Faculty Advising Heads 2012-2013
Fine Art - Joseph Wardwell
Art History - Peter Kalb
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Studio Art Program
If you are considering a studio art concentration, we recommend that you enroll in a beginning painting or sculpture course in your sophomore year to allow time to develop your work in a sequence of courses taken over a period of three years.
Students who concentrate in studio art are expected to take art history courses; they are an important component of your concentration requirement and deepen your creative experience. You are encouraged to extend your intellectual and creative involvement through summer art programs and participation in full studio faculty reviews of your work during sophomore, junior and senior years.
Requirements for Major in Studio Art
Studio art majors are required to take:
- Four semesters of beginning and intermediate courses in either painting or sculpture or a combination of beginning and intermediate courses in a combination of media, selected by students in consultation with their department adviser and completed by the end of the junior year.
- Two semesters of studio electives in drawing, design, sculpture, painting, printmaking or new media.
- Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b) in painting or sculpture.
- Four semesters of art history, from among the fine arts and cross-listed courses, consisting of one course in ancient or medieval art, one course in Asian art, and two courses in Renaissance to modern art. Studio majors may take either FA 76a or FILM 100a for an elective, but not both.
Requirements for Minor in Sculpture
A minor in sculpture is offered in addition to the studio art major. This gives the student majoring in another department the opportunity to flexibly construct a program of sculpture courses that reflect his or her own personal or academic interests.
Majoring in art history with a minor in sculpture is permitted. Two courses in studio art may be counted toward the major in art history and the minor in Sculpture.
Majoring in studio art with a minor in sculpture is not permitted.
Six courses are required for the minor in sculpture:
A. Four Beginning/Intermediate Level Sculpture Studio Courses
B. Two Senior Studio Courses
All courses taken for the minor must receive a final grade of C- or better. No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor.
Students may double major in studio art and the history of art if the requirements of each major are fully met with a minimum of 18 semester courses total.
Requirements for Honors in Studio Art
In order to earn honors in the Program in the Studio Art, students must meet certain requirements. For more information, read the following guidelines.
Making art is a process fundamental to human beings, where skill and imagination are employed to make objects, environments or experiential phenomena that can be shared with others. These artistic manifestations have served throughout history as powerful documents of human thought and feeling. They do not only reflect the vision of the artist, but also transcend it, and become evidence of the values of an entire culture.
The Studio Art program cultivates and nurtures the student’s personal vision through the practice of various creative disciplines, such as painting, sculpture and printmaking. This complex practice is informed both by an awareness of the history of art and also one’s own experience as a vehicle for expression. For this reason, art making is as varied as the individuals who dedicate themselves to it. Brandeis students regard their studio work as a challenging mode of intellectual inquiry. Into their creative process they bring ideas and insights garnered in their broad academic studies of the sciences, social sciences, humanities as well as the other creative arts, such as music and performance.
The Studio Art faculty offers courses in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and digital media. Within these disciplines, intermediate and or advanced courses offer the opportunity to build on the core fundamental skills taught in the introductory courses. Topic themed courses at the introductory level are designed to provide greater focus on specific subjects, such as Architectural drawing or Life Painting. Studio Majors take four courses in the history of art, and culminate their curricular experience in a full year Senior Studio class where they pursue in depth creative projects.
Studio Art majors build experience though course work, aiming to develop skills in the following:
~ The discipline of drawing : from perception and imagination, and in response to the needs of their creative work in other media.
~ The knowledge about materials and processes in a range of two and three-dimensional media.
~ An understanding of the critical process as it relates to studio practice, and the ability to engage in critical discussion about one’s own work and that of other artists.
~ A developing ability to visually articulate content and meaning through form.
~ An understanding of self in the context of the practice of art. An appreciation of how one builds relationships to both historical and contemporary art practices through ones own creative work. A realization of individual potential for expression and through informed vision.
The Studio Art major will acquire the following types of knowledge:
~ Familiarity with materials and methods employed in the practice of art. The ability to apply techniques of various media in order to serve personal vision.
~ An in-depth study of one discipline/medium, in which to pursue advanced research during Senior year. Students should also be versed in various mediums beyond the chosen area of specialization, such as printmaking, drawing, or photography.
~ A broad understanding of the scope of art history from Ancient to Medieval, Renaissance to Impressionism, Modern and Contemporary, and Non-Western art. The ability to direct studio practice in an informed manner, stemming from a growing understanding of the history of art, theoretical and aesthetic concepts.
~ An exposure to contemporary visual arts culture through visiting artist lectures, visits to the Rose Art museum and field trips to New England and New York museums and galleries.
~ A knowledge of how to take personal risks in the process of intensifying visual intuition. The ability to select and exhibit one’s work.
Through the practice of art making and the study of art history students will come to understand the cultural significance of art in society and the importance of self-expression inside a community.
Understanding how to interpret and communicate visually enables our students to bridge cultural divides and nurtures empathy and increased awareness of global situations. The social commitment of our students is evident in the subject matter they embrace in creative work: environmental problems, political issues or ideas about sexual identity. Their work not only documents social issues, but also promotes social change in site specific installations and performances intended to engage, provoke and inspire a community audience.
Through the continued creation of art, students will be engaged in a lifelong process of self-reflection and inquiry that will challenge convention at either the individual or social level, or both.
A Brandeis Studio Art major will be prepared to:
~ Pursue graduate study of art, in order to sustain their practice outside of an academic structure and possibly pursue the teaching of their discipline.
~ Apply knowledge to work in other professional art fields: in museums, galleries, arts organizations, arts publications, business.
~ Use the creative process as a guiding principle in other disciplines. Studio art majors have not only gone on to careers in creative art, design, and art history, but also have pursued graduate degrees in medicine, elementary education, social work and art therapy.
~ Contribute to contemporary discourse on art and world issues through the making of art.
Studio Art Courses
A listing of all courses offered by the department may be found in the University Bulletin.