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Visual Arts Curriculum
The educational goal of the Visual Arts major is to balance the development of artistic sensibility and technical proficiency. This balance is promoted through coursework and personal interaction with faculty of high professional caliber in the arts and design.
Graduates of the Visual Arts major at Curry are employed in a variety of fields, many of which expand the traditional role of
the artist and designer. The faculty strongly advises students to seek internships while enrolled in the program.
Arts faculty and the Center for Career Development are able to advise students on internship opportunities at galleries, museums, educational institutions, and other settings where visual arts training is central. Various businesses and institutions offer professional mentoring in design as well as related fields such as arts administration, art therapy, publishing, and art education.
Prospective first year students should enroll in FA 1000 and VA 1770 in their first semester. Upper class students declaring
the major should complete these classes as soon as possible. Students with previous study in the arts are encouraged to contact a member of the Visual Arts faculty to discuss a plan of study that acknowledges abilities gained prior to entering the College.
Visual arts classes include: art, drawing, painting, photography, computer art, sculpture, ceramics and much more.Prerequisites:
|FA 1000||Introduction to Fine Arts (any variant)||3|
|VA 1770||Design Fundamentals||3|
|VA 1780||Three-dimensional Design||3|
|VA 1790||Light and Color||3|
Requirements for the Visual Arts Major:
|VA 3300||Portfolio and Presentation||3|
|VA 3950||Design Concepts||3|
|VA 3980||Fine and Applied Arts Seminar (Capstone Course)||3|
|VA 4050||Independent Studio||3|
|Choose two from the following:||6|
|VA 2720||History of Photography|
|VA 2910||History of Visual Arts: Paleolithic to Gothic|
|VA 2920||History of Visual Arts: Renaissance to Contemporary|
|VA 2930||Contemporary Art|
|VA 2935||Modern Art|
Major ElectivesChoose four of the following (12 credits):
|VA 2072||Computer Art|
|VA 2750||Printmaking I|
|VA 2796||Photography I|
|VA 2797||Digital Photography|
|VA 2800||Figure Drawing|
|VA 2810||Painting I|
|VA 2819||Studio: Painting and Drawing|
|VA 2850||Ceramics I|
|VA 2870||Artists' Books|
|VA 3___||VA Studio Art classes at the 3000-level|
Visual arts majors are encouraged to enroll in visual arts courses beyond the required categories of the visual arts major and apply them toward general elective liberal arts credit.
In celebration of the arts, the 'Geometric Eye,' public art in the form of sculpture was recently installed in Westhaver Park, outside of the Curry College Student Center. 'Geometric Eye' is a stainless steel and granite sculpture designed to reflect light, and may look different each time a viewer looks at it.
The Curry Arts Journal enlivens artistic expression at Curry in publishing an appealing, professional edition of student writing and artwork each year and in sponsoring workshops, readings, and coffeehouses that celebrate student voices each semester.