There are four concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, with all offering distinct options of study within the major. The Art History Concentration is a focused exploration of art history and theory. The Fine Art Studio Concentration prepares the student for professional studio practice across mediums. The Museum Studies Concentration focuses on museums and future employment opportunities within the museum, gallery and curatorial fields. The Graphic Design Concentration provides students with the applicable skills, knowledge, and professional proficiency for every aspect of the graphic design profession. All concentrations prepare students for further study at the graduate level, and to meet the demands of a workforce requiring exceptional creative problem solving skills. All four tracks culminate in a public presentation, at a professional level, of an original creative research project produced during the senior year.
The Art Department's Visiting Artist series as well as the regular exhibitions of renowned Artists in our various galleries expose art majors to current trends in regional, national and international art. Students can work one-on-one with internationally-renowned art professionals (such as artists, curators, art historians and critics) to gain feedback and to make valuable contacts.
Art History Concentration
Students primarily engaged in historical research and written arts scholarship should declare this concentration. The Art History concentration provides an opportunity within the liberal arts framework for students to develop an understanding of the history of western and world art from prehistory to postmodernism. A wide variety of courses are offered including traditional art history surveys, upper-level courses in topics ranging from Renaissance and Baroque, Women in Art, African Art, Asian Art, Writing About Art, Public Art and Media Culture, Art Criticism, Modern Art and Contemporary Art.
The Art History concentration culminates in a year long Senior Capstone experience. The first semester of the senior year involves working closely with a professor to research and develop a selected topic in Art History for a thesis. The second semester of the senior year is focused on writing the thesis and preparing for a public presentation of the thesis.
Fine Art Studio Concentration
The Fine Art Studio concentration track provides an opportunity within the liberal arts framework for students to develop skills, experiential practice and multicultural understanding of studio arts with a fine arts focus. A wide variety of courses are offered including basic art skills such as Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design, traditional art history surveys and upper-level Studio Art courses in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Sculpture in Expanded Media, Painting, Photography and Printmaking.
The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art concentration track culminates in an interdisciplinary yearlong Senior Capstone experience. The first semester of the senior year involves working closely with a professor and members of the Art Faculty to research and develop skills and ideas for a Senior Thesis Exhibition. The second semester of the senior year is focused on creating a body of original artwork and mounting a Senior Thesis Exhibition for public presentation.
Graphic Design Concentration
The Graphic Design concentration provides a learning environment that nurtures creative thinking and skill development. The curriculum is carefully assembled to fulfill the growing interest in graphic design from students in the Department of Art and beyond. Courses are designed to help students acquire the applicable skills and knowledge of digital software to gain professional proficiency in every aspect of the graphic design profession. The concentration will also prepare students for further study at the graduate level and to meet the demands of the workforce.
A wide variety of courses are offered including Intro to the Computer in Art, Graphic Design Studio from beginning to advanced level, Typography, Publication Design, Corporate Identity, Packaging, Motion, Senior Capstone experience that focuses primarily on research, design ideation and portfolio development, and Special Topics in Design. The topic will vary from section to section and may include high-end security printing, environmental design, web design, motion design, signage and way finding design, and exhibition design, among others.
Museum Studies Concentration
The Museum Studies concentration is a Bachelor of Arts degree program offered in the Department of Art. Museum Studies is an important emerging field in art. The museum studies program at GC is one of few undergraduate programs offered in the U.S.
Students will learn and understand the internal operations of a museum organization through the classes that are offered. The courses include Introduction to Museums Studies, introduces students to lectures, lab and gallery work, discussions, slide presentations and field trips to museums, where students learn about the history and functions of museums, their missions, diverse collections, exhibition programming, interaction with its audience and community and learn the organizational structure within a museum. Exhibition Design presents the study of museum and gallery design principles and exhibition construction techniques. Critical & Curatorial Theory & Development focuses on curatorial principles, how a curator researches and critically selects artists for exhibitions, develop exhibitions and collections and work in a museum environment. Museum Administration focuses on museum administration and its organizational structure.
The Art Department encourages Art Majors to include at least one summer semester to Study Abroad (recommended-not required) in Montepulciano (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Paris, Bahamas, etc. (Scholarships and other funding sources are available.)