The coursework in the art practice ranges in approach from traditional studio work to digital, new media, and other contemporary practices. The department’s instruction in art practice integrates technical fundamentals and conceptualization, creative experimentation and critical thinking, personal expression and social responsibility. Students learn to engage in discussion and group-critiques as part of their professional preparation and as an integral way of participating in and benefiting from a community of shared inquiry.
Art practice majors can select from courses at the upper-division level in a variety of art practices including painting, film/video, design, drawing, photography, sculpture, and new media. These upper-division classes, while allowing for further individual exploration, place higher standards on the conceptualization and execution of the student’s artistic production. In their senior year, Art Practice majors mount a solo exhibition of a coherent body of work for the thesis project under the supervision of a department faculty member.