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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.

Jesse Taylor, BFA 2014

Faculty
Abby McGehee, Department Head
Academic
Catherine Glass
Phil Harris
Rebecca Kelley
Lee Stewart
Steve Taylor
Studio
Heidi Schwegler
Bill Will

Visiting Artists 
Rachel Adams
Mary Weaver Chapin
Sean Healy
Randy Higgins
Ali Gradischer
Jef Gunn
Evan Lalonde
Ryan Pierce

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/SS101 Origins of Modernism
HU/SS102 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

NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
MTH202 A History of Math from Babylon to Escher
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
CS302 Concept Seminar: Beauty
CS303 Concept Seminar: Contemporary Issues

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
EC208GL Drawing and Glass: Iteration, Variation, and Translation
ID202 Attachments and Connections
ID203 Text and Image
ID205 Beyond Color Theory
ID207ME Resins, Mold Making, and Casting Alternative Materials
ID222PH Digital Media for Artists
ID401 Installation Art
ID403 Production Design

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

SEMINARS AND THESIS COURSES
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

 

 

Learn more about the College's programs of study:

Undergraduate programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft

The Certificate in Craft
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

Graduate programs
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Collaborative Masters of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design