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General Studies

Explore the framework of what artists do, know and make. Studies in art history, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences broaden the context in which you experience and appreciate the connection between art and the world. Consider who you are as a maker and gain practical tools to navigate the world outside the art community and sustain a professional practice.

Faculty
Abby McGehee, Department Head
Ryan Burghard, Instructor
Catherine Glass, Instructor
Phil Harris, Professor
Rebecca Kelley, Instructor
Lee Stewart, Instructor
Steve Taylor, Professor | on sabbatical
Lucas Bernhardt, Instructor
Leslie Vigeant, Instructor
Bill Will, Emeritus Professor

Visiting Artists 
Rachel Adams
Ali Gradischer
Jef Gunn
Susan Harlan
Sean Healy
Randy Higgins
Evan Lalonde
Ryan Pierce
Lilith Rockett
See the full list of visiting artists here!


Course Descriptions

Academic
ART HISTORY
AH101 History of Art: Survey of Western Art
AH102 History of Art: Survey of Western Art
AH301 Art and Craft in the Early Americas
AH302 Modern and Contemporary Craft
AH303 Artists and the Sciences
AH306 Art Since 1945

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
HU/SS201 Origins of Modernism
HU/SS202 Modernism in the 20th Century
HU205 Art and War: Protest and Propaganda, 1900-1945
HU207 Race and Nation: Native American and African American Literature
SS204 Nature and Culture
SS206 The Primitive and the “Other” in Culture and Art
HU302 Contemporary World Literature

NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
MTH203 Computation: The Business of Art
NS203 Pacific Northwest Plant Ecology
NS204 History of Plants: Ethnobotany, Shamanism, and Culture

WRITING
WR151 The Writer’s Craft
WR152 The Writer’s Craft II
WR301 Writing for Artists
WR302 Writing for Artists

Studios and Seminars
CONCEPT SEMINARS
CS301 Concept Seminar: Time and Sequence
CS304 Concept Seminar: Beauty
CS303 Concept Seminar: Contemporary Issues

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
PP101 Professional Skills Seminar
PP409 Professional Practices Internship
PP495 Professional Practices
PP496 Professional Practices
PB301 Post Baccalaureate Critique Seminar
 

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Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft