Department of Art and Design

Visual communication is among the most basic of human languages. Through the study of art, students acquire a rich understanding of human nature, values, psychology, aesthetics and history. Well-prepared artists, designers and educators are crucial contributors to our increasingly complex visual world; career opportunities are numerous. Graduates of our program now work as educators at the secondary and collegiate level, as art directors, illustrators and graphic designers in advertising agencies, as studio photographers and film makers, as museum and gallery curators, as certified art therapists and as independent studio artists with professional gallery representation.

The faculty of the Art and Design Department believe visual literacy should be an essential skill for every well-educated and productive citizen. Since the invention of photography, and increasingly in the multi-media environment fostered today by computers, everyone is inescapably subject to both the riches and hazards of visual culture. Thus, we urge every university student to consider taking at least one art course in fulfillment of the two-course general education requirement in art, music and literature.

Prospective art and design majors are offered a range of courses in several areas of specialization: art education, art history, graphic design and studio art. Regardless of which track a student selects, students are encouraged to gain a broad understanding of the history of their field, to acquire the vocabulary and facility in communicating their understanding and appreciation of art and to develop the skills necessary to create artistic statements of their own.

Art and Design Departmental Objectives

Opportunities

Students have a number of art-related extra-curricular opportunities: including the award-winning university newspaper, The Xavierite, designing departmental Web pages, working for the university FM station, WXAV or co-editing and contributing to the annual art and literary magazine, Opus. Student Work/Study is available in the Media Center, the computer labs, the SXU Gallery, print shop and the Public Relations office.

Internship opportunities are encouraged and developed in collaboration with the Career and Personal Development Center. Upper division students may seek any of a wide variety of positions, both on and off campus. These internships provide valuable experience in the field and an insider's knowledge of related employment opportunities after graduation.

Scholarships administered by the Art and Design Department include the Portfolio Scholarship for entering art majors and art minors, M. Paul Keefe, R.S.M., Art Scholarship, the Mildred Keene Scholarship, the Roy W. Clough Graphic Design Scholarship, the Tim and Jean Morman Unsworth '55 Scholarship, the Goldenberg Scholarship and Merit Scholarships.

The SXU Gallery

The SXU Gallery is an important asset to the university community. The gallery display of professional artists' work is on a rotating basis. This work brings additional material for student-faculty study. Shows are customarily accompanied by an opening lecture by the artist. Senior art majors present their work in a yearly exhibit in the SXU Gallery or the Visual Art Center Student Gallery as a capstone to their educational experience at SXU.

The Visual Art Center Gallery

The Visual Art Center Gallery, which provides an exclusively dedicated venue for SXU students and alumni to show their work, is housed in the stunning former sanctuary of a church, which was remodeled in 2009 to become the new home of Saint Xavier University's art And Design Department. The VAC Gallery offers the "in-house" exhibition opportunity our students have never before had in the history of the University. Three to four exhibitions per semester are installed, presenting the artwork from various courses within the Department curriculum, thematic calls for submissions or alumni-curated shows highlighting their continued involvement in the arts. The VAC Gallery is also used as a critique space, allowing students and faculty alike the opportunity to view and discuss work in a professional setting.

Faculty

M.Gerlach, Chair; A. Fraunhar; J. Hileman; N. Peck; C. Ruggie Saunders.

Admission to Department

Formal portfolio application for admission to the major is typically made after the end of the sophomore year or in the case of transfer students, at the conclusion of the first semester of enrollment at Saint Xavier University. By the end of the junior year, students choosing the studio, graphic design or art education track will submit another portfolio showing the artistic direction in which they will concentrate for the two-semester Senior Seminar, culminating in a professional group exhibition in the SXU Gallery. Those choosing to major in art history will devote a comparable portion of their senior year to an independent research project that may result in the production of a substantial paper.

Programs of Study

Art and design majors must select one of the four track options (studio, graphic design, art education or art history) and earn grades of C or above in all courses required for the major. Art education majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major.

Studio Art Core

Studio art majors must complete a set of nine courses and elect at least six additional courses from their respective tracks for a major totaling 45 credit hours.

Total Core Hours (27)

For the three art history course requirements, Art and design majors in the studio track should select at least two art history survey courses from the following pairings; at least one course must be from the 200-level offerings including the art history specialty courses.

The third art history course requirement must be at the 200-level or higher and should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Art majors must have completed one 200 level art history course by the end of sophomore year. For transfer students, one 200-level art history course must be taken by the end of junior year.

Studio Track

(In addition to the Studio Art Core - 27 credit hours)

Studio majors will choose six courses from those listed below, selected in consultation with an advisor and in anticipation of a senior exhibition concentration.

Graphic Design Track

Graphic design art majors must complete a core of eleven courses and at least four additional courses for a major totaling 45 credit hours.

*These four courses should be taken in this recommended sequence - ART 116, 119, 120, 211.

In addition graphic design track art majors must choose four from the following courses:

Total credit hour requirement 45

Art History Track 

Art history majors must select a chronological survey for each of three periods: 9 credit hours.

Select one course from each pairing; at least one of the three courses must be from the 200-level offerings.

Four additional art history courses must be selected from 200 or 300 level departmental offerings (12 credit hours). Any three studio art courses are required, to provide an appreciation for and experience with the creative process (9 credit hours). Art history majors must complete the two-semester Research Seminar sequence during their senior year (6 credit hours).

Total: 36 credit hours

In consultation with an advisor, students interested in graduate school may want to take one or more years of an appropriate foreign language. There are also many other excellent cognate courses to consider as electives in anthropology, English, history, communication and religious studies.

Art Education Track (Middle and Secondary)

Art education is an interdisciplinary track, combining learning in art and design practices, art history and visual culture and the pedagogy of performance as a visual art teacher. Students in this track are trained to be artist/designer-teachers.

Art education majors are required to take the 27 credit hour studio art core, including Senior Seminar I and II, and a minimum of six other art and design courses, chosen to cover both traditional studio practices and contemporary digital media. State requirements for secondary visual art teachers suggest an appropriate distribution of these courses in the following areas:

Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Computer Graphics/Graphic Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Film Studies, Art Education Methods, History of Visual Art, and Visual Culture.

Art students who are seeking state certification must be admitted to the School of Education and complete all requirements for the major, all general education courses, and all professional education courses with a minimum of a C, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the major. Consult the School of Education section of the catalog for the specific requirements and procedures. It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain and fulfill the requirements for the desired degree program. The major advisor and an education advisor will assist the student in this responsibility.

Program for a Studio Track Minor

A minor in art and design will be awarded for the completion of any six courses (18 credit hours) selected from the regular offerings of the department. Students should consult with a department advisor when planning their minor.

No more than 12 credit hours in transfer credit will be accepted towards the studio track minor in art and design.

Program for a Graphic Design Minor

A minor in graphic design requires six specific courses, four of which should be taken in the recommended sequence. This minor has significant career potential as it provides grounding in digital and web design.

Graphic designer minor in suggested sequence:

and two of the following:

Program for an Education Minor

Education majors planning to minor in Art and Design should take at least two art history/appreciation courses and four courses that are studio/design experiential courses.

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