The study of art as a major is divided into the art core and the area of emphasis. The art core is taken in the freshman and sophomore years and includes History of Art and Architecture I and II, Basic Drawing I and II, Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Design, and Human Figure. In the sophomore year, preferably the Fall semester, the art student usually participates in the University of Dallas Rome Program.
The area of emphasis is designed to guide the student, either in the studio or art historical study, toward the full realization of his or her personal integrity and intellectual potential. The student may pursue the following areas: art history, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The student may also pursue the secondary, or all-level certificate in the teaching of art.
By the junior year, the art student emphasizing studio work is intensely involved in a major studio and elective studio work while also taking one course each semester in the history of art of twentieth-century and contemporary art. A critique of the student's work by the art faculty takes place in the second semester of the junior year. In the senior year, the studio major prepares for the senior exhibition and comprehensive examination through Senior Studio and Seminar. Reviews and critiques are a regular part of the year.
The pattern for the art student emphasizing art history is much the same through the sophomore year. The Rome Program is especially significant, for the student is able to experience works of art in their original context and to study the impact of the classical tradition on Western art. In the junior and senior years, the student takes a wide range of upper-level art history courses which integrate a knowledge of visual culture and architecture into a liberal arts education and life. These courses, along with Senior Research and Senior Thesis, introduce the student to critical analysis and research methods, thus preparing the student for the comprehensive examination and the final research paper presentation.
Whatever the area involved, the department seeks to give the art major basic principles, not merely standard solutions, so that he or she has the training, judgment, and flexibility to go on to successful graduate or professional work in art, art history, or other areas.
A total of 45 credits: two semesters of participation in senior seminar (one credit
semester); 12 in art history (6 advanced); 31 in studio courses including 15 credits (12
advanced) in one studio area (beginning studio, two intermediate studios, and two senior
studios), the core studio requirements of Drawing I and II, Human Figure, Two and
Three-Dimensional Design, and six credits of electives in studio experiences outside
the area of emphasis. Satisfactory completion of the senior exhibition and comprehensive
examination is required. It is recommended that art majors take Aesthetics
as an elective and seek appropriate electives in other departments.
In the second semester of the junior year the work of the student is reviewed by
the entire art faculty. A second review follows in the first senior semester and a
final review in the last semester prior to the presentation of the senior exhibition.
A small solo-exhibition on campus, it must contain work done during the senior
year predominantly in the Senior Studio course. The exhibition is selected, designed
and constructed by the student. It is judged by the entire art faculty in an
oral examination as part of the comprehensive. In the senior year art majors also
must pass an examination on the history of art.
The art history area of the art major requires 24 credits in art history, 18 of
which are advanced hours; two one-credit senior seminars; two credits in Gallery
Practicum; ten credits in studio (drawing, design, and figure); and six credits in
advanced art electives. A 35-page research paper, oral examination, public lecture,
and the art history examination required of all art majors constitute the comprehensive
examination. French or German is the recommended language. Electives
such as Aesthetics and Historical Methodology are also recommended. Internships
in area museums or galleries may be taken for additional credit.
Along with the art major, a student may qualify to teach in grades 6-12 or work towards an all-level certification. Other students may wish to use the art major, or the appropriate number and kinds of art credits, to prepare to teach in grades 1-8 or 8-12. All combinations may require summer study in order to complete the program in four years. Because of the need for careful sequencing of both art and education courses, the student should consult both departments.
|Fall Classes||Hours||Spring Classes||Hours|
|Art 1311, Hist. of Art & Arch. I||3||Art 1312, Hist. of Art & Arch. II||3|
|Art 1203, Basic Drawing I||2||Art 1204, Basic Drawing II||2|
|Art 2219, 2-D Design||2||Art 2220, 3-D Design||2|
|English 1301||3||English 1302||3|
|History 1311||3||Philosophy 1301||3|
|Language 2311||3||Language 2312||3|
|Total Credits||16||Total Credits||16|
|Fall Classes (Rome)||Hours||Spring Classes||Hours|
|English 2311||3||English 2312||3|
|History 2301||3||History 2302||3|
|Philosophy 2323||3||Art 2213, Human Figure||2|
|Theology 2311||3||Art 2311 Beginning Studio/Art History||3|
|Art 2311, Art and Arch. of Rome||3||Theology 1310||3|
|Total Credits||15||Total Credits||14|