The Department of Art believes that a broad liberal arts foundation provides students with a rich training for cultural engagement and artistic expression. As practitioners and theorists, we aim to reflect in our practice and instruction, the importance of art in human life and the Christian faith. A life of faithful artistic stewardship will therefore ask students to pursue their calling using God-given gifts within the community of Covenant College and to the culture at large. To pursue these ends necessitates developing hands-on artistic technical skills and conceptual strategies, including the ability to collaborate and make with others. In addition to our program of artistic making and thinking, we provide an academic environment that will increase our understanding and appreciation of the art of the historical past while developing a critical framework to interpret and respond to the visual art and culture of the present.
Requirements for Major in Art
The Bachelor of Arts is offered to liberal arts students who wish to major in art. One goal of the major is to provide a broad liberal arts education that will inform the breadth of artistic practice. A second goal of this major is for students to explore a variety of art classes in studio and art history, while selecting a concentration in the following studios in both traditional and applied art: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and design. Completion of the program requires a total of 126 hours, including a minimum of 45 hours of art depending on the concentration chosen.
The Common Art Core (27 credits)
Art students are required to take the Common Art Core listed below, and to choose from one of five different concentrations. Most concentrations require an introductory course and three upper level courses (at least two in the same concentration); however, some concentrations have additional requirements, such as 12 credits of social science courses in communication design. At minimum students will take a total of 30 studio credit hours (12 credits in Foundation Studio, 9 credits in Studio Concentration, and 9 credits in Advanced Studio Concentration), and 9 additional credit hours in art history and 6 credit hours of capstone courses for a total of 45 credit hours. Advanced placement for ART 110 Drawing 1 allows students to enroll in ART 115 or ART 250 and 230. However, students will still need to take 45 credit hours in the art major.
The Studio Concentration (18 or 30 credits)
While art making today is a broad and varied practice, with artists using a variety of media and approaches to create work, the purpose of the art major is to allow students to explore in depth a particular concentration. The goal of the concentration is to develop proficiency in a particular medium while exploring the possibilities of other art media and traditions. Students, therefore, will be required to take a variety of media in at least three different Studio Concentration Courses and at least two similar Advanced Studio Concentration Courses and one Advanced Studio Concentration Elective.
Foundation courses are prerequisites for some, but not all, of the introductory studios listed below. See course description for corresponding prerequisite. For each advanced studio there is an introductory studio course as a prerequisite.
Model Program for B.A. Art Major
|2 Foundation Courses
||1 Introductory Studio Course
|1 Introductory Studio Course
||2 Advanced Studio Courses
||1 Art Criticism
|2 Foundation Courses
|1 Introductory Studio Course
||1 Advanced Studio Course
|2 Art History Courses
||1 Senior Seminar
||1 Senior Project
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, a new course numbering system has been put in place. Most course numbers have been changed. The previous equivalent course number will be listed in the course description. The course numbering pattern of ART XXX is as follows.
- The first number equates to the typical sequence year or level (1-4).
- The second number equates to the art discipline area
- The third number equates to the discipline sequence (0-9).
- #0# General or survey
- #1# Drawing and Printmaking
- #2# Design
- #3# 3-D arts (sculpture, ceramics, crafts)
- #4# Photography
- #5# Painting
- #6# Time-based arts
- #7# Art History
- #8# Independent Study or Seminar
- #9# Capstone
Students interested in teaching art at the P-12 level should complete a BA degree with a major in art and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed. Three of the courses in the minor, EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching , EDU 222 Educational Psychology and EDU 361 Education of Exceptional Children , are required for admission to the MAT. For information about certification, see Teacher Certification under the Education section of the catalog.
Additionally, pre-MAT art majors must take the following specific courses as part of their art major:
For more information see Dr. Sarah Donaldson in Brock Hall 316 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ProgramsMajorMinor and Concentrations
- ART 100 Introduction to Art
- ART 105 Introduction to Visual Culture
- ART 110 Drawing Principles
- ART 115 Drawing Concepts
- ART 120 2D Form and Concept
- ART 130 3D Form and Concept
- ART 211 Art Internship
- ART 217 Printed Matter
- ART 219 Collage
- ART 220 Communication Design
- ART 230 Sculpture
- ART 235 Ceramics
- ART 237 Fibers and Materials
- ART 239 Adornment
- ART 240 Darkroom Photography
- ART 250 Painting
- ART 255 Painting on Paper
- ART 270 Introduction to Art History
- ART 280 Special Studies
- ART 310 Figure Drawing
- ART 320 Publication Design
- ART 325 Type Design
- ART 330 Advanced Figure Sculpture: Structure, Form, Anatomy
- ART 331 Advanced Figure Sculpture: Gesture & Composition
- ART 335 Advanced Ceramics: Form, Materials, Concept
- ART 340 Digital Photography
- ART 350 Advanced Painting: Form, Material, Concept
- ART 355 Advanced Painting: Space, Material, Concept
- ART 370 History and Theory of Photography
- ART 371 Women, Art, and Culture
- ART 372 Global Modernisms
- ART 373 Art and the Church
- ART 380 Special Studies
- ART 411 Art Internship
- ART 420 Interactive Design
- ART 425 Brand Development
- ART 439 Mixed Media Materials
- ART 440 Advanced Digital Photography: Documentary
- ART 443 Advanced Digital Photography: the Constructed Image
- ART 445 Advanced Darkroom Photography: Alternative Processes
- ART 450 Contemporary Practices in Painting
- ART 470 Art and Criticism 1970 to the Present
- ART 475 Art History Practicum
- ART 491 Senior Seminar
- ART 492 Senior Project