Degrees & Major Tracks

Program Tracks

The Art Department offers tracks in the following areas:

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Ceramics [ - ]

The Ceramic program at Salisbury University will prepare students for a career in ceramics, enter MFA graduate program, or launch a career as a production potter/designer/clay artist. It is the study of all clay, glazes, materials, kiln firings and ceramic world history. At Salisbury University, Ceramics is made up of five, four credit, core classes, one of which is an option required in the Art Core.

Ceramic I introduce students to the basic methods in hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel using varied clay bodies. Loading kilns, glazing techniques, and the impact ceramics has on the world as we study its history; Ceramics as a utilitarian craft to ceramics as a Fine Art Sculpture media.

Advanced Ceramics courses, Ceramics II, III, and advanced study in ceramics further emphasizes the technical aspect of throwing on the potter's wheel and varied advanced kiln firing techniques. Independent study in ceramics develops expertise in the advanced science of ceramics art.

Drawing [-]

The Drawing Program consists of classes in the Art Core and the Drawing Track. The two classes in the Art Core are Drawing I and II. In Drawing I and II students learn the fundamentals of drawing and broader conceptual skills that will help students to be able to both draw from observation and to visualize things they wish to create in an artistic manner. Besides fundamental drawing skills in the core drawing classes students also learn composition and design. After having taken the drawing classes in the Art Core students in the Drawing Track must take four upper level drawing classes. In the upper level drawing classes student learn advanced monochromatic and polychromatic drawing techniques. Students develop their portfolios with thematic thesis projects. Students also develop conceptual skills by writing papers based on selected readings. The emphasis in the upper level drawing classes is on exploration, experimentation and personal expression in relation to contemporary art issues.

Students who successfully complete the Drawing Track will be prepared to begin a career as a fine artist exhibiting in galleries and museums, an illustrator for print and other media, or to pursue further studies on the graduate level.

Graphic Design [-]

The Graphic Design's Program at Salisbury University is made up of six, four credit, core classes. These core courses are sequentially organized so that each subsequent class in the Graphic Design Program continues to deepen in both software usage and project depth.

At the beginning of the Program, for example, the curriculum centers on design and type history. At the next level, students explore typography on a more personal level. They complete projects that involve the actual design of a customized alphabet. By the time students reach the 400 level, they've been encouraged to take upper level electives that typically include: Illustration, New Media, Photography and/or Drawing & Painting.

Included in the Graphic Design Program is an Internship requirement along with a Graphic Design "Agency" class. All graduating BFA Graphic Design students will have some client-based projects presented in their portfolios. Salisbury University students participate in AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) events in the Baltimore, Washington & Blue Ridge Chapters. For more information about careers in applied art disciplines, please visit any AIGA Chapter websites and visit the student hyperlinks.

Hot Glass [-]

The SU glass program is the only hot glass program in the entire state of Maryland. We boast state-of–the-art hot glass facilities and a fully equipped cold working area. Students learn this exciting, demanding art with an emphasis on safety, teamwork and creativity. Professionalism on all levels is stressed from the very first, and student involvement with the larger world of glass art is encouraged. The Glass Club is active on campus, sponsoring sales of student artwork and other activities.

New Media [-]

New Media majors learn to work creatively with up-to-date technology. Video, Audio, Animation, Web Design, and Screen Graphics are all components of the New Media Track. An emphasis is placed on understanding contemporary approaches to New Media production and exhibition for the Gallery, Screen, Web, and Cellular platforms. New Media is a rapidly growing area of developing creative career opportunities.

Painting [-]

Our painting program starts by solidifying a strong foundation through conventional learning techniques consisting of various visual data and vocabulary. After students finish Art 246 Painting I (the Art Core), students are gradually moving into a deeper survey with a specific emphasis on the uniqueness of each individual. By then, the goal is aimed towards having students be involved in discovering themselves through developing their own vision and identity. Thus, the sequential advanced painting classes are focused on individual style, with a majority of the content based on personal needs.  This concentration on individuality along with the completion of a professional portfolio and gallery research become of the utmost importance in the upper level.

Students are encouraged to take some practical actions such as participating in juried shows, group shows, and curated exhibitions during their junior and senior years in order to prepare them for gallery representation and MFA applications. Advanced classes are extremely intensive in terms of producing a body of work with an articulated thematic issue. Examining contemporary artists video, group discussions, informal writings and weekly group and individual critiques will be required in this high level. 

Photography [-]

The photography program has a curricular emphasis on the visual arts, integrating areas that are valuable to those considering a professional photographic career or continuing in a graduate program. The tract is structured to provide students with the skills and understanding to enable them to create images that will stand out among the profusion of photographs in the commercial, editorial or fine art arenas.

The program is designed primarily for fine art black and white film, digital photography and digital imaging, however non-silver and alternative processes are strongly encouraged. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of both analog and digital processes.

The photography program track consists of 5 four-credit classes one of which is in the art major core curriculum. The track aim is to develop a strong compositional sense and technical capability in various photographic based disciplines. The ultimate goal is to establish a mastery of the media and establish a personal esthetic.

Sculpture [-]

Students in the Sculpture program will be prepared to begin a career as a sculptor, enter MFA graduate programs, or design and make objects for industries such as toy makers, automobile companies, and manufacturers that need prototypes in product development.

The Sculpture Program at Salisbury University is made up of 5, four credit, classes. These track courses aim to deepen visual composition in the third dimension, develop a mastery of media, and enhance individual content meaning.

Students are required to take Art 261, Beginning Sculpture, in the Art Core. Those who enter the sculpture track will take four more sculpture courses. This track develops expertise in 3-D modeling, mold making, and casting into various materials including bronze. Welding and constructive methods are also part of the program.

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Degree Requirements   

BFA Requirements

  • Art 121 Design Principles
  • Art 129 Introduction to Digital Photography OR Art 229 Photography I
  • Art 130 Drawing I
  • Art 201 Introduction to Art History
  • Art 215 Ceramics I OR Art 271 Glass I
  • Art 226 Graphic Design I OR Art 227 Digital Design & Layout OR Art 280 New Media I (see comments)
  • Art 230 Drawing II OR Art 35¬_ Printmaking
  • Art 246 Painting I
  • Art 261 Sculpture I
  • ART 299 Sophomore Seminar
  • 200+ level Art History Elective
  • 200+ level Art History Elective
  • Art 499 Senior Exhibition

Comments:

  • Students with a track in Photography must take Art 229; all others may take Art 129 or Art 229.
  • Students with a track in Graphic Design must take Art 226; track in New Media must take Art 280; all others should take Art 227.
  • Students with a track in Glass must take Art 271.

Complete 30 credits of 300/400 level coursework with a grade of C or better - click for details.
ALL art courses must be completed with a “C “ or better.
Complete a minimum of 120 credits.

BA Requirements

  • Art 121 Design Principles
  • Art 129 Introduction to Digital Photography OR Art 229 Photography I
  • Art 130 Drawing I
  • Art 201 Introduction to Art History
  • Art 215 Ceramics I OR Art 271 Glass I
  • Art 226 Graphic Design I OR Art 227 Digital Design & Layout OR Art 280 New Media I (see comments)
  • Art 246 Painting I OR Art 261 Sculpture I (see comments)
  • Art 299 Sophomore Seminar
  • 200+ level Art History Elective
  • 200+ level Art History Elective
  • Art 499 Senior Exhibition

Comments:

  • Students with a track in Visual Communication must take Art 226 or Art 280; all others should take Art 227.
  • Students with a track in 3D must take Art 261. Students with a track in 2D must take Art 246.

B.A. students must complete one track of higher level art classes. 16 credits (click for details). ELECTIVES: 20 hours: Students must take these hours in courses outside the Art Department and at least one course must be at the 300/400 level.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: 2 courses.
All art courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
Complete 30 credits of 300/400 level coursework with grades of a “C” or better.
Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
Art 208 cannot be taken as an Art History elective in the core art courses.


Art Minor Requirements

At least 4 courses of the work applied toward the minor must consist of courses that are not used to satisfy General Education requirements and at least 3 of these courses must be earned at the University. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor. This minor is not available to art majors.

  1. Complete the following 3 courses:
     - ART 121 Design Principles
     - ART 130 Drawing I
     - ART 201 Introduction to Art History
  2. Take two additional Art courses. Advisement for the Art minor is available from the Art Department.

General Education Requirements

  • General Education Requirements
  • English 101
  • English 102
  • Literature Elective
  • Art 201 - Introduction to Art History
  • History 101
  • History 102
  • 3 courses from one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, History, Human Geography (excluding Physical Geography), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution. Only one class can be chosen per department.
  • Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physical Geography, Physics, 2 classes with a lab in each.
  • Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physical Geography, Physics, Math, Computer Science, 1 course with no labs required.
  • 1 Math course.
  • PHEC 106 -- Personal Health Fitness

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