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    The Art Education Program

    The Department of Visual Arts 

    The Department of Visual Arts offers five majors that lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree: Art Education, Art History, Arts Administration (with a concentration in Visual Arts), Graphic Design and Studio Arts. Four different minors are available: Art History, Graphic Design, Photography and Studio Arts. Certification in Art Education is also available through a joint program with the Saint Vincent College Department of Education. 

    There are many opportunities to engage the arts beyond the classroom. The proximity to Pittsburgh allows students access to nationally-recognized artistic organizations. The Saint Vincent Gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions of regionally and nationally recognized artists and the senior exhibitions of graduating art students, it the home of the art collections of the Archabbey and College; and the Foster and Muriel McCarl Collection of 19th century American coverlets (housed in the Fred Rodgers Center) is an important resource for American craft and history. In addition, students have submitted their work for local and regional exhibitions even while they attend Saint Vincent. This combination of coursework and "hands-on" studio experience is excellent preparation for careers in the arts. 

    Fine Arts Learning Objectives:

    • Students should know and be able to use discipline-based vocabulary.
    • Students should be able to critique their own work as well as the work of others.
    • Students should be able to identify stylistic characteristics.
    • Students should have acquired basic facility in a broad range of media.
    • Students should have acquired advanced facility in one medium.
    • Students should have understanding of possible career paths.

         A portfolio review is required for admission to this major. Please contact the department chair for portfolio requirements.          
        Students who successfully complete the Art Education major and certification program will have received all of the necessary preparation needed to become a certified K-12 art teacher in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Because the higher paying teaching jobs are given to those with master degrees, it is recommended that graduates of the program continue their artistic training by entering a master of fine arts program, whether while working as a teacher or directly after graduation.
        In addition, Art Education majors seeking certification must also complete the requirements set by the Department of Education. Each student needs to see the Education Department for acceptance in the certification program and receive advising for the particular education courses needed. Some students elect to complete their degree in Art Education before finishing the requirements for certification. If this route is chosen, the student must continue coursework after graduation to complete their teaching certification requirements. The Art Education major demands a heavy course load; good communication between the student and his/her advisors is critical.

    Art Education Major Requirements (42 credits) 

    Required courses (33 credits)
    AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
    AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits
    AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
    AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
    AR 135   Design:  Three-Dimensional - 3 credits
    AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits
    AR 230   Drawing II - 3 credits
    AR 240   Sculpture I - 3 credits
    AR 325   Painting II - 3 credits
    AR 336   Sculpture II - 3 credits
    AR 405   Senior Exhibition and Professional Seminar - 3 credits

    One course selected from (3 credits)
    AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
    AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits

    Two courses selected from (6 credits)
    AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
    AR 233   Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 credits
    AR 234   Introduction to Stained Glass - 3 credits
    AR 236   Fiber Art - 3 credits
    AR 238   Clay and Pottery - 3 credits
    AR 330   Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 credits
    AR 333   Advanced Photography - 3 credits
    AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits
    AR 348   Printmaking II - 3 credits
    CA 235   *Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
    CA 285   *Electronic Media - 3 credits

    *Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.


    A portfolio review is required for admission to this major.  Please contact the department chair for portfolio requirements.