Art Education Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outline the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Art is offered as a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Art. The Art Program at Castleton, while being a strongly humanistic course of study in which students develop skills in creative and critical thinking along with aesthetic and historical appreciation, is structured to provide art majors the opportunity to prepare for careers in Studio Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Art Education, or Photography.

Departmental trips to New York City galleries and museums bring students in contact with original historic and contemporary works of art. Many galleries and museums, such as the Hood Museum, the Williams College Museum, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, the Middlebury College Museum, and the Fleming Museum are within easy reach of the campus. The Art Students League, a campus club, sponsors visiting artists, film series, studio visits, and collaborative projects as well as trips.

Graduates of the art program have worked in graphic design studios and started graphic design and other art production businesses, worked in museums and galleries, entered Master of Fine Arts and other degree programs and, in conjunction with coursework in education, gained licensure and taught art in elementary and secondary schools in Vermont and other states.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the process of making art.
  2. An art historical perspective.
  3. A personal context and direction in studio work.

BA in Art with a Concentration in Art Education

Complete the foundational Art courses by the second year (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 1020

Introduction to Studio Arts

A studio course designed to introduce the concepts, motivations and theory of making art. Experimentation with various media in the studio environment. Consideration of conceptual and linguistic processes that affect perception.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 1030

Composition and Concepts

An intensive investigation of visual form and meaning in art. Emphasis is on development of strong perceptual and conceptual bases for further study in art.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ARH 2011

Survey of Western Art I

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Prehistoric to Renaissance art.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Every Semester

3

ARH 2012

Survey of Western Art II

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Renaissance to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Prerequisite: ARH 2011 if possible.

Spring

3

And complete these courses (30 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 1011

Drawing I

complete these 7 courses:

An investigation of drawing media and techniques with emphasis on rendering from empirical observation. Proportion, anatomy, volume structure and perspective may be investigated. Experience in drawing the human figure and still life.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 2211

Painting I

Beginning strategies for painting in oils or acrylic. Emphasis is on process and investigation of various spatial structures in both representational and nonrepresentational modes. Material and historical concerns are integral parts of this directed investigation. Goals are the development of a formal vocabulary, visual sensitivity and manipulative skills. Recommended for non-majors.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 2251

Sculpture I

Instruction in the theoretical and practical observation of form, space and its dimensional concepts. Abstract interpretation and working directly from the model.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ART 2301

Photography I

An introductory studio course exploring camera techniques, film exposure and black and white darkroom procedures. Emphasis is on photography as an art form and the potential of the medium as a vehicle for personal visual expression. Historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts will be considered. Students must furnish (or have regular access to) their own inexpensive adjustable camera and supplies. Field trips may be included.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ART 2311

Printmaking I

An introduction to relief printing and intaglio processes. Emphasis is on experimentation and exploration of the print as a vehicle of artistic expression. The relationship of printmaking to developing ideas for painting and sculpture is considered.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee May have studio fees.

Every semester

3

ART 2420

Introduction to Art Education

This course provides students with an introduction to teaching art in K-12 school settings. Students will investigate individual and social development, curriculum planning, historical and theoretical issues in art education, as well as instructional and assessment strategies relating to state and national standards. The class will include lecture, discussions, and hands-on activities in a variety of media.

Fall, odd years

3

ART 3150

Art Education: Contemporary Issues and Practice

This course provides an analysis of current philosophies, theories, and practices in art and education at all levels of instruction. The course revolves around examining appropriate curriculum content, pedagogical approaches and human relations in diverse contemporary classrooms. The class will include lecture, discussions, and hands-on activities in a variety of media relating to state and national standards.

Fall, even years

3

ART 1410

Digital Photography I

and complete one of these courses:

The student will explore the mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography, as well as developing some of the basic tools of image manipulation. Instruction will include the aesthetics of digital images.

Prerequisite: Digital camera is required.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ART 2012

Drawing II

and complete two of these courses:

A studio course emphasizing perceptual and conceptual processes in drawing. Analysis and composition based on observation of natural form, man-made form and the figure. Students may take a second semester for credit.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 1011 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Every semester

3

ART 2212

Painting II

Theory and practice of painting. Studio experience, critiques and historical reference provide a visual and conceptual basis for further investigation in painting. Students may take a second semester for credit.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 1030 or ART 2211 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have Studio fees.

Every semester

3

ART 2252

Sculpture II

Further instruction in the principles of sculptural form using a variety of materials and techniques.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 2251 or consent of instructor.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 2302

Photography II

This course is designed for the intermediate student working in film-based black and white photography, digital photography, or both. Prior knowledge of the digital camera and Photoshop are assumed for students who wish to work digitally. Technical control and artistic expression are emphasized as students develop their visual perception and awareness of photographic possibilities. Topics covered may include digital scanning and printing, studio lighting, introduction to medium- and large-format cameras and introduction to alternative processes. A 35mm camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed or a digital camera (preferably a DSLR) is required for the course. Film and paper are not covered by the lab fee.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 2301 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Spring

3

ART 2312

Printmaking II

  • ART 1231 - Ceramics I 3 cr (offered at CCV)

Relief, intaglio, monotype, and experimental processes may be explored. Drypoint, engraving, etching and aquatint may be addressed. Emphasis is on conception as well as technique.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 2311 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Every semester

3

And take the Capstone courses (4 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 3131

Professional Studio Arts I

A studio/critique course for those seriously involved in any visual art medium. Goals of the course include the development of visual, verbal and conceptual skills necessary for long-range involvement in art. Fulfills program requirements for art majors only. Students may take a second semester for credit.

Prerequisite: Junior status. Graded only.

Every semester

3

ART 4920

Senior Exhibition/Presentation

Senior art majors who chose painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design or sculpture as their field of concentration are required to mount an exhibition of their work. Majors who elect art history as their chosen field are required to make a public presentation based on their intermediate and advanced coursework in art history. Exhibitions and presentations will be evaluated by art faculty.

Prerequisite: Fulfillment of all other requirements for art majors.

1

(Total Art credits: 46)

And complete the Education Department requirements (35 cr):

Students must choose either Elementary Education Licensure (K-6) or Secondary Education Licensure (7-12).

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

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