DEGREE OPTIONS

Art Education

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education.

Programs in art education lead to becoming either an elementary classroom teacher or an art specialist who teaches art only. Elementary classroom teachers, who teach all subjects, must specialize in one area by completing the 50-credit program in addition to those courses specified in the elementary education section of this catalog. Students who want to teach art only at any grade level take the 71-credit program. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

A formal course plan must be developed with the area coordinator by the time a student completes 12 art credits. Refer to the Art Education course plans for more detailed information. Transfer students with more than 18 credits of art should do this prior to completion of their second quarter at the University. Once developed, the course plan is placed on file in the art office. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the studio and Art History requirements prior to completing the art education series.

 

Art--P-12, BAE

71 credits

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education and leads to an endorsement in visual arts. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

  • 100-level Courses: (12 credits) Art 109, 110, 120, 230
  • A selection of six courses from the following: (24 credits) Art 210, 220, 230, 240, 260, 290, DSGN 240, 249
  • Studio specialization: (10 credits)
  • Art History: (18 credits) Art History 220 ,221, 230, 231, 240,241, 270, 271, plus two courses from the following: 270, 271, 310, 368, 370, 371, 411
  • Art Education: (4 credits) Art 381

Link to WWU catalog

Art--Elementary, BAE

49 credits

This major satisifies the academic major requirements for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of the catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

  • 100 and 200-level Art Studio Courses: (24 credits) Art 109, 110, 120, 130, 220, 240, plus one studio elective
  • Art History: (18 credits) Art History 220, 221, 230, 231, 240, 241, 270,271
  • Art Education: (4 credits) Art 381
  • One 200 level studio elective

Link to WWU catalog

Art History, BA

72 credits

How to Declare a Major:

The Art History major gives students the opportunity to address social, cultural and transnational issues through an engagement with visual culture objects, images and ideas and to imagine critical intersections in the arts, humanities, and sciences by means of innovative course instruction. Art History classes are catalysts through which students make cross-connections between their major areas of study and the diverse perspectives found in visual forms of communication. To apply to the art history major students must have taken A/HI 275 and two 200- level Art History surveys or pre-approved equivalent courses (students can be enrolled in the second survey when applying). Students must have a B average or higher in these classes to be considered for the Art History program. As students enter the program they will be assigned an advisor to develop an individualized course of study. This plan becomes an outline of the degree requirements but should be revised yearly in consultation with an advisor.

Application deadlines for the Art History major are April 1 for transfers; October 15 and January 31 for currently enrolled WWU students.

Art History Advising:

Art History faculty work with the study of visual culture, and are available to assist students with the program. Listed below are faculty areas of interest. Each faculty can advise students in their course of study and help refine individual areas of interests. However, all students must have an initial meeting with the designated Art History advisor.

Art History Advisors: Carol Janson, Barbara L. Miller, Julia Sapin, and Kristine Luce (sabbatical 2012-2013 school year).

Art History areas of specialty:

  • Staff theory, architecture, 19th C American visual culture and tourism
  • Carol Janson: Early modern Europe Visual Culture (1400-1700), museum studies and print culture.
  • Barbara L. Miller: visual culture, gender studies, modern art, and contemporary art, film and new media.
  • Julia Sapin: Pacific, Asian and Northwest Coast art and visual culture and cross-cultural studies.
  • Kristine Luce: Architectural History.

Plan of Study:

A formal course plan must be developed with an advisor either during the initial advising meeting or after the completion of 8 credits of upper division work. The individual student’s course plan is placed on file in the Art office and becomes a map of his or her Art History degree.

Students transferring into Art History with Art History credits, an AA or other degree must consult with an Art History advisor. Scheduling an appointment for evaluation of previous credits is crucial, and should be done prior to applying to the program. Course syllabi or descriptions will help determine equivalents for Western’s program in Art History. Be aware that 200-level survey courses (AH 220, 221, 230, 231, 240, 241, 270, and 271) and Art History 275 are prerequisites for upper division work. Art History 275 is required of all majors as a gateway course to 300- and 400-level courses. It is offered in the fall and spring quarters.

Recommended Plan for the Completion of the Art History Major:

First Year:

--Completion of the remaining 200-level required Art History survey courses (AH 220, 221, 230, 231, 240, 241 270, and 271 or pre-approved equivalent courses). [Please note: students are required to take 18 credits of survey (3 courses as pre-requisites and 3 courses as majors, for a total of 6 courses or 18 credits).

--Completion of Art History 275, Introduction to Writing and Critical Thinking. This course is offered fall and spring quarters.

--Completion of two 100-level art courses: Art 109, 110, 120 or 130.

Second Year:

--Completion of Art History 375, Methods in Art History. This course is usually taught winter quarter, and prepares students for the 400-level Writing Proficiency courses.

--Start taking required courses listed in the three area divisions: Cultural Perspectives (AH 310, 313, 368, 411, 416, 429, 431, 438), History and Visual Dialogue (AH 301, 315, 330, 358, 360, 370, 371, 413, 420) and Theory and Practice (AH 308, 316, 401, 415, 440, 450, 489, 490). Students will need to take two courses from each of the areas, for a total of 6 upper level classes. [Please Note: not all courses listed are taught every year.] For the most flexibility, complete one course in each of the three areas during the second year as a major.

--If students are considering minors in another areas, such as History, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, Asian Studies, English, they should plan ahead. Most upper division courses in other departments have prerequisites.

Third and Final Years:

--Complete Art History 475, Senior Projects/Practicum. This course is usually taught spring term every year. This course is meant as a capstone to the Art History major. However, if students are planning to go to graduate school, they should discuss the timing of their enrollment in AH475 with an advisor.

--Complete any remaining Art History area requirements.

--Students must make sure that they have three Art History courses at the 400-level. Be aware that independent study credits do not contribute to fulfilling the minimum requirement of the three 400-level classes.

Major Concerns

Students need to have successfully completed one writing proficiency class as a degree requirement for Western Washington University. All 400-level courses in the Art History program are designated as writing proficiency courses.

Internships

Students should consider internships at a local museum or the Western Gallery. Art History 306 Gallery Intern course may be used for Art History credit as long as it is under the direction of a designated faulty person or staff member of the host institution, in coordination with WWU Art History faculty. AH 306 is designated as an Art History major elective if taken for 4 credits. [Please note: AH 305 may not be used as Art History major or minor credits, no matter how many credits the student accrues.]

Other Opportunities

Research project funding is available for undergraduates through the Dean of the Graduate School. To apply for a grant, students should first contact a faculty person to discuss research goals. She or he will help the student develop his or her proposal. The project may be an extension of a paper written in a class and it may be continued with an independent study.

Graduation

Students must initiate a senior evaluation by making an appointment with their advisor. After the review the student must complete the Degree Application forms available at the Registrar’s Office. Reviews and applications must be complete two quarters prior to the student’s graduating date.

Link to WWU catalog

Minor Art History

24 credits
  • Art History 220 or 221, 230 or 231, 240 or 241, 270 or 271
  • Three additional Art History courses (12 credits) at the 300 or 400 level chosen under departmental advisement.
  • AH305 may not be used for the Art History minor.

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Art, BA

71 credits

Art Studio includes ceramics, drawing, fiber/fabrics, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The objectives of the major are to investigate the function of art and the relationships between art, culture, artist and audience. Art Studio classes are designed to familiarize students with the principles that shape and inform visual literacy and expression through a variety of practices in art making. Students meet with an advisor after completing 200-level courses to write a formal plan of study and select an area of Art Studio for concentration: ceramics, drawing, fibers, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The advising handout gives suggestions about program planning.

  • 100-level courses (12 credits)
    • ART 109, 110, 120 or 130
    • After completing the 100-level Courses, students must meet with an advisor before taking 200- level courses
  • 200-level courses (21 credits)
    • A/HI 220 or 221, 230 or 231, 240 or 241, 270 or 271 (9 credits)
    • 12 credits of 200-level studio courses
    • After completing the 200-level classes students must meet with an advisor to write a formal plan of study and declare a concentration in one area of Studio
    • 15 credits of 300- or 400-level art studio courses in area of selected concentration
    • 10 credits of 300- or 400-level art studio or design electives
    • 5 credits of ART 494 or 495
    • 8 credits of 300- or 400-level Art History

Link to WWU catalog

Minor in Studio

No minor is offered in Studio or Design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art

115 credits

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the professional undergraduate art degree. It is an expanded undergraduate degree that requires each student to undertake a program of more than 180 undergraduate credits. Students are advised that a Bachelor of Arts major of normal length is available. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Studio requires each student to complete the following program:

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts course study

  • 10 credits of ART 494 and 495
  • 20 credits of studio practice in areas of focus
  • 8 credits of 300- or 400-level Art History
  • 7 credits of electives specific to course study
  • Midterm review, to be scheduled before registration for spring quarter
  • Final exhibition and evaluation

Admissions and Declaration Process

Application should be made to the Department of Art faculty for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program during spring quarter of the preceding year. Students must be in the final quarter of the Bachelor of Arts study, or have completed the Bachelor of Arts to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Application consists of 20 images of work, artist statement, a letter of application indicating your goals and theme of study and a preference for faculty committee members; a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, and a transcript. The BFA is a selective and competitive program. If a student is not accepted into the BFA program, the student may reapply the following year.

All students must begin their BFA studies in the fall quarter. Applications will be reviewed at the end of the spring quarter and/ or during the week prior to the beginning of fall quarter. (Specific dates will be announced each year.) Following acceptance to the BFA program, a committee of at least three faculty members will be formed to work with the student throughout the year. A typical three-person committee will be comprised of the following: a primary advisor from the art department, and a "secondary advisor" from within or outside the art department, both of whom shall be assigned. The third committee member shall be selected by the student from within or outside the art department. The department must approve the third committee member.

Additional Requirements

During the BFA program students spend three quarters creating a self-determined body of artwork. Attention is given to the medium(s), method(s), and the content of the creative activity. The evaluation of the first part of your work will take place with the midterm review, with the participation of the student's full committee. The midterm review must be scheduled to take place sometime in January, during a designated week. At the culmination of the project each student is required to exhibit their completed work in a one- or two-person exhibition. In addition, the student is required to submit a research-driven artist's statement that supports the individuals own intellectual and creative achievement. An oral defense with full committee will be scheduled during the week of the student's exhibition. This is an opportunity for the student to discuss and defend their work.

Failure to meet these requirements on schedule will result in an unsatisfactory progress mark for the BFA degree which, in turn, would result in having to repeat the course of study.

Link to WWU catalog















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