Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
I love the monastery, the monastic life and that I can teach at the college and be around the wonderful students who bring even more joy to my life.
Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., DeanSchool of Humanities and Fine ArtsPhone: 724-805-2343Fax: 724-805-2812
School of Humanities and Fine Arts
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:
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 creditsAR 102 Art History II: Baroque to the Present - 3 creditsAR 130 Drawing I - 3 creditsAR 131 Design: Two-Dimensional - 3 creditsAR 135 Design: Three-Dimensional - 3 creditsAR 225 Painting I - 3 creditsAR 230 Drawing II - 3 creditsAR 240 Sculpture I - 3 creditsAR 325 Painting II - 3 creditsAR 336 Sculpture II - 3 creditsAR 405 Senior Exhibition and Professional Seminar - 3 credits
One course selected from (3 credits)AR 205 World Art History - 3 creditsAR 310 American Art and Architecture - 3 credits
Two courses selected from (6 credits)AR 212 Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 creditsAR 233 Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 creditsAR 234 Introduction to Stained Glass - 3 creditsAR 236 Fiber Art - 3 creditsAR 238 Clay and Pottery - 3 creditsAR 330 Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 creditsAR 333 Advanced Photography - 3 creditsAR 338 Printmaking I - 3 creditsAR 348 Printmaking II - 3 creditsCA 235 *Introduction to Web Design - 3 creditsCA 285 *Electronic Media - 3 credits
*Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.