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  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
Catalog 2017-2018

Art


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Professors: Ligo, Savage, Serebrennikov (Chair), S. Smith
Assistant Professors: Dietrick, St. Clair, Starr
Affiliated Professors: Krentz (Classics), Toumazou (Classics)

Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)


A major is offered in art with emphasis in studio or art history. In either case, the requirement is eleven courses to be divided as follows:

Emphasis in Art History


Nine art history courses including 100*, 400, and 402 and two studio courses below the 200-level in two different media.  Of the remaining six art history courses, at least one course must fall into each of the following three categories:  art prior to 1800; art after 1800; and the history of architecture.

*AP 4 or 5 in Art History gives the student credit for ART 100.

Emphasis in Studio


Nine studio courses including 397 in the junior year and 401 in the senior year and two art history courses, one of which must have an emphasis in the 20th, and/or 21st century (ART 218, 220, 222, or 234).

Notes


  • Up to five transfer/abroad credits can apply toward the major with the approval of the Art Department after the courses are completed.
  • One course may fulfill two requirements, but that does not reduce the total number of overall requirements (11 for major).
  • A student can major in Studio and minor in Art History (or vice versa), but may not double major in Studio and Art History.

Minor Requirements


A minor is offered in art with emphasis in studio or art history.  In either case, six couses are required, to be divided as follows:

Emphasis in Art History


Six courses in art history, including 100*, and at least one course in the history of architecture.  One studio course may be substituted for one art history course.

*AP 4 or 5 in Art History gives the student credit for ART 100.

Emphasis in Studio


Six courses in studio, of which at least two must be at the 200 level.  One course in art history may be substituted for one studio course.

Notes


  • One course may fulfill two requirements, but that does not reduce the total number of overall requirements (6 for the minor).
  • A student can major in Studio and minor in Art History (or vice versa), but may not double major in Studio and Art History.

Honors Requirements


Students having a 3.2 overall average and at least a 3.5 average in the major may apply to the faculty for participation in the honors program.  In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis or exhibition of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.

Honors in Art History


Candidates for honors must have a 3.2 overall GPA by the end of the junior year and a 3.5 GPA in art by the time of graduation. For requirements, see Art 496. If, in the opinion of the faculty the thesis does not warrant "Honors," a letter grade will be assigned for ART 496.

Honors in Studio


Candidates for honors must have a 3.2 overall GPA at the end of the junior year and a 3.5 GPA in the major at the time of graduation, including an "A" in Art 401.  All students will complete a solo exhibition in the spring semester of the senior year as a requirement toward graduation.  If, in the collective evaluation of the studio faculty, the exhibition and accompanying statement reflects an exceptional level of quality and ambition, honors may be awarded.

Art History Courses


100-level courses are intended for students with no background in art history. These are survey courses designed to introduce a large body of work. 200-level courses are designed for both the major and the non-major. 300-level courses technically do not have any prerequisites, but students are warned at the onset that these are advanced courses. Seminars (not limited to majors) and independent studies are also in this category. 400-level courses are limited to majors in their senior year.

Studio Art Courses


100-level courses fall in the "Basic" category, and are divided by medium.  There are no prerequisites.  200-level courses are the "Advanced" category, again divided by medium. To enroll in one of these courses the student must have taken the basic course in that medium at Davidson. To enroll in an independent study, the student must have taken both the basic and advanced course in the medium of choice. 400-level courses are limited to majors in their senior year.

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