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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Art (ARTT)

College of Arts and Humanities
1211-E Art/Sociology Building, 301-405-7790
www.art.umd.edu
artdept@umd.edu
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, D. Gavin - Drawing/Multi-media, 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
Lecturers: M. Azarm - Graphic Design, R. Baker - 2D Foundation, L. Berns - 2D Foundation/Drawing/Art Theory, E. Conover - Painting/Drawing, S. Devore - Photography, A. Georgievska-Shine - Art Theory, L. Hoover - Painting/Drawing/Theory, W. Jacobs (2D Foundation/Assoc Dean), M. Jones - Graphic Design, S. Jones - Sculpture/Foundation, M. McLaughlin - 2D Foundation/Printmaking, A. Miller 2D Foundation/Drawing, N. Ratnapala - Digital Media/Video, J. Razauskas - Graduate Colloquium, C. Rio - Graphic Design, R. Weil - Art Theory
Professors Emeriti: C. Demonte (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), D. Driskell (Distinguished University Professor), T. Lapinski, R. Lozner - Graphic Design

The Major

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.

In a society that increasingly defines itself in visual terms, artists and designers are critical in shaping its future. The creative atmosphere of the Department of Art’s studios is a fertile ground for the development of the complex skills and ideas needed to navigate and contribute to an evolving visual culture. Our location, just outside the Washington, DC, and less than an hour away from Baltimore provides access to the numerous museums, galleries, embassies and international institutions, and brings important real-world experience to students in our program.

Program Objectives

Please go to Department of Art website for more information:  www.art.umd.edu

Program Learning Outcomes

Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

Please go to Department of Art website for more information:  www.art.umd.edu

Admission to the Major

The Department of Art offers three tracks to the B.A. degree.  Track 1 is an open major, requiring 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, 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.

See the department website for more information: www.art.umd.edu

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.
   

  • Track 1: B.A. in Studio Art. This is an open program with no portfolio admission requirement.  This track provides ample space for outside electives, encourages interdisciplinary interaction, and provides double major or double degree possibilities.  The Art Education Curriculum works with Track 1.  Credit requirements: 36 credits in Studio Art, and 12 credits in supporting courses in Art History and/or Art Theory, for a total of 48 credits.
  • Track 2: B.A. in Studio Art with Advanced Specialization. This track is restricted to students admitted by competitive portfolio review, and is aimed at  students who envision graduate study or professional careers in art.  Students accepted into this track will complete, in addition to the requirements for Track 1, a 12 credit advanced specialization in specific media areas, including ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar.  Areas of specialization include:  Digital Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Intermedia.  Credit requirements:  48 credits listed in Track 1 plus 12 credits in Advanced Specializations, for a total of 60 credits.
  • Track 3: B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. This track is restricted to students admitted into the Graphic Design concentration through a competitive portfolio review. This program provides a pre-professional orientation emphasizing interactive design, graphic design theory, and interdisciplinary research.  Students accepted into the Graphic Design program must complete a specific sequence of courses at both the 300- and 400-level.  Graphic Design courses are only available to students who have been admitted to the Graphic Design concentration.  Credit requirements: 21 credits in Foundation and studio art electives, and 12 credits in supporting courses in Art History and/or Theory (ARTT361 Design Literacy: Decoding Our Visual Culture, a Graphic Design Concentration requirement, satisfies 3 credits of the supporting area for Graphic Design students) for a total of 60 credits.

 
Students interested in Track 2 may apply after the completion of at least two 300-level courses, plus completion or enrollment in ARTT418.  Students may re-apply one time.
   
Students interested in Track 3 must have completed or be enrolled in the required Foundation courses to apply to the specialization.  The strict course requirements in Graphic Design make early application to Track 3 optimal.  Students may re-apply one time.
   
Transfer students who have completed courses equivalent to the Foundation and intermediate courses at UMCP may apply immediately to Tracks 2 or 3 if they choose.
   
These are competitive programs with a limit of approximately 20 new students per year in the combined Art areas, and approximately 20 students per year in Graphic Design.  For information about the Portfolio review process for Tracks 2 and 3 please see the Department of Art website.

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.

Track 1: BA in Studio Art - 48 total credits required to complete major

Foundation Courses:   18 Credits

  • ARTT100: Two Dimensional Design Fundamentals
  • ARTT110: Elements of Drawing I
  • ARTT150: Introduction to Art Theory
  • ARTT200: Three Dimensional Art Fundamentals
  • ARTT210: Elements of Drawing II
  • ARTT255: Introduction to Digital Art and Design Processes


Intermediate Courses:   9 Credits

Choose three courses total from at least two areas on this list:

  • Painting (ARTT320)
  • Sculpture (ARTT330, 331, 332, 333)
  • Printmaking (ARTT340, 341, 343, 344)
  • Digital Media (ARTT370)


Advanced Courses:   9 Credits

  • ARTT418: Advanced Drawing Studio
  • One 300-/400-level ARTT elective
  • One 400-level ARTTor Art Theory elective


Supporting Area:   12 Credits

  • ARTH200, ARTH201, plus two 300-/400-level ARTH or Art Theory electives       
  • (Department recommends ARTH351: Twentieth Century 1945 to present)


Track 2: B.A. in Studio Art with an Advanced Specialization:
12 credits in addition to 48 credits required in Track 1; 60 total credits required to complete major.


Course Requirements for Areas of Advanced Specialization in Studio Art: Advanced media courses ending in 8 or 9 are repeatable up to 12 credits.

Digital Media:

  • ARTT479: Advanced Digital Media Studio (2 repeatable 3 cr. courses) - 6 credits
  • Option: ARTT479 or ARTT353/449 (Photo) or 34x/448 (Printmaking) - courses that emphasize digital processes. (3 cr. of ARTT 498 Directed Studies may be substituted for ARTT479 cr.) - 3 credits
  • ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Track 2 students only. Students in Department Honors Program may substitute the Honors Seminar for this course. - 3 credits

Painting:        

  • ARTT428: Advanced Painting Studio (Three repeatable 3 cr. courses) (3 cr. of ARTT498 Directed Studies in Art may be substituted for ARTT428) - 9 credits 
  • ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Track 2 students only. Students in Department Honors Program may substitute the Honors Seminar for this course. - 3 credits

Printmaking:       

  • Option: ARTT34x or ARTT448 - 3 credits
  • ARTT448: Advanced Printmaking Studio (Two repeatable 3 cr. courses) (3 cr. of 498 Directed Studies may be substituted for 448 credit) - 6 credits
  • ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Track 2 students only. Students in Department Honors Program may substitute the Honors Seminar for this course. - 3 credits                                          

Sculpture:

  • Option: ARTT33x or ARTT418* or ARTT438 - 3 credits
  • ARTT438: Advanced Sculpture Studio (Two repeatable 3cr. Courses) (3 cr. of ARTT498 Directed Studies in Art may be substituted for 438 credit.) - 6 credits
  • ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Track 2 students only. Students in Department Honors Program may substitute the Honors Seminar for this course. - 3 credits

Intermedia:

  • ARTT4xx Advanced Studios (combination of inter-related courses) (3 cr. of ARTT498 Directed Studies in Art may be used for 4xx credit.) - 9 credits
  • ARTT481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Track 2 students only. Students in Department Honors Program may substitute the Honors Seminar for this course. - 3 credits

Track 3:  B.A. in Studio Art w/ Concentration in Graphic Design
60 total credits required to complete major.


Intermediate and Advanced Graphic Design courses are restricted to students who have been accepted into the Design Concentration by an application process and competitive portfolio review. All Track 3 students must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirements

  • Foundation and Supporting Area courses listed in Track 1 BA (see ARTT361 below) - 27 credits
  • ARTT386 or 45x Graphic Design Electives - 6 credits
  • ARTT3xx / 4xx Art Electives - 6 credits
  • Required Graphic Design Area of Concentration Courses - 21 credits


Graphic Design required courses - 21 credits

  • ARTT355: Intermediate Graphic Design Principles
  • ARTT356: Graphic Design Processes  
  • ARTT357: Interactive Graphic Design
  • ARTT454: Advanced Graphic Design Principles  
  • ARTT455: Three-Dimensional Graphic Design
  • ARTT458: Graphic Design Portfolio
  • ARTT361:  Design Literacy: Decoding Visual Culture. Satifies 3cr. of the Art History or Theory supporting area.

Graphic Design elective courses:  Student choice – 6 credits.  
Not all courses are offered every semester. Some are offered during Summer and Winter terms.

  • ARTT386:  Experiential Learning (Graphic Design Internship only)
  • ARTT456:  Motion Design
  • ARTT457:  Advanced Interactive Design
  • ARTT459:  Advanced Graphic Design Studio
  • ARTT488:  Special Topics in Graphic Design
  • ARTT499:  Directed Studies in Graphic Design

Other Requirements for the Major

Please go to Department of Art Website for more information:  www.art.umd.edu

Certificate

The Department of Art offers no formal Certificate programs.

Advising

The department assigns advisors to its majors by class/credit hours.  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 see his or her advisor within the department.

Students are strongly encouraged to see their advisors in the department each semester.

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

Fieldwork Opportunities

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

Internships

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 community.  Additional information is available in the Department of Art office or on the website.

Honors Program

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.  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 irregular basis, depending on the funding.

For more information, go to the department website:  www.art.umd.edu

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