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A degree in Art or Art History from Rockford University is excellent preparation to be an artist or teacher, or to enter professions in museum and gallery fields. This degree also provides students continuing on to graduate school with an outstanding foundation to pursue advanced degrees in fine art, commercial art training, art history, arts administration or various forms of museum studies.
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The Art Department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art and Art History and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Teaching in the studio areas of art is adapted to individual needs and abilities. If a student wants to take studio art courses for graduate credit, he/she must obtain written permission from the art faculty before registering. An evaluation of the student’s creative work will be required before such permission is given. All studio courses in art beyond the fourth course may be credited at the 300- or 400-level for art majors.
Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:
Art History (B.A.)
Studio Art (B.A.)
Studio Art (B.F.A.) — Concentrations in 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art, Graphic Design
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The Department of Art and Art History specializes in educating students in the various modes of visual communication. It is the belief of the department that understanding visual means of expression, or being visually literate, is a fundamental component of a liberal arts education on par with written and verbal learning. The study of art and art history in a liberal arts context encourages students to realize that visual, written, and verbal means of communication are often inextricably bound.
The department, as its name implies, incorporates two distinct yet profoundly complimentary and dependent units. One, the studio arts, is primarily devoted to instruction in the making of works of art. The other, art history, is primarily devoted to the historical understanding and current interpretation of traditional works of art and visual culture. In its studio courses, the department endeavors to support the individual, expressive and technical needs of students as they explore various media and seek to reconcile ideas with their final visualization. In its art history courses, the department seeks to provide students with an overall grounding in the history and theory of world art and visual culture.
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