Department of Art

Department of Art


Galleries

Our galleries are a big part of our academic programs. Students learn the process of showing at a gallery, putting together a collection, and how to run gallery. Galleries also offer a great tool in teaching students through viewing artists' work.

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Programs

Majors

BFA Major Requirements - University Course Catalog

BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) - Graphic Design

The BFA in Graphic Design introduces students to the rigorous problem solving skills that center around the combination of typography, images and visual communication in society. Students learn about design history, current methods, and theories while exploring a wide range of practices in the field including print, web, and new media. Students prepare a professional portfolio of work as a culminating experience in the senior year. The internship program is integrated into the fourth year and allows students to gain hands-on experience in the field.

 

BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) - Studio Art

The BFA in Studio Art degree is available with the following concentrations areas: Integrated Media, 2-Dimensional Media, and 3-Dimensional Media.

Integrated Media

The BFA in Integrated Media blurs the boundaries between photography, video, time-based media, installation and performance art. The study of the printed, projected and moving image is paired with experimentation, contemporary theories and practices, critical thinking and individual inquiry. As students progress in the integrated media emphasis, the development of individual and/or collaborative directions are encouraged, including the potential of interdisciplinary expansion of these modes. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.

2-Dimensional Media

The BFA in 2D Media includes the disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking. A foundation in traditional skills is paired with experimentation, contemporary theories and practices, critical thinking and individual inquiry. As students progress in the two-dimensional emphasis, the development of individual and/or collaborative directions are encouraged, including the potential of interdisciplinary expansion of these modes. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.

3-Dimensional Media

The BFA in 3D Media introduces students to the fundamental techniques and theories in sculpture and ceramics. A foundation in creating three-dimensional work is paired with experimentation, contemporary theories and practices, critical thinking and individual inquiry. As students progress in the three-dimensional emphasis, the development of individual and/or collaborative directions are encouraged, including the potential of interdisciplinary expansion of these modes. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.

 

BA and BS Major Requirements - University Course Catalog

BA (Bachelor of Arts) Art Major

The BA Art Major gives students a general studio experience with the visual arts. Students select courses from the Art Department’s full range of studio classes. The BA art major is a good choice for students who want to align coursework in another field of study with art as a minor or as a second major.

 

BS (Bachelor of Science) Art Education Major

The BS Art Education Major gives students the training to be art teachers and leads to a preK-12 teacher licensure as approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. St Cloud State University is regarded highly in teacher preparation and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The majority of our graduates obtain teaching jobs in Minnesota and other states.

 

 

BA (Bachelor of Arts) Art History Major

The BA Art History Major introduces students to the study of visual arts from global and historical perspectives. A comprehensive survey of art history from ancient through contemporary times, topics courses and an internship option, provide students with an in-depth exploration of developments in the visual arts. The BA art history major prepares students for further study leading to careers such as curator, gallery director, or arts administrator.

 

Minors

Minor Requirements - University Course Catalog

Art Minor

The Art Minor offers students the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities within the studio arts. Students will learn the foundations of art and art history then explore the introduction to studio arts. The minor compliments numerous majors throughout the university, including Marketing, Mass Communications and Psychology.

 

Graphic Design Minor

The Graphic Design Minor offers students the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities and explore the introduction to graphic design. Students will learn the foundations of art, the basics of graphic design like integrating text with image, typography and production. The minor complements numerous majors through the university, including Mass Communications and Marketing.

 

New Media - Music and Art Minor

The New Media - Music and Art Minor is a multi-disciplinary minor that focuses on the intellectual, creative and technical skills associated with new media. The New Media minor is appropriate for those with majors in art or music.