by the art department as an essential part of the educational experience.
 
4. Students are encouraged to become involved in internships.

Students will follow the outlined curriculum. Substitutions may not be made for required courses.

A recommended sequence of courses for the student majoring in studio art is shown below:

First Year: ART 101; ART 106 or 110; ART 108; ARH 126.
 
Second Year: ART 201; ART 221; 225 or 250; 231 or 241; 275 or 280.
 
Third Year: ARH 354; Six hours from ART 300, 318, 338, 340, 345, 350, 360, 385, 400, 418, 438, 440, 450, 460.
 
Fourth Year: ART 408; Six hours from ART 300, 318, 338, 340, 345, 350, 360, 400, 418, 438, 440, 450, 460.
 
Second, Third or Fourth Year: One art history elective from ARH 325, 326, or 327.
 
Integrative Experience. The integrative experience is achieved in the studio art major through ART 408 Senior Studio Seminar. In this course each student develops a written, extended artist's statement which exemplifies the exploration of connections between her art making in her discipline with both her general education and with the world outside the classroom. The statement is included in her exhibition catalogue and orally presented during her artist's lecture.
 
Professional Development. Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete a PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and submit a PDE 401 Professional ePortfolio prior to graduation.


In choosing a studio art major a student has demonstrated the desire to develop a career as a working artist. The Professional Development requirement is met in the ART 408 Senior Studio Seminar by creating and exhibiting a professional body of work, producing an accompanying exhibition catalogue and presenting a lecture on the subject of her art. Professional aspects of this career include: developing a disciplined methodology for studio art production, developing the skill and confidence to speak and write about her art making, and learning to professionally present her work in a gallery setting.

Minor Requirements: Studio Art. The goals of the studio art minor are:

  1. to achieve a working knowledge of visual elements and principles;
  2. to learn how to analyze works of art;
  3. to gain an understanding of the processes of art;
  4. to develop personal expression in at least one art medium; and,
  5. to acquire a basic knowledge of movements of art history.

A minor in studio art requires 18 hours of course work from the following:

1. ART 101;
 
2. ART 106 or ART 110 or ART 108;
 
3. Two courses from ART 201, 221, 225, 231, 241, 250, 275 or 280;
 
4. One course from ART 300, 318, 338, 340, 345, 350, 360, 385, 400, 418, 438, 440, 450, 460; and
 
5. One course from the following art history electives: ARH 126, 216, 230, 235, 325, 326, 327, 354, 396.
 
Minor Requirements: Photography. The goals of the minor in Photography are:
  1. to achieve a working knowledge of digital, and nontraditional photographic processes;
  2. to learn how to analyze photographic imagery;
  3. to acquire an understanding of the power of the photographic image in fine art, commercial art, and popular culture.

A minor in Photography requires 18 hours of course work from the following:

1. ART 275 or 280, ART 360, and ART 385;
 
2. Three courses from ART 225, ART 250, ARH 354, ART 460, COM 242, and COM 325.
 
Auditing Studio Art Classes. A student wishing to audit a studio art class may register for the class only at the end of the drop/add period and with the written permission of the instructor teaching the course. Consult the tuition and fees section of the Catalogue for costs.
 
Independent Study in Art. Students must consult with an art faculty member prior to registering for an Independent Study. The goals and objectives of the Independent Study project must be outlined. The Independent Study may not substitute for regular art classes. ARH and ART 451 may be taken only when substantial course work at the 100, 200, and 300 level has been completed.
 
Postgraduate Opportunities. The program offers a sound foundation for a wide variety of careers in the fine and commercial arts and for further scholarly pursuits. Recent graduates are working as professional artists, gallery directors, art teachers, newspaper photographers, and computer graphics specialists.
 
Resources for Non-Majors. All Wesleyan students are welcome to take any of the Art Department's course offerings with the exception of ARH 405 and ART 408 which are the senior seminar courses for majors.


The Wesleyan College Art Club is open to all students and encourages everyone with an interest in the field to participate. The Art Club sponsors the Annual Wesleyan College Student Art Exhibition. This exhibition is open to all students with numerous awards presented in a variety of categories.

Art exhibitions are presented regularly on the Wesleyan campus. The Cowles Myles Collier East Gallery of Porter Auditorium features exhibits by national, regional, and local artists. The West Gallery of Porter Auditorium showcases the College's permanent collection. Additional exhibits and student work can be seen in the gallery of the Valeria McCullough Murphey Art Building.

Art (ART) Gen. Ed. Course Descriptions

101: Drawing.
Goal: To develop competence and confidence in the ability to draw. To organize perceptions in a logical and analytical manner. To explore a variety of media and paper surfaces.
Content: The elements, materials, and aesthetics of drawing.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
106: Understanding Images.
Goal: An introduction to two-dimensional design used to provide a formal structure for the study of visual images. Students will learn the use of visual elements (line, shape form, texture, value, color, pattern) and principles (composition, unity, variety, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, motion, etc.) In an analytical study of images from art and culture.
Content: Works of art will be formally analyzed. Visual meaning in images will be evaluated by studying the artist's intentions and stylistic execution.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
108: 3-D Design.
Goal: An introduction to the techniques and concepts of three-dimensional design used in the making of sculpture. Students will learn to analyze works of art - their own and those of contemporary artists - using design principles. Students will learn to utilize some of the art methods discussed in class in making their own work. By moving freely from the classroom to the studio, students will gain an understanding of the rich correlations between developing ideas and content and making art works.
Content: Contemporary sculptures will be discussed and analyzed. Students will make artworks of their own, and then discuss how effective their studio projects are in terms of the assignment and the design principles. Students will also analyze objects and artworks in written form.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
110: Creativity: Art/Design from Nature.
Goal: We will consider creativity: what it is, how it happens, and  why it is essential to the advancement of our world. To do this, we will study the creative  process of known innovators, and practice the development of original ideas. We will consider  biomimicry, and use our Arboretum as a resource, where students will explore image and design development through a study of objects and conditions found in nature. Drawing, photography, and journal entries will provide opportunities to record, analyze, express, transform and  innovate. We will attempt to better understand how original ideas result from the information input of our senses (particularly vision), the processing in our brain, and the output through our mind and hands.
Content: Assignments will focus on explorations through three progressive approaches: 1. Naturalistic and scientific rendering and photography, 2. Expressive and metaphorical realism  through drawing and a study of photographic works, and 3. The creation of new shape and form  through abstraction, stylization, and photographic manipulation. Students will practice creativity  through the development of individual portfolios of art and writing, and through collaborative idea development.
Taught: Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
225: Graphic Design.
Goal: To understand the methods of commercial art through the use of the computer. To work through the design stages, working with type, layout, photographic art and drawn images. To understand the persuasive and informative nature of design.
Content: Projects in the field of graphic design. Use of computer drawing, painting, image manipulation and page-layout programs.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
231: Ceramics.
Goal: to introduce students to various methods of construction with clay. To develop safe and proper studio practices. To explore the aesthetic and functional aspects of the medium. To explore textural and color possibilities of surface.
Content: understanding clay as an art medium. Technical instruction in hand building, throwing, and glaze experimentation with various clay bodies and firing processes.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
241: Sculpture.
Goal: To learn various approaches to making sculpture. To explore the techniques and materials of sculpture and to develop creatively.
Content: Instruction in plaster, clay, stone carving, wood-working, steel welding, and assembling found materials. Review of the sculptural works of numerous twentieth-century artists.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
250: Traditional and Digital Printmaking.
Goal: To explore a variety of traditional, digital, and photographic printmaking processes and to learn to combine them together in the execution of creative imagery. To understand the differences between commercial reproductions and fine art original prints. To develop a basic control of printing processes and employ the computer as a tool for creative visual expression in the development of fine art multiples.
Content: an introduction to traditional printmaking processes and digital image creation/manipulation methods, digital printing, and digital/photographic printmaking techniques.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
275: Digital Photography.
Goal: To develop visual communication skills through the study of the history of photography and the use of the digital camera. To understand the artistic and journalistic uses of photography, to understand how the camera relates to and differs from the human eye, to learn the basic operations of the digital camera and enlarger, and to control contrast and composition in a photograph.
Content: Introduction to digital photography with special emphasis on photography as fine art, documentary, and journalistic photography using the digital camera.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking & Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 

Art (ART) Other Course Descriptions

201. Figure Drawing.
Goal: To give the student a complete understanding of the human form, in terms of drawing accuracy, structure, and form.
Content: Basic experiences in drawing the figure, beginning with the understanding of gesture and progressing through the development of the human form in space.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 101.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
221: Painting.
Goal: To introduce the painting process and the concepts of value, color, and paint surface. To incorporate all aspects of visual thought and technique in producing compositions. To express oneself in terms of paint and color.
Content: An introduction to the materials and techniques of painting; the application of contemporary thought and personal experiences to the process of painting. Students work on exercises and finished works in oil paint and oil pastel.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
280: Photography: Alternative Processes.
Goal:
An introduction to the use of film cameras and alternative processes in black and white photography. This course will expand the visual vocabulary by means of exploring diverse techniques in the production of photographic images. Content: This is a studio course with an introduction to the manipulation of materials and techniques of diverse photographic methods. The emphasis is on experimentation and the development of an expressive portfolio of original images.
Taught: Fall.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
291: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide an opportunity for intermediate-level independent study.
Content: Independent work of interest to the student and approved by the instructor and program director.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.
 
300: Intermediate Drawing.
Goal: To allow students to further develop their skills in drawing with a concentration on the use of color and a variety of media.
Content: Students will be introduced to techniques and media beyond those of introductory drawing with an emphasis on experimentation.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisites: ART 101.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
318: Intermediate 3-D Studio.
Goal: To allow for personal growth in one of the three dimensional media. To develop expressive content and to improve technical ability within a particular medium.
Content: The student will work in the studio in the medium of her choice, with the guidance of the instructor. The student will work with the instructor to develop goals for achievement and meet individually once a week to discuss ideas, development and progress. Monthly group critiques will be held to assess improvement and to suggest new directions. This course may be repeated once for a total of six hours.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisites: ART 108, and ART 231 or 241.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
338: Intermediate Printmaking.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in traditional and digital printmaking processes. To develop and effectively communicate through visually expressive content, critically analyze fine art print, and improve technical ability.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement focusing on experimentation with a variety of printmaking processes. Individual and group critiques will be held to assess the progress of student projects and to analyze concepts and strategies.
Prerequisites: ART 250: Traditional and Digital Printmaking.
Taught: Annually.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
340: Intermediate Graphic Design.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in computer graphic design, layout, typography, and image creation and manipulation. To develop, and effectively communicate through visually expressive content, critically analyze design, and improve technical ability.
Content: Working through the design process, students will use drawing, image manipulation, and page layout programs in the execution of creative projects in the field of graphic design. Group and individual critiques will be held to assess the progress of student projects and to analyze concepts and strategies.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisites: ART 225: Graphic Design.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 

345: Web Design.
Goal:
 To understand how to apply design theory and the design process to the development of web pages. Students will further develop their ability to effectively communicate through visually expressive content, critically analyze design, and build technical skill.
Content: This course explores creating art and design for the web through coding (HTML and CSS), typography, layout, usability, problem solving, and the use of graphics software to develop/optimize graphics for the web. Students will learn how to apply basic design theory to web pages, analyze web design for usability and accessibility. Group and individual critiques will be held to assess the progress of student projects and to analyze design concepts and strategies.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: ART 225.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)

350: Intermediate Painting.
Goal:
To allow for personal growth and advanced work in painting. To develop expressive content and to improve technical ability.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement. The student will focus on experimentation with various media. The student will work under the guidance of the instructor and meet regularly to assess progress, concepts and strategies. Group critiques will be held.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 101.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)

360: Documentary Photography.
Goal: To expose students to the history of important documentary photographic works that have altered society. Each student will develop a body of photographs that documents a selected subject. Students will expand their technical facility with photographic processes.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement. The student will meet regularly with the instructor and will participate in group critiques and lectures.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 275.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
361: Elementary Arts: Curricula and Methods.
Goal: To familiarize students with the process of creative development in elementary school children. To introduce students to various philosophies in support of the inclusion of the visual arts in the general curricula. To present art production methods and materials appropriate to specific age groups of school children.
Content: The study of art education philosophies, rationales, goals, media, methods and materials appropriate in the grades K-5.
Taught: Annually.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
385: Studio Photo: Portrait & Product.
Goal: Students will learn the skills required for professional portrait and product photography.
Content: This course offers the experience of photographing in an interior studio setting. The students will expand their knowledge of the use of the digital camera, studio lighting, subject positioning, and product placement.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 275.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
396: Special Topics in Art
Goal: To offer the student opportunities to pursue fields of study outside traditionally offered courses.
Content: An in-depth examination of a special area of art. Topics offered vary from time to time.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.
 
400: Portfolio Building: Drawing.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in drawing. To develop expressive content and to improve technical ability.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement. The student will focus on content development through one medium. The student will work under the guidance of the instructor and meet regularly to assess progress, concepts, and strategies. Group critiques will be held.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 101, 300.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
408: Senior Studio Seminar.
Goal: to enable the student to complete her A.B. degree senior art exhibition and to develop the skill and knowledge of discussing and analyzing works of art through the writing component.
Content: Seminar for the A.B. degree candidate in the studio arts. Emphasis will be on the development of the student's senior art exhibition with a writing component.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: Senior standing. Candidate for A.B. degree.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
418: Portfolio Building: 3-D.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in a three dimensional medium. To develop expressive content and to improve technical ability with a particular medium.
Content: The student will work in the studio with the medium of her choice, with the guidance of the instructor. The student will work with the instructor to develop goals for achievement and meet individually once a week to discuss ideas, development and progress. Monthly group critiques will be held to assess improvement and to suggest new directions.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 318.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
438: Portfolio Building: Printmaking.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in traditional and digital printmaking processes. To develop and effectively communicate through visually expressive content, critically analyze fine art print, and improve technical ability.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement focusing on experimentation with a variety of printmaking processes. Individual and group critiques will be held to assess the progress of student projects and to analyze concepts and strategies.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 338: Intermediate Printmaking.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
440: Portfolio Building: Graphic Design.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in computer graphic design, layout, typography, and image creation and manipulation. To develop, and effectively communicate through, visually expressive content, critically analyze design, and improve technical ability.
Content: Working through the design process, students will use drawing, image manipulation, and page layout programs in the execution of creative projects in the field of graphic design. Group and individual critiques will be held to assess the progress of student projects and to analyze concepts and strategies.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 340: Intermediate Graphic Design.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
450: Portfolio Building: Painting.
Goal: To allow for personal growth and advanced work in painting. To develop expressive content and to improve technical ability.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement. The student will focus on content development through one medium. The student will work under the guidance of the instructor and meet regularly to assess progress, concepts and strategies. Group critiques will be held.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 350.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 
451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To allow the student to explore a field of study not covered in the regular course structure. To allow a concentrated course of study for the serious and independent student.
Content: Independent work in any of the specialized art history or studio art areas.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.
 
452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To offer the student the opportunity to explore real-life training with local businesses.
Content: Student-initiated field studies in any of the specialized art history or art areas.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty sponsor and art faculty.
Credit: 1-12 hours.
 
460: Portfolio Building: Photography.
Goal: To expose students to the history of important photographic works. Each student will develop a professional photographic portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on content development. Students are encouraged to investigate the impact of contemporary aesthetic and social theory including postmodernism and politics of representation.
Content: The student will work with the instructor to develop personal goals for achievement. The student will meet regularly with the instructor and will participate in group critiques and lectures.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: ART 360 or ART 385.
Credit: 3 hours. (BFA 3 or 6 hours)
 

499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required)

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NCAA Division III Athletics

NCAA Division III Athletics

Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.

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