ART BA

General

Program Description

Students in the Art major develop a critical and practical understanding of the visual arts and design through a studio-based curriculum that organically blends practice with critical thinking and art historical precedents; apply fundamentals of art across a variety of mediums and disciplines; relate the practice of making art and design to the study areas of art history and theory; and learn to embody the knowledge and practice of at least one artistic discipline through active search and research. Students may concentrate on a medium such as painting/printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, photography, or filmmaking, and interdisciplinary study is supported. Art majors learn to place their own work in the context of an inclusive group of contemporary art worlds and cultures. This study is a crucial element in a liberal arts curriculum both for future arts practitioners and for those ultimately studying and working in other fields. A key element of the creative learning process is the critique, which is implemented via both group settings and one-on-one studio visits with faculty and visiting critics. Through rigorous practice and regular feedback, a student gains insight into one's own critical voice. Art majors have access to the graduate programs by attending regular lectures, critiques, events, and exhibitions that represent a diverse set of art practitioners who regularly visit the School of Art.

Courses for Nonmajors and Majors

Courses in Art are open to all undergraduate students. In cases where student demand for entry into a course is greater than can be accommodated, priority is given to School of Art students and declared Art majors. The director of undergraduate studies (DUS) and members of the Art faculty will host Zoom counseling meetings on Thursday, August 6 and again on Thursday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students seeking advice about course selection or the program in Art should attend that meeting (see the Art department website for more information). Others wishing to elect an Art course should should visit the course’s Canvas site for instructions on how to apply for these limited-enrollment classes. Most studio art courses have a course fee requirement for provided materials and guest speakers, additionally individual course materials must be purchased from a supply list. For courses beginning in the spring term, counseling days and times are still to be determined. All Art majors are required to register with the DUS at the beginning of each term via email in order to be enrolled or to continue in the major.

Last updated Sep 2020

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Yale College offers a liberal arts education that aims to cultivate a broadly informed, highly disciplined intellect without specifying in advance how that intellect will be used. Such an approach to ... Read More

Yale College offers a liberal arts education that aims to cultivate a broadly informed, highly disciplined intellect without specifying in advance how that intellect will be used. Such an approach to learning regards college as a phase of exploration, a place for the exercise of curiosity, and an opportunity for the discovery of new interests and abilities. The College does not seek primarily to train students in the particulars of a given career, although some students may elect to receive more of that preparation than others. Instead, its main goal is to instill knowledge and skills that students can bring to bear in whatever work they eventually choose. Read less