Dale Divoky, B.A. Program Director    

   Email: ddivoky@mum.edu
Phone: 641-472-7000 ex. 4114
B.A. Program    
THE B.A. PROGRAM IN ART
Art majors are guided in small classes by practicing artists who are experienced teachers. They learn to express their creativity in diverse media including painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, installation, sculpture, screenprinting, and digital media.  Art students also gain the inspiration of great works of art from many eras and cultures in art history classes, and learn to appreciate art as an expression of consciousness, their own Self. The B.A. program cultivates creativity, perception, and problem-solving, abilities which are valuable throughout life. For students who aspire to a career in the arts, we recommend the B.F.A. program

BA PROGRAM ASSESSMENT
Every year a Visiting Evaluator assesses our students' performance on the objectives listed below. The Evaluator, an experienced art professor at another university or art school, compares MUM students with the students he/she has taught. MUM art students often rate in the top 20% of all students the evaluator has worked with, and some students rate in the top 10%. Here are some comments from Evaluators:

"Your students are awake, enlivened and engaged."
"The student work, both academic and creative, reflected a general sense of student well being..."
"The strengths are knowledgeable, experienced teachers with an eye to the big picture..."
"Your strengths are a dedicated and hardworking faculty, the rich committed environment and attitudes of your students, and the spiritual grounding you have given your students."


LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE B.A. PROGRAM
These outcomes are cultivated throughout the art curriculum and are strongly developed in the courses listed under each section.

1. Appreciate the development of consciousness: Students understand the value of regularly drawing upon the universal source of creativity, pure consciousness, through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs to culture the "art of living," a high quality of life characterized by happiness, alertness, and effortless creativity.
Understanding Art, Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 3

2. Appreciate art in the light of consciousness: Students begin to experience and understand, as part of their own self, the natural laws that structure the creative process, the art work, and the development of consciousness of the artist, audience, and culture.
Understanding Art, Principles of Design, Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 2, Sculpture 3,  Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory

3. Gain an inspiring knowledge of art history: Students understand art from many time periods as expressions of aesthetic values, of the cultural and historical context of art making, and of universal values of consciousness.
Art and Nature, Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 1, Sculpture 2, Sculpture 3, Understanding Art, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory

4. Cultivate writing skills: Students can write clearly and meaningfully about art.
Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 3, Understanding Art, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory

5. Polish presentation skills: Students can speak effectively about art.
Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Understanding Art, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory 

6. Develop research skills: Students know how to locate, evaluate, and properly use valuable, relevant and credible sources.
Art and Nature, Drawing 2, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 2, Sculpture 3, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory 

7. Cultivate studio practice: Students gain competence in manual skills, a thorough grounding in technical knowledge, and an understanding of materials and processes in specific areas of art.
Principles of Design, Drawing 2, Painting 3, Photography 1, Photography 2, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 1, Sculpture 2, Sculpture 3

8. Encourage the expression of uplifting values: Students express values nourishing to the artist, the viewer and the culture, applying art to enrich the environment. 
Art and Nature, Principles of Design, Painting 3, Ceramics 3, Sculpture 1, Sculpture 2, Environmental Sculpture, 
Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art    
48 credits (12 art courses) including:

12 credits of these required second-year courses:

plus 8 credits from the following art history courses:

plus 4 credits of either:

plus 24 credits (6 courses) of electives in art from the following:

The 24 credits of electives may include up to 12 credits (3 courses) from these courses in Media and Communications:

plus field trips

All majors will have the opportunity to take a 3–5 day field trip or longer each semester to a major metropolitan area to visit museums and galleries as part of their degree requirements. The cost of the field trips is approximately $200–300, or more, per semester.

plus visiting artists

Students meet several times a year with visiting artists who come to campus at the invitation of the Department. These meetings may fall outside regular class times, including Sundays or weekends between courses, but attendance is a degree requirement.

plus successful completion of a portfolio (slides, CD-Rom, or videotape) review

To enrich their B.A. experience, students are able to take a course in Creative Musical Arts as an elective.



Dale Divoky, B.A. Program Director    

   Email: ddivoky@mum.edu
Phone: 641-472-7000 ex. 4114
    
 
 
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