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Fine art majors at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design are urged to develop self-motivation and independent thinking through focused courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital media and printmaking. Our fine arts curriculum has been developed to better prepare our fine art graduates for the traditional career of an exhibiting artist, to further their education at the graduate level or to pursue employment in related applied art fields. Students further expand their knowledge and experience as an arts professional through a required internship upon successful completion of the junior portfolio review. Practical information about the business of art is taught in the professional practices courses, which are designed to help the student/artist function and thrive as an independent professional artist.

Fine Art department faculty members are all working artists who exhibit nationally, serve as professional art judges, publish illustrations, and design products. They will inspire you to develop an individual creative vision through small classes and individualized instruction.

 

 

Fine Art Curriculum
 


 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
FA 281 Drawing from Observation: Form and Space I     3.0 CR
FA 283 Painting from Observation: Color, Form, and Space I     3.0 CR
FA 313 Digital Media: Image     1.5 CR
FA 385 Observational Sculpture     3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

Spring Semester
FA 282 Drawing from Observation: Form and Space II     3.0 CR
FA 284 Painting from Observation: Color, Form, and Space II     3.0 CR
FA 286 Relief Printmaking     3.0 CR
FA 314 Digital Mixed Media: Time, Motion, and Sequence     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR
 

Total Credits: 33.0 CR


 

Junior Year

Fall Semester

FA 381 Drawing the Perceived Image: Observation and Invention     3.0 CR
FA 383 Painting: Observation, Memory, and Synthesis     3.0 CR
Fine Art Core Elective     3.0 CR
General Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR


Spring Semester
FA 318 Directions in Contemporary Art     1.5 CR
FA 320 Media, Form, and Concept     3.0 CR
FA 382 Drawing: Theme and Variation     3.0 CR
FA 384 Painting: Theme and Variation     3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR


Total Credits: 30.0 CR
Summer Internship (required, non-credit)


 

Senior Year

Fall Semester

FA 409 Professional Practices I     1.5 CR
FA 411 Senior Studio I     3.0 CR
FA 421 Drawing Portfolio     1.5 CR
Fine Art Core Elective     3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

Spring Semester
FA 410 Professional Practices II     1.5 CR
FA 412 Senior Studio II     3.0 CR
FA 422 Thesis and Critique     3.0 CR
General Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

 

Total Credits: 27.0 CR

 

 

For more information on the fine art curriculum or course descriptions, please download our current catalog.
 

 



Statement of Goals & Outcomes: Fine Art Department

 

Students who successfully complete the fine art program will be able to:
• Demonstrate the ability to use a range of technical and technological processes and materials commonly employed in studio art practices and understand the formal concepts that accompany materials and techniques.
• Formulate and apply concepts in their work via formal expression, conceptual development and contextual dialogue.
• Formulate and apply critical analysis toward their work and the work of others.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the visual arts and the relevancy of their work in the context of art history and the broader culture.
• Further their education at the graduate level and/or engage in the business and practical realities of exhibiting and marketing their art and art-related activities.



Foundation Department

Digital Media
Graphic Design
Illustration
Photography
Liberal Arts Department
Laptop/Camera Requirements
Student Artwork


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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