Art and Design Media

Bachelor of Arts with a major Art and Design Media

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Arts and Communications

Stephen Burt (Chair, Arts and Communications Department)
sburt@une.edu

Mission

The Arts and Communications Department is staffed by a community of professional artists with national reputations. The mission of the faculty is to nurture and encourage students' individual growth, development and expression while preparing them to pursue a professional career.  After a firm grounding in the foundations, students are mentored in the development of an original body of work in their preferred medium.

Degree Description

Major Description

The Arts and Communications Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design Media.

The Art and Design Media course of study develops intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills through an active hands-on curriculum taught by professional scholars and artists. While imparting foundational expressive skills in traditional art media, the program encourages students to expand their conceptual and perceptual capabilities and receive training in current technological media that both support the traditional arts and are essential tools in contemporary society.

Developing connections between their personal experience and art, science, social science, and the environment is an important part of the program and is emphasized in a year-long concentration seminar experience (required of all majors) where students choose an area of focus ranging from traditional arts such as painting and ceramics to video production.  Majors will gain a strong understanding of the creative process and their own expressive capabilities culminating in an exhibition of their personal creative work. Whether planning a career in the arts or developing innovative interdisciplinary work in a double major, the Art and Design Media program will build diverse strengths and skills for the 21st century student.

Program Description

The Art and Design Media program stresses students' acquisition of skills that represent appropriate professional practices and a clear understanding of how to evaluate their own work for accuracy, expression and clarity. Among these skills students will develop experience in and knowledge of:

  • Creative and compositional methods across media.
  • The creative process starting from initial sketches and outlines to the finished work. Problem solving is intrinsic to this process.
  • The development of their personal voice through intensive study in the senior capstone year.
  • The link between concept and media.
  • Art history with an emphasis on contemporary practice in Western and Non-Western worlds.
  • Critical thinking and aesthetic assessment both verbal and written.

The program provides students with hands on experience with the tools and latest technologies used in the arts professions in which they will work. They study and learn to:

  • Appreciate, understand and utilize methods of craftmanship in a variety of media.
  • Develop their knowledge and abilities in graphic and web design, commercially viable skills with broad applicability.
  • Develop working knowledge of the gallery and museum world.

Students are encouraged to link their study of art with other disciplines and have the opportunity to create work that expresses their personal backgrounds and interests. The 36 credits required of an art media major allows them the possibility to double major in English, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Math or Psychology, along with the proposed co-major in Documentary Studies.

Students can also take (3 credit) internships in art and/or communications organizations as part of their course of study. Faculty will work with interested students to facilitate this option.

Transfer Credit
Curricular Requirements
  Credits

CAS Core Curriculum

42-43
  Credits
Program Required Courses 30
ART 104 - Painting I 3
ART 118 - Drawing/Design Fundamentals 3
ART 113 - Three Dimensional Fundamentals 3
ART 232 - Graphic Design for the Working World 3
ART 200 - Advanced Drawing 3
ART 395 - Studio Concentration Serminar 3
ART 495 - Exhibition Concentration Seminar 3
ARH 222 - Contemporary Currents 3
CMM 302 - Fundamentals of Web Design 3
And one of the following:  
ARH 210 - Art History Survey I or
ARH 211 - Art History Survey II or
ARH 270 - Art in the Modern World
3
ART/CMM Electives
See elective options below
6
   
Electives Options I (choose one)  
ART 101 - Watercolor 3
ART 102 - Photography 3
ART 110 - Ceramics 3
ART 114 - Printmaking 3
ART 199 - Topics Course (any media) 3
   
Electives Options II (choose one)  
ART 214 - Color Digital Photography 3
ART 230 - Graphic Design 3

ART 234 - Animation with Adobe Flash

3
ART 299 - Topics Course (any media) 3
ART 401 - Arts Internship 3
CMM 311 - Digital Video and Audio Production 3
CMM 300 - Photo and Video Documentation 3
CMM 430 - Internship in Communication 3
Program Minimum Required Credits 36
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Suggested Progression for Art and Media Majors

Learning Outcomes
  1. The program will stress the student’s acquisition of skills that represent appropriate professional practices as well as a clear understanding of how to evaluate their own work for accuracy, expression and clarity. Among these skills students will develop experience in and knowledge of:
    • Creative and compositional methods across media.
    • The creative process starting from initial sketches and outlines to the finished work. Problem solving is intrinsic to this process.
    • The development of their personal voice through intensive study in the senior capstone year.The link between concept and media.
    • Art history with an emphasis on contemporary practice in Western and Non-Western worlds.
    • Critical thinking and aesthetic assessment both verbal and written.
  2. Courses in the creative arts introduce understanding of materials, processes and their application. The program will provide students with hands on experience with the tools and latest technologies used in the arts professions in which they will work.
    • They will study and learn to:
      • Appreciate, understand and utilize methods of craftsmanship in a variety of media.
      • Develop their knowledge and abilities in graphic and web design, commercially viable skills with broad applicability.
      • Develop working knowledge of the gallery and museum world.
  3. Students will be encouraged to link their study of art with other disciplines and have the opportunity to create work that expresses their personal backgrounds and interests. The number of credits required of an art media major will allow them the possibility to double major in English, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Math, Psychology, along with the proposed Co-Major in Documentary Studies.
    • Students can also take internships in art and/or communications organizations as part of their course of study. Faculty will work with interested students to facilitate this option.
Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

 

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2014-2015 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 30, 2014.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.