Art

The Department of Art seeks to develop a studio program of high quality for its majors as well as to develop an awareness and appreciation of art in all students. The art major involves students in the visual arts, both as creative artists and as learners of multiple philosophical and art historical perspectives. It provides for an in-depth experience in making images and formulating and crafting ideas through a variety of means. Emphasis is on training in observation, technical application of skills demanded of each medium and the resolution of imagery for presentation to an audience. Focus areas for the art major include painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and photography. Minors are available in art history as well as in all the studio areas.

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Note: A major in art history can be achieved through the integrative studies major.

Degrees Offered

The Bachelor of Arts is for students who prefer a major in art in addition to a broad liberal arts background.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is designed for students primarily interested in becoming professional artists or in entering graduate school in studio art.

Art Majors

Bachelor of Arts

The major requires a minimum of 44 credit hours (11 courses) without senior thesis and 46 credit hours (12 courses) with senior thesis.

ART 102 Two-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 104 Drawing 1 - 4 credits
ART 106 Three-dimensional Design - 4 credits
Choose three courses from below  (12 credits)

 

  • Ceramics  - ART 140, ART 240, ART 306
  • Drawing  - ART 204, ART 205, ART 221 or 323 
  • Painting - ART 211, ART 212, ART 311
  • Photo - ART 130, ART 232, ART 308
  • Printmaking - ART 221, ART 322 or 323, ART 422
  • Sculpture - ART 251, ART 353, ART 453
CHOOSE TWO APPROVED ART HISTORY COURSES (8 credits)
ART 100 Introduction to Visual Arts - 4 credits
ART 172 Arts of Africa, Asia and the Americas - 4 credits
ART 235 Renaissance in Florence - 4 credits
ART 250 Special Topics in Art History - 4 credits
ART 271 Art History Survey - 4 credits
ART 275 Modern Art - 4 credits
ART 276 Contemporary Art - 4 credits
ART 278 History of Photography - 4 credits
Additional Required Courses for the major without senior thesis 
Three art electives different from focus 12 credits 
Total credit hours for A.B. degree in art without senior thesis – 44 credits

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MAJOR WITH SENIOR THESIS 
ART 479  Professional Practices for Art  2 credits 
ART 480  Senior Thesis I  4 credits 
Two art elective courses different from focus 8 credits
Total credit hours for A.B. degree in art with senior thesis – 46 credits

Bachelor of Fine Arts

This major, which emphasizes a more intensive study of studio art, requires a minimum of 82 credit hours (21 courses). A 3.25 average in art is required to continue to pursue the B.F.A. beyond the second semester of the junior year. The B.F.A. degree does not require a minor.

ART 102 Two-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 104 Drawing I - 4 credits
ART 106 Three-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 205 Drawing II - 4 credits
CHOOSE EIGHT COURSE FROM FOCUS (28 CREDITS)
  • Ceramics - ART 140, 240, 306, 406, 407, 480, 481
  • Drawing - ART 204, 211, 221, 305, 323, 480, 481
  • Painting - ART 211, 212, 311, 411, 400, 480, 481
  • Photo - ART 130, 231, 308, 408, 409, 480, 481
  • Printmaking - ART 221, 322, 323, 405, 422, 480, 481
  • Sculpture - ART 251, 353, 403, 404, 453, 480, 481
ART 479 Professional Practices for Art 2 credits
Choose three approved Art History courses (12 credits)
ART 100 Introduction Visual Arts - 4 credits
ART 172 Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas - 4 credits
ART 235 Renaissance in Florence - 4 credits
ART 250 Special Topics in Art History - 4 credits
ART 271 Art History Survey - 4 credits
ART 275 Modern Art - 4 credits
ART 276 Contemporary Art - 4 credits
ART 278 History of Photography - 4 credits
Choose six art elective COURSES DIFFERENT FROM FOCUS (24 CREDITS)

Total credit hours for the B.F.A. degree in art – 82 credits

Art Minor

Visual Arts

The visual arts minor allows students from any major to pursue a focused exploration of ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or art history.

The visual art minor in a studio area is not available to students obtaining an A.B. degree in art. The visual arts minor is available to students obtaining a B.F.A. degree provided that the medium chosen for the minor is different from the student’s studio focus area for the degree. Students obtaining an A.B. or B.F.A. degree in art may minor in art history.

Each of the eight tracks in the visual arts minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

Art History

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
ART 100 Introduction to Visual Arts - 4 credits
ART 172 Arts of Africa, Asia and the Americas - 4 credits
ART 271 Art History Survey - 4 credits
CHOOSE TWO COURSES (8 credits)
ART 235 Renaissance in Florence - 4 credits
ART 250 Special Topics in Art History - 4 credits
ART 275 Modern Art - 4 credits
ART 276 Contemporary Art - 4 credits
ART 278 History of Photography - 4 credits

One art course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, art history track – 16 credits

Ceramics

ART 106 Three-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 140 Ceramics I - 4 credits
ART 240 Ceramics II - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, ceramics track – 16 credits

Design

ART 102 Two-dimensional design - 4 credits
ART 106 Three-dimensional design - 4 credits
ART 245 Digital Darkroom or CTIS/THEA 274 Digital Graphic Design - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, design track – 16 credits

Drawing

ART 104 Drawing I - 4 credits
ART 204 Life Drawing I - 4 credits
ART 205 Drawing II - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, drawing track – 16 credits

Painting

ART 102 Two-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 211 Painting I - 4 credits
ART 212 Painting II - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, painting track – 16 credits

Photography

ART 102 Two-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 130 Photography I - 4 credits
ART 231 Photography II or ART 245 Digital Darkroom - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, photography track – 16 credits

Printmaking

ART 102 Two-dimensional Design or ART 104 Drawing I - 4 credits
ART 221 Woodcut - 4 credits
ART 323 Etching - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits) 

Total credit hours for visual arts, printmaking track – 16 credits

Sculpture

ART 106 Three-dimensional Design - 4 credits
ART 251 Sculpture I - 4 credits
ART 353 Sculpture II - 4 credits
One ART course at any level. (4 credits)

Total credit hours for visual arts, sculpture track – 16 credits

Art at Guilford

Why Art at Guilford?

Guilford isn’t like most colleges, and neither is its art department. Rather than feeling lost or crowded in a large shared space, the studio feels like your second home. Instead of experiencing an intimidating and serious class atmosphere, you could be experiencing a casual and enjoyable creative place. At Guilford, our art faculty members are talented enough to teach you new methods and media, and smart enough to give you the creative freedom you need. Any person who seriously enjoys creating and expressing themselves through art should study at Guilford, because here you are surrounded by people who feel the same way.

Guilford’s art classes are small in size in order to ensure that each student gets extensive one-on-one interaction with their professors. This also helps create a close-knit community among your classmates and in the department as a whole. Despite its smaller size, Guilford offers many different opportunities to its students. Study abroad options in multiple countries, being a teacher’s assistant for an active Guilford class, being an intern for credit with local galleries or businesses and participating in the Honors Senior Thesis are just a few of the many opportunities that Guilford’s Department of Art offers.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Senior Thesis
Senior Thesis is an honors opportunity for art majors to completely immerse themselves in their artwork. If accepted into the program, the individual student will have the freedom to craft his or her own curriculum for the year, decide the direction they want their artwork to go, and have their own personal studio for the entire year. Senior thesis students are also given consistent assistance from all art faculty and group critiques with the other senior thesis students. Part of the senior thesis is a required Professional Practices course with the Director of the Art Gallery, which teaches you the skills you need to present and document your thesis work, write an art resume, prepare packets of images and materials to apply for exhibits and graduate school and suggestions for how to support yourself as an artist. Essentially, the senior thesis program is to prepare serious artists for an art-related career or graduate school after graduation.

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