Fine Arts - Art Track (B.A.)

Program Overview

Students majoring in visual art focus on creating art and pursuing an understanding of the history and theory of art and its importance in society.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Fine Arts - Art

Minor Offered

  • Minor in Fine Arts - Art

Contact

Dr. Ivan Fuller
Chairperson, Fine Arts Department
Fine Arts 166
609-895-5630
ifuller@rider.edu

Program Website: Visual Arts: Art
Associated Department: Fine Arts

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Fine Arts - Art Track Major Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements

(42-43 credits)

All B.A. Fine Arts/Art majors must complete the Core Curriculum Requirements as listed under the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fine Arts - Art Track Major Requirements

(39 credits)

ART 103Fundamentals of Drawing3
ART 104Survey of Art History I3
ART 105Design3
ART 106Survey of Art History II3
ART 204Fundamentals of Painting3
ART 304Drawing II3
ART 305Intermediate Painting A-B-C3
ART 492Advanced Studio Workshop3
Two electives in art history or studio art6
One history course each in dance, music and theatre9
Total Credits39

Notes:

  1. Include electives to equal a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.
  2. ART 120MUS 120 or THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major. 
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Art Minor Requirements

(21 credits)

Of the 21 required semester hours, at least nine must be at the 300 or 400 level, and no more than three may be independent study or internship.

Art History
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Art of the Ancient World
Medieval and Renaissance Art
Art of the Baroque
American Art
19th Century Art
Art of the 20th Century
Selected Topics in Art History
Studio Art
Select three of the following:9
Fundamentals of Drawing
Design
Fundamentals of Painting
Three-Dimensional Design
Drawing II
Intermediate Painting A-B-C
Figure Drawing and Painting
Printmaking
Special Topics in Studio Art
Music History
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Music History I
Survey of Music History II
Jazz History
History of Pop and Rock Part I
History of Pop and Rock Part 2
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Beethoven and the Romantic Age
Music of the Beatles
Contemp Music Experience
Film Music
Black Music in America
Theatre History
Select one of the following:3
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
American Theatre History
Contemporary American Theater
Modern Drama
Selected Topics in Theatre His
Total Credits21

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
ART 103 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3
General Education Elective 1 3
General Education Elective 2 3
General Education Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 105 Design 3
ART 204 Fundamentals of Painting 3
General Education Elective 4 3
General Education Elective 5 3
General Education Elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
ART 104 Survey of Art History I 3
ART 305 Intermediate Painting A-B-C 3
DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3
General Education Elective 7 3
General Education Elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 106 Survey of Art History II 3
ART 230 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 493 Special Topics in Studio Art 3
General Education Elective 9 3
General Education Elective 10 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
ART 304 Drawing II 3
ART 305 Intermediate Painting A-B-C 3
THE 105 Theatre History to 1700 3
General Education Elective 11 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 335 Printmaking 3
ART 493 Special Topics in Studio Art 3
Art Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
ART 310 Figure Drawing and Painting 3
ART 492 Advanced Studio Workshop 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 499 Senior Honors Program 3
Art Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120

Note

  1. ART 120,MUS 120 or THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major.

Courses and Descriptions

ART 103 Fundamentals of Drawing 3 Credits

An intensive study of drawing techniques in charcoal, pencil, and pen and ink.

ART 104 Survey of Art History I 3 Credits

The history of Western art, architecture, sculpture, painting from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages, emphasizing the relation between the arts and ideas of each period.

ART 105 Design 3 Credits

Basic concepts of composition, form, texture, value, and color in two-dimensional design are explored.

ART 106 Survey of Art History II 3 Credits

The history of Western art, architecture, sculpture, painting from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing the relation between the arts and ideas of each period.

ART 120 Art and Society 3 Credits

Masterpieces of architecture, painting, and sculpture are related to their historical periods, providing an appreciation for and understanding of the vital interaction of art and society.

ART 199 Arts in Contemporary Civilization 3 Credits

An integral study of the arts and their place in contemporary American life. Includes attendance at several events in art, music, and drama. Spring.

ART 201 Art of the Ancient World 3 Credits

The arts of ancient man from prehistoric times to the fall of the Roman Empire.

ART 204 Fundamentals of Painting 3 Credits

Introduces students to the materials and techniques of oil or acrylic painting. Emphasis on experimentation and the development of individual expression in a variety of subject matters.

Prerequisite(s): ART 103 or concurrently.

ART 207 Medieval and Renaissance Art 3 Credits

A study of the major monuments of architecture, painting, and sculpture created in Western Europe between 300 and 1600. Particular emphasis on the history of Christian art, from its beginnings in the Roman catacombs, to the great monasteries and cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, to the revival of ancient Roman grandeur and forms in the Renaissance.

ART 209 Art of the Baroque 3 Credits

The art of the 17th century in southern and northern Europe.

ART 214 American Art 3 Credits

The development of the arts from colonial America to World War I. Discusses major economic, social, and political factors that influenced the course of American art history.

ART 227 Gallery Management 3 Credits

Designed to provide students with the experience of working in all aspects of art gallery management. It is intended for students regardless of their major who wish to add the dimension of art to their college experience through direct hands-on curatorship of the Rider Art Gallery.

ART 230 Three-Dimensional Design 3 Credits

Beginning problems in traditional sculptural materials (clay, wood, stone) and design-construction in mixed media.

ART 303 19th Century Art 3 Credits

An in-depth study of the major art movements in 19th-century Europe, from Neoclassicism to Postimpressionism.

ART 304 Drawing II 3 Credits

Studies the art of drawing beyond the introductory level with an emphasis on greater self-expression, advanced technical skills, and a variety of drawing media.

Prerequisite(s): ART 103.

ART 305 Intermediate Painting A-B-C 3 Credits

Studio courses designed to expand the student’s creative experience in painting with emphasis of greater self-expression. Students will be presented with specific painting projects that originate from conceptual or perceptual responses to reality (still life, landscape, figure) and to imagination (dreams, fantasy, invention). Class trips to galleries and museums are included. May be taken three times.

Prerequisite(s): ART 204.

ART 306 Art of the 20th Century 3 Credits

The major artists and movements in the history of 20th-century painting and sculpture from Postimpressionism. Slide lectures, class discussion, field trips.

ART 310 Figure Drawing and Painting 3 Credits

Students will draw and paint from various sources, including the live model, clothed and nude, to understand the structures, gestures, and psychological aspects of the human body in art.

Prerequisite(s): ART 103 and ART 204.

ART 335 Printmaking 3 Credits

A studio introduction to various traditional and contemporary relief printmaking techniques.

ART 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1 to 4 credit hours. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, good academic standing.

ART 491 Internship in Art 1-12 Credits

Provides junior or senior fine arts majors with concentrations in art with the practical experience of working with a museum or professional art gallery. Students must be sponsored by an art professor. For each academic credit, interns must work 48 hours for the semester or approximately 3.7 hours each week.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

ART 492 Advanced Studio Workshop 3 Credits

Intensive course in various media for students working at an advanced level in studio disciplines. A high level of achievement is expected. May be taken more than once for credit.

Prerequisite(s): two upper-level studio courses.

ART 493 Special Topics in Studio Art 3 Credits

Study in drawing and painting of a particular style, such as abstraction or subject, such as still life; or particular aspects on a museum collection, such as the Metropolitan.

Prerequisite(s): ART 103 and ART 105 or Permission of Instructor.

ART 495 Selected Topics in Art History 3 Credits

An intensive study of a particular art history topic, e.g., a single artist, artistic center, or artistic medium. Slide lectures, class discussion, field trips, class reports. Topics to be announced.

ART 496 Fine Arts Internship 6-12 Credits

ART 499 Senior Honors Program 3 Credits

A senior honors program may be submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation with honors in fine arts. Honors work is limited to those departmental majors with a GPA of 3.5 in fine arts courses and cognates. The program, planned under the direction of a faculty advisor, represents a culmination of demonstrated excellence in a specific area of fine arts. Candidates for honors in fine arts must be approved by the department chairperson and the faculty.