Bachelor of Arts

Allegheny College

Program Description

Bachelor of Arts

Allegheny College

Bachelor of Arts

The Art Department’s programs are designed to develop a broad intellectual grounding in the traditions of the visual arts through an understanding of Studio Art practice and Art History, coupled with knowledge from other disciplines. Students learn to discriminate between the processes of production, interpretation, and evaluation, and to think creatively about all aspects of artistic problem-solving. Through the examination and creation of original works of Art, students learn to contextualize artworks and understand the relationships between praxis, theory, and history.

ART MAJORS

Studio Art

Progresses from the broad exploration of visual art toward specialization in a chosen medium.

Art History

The visual heritage of Western art and architecture, progressing from surveys (Ancient, Renaissance, American, etc.) to a substantial original research project.

Art and Technology

An interdisciplinary major shared between the Communication Arts and Art Departments that explores connections between photography, video, and computer art.

Double and self-designed majors encouraged.

Minor Programs

Studio Art • Art History

Special minors such as Art & the Environment and Medieval & Renaissance Studies may be considered.

Department Facts

Distinctions

  • Individualized attention, close student-faculty relationships.
  • Opportunities to integrate art with other disciplines: recent double majors include studio art/physics; studio art/biology; studio art/math; studio art/environmental science; art history/English.
  • Senior Projects demonstrate to employers and graduate schools the ability to define and complete a comprehensive original assignment.
  • The special balance between depth in the major and breadth of overall programs.
  • Important integration of studio art and art history in the curriculum.
  • Upper-level seminars that encourage students to examine art’s connection with politics, economics, and society.

Key Benefits

  • Appreciation of the imaginative, expressive range of visual arts.
  • The firm grounding in the fundamentals of art and art history.
  • Understanding of the theoretical and technical issues in the production and interpretation of art.
  • First-hand knowledge of how artists and art historians develop and explore topics.
  • Understanding of the processes and effects of visual communication.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills across disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Art: Studio or Art and Technology will:

  • Actively engage in the production of a body of work that demonstrates conceptual sophistication while also conveying meaning, investigating human experiences, and integrating knowledge from other disciplines and cultural contexts.
  • Make original works of art that demonstrate effective use of design principles, creative problem-solving, and appropriate craftsmanship and technique, in a range of mediums.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate art and media, in writing and in speech, from an informed perspective by carrying out relevant research, contextualizing and interpreting relevant works.
  • Exhibit familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both Western and global, and familiarity with contemporary art and critical theory.
  • Develop professional practices through the exhibition of their work in a gallery setting, documentation of work in a portfolio, and proposal writing.

Students who successfully complete a minor in Studio Art will:

  • Actively engage in the production of a body of work that demonstrates conceptual sophistication while also conveying meaning, investigating human experiences, and integrating knowledge from other disciplines and cultural contexts.
  • Make original works of art that demonstrate effective use of design principles, creative problem-solving, and appropriate craftsmanship and technique, with focus on one medium.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate art and media, in writing and in speech, from an informed perspective by carrying out relevant research, contextualizing and interpreting relevant works.
  • Exhibit familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the twentieth century and with contemporary art and critical theory.
  • Develop professional skills, such as an exhibition of their work in a gallery setting, documentation of work in a portfolio, and proposal writing.

Students completing a major in Art History will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of all major art periods of the past, including a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth century; acquaintance with the art history of non-Western cultures, knowledge in greater depth and precision of several cultures and periods in the history of art; a concentration in at least one area at an advanced seminar level; and study of theory and criticism using a variety of analytical critical approaches.
  • Utilize tools and techniques of scholarship, including writing in various formats; speaking in various formats, using appropriate presentation technology; research methods, proper citation methods and legal use of reproductions of imagery, and production of a senior project that considers a single work of art or a narrowly defined body of works in their historical context, analyzed from a distinctive authorial point of view based upon critical and theoretical insights.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge from other disciplines and cultural contexts, including a general knowledge of world history. Adequate mastery of at least one foreign language to support research through the reading of primary source materials is highly recommended.
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the creative process, normally accomplished through one or more foundation or other studio courses.

Students completing a minor in Art History will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of all major art periods of the past, including a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth century; acquaintance with the art history of non-Western cultures; knowledge in greater depth and precision of one period in the history of art; work at an advanced seminar level; and study of theory and criticism using a variety of analytical critical approaches.
  • Utilize tools and techniques of scholarship, including writing in various formats; speaking in various formats, using appropriate presentation technology; research methods, proper citation methods and legal use of reproductions of imagery.
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the creative process, normally accomplished through one or more foundation or other studio courses.

Opportunities

  • Allegheny’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) sponsors arts and the environment community development art projects. Each project provides paid summer internships for four to six students annually.
  • Student Art Society holds annual activities including unjuried student exhibitions, a Beaux Arts Ball, and field trips.
  • Department-sponsored lecture series, often in conjunction with gallery exhibitions: recent speakers have included artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude; Thomas B. Armstrong, director of the Andy Warhol Museum; and Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator at the San Francisco Museum of Art.
  • Workshops: Recent workshops have focused on art careers, handbuilt ceramics, papermaking, and non-traditional drawing techniques.
  • Field trips: Nearby resources include the Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo), the Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Erie Art Museum.
  • Meadville Council on the Arts hosts nine regional artists’ exhibits annually.
  • “Signs & Flowers,” a site-specific public art installation created in collaboration with PennDOT; visit ceed.allegheny.edu to view this project.
  • Art education programs with the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University
  • 3/2 arts management program with Carnegie Mellon’s John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

Experiential Learning

  • Internships
    • Art teaching internship: Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh)
    • Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED)
    • Cleveland School of the Arts
    • Erie Art Museum
    • Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum
    • Meadville Council on the Arts (MCA)
    • Meadville Historical Society (Baldwin-Reynolds House)
    • The French Creek Project, Meadville, Pa.
    • The Meadville Tribune
    • Vision Media Group, Meadville, Pa.
  • Gallery and art store work-study employment
  • Department research and laboratory assistantships
  • MCA invites student-curated shows as part of art historical research projects
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 10, 2018
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