Art & Art History Major
The major in art & art history offers a unique combination of specialization and flexibility. With concentrations in art
history and studio
art, students are immersed in a curriculum of creativity, critical
thinking, and professional development.
The program begins with a core sequence of four courses (see Degree Requirements
below) in which students develop foundational skills and
knowledge in studio art and art history, including the following learning outcomes:
- Proficiency in two- and three-dimensional media
- Knowledge of major periods of artistic development and
corresponding stylistic movements
Once in their chosen concentration sequence, students develop into critical and creative thinkers, and adding these general learning outcomes:
- Understanding and use of specialized studio art and art history terminology
- Formulation of clear and focused oral and written arguments
- Ability to locate, analyze, and apply appropriate research sources
Specific learning outcomes for each concentration include:
- Art History: Produce a research project of substantial depth and
- Studio Art: Develop an increasingly sophisticated engagement with a single art medium, and produce and exhibit a focused body of creative work
At the conclusion of the professional sequence of the program, students are required to present:
- A refined portfolio of creative and/or scholarly work
- An understanding of key aspects of career and/or graduate school opportunities
The degree in art & art history requires a minimum completion of
39-credits (13 courses), though most students take additional
courses to expand the educational experience. Many students pursue a
second major or minor in another academic discipline, which further
broadens their skills and career potential. Because of the relatively
small size of the major—completed in as little as two years—it is ideal
for transfer students or students in another field who wish to add art
& art history as a second major.
The program is further enhanced by LVC's General Education
Program, which is grounded in a traditional liberal arts
curriculum to ensure that all graduates of the College are broadly
educated and prepared "to live and work in a changing, diverse, and
fragile world" (LVC Mission Statement). Students can also utilize Study Abroad
toward the art & art history major, as many of the courses offered
by LVC's partner institutions are in art history and studio art.
Seven additional ART courses.
Students must choose one of the concentrations below in addition to the core.