Thomas More College Art Department
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Art is the study of various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions, and ideas. It involves both fine art and commercial art. Fine art study usually includes painting and d rawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and crafts. Commercial art revolves around advertisement and includes design, illustration, film, video tape, television, murals, cards, posters, etc.

Art

Choose From Three Degrees

Thomas More College offers a Bachelor Degree in Art, an Associate Degree in Art and an Associate degree in Art History. You decide which degree is right for you depending on where you're headed. The Bachelor's degree in Art provides a program that leads toward the development of artistic awareness, aesthetic judgment, critical analysis, technical competence and artistic quality. The broad based program prepares students for immediate goals in either studio art, art education or graphic design, and a long term goal of continuing personal and creative growth.

Program Highlights

  • Teaching experience for art education in the art department's "Summerart" program for young children.
  • Annual art trip to New York City to visit major museums and galleries.
  • Juried student exhibition annually in the college's art gallery.

Art majors are required to participate in a Sophomore Portfolio Review as a way to assess their progress in the foundation courses and to help them to decide their area of emphasis.

Selected works by sophomores are reviewed by the art faculty during the month of March of their sophomore year or when they have completed the foundation program.

Seniors are expected to present a showing of their work at the end of the senior year. The TMC gallery is reserved for the senior exhibition the last week of April through graduation.

Objectives

The Art Department maintains the following objectives for students in the Art program:

  • To develop visual as well as spoken and written communication skills
  • To develop a capacity for critical thinking, imagination and innovation
  • To instill a sense of personal and social responsibility
  • To develop competence the in student's preferred field of emphasis
  • To familiarize the student with the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists in the past and present
  • To assist the student in achieving greater understanding of the creative process

What You Will Learn

  • A foundations program including work in drawing, painting, and two- and three- dimensional design.
  • The ability to express yourself through a variety of media: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.
  • Preparation for careers in graphic design and the teaching of art on all levels.
  • An appreciation for the work of the masters through courses in theory and art history.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Bilbo
Head of Art Department
Thomas More College
859-344-3419
rebecca.bilbo@thomasmore.edu