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Art: Studio Art

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Why study Art: Studio Art at APSU?

Art courses are delivered in small class settings with indiviual attention from engaged scholars and educators  who are active in their fields.  Students have an opportunity to study in a new state of the art Mac lab. Our program of visiting lectures, workshops and speakers is also unrivalled in the state of Tennessee. Every year we bring to campus world-renowned designers, educators, and artists who share their experiences with you, the student. To major in art is also to become a part of an exciting community. There is always some activity in the art building. Students use the classrooms from 8 a.m. until midnight, and everyone is encouraged to participate or form their own student club. Currently, students run the Painting Club, the Student Design Group, the Student Art League, the Ceramics Club, the Mud Club, and the Art Education Club. These groups organize trips, host speakers, and also meet just to have fun.

What will I learn?

Art Education is one of the fastest growing fields in the 21st Century. To major in art is to become a visual problem solver. In your first year, you are introduced to the methods and materials of visual thinking through a series of Foundation courses. In these courses, you will examine and explore the visual world through drawing, computers, and other hands-on experiences in sculpture and two-dimensional design. The five Foundation Courses—Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Electronic Imaging, Two-Dimensional Design, and Three Dimensional Design—provide all incoming students with a solid set of conceptual and technical skills; we believe in a combination of old and new technologies. Even in the digital age drawing is never out of date!In your second year, we encourage you to take art history courses so that you begin to see yourself in an historical and global context. Your hands-on studio choices open up, too. You can enroll in Introductory Studio courses, Graphic Design classes, and Art Education sections which will give you a broad view of the visual word. Thus, you will begin to see that in the 21st century all areas of art are inter-related; drawing influences sculpture, sculpture influences design, design influences photography, for example. You do not need to choose a particular area of concentration to major in until late in your second year. In fact, we encourage you to take your time so that you can choose from a broad base of knowledge, knowing that eventually all of your classroom experiences will benefit your growth as an artist. In the third year, you will begin to focus more on your particular area of interest, whether it is Art Education, Fine Art, or Graphic Design. However, the faculty encourages you to see the two as one because all visual language shares the same grammar! As a student in Visual Communication, you will take more advanced courses in print design, web design, digital photography, typography and the like, while in Fine Arts you will begin to sharpen your interest in one of the major areas of concentration, namely Photography, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Illustration, Printmaking, New Media, and Painting. As an Art Educator, you will explore the history of the field, strategies for the classroom, and education theory and practice. Remember, however, that these courses are open to everyone in the department regardless of concentration. We encourage you to be broad based.
The senior year is the time to prepare for life after undergraduate school. For some this means entering a career in education, graphic design, or the arts, and for others this means graduate school. Each student is different, and we work with you to tailor the final semesters to your particular needs. BFA students in the Fine Arts exhibit mount a solo exhibition in Gallery 108, graduating seniors in Visual Communication hold a large group show in the Trahern’s main gallery, and Art Education majors prepare for student teaching. Your experience in the art department will be uniquely your own.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What do Art: Studio Art majors do after graduation?

Art Education is one of the fastest growing fields in the 21st century, and our graduates are successful in finding positions in these areas. Fine artists are able to purse graduate work or are often successful at creating entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves in galleries, as freelance artists, and as owners of small business. The greatest value of an arts education is that it prepares students to solve problems in a creative way. That’s the number one skill that employers in all fields are looking for in the 21st century. Finding new meanings in the world is what an arts education is all about.

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