Art (ARTT)College of Arts and Humanities
1211-E Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, 301-405-7790
Chair: W.C. Richardson - Painting/Drawing
Professors: J. Ruppert - Sculpture, F. Sham - Sculpture
Associate Professors: A. Buck-Coleman - Graphic Design/Social Practice, P. Craig - Painting/Drawing, H. Elahi - New Genres/Art Theory/Social Practice, M. Humphrey - Printmaking/Drawing, P. Kehoe - Painting/Drawing, R. Klank - Painting/Art Theory, B. Morse - Digital Media, J. Strom - Printmaking, J. Thorpe -2D Foundation/Graphic Design
Assistant Professors: S. Collis - Digital Media/Printmaking, L. Zahabi (Asst Prof)
Lecturers: M. Azarm - Graphic Design, L. Berns - 2D Foundation/Drawing/Art Theory, E. Conover - Painting/Drawing, A. Georgievska-Shine - Art Theory, L. Hoover - Painting/Drawing/Theory, W. Jacobs - 2D Foundation (Assoc Dean/Senior Lecturer))/, S. Jones - Sculpture/Foundation, M. McLaughlin - 2D Foundation/Printmaking, N. Ratnapala - Digital Media/Video, R. Weil - Art Theory/Senior Lecturer
Professors Emeriti: C. Demonte (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), D. Driskell (Distinguished University Professor), T. Lapinski, R. Lozner - Graphic Design
The Department of Art provides its students with the technical and conceptual tools needed to make innovative contributions to a visual culture in which traditional boundaries between the visual arts, design, film, video, and architecture have become increasingly blurred. The accomplished faculty members bring their professional experiences to the studio, providing a contemporary context for the development of skills and ideas. The department’s creative environment encourages creative problem solving, interdisciplinary experimentation, and the production of images, objects, and experiences that reflect a sophisticated visual literacy. From a shared foundation emphasizing traditional fundamentals of art and design, students move into media concentrations that encourage interdisciplinary interaction, particularly in developing digital technologies. This flexible interaction between traditional and new media is central to the department’s vision and the success of its mission.
Please go to Department of Art website for more information: www.art.umd.edu .
Program Learning Outcomes
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
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Admission to the Major
The Department of Art offers three tracks to the B.A. degree. Track 1 is an open major, which requires no portfolio review, and requires 48 total credits for completion. All majors enter the department in Track 1.
Tracks 2 and 3 are specialized tracks with portfolio reviews for admission in Junior and Senior years, and require 60 total credits for completion. Track 2 is for a B.A. with an Advanced Specialization in Digital Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Intermedia. Track 3 is for a B.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design.
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Placement in Courses
With appropriate AP credit, students may receive credit for ARTT100, ARTT110, or both. Students can receive placement in more advanced courses with portfolio review. Contact Department advisors for more information.
Requirements for the Major
The Department of Art offers three tracks to a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.). All majors enter the Department in Track 1, the open B.A., and take a required group of six Foundation courses (18 credits). After completion of the Foundation courses, students may continue in Track 1 without portfolio review, or choose to submit a portfolio of work completed in Track 1 courses for admission into Track 2 or Track 3. Portfolio reviews for both specializations will take place during the Spring semester, usually during late March.
No course grade below the grade of C- may count toward the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
Intermediate Courses: 9 Credits
Advanced Courses: 9 Credits
Supporting Area: 12 Credits
Track 2: B.A. in Studio Art with an Advanced Specialization:
Track 3: B.A. in Studio Art w/ Concentration in Graphic Design
Graphic Design required courses - 21 credits
Graphic Design elective courses: Student choice – 6 credits.
Other Requirements for the Major
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The Department of Art offers no formal Certificate programs.
The department assigns advisors to its majors by class/credit hours completed. The name of the advisor for each class/credit hours is available in the department office or on the website. Each second-semester sophomore and first-semester senior is required to meet with their advisor.
Students are strongly encouraged to see their advisors in the department annually.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
A variety of undergraduate research and/or internship experiences are available. Please go to Department of Art Website for more information: www.art.umd.edu
A variety of undergraduate fieldwork and/or internship opportunities are available. Please go to Department of Art website for more information: www.art.umd.edu .
Students have worked in a variety of internship settings. These have included assisting professionals with public commissions, commercial or cooperative gallery and exhibition duties, and working in professional artists' workshops in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. The Graphic Design concentration maintains a variety of internship connections with the professional design communities from Baltimore to Washington, DC. Additional information is available in the Department of Art office or on the website www.art.umd.edu .
The Honors Program provides Art majors with opportunities for in-depth study and enrichment in areas of special and creative interest. Students are admitted to this program by competitive portfolio review. To qualify, students must be Art majors with junior or senior status, a major GPA of 3.2, and an overall GPA of 3.0. The program requires a total of 12 credits in Honors course work, and is completed over the student's senior year. Two courses (3 credits each) may be taken at the 300- or 400-level, and two courses (3 credits each) at the 400-level. There is a thesis component in one of the 400-level courses and includes a Thesis Exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.
Please consult the department website and/or the Honors Director for additional information.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The Student Art League is an active student organization that encourages membership and participation for all majors. Art majors participate in many campus-wide organizations.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Department of Art administers eight Creative and Performing Arts Scholarships (CAPAs) that are available to continuing students as well as entering freshman or transfer students. This is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded on a one-year basis and may be renewed. Additional information is available in the main office of the department. The Van Crews Scholarships and Clarvit Scholarships are designated for outstanding Art majors concentrating in Graphic Design. Further details are available on the department website: www.art.umd.edu
Awards and Recognition
Each semester the faculty votes for students to receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes for the James P. Wharton Award, given at graduation. Students are given the awards based on works exhibited in the Graduating Seniors Exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.
When funds are available, the department holds a competition for the John Dorsey Prize for Curatorial Excellence. The winner receives a cash award and funds towards the production of a curated exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.
Other awards are given on an intermittent basis, depending on the funding.
For more information, go to the department website: www.art.umd.edu