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Curriculum & Requirements

Major requirements in art can be completed only through daytime attendance.

Course offerings within the Art program are designed to give students a thorough understanding of the visual arts. They explore the processes of creativity in both traditional and electronic forms, and the broad scope of historical tradition. Students who are candidates for the B.A. degree in the Art Program must satisfactorily complete an area of specialization in either electronic arts, studio art, or art history or must complete the requirements for the Art Major with Teacher Certfication in cooperation with the Teacher preparation Program. Credit toward completion of the Major is given for all art courses in which the student receives a grade of C or better. Majors in the Art program may not double-count courses to fulfill both major requirements, and the general education requirement in Fine Arts.

Major Requirements

Studio Art and Electronic Arts Areas, 080

The four-year program leading to a B.A. with a area of specialization in Studio Art offers students a variety of concentrations, including painting, sculpture, and photography. The four year program in Electronic Arts includes concentrations in either graphic design or computer animation. As part of the Teacher Preparation Program, one also can complete the required coursework to obtain teacher certification in art.

Students also may design their own interdisciplinary majors to prepare for careers in art therapy, medical illustration, advertising, and other fields. Students majoring in studio art or electronic arts are exposed to a variety of media, with particular emphasis on drawing, composition, and color theory. In addition, students in electronic arts are provided with the background to work creatively and professionally in electronic media. After rigorous training, degree candidates are required to participate in a senior thesis exhibition or other public presentation of their work prior to graduation. The studio art concentration is designed for students who seek careers in the visual arts and for those who are interested in personal enrichment and specific studio training.

All art majors with a concentration in studio art must complete the core curriculum plus one of the following options: graphic design I, graphic design II, painting, sculpture, or interdisciplinary studio. The interdisciplinary emphasis is designed for students, including those enrolled in the teacher certification program, who desire skills in a broad range of media.

Credit toward an art major or minor (including studio emphasis areas, art history, and museum studies) is given for all Fine Arts Department courses in which the student receives a grade of C or better. Studio art students may not use art history credits to satisfy category number eight of the general college requirements. Art history students may not use studio art credits for the same purpose.

Electronic Arts Area of Specialization

Art Majors specializing in electronic arts must complete the following core curriculum plus at least one of the areas of concentration.
A minimum of 15 studio art/electronic arts credits must be taken at Rutgers, Camden.

Core Curriculum for Electronic Arts Area of Specialization: (27 credits)
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Foundations (3)
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics or Animation Fundamentals (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:223 Figure Drawing (3) or
50:080:264 Digital Photography I (3) or
50:080:211 Ceramics I
50:080:346 Design for the World Wide Web (3)
50:082:102 Introduction to Art History II (3)
50:082:302 Contemporary Art (3) or
50:082:380 Art in the Age of Electronic Media (3)

Additional credits in art history (Not 082:103) (3)
Recommended: 50:080:395 Artist in Society (3)

Animation Concentration: (21 credits)
Required:

50:080:331 Graphic Design I (3)
50:080:386-387 Computer Animation I and II (3,3)
50:080:280 Classical Animation (3)
50:080:448 Character Animation (3)
50:080:449 Animation Production (3)
50:080:488 Post-Production (3)
Thesis Exhibition

Recommended:
50:080:492 Electronic Arts Internship Strongly Recommended

Graphic Design Concentration: (21 credits)
Required:

50:080:331-332 Graphic Design I, II (3,3)
50:080:333 Typography (3)
50:080:334 Graphic Design Production (3)
50:080:386 Computer Animation I
50:080:437-438 Communication Design I, II (3,3)
Thesis Exhibition

Recommended:
50:080:493 Graphic Design Internship- strongly recommended.

Studio Art Area of Specialization

Studio Art students must complete the following core curriculum plus at least one of the areas of concentration.
Note: A minimum of 15 studio art/electronic arts credits must be taken at Rutgers, Camden.

Core Curriculum for Studio Art Area: (30 credits)
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Foundations (3)
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:264 Digital Photography I (3)
50:080:351 Painting I (3)
50:080:381 Sculpture I (3) or 50:080:211 Ceramics I (3)
50:082:101 Introduction to Art History I (3)
50:082:102 Introduction to Art History II (3)
50:082:354 Contemporary Art

Additional credits in art history (Not 082:103) (3)
Recommended: 50:080:395 Artist in Society (3)

Photography Concentration: (18 credits)
50:080:226 Introduction to Conceptual Art Making (3)
50:080:261 Photography I (3)
50:080:265 Digital Photography II (3)
50:080:364 Advanced Photography (3)
50:080:461 Studio and Commercial Photography (3)
50:082:383 History of Photography
Thesis Exhibition

Painting Concentration: (18 credits)
50:080:226 Introduction to Conceptual Art Making (3)
50:080:352 Painting II (3)
50:080:353 Painting III: Contemporary Issues (3)
50:080:451 Advanced Painting (3)
3 additional credits in any 300- or 400-level studio course
Thesis Exhibition

Sculpture Concentration: (18 credits)
50:080:226 Introduction to Conceptual Art Making (3)
50:080:382 Sculpture II (3)
50:080:211 Ceramics I (3)
50:080:481 Advanced Sculpture (3)
6 additional credits in any 300- or 400-level studio course
Thesis Exhibition

Interdisciplinary Studio Emphasis
Students who wish to combine emphasis for particular career or professional goals may apply for departmental approval.

Declaring a Major in Studio Art
Students wishing to declare a major in studio art may not do so until they have completed 50:080:102, 50:080:103, and 50:080:221 with grades of C+ or better. Graduating seniors are required to present an approved thesis exhibition of their work. Because of the introduction of new technologies in art and the ever-changing demands placed on today’s artists and designers, students are strongly urged to develop a minor program in a second department or an interdisciplinary major. Introductory business courses are strongly recommended for those students choosing the graphic design option. Art majors may also take courses in gallery operations and museum studies.

 


082 Art History Area of Specialization (See also 698 Museum Studies)
The art history area of specialization offers diverse courses that consider art throughout history from many geographic regions, designed to prepare students for graduate work in art history, careers in museums and galleries, and arts administration. The curriculum emphasizes skills in critical thinking, visual discrimination and fluency in oral and written communication all of which are essential to such professions as law and medicine.

Core Curriculum for Art History (18 credits):
50:082:101,102 Introduction to Art History (3,3)
50:082:490 Art History Methodology (3)
50:082:491 Individual Study in Art History (3)

and TWO of the following:
50:080:102 Two-Dimensional Design (3) OR
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Design Fundamentals (3) OR
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3) OR
50:080:221 Drawing (3) OR
50:080:225 Color Theory (3) OR
50:080:264 Digital Photography (3)

Additional Art History Area Requirements (30):

3 credits in Ancient or Medieval art from the following courses:
50:082:303 Art of the Ancient Near East (3) OR
50:082:310 Art of Egypt (3) OR
50:082:311 Roman Art (3) OR
50:082:320 Art of the Middle Ages (3) OR
50:082:342 Greek Art (3)

6 credits in Renaissance and Baroque art:

50:082:313 Rennaissance Art in Northern Europe (3)
50:082:331 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
50:082:340 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Art (3)
50:082:349 History of Sculpture: Baroque to Modern (3)

9 credits in 19th- and 20th-century art of Europe and the United States
from the following courses:

50:082:251:Modern Architecture (3)
50:082:305 Women and Art (3)
50:082:332 African-American Art (3)
50:082:351 European Art: 1780 to 1880 (3)
50:082:352 European Modern Art: 1880 to 1940 (3)
50:082:353 Contemporary Art (3)
50:082:367 American Art: 1650-1900 (3)
50:082:368 Twentieth Century American Art (3)
50:082:380 Art in the Age of Mechanized and Electronic Media (3)
50:082:382 History of Design (3)
50:082:383 History of Photography (3)
50:082:395 Sculpture of the Twentieth Century (3)

3 credits in non-Western art from the following courses:
50:082:285 Art of Africa (3)
50:082:329 Art of the Americas (3)
50:082:360 Japanese Art (3)
50:082:363 Chinese Art (3)
50:082:485 Latin American Art and Culture (3)

9 elective credits selected from all courses offered in Art History or Museum Studies at the 200 level or above.

Students intending to pursue graduate study in art history should take the equivalent of four semesters of college level courses in a foreign language, usually French or German. Because works of art express the ideas of the culture that produces them, the study of art history involves a knowledge of archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and urban studies. In consultation with their advisors, students should select languages and courses in related subjects that treat the geographic area and time period of their special interest.

 


Minor Requirements

Students who wish to minor within the Art Program in studio art, electronic arts, graphic design, animation, art history or museum studies should consult with the chairperson of the department. A minor within the art program consists of a minimum of 18 credits of course work in the department, of which at least 6 credits must be above the 100 level and at least 6 credits at the 300 to 400 level.

Electronic Arts Minor (18 credits)
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:279 Animation Fundamentals (3)
50:080:331 Graphic Design I (3)
50:080:386 Computer Animation I (3)

Animation Minor (18 credits)
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Foundations (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:279 Animation Fundamentals (3)
50:080:280 Classical Animation (3)
50:080:386-387 Computer Animation I , II (3,3)

Graphic Design Minor (18 credits)
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:331-332 Graphic Design I, II (3,3)
50:080:437 Communication Design I (3)

Studio Art Minor
The studio art minor requires 18 credits as follows:

50:080:101 Introduction to Studio Art (3) or
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Foundations (3)
50:080:221 Drawing (3)
50:082:101 or 102 Introduction to Art History (R) (3)
6 credits in art courses at the 300 level or higher

Art History Minor
The art history minor requires a total of 18 credits as follows:

50:082:101,102 Introduction to Art History I, II (3,3)
12 credits of art history or museum studies, of which 6 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

Museum Studies Minor
Program Director:Cyril Reade

The museum studies minor, which requires a total of 18 credits, is for students majoring in art, art history, anthropology, history, English, education, or other disciplines, who are considering careers in the museum field or in education. The Stedman Gallery on campus and regional museums and galleries are resources for students interested in gaining experience in art education and curatorial work.

50:082:101 or 102 Introduction to Art History I or
II or 103 Art Appreciation (3)
50:082:205 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
50:082:401 Readings in Museum Studies (3)
50:082:408 Individual Study in Museology (3-6)
50:082:409 Museum Internship (3-6)

Recommended:
Additional Art History courses
50:698:487 Museum Studies Special Topics

Student-Proposed Majors
Students have the option of planning their own program that combines courses from two different major programs. Approval of such a program by the departments concernedand the Courses of Study Committee is mandatory. Thisoption has been used by students to prepare for a variety of careers, such as art therapy, medical illustration, theater design, and arts administration, and in preparation for
continued education, including law school. The following are some possible student-designed major programs and their corresponding goal orientations:

Biology/Art: medical illustrator, Business/Art: art consultant, corporate art director, free-lance graphic designer, arts grant specialist,
advertising, marketing Computer Science/Art: video artist, computer graphics designer, chart display artist English/Art: book illustrator, advertising, marketing, photojournalist Psychology/Art: art therapist Theater Arts/Art: set and costume design (credits of
which must be at the 300 level or higher)

Departmental Honors Program in Art and Art History
Students who desire honors in art or art history should make arrangements with a faculty sponsor during their junior year and should submit a two-page proposal to the department faculty. Upon approval, students may enroll in honors courses during their senior year. In recognition of satisfactory completion of the departmental honors program, the registrar will note on the student’s permanent record “Honors in Art” or “Honors in Art History.”

To quality for honors in studio art, electronic arts, or art history, students must fulfill all departmental requirements plus the following:
1. Maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in the courses required for the art major and a 3.2 cumulative gradepoint average in the entire undergraduate program.
2. Complete a 6-credit honors program (usually in the senior year) during which they must complete a senior project. Studio art and electronic arts students must enroll in two sequential 3-credit courses, Honors in Art, and complete a senior project approved by a faculty adviser. Art history students must enroll in two sequential 3-credit courses, Honors in Art History. The senior project consists of either an extensive writing assignment on an approved topic or a museum studies project.

Art Major with Teacher Certification
Students seeking teacher certification in art must complete the requirements of the Teacher Preparation Program and the following art education curriculum:

Art Major with Teacher Certification Requirements (42 credits)
50:080:102 Visual Fundamentals (3)
50:080:103 Three-Dimensional Foundations (3)
50:080:213 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3)
50:080:221 Drawing I (3)
50:080:351 Painting I (3)
50:082:101,102 Introduction to Art History I , II (3,3)
50:964:354 Materials and Methods in Art (3)
50:080:355 Elementary Art Methods (3)
50:080:356 Secondary Art Methods (3)
Additional art history course in non-Western art (3)
50:080:261 Photography I (3) or 50:080:263 Digital Photography (3)
50:080:381 Sculpture I or 50:080:211 Ceramics I (3)
One additional 300- to 400-level studio course (3)

Recommended:
50:080:395 Artist in Society (3)

In addition, students must contact the Teacher Preparation Program to satisfy state requirements for certification. Students may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts to modify the above program in order to meet specific teaching goals.