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Degree Requirements for BA in Art

To graduate with a BA in Art, students must successfully complete:

  • All general requirements for a bachelor’s degree
  • 48 credits of coursework — 12 art courses, each course worth 4 credits — as follows:

8 credits from these first or second year courses:

 

This course provides the knowledge and practical experience of how visual elements are organized by principles universal to the fine and applied arts. Topics include: examining and applying design principles and vocabulary such as figure/ground, interdependence, symmetry, rhythm, shape, and texture; understanding how these principles and their components apply to the scope of the visual arts, including drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, architecture, fabric design, and landscaping; and understanding and expressing how design principles can be correlated to the balance and order of the universe and to individual life and living.
In this course, students develop powers of observation and imagination, abilities that are vital for all the arts. Students focus on establishing the use of principles of drawing through observational methods. Topics include: still life, figure drawing, interior and landscape. Art majors take drawing courses as they advance through the curriculum. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Materials fee: $35.
Painting expresses the artist’s connection with the deep laws fundamental to seeing and creating visual images. Students are immersed in the fundamentals of drawing and painting from nature and a variety of other subject matter. The curriculum addresses the students’ development of formal and technical skills along with a conceptual and critical understanding of the language of painting as preparation for independent studio work. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: a previous art course and consent of the instructor

Plus 12 credits from the following art history and art criticism courses:

 

Art and media are crystallizations of consciousness. This course cultures a deep appreciation for the arts through intellectual knowledge and direct experience. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. The greatest art works give glimpses of the goal of all creativity — the universal Self in higher states of consciousness — and thus continue to inspire people throughout time. Topics include: the fundamentals of art — creativity, form, function, and symbolism; the great achievements of sacred art; archetypes of consciousness in the arts; and traditional and contemporary approaches to evaluating and interpreting art. Course includes field trips to art museums. Field trip fee: $50.
Students explore the great achievements of art and architecture in prehistoric cultures and in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the European Middle Ages. In each of these cultures, the quest for the divine created art that continues to 2016/17 53 inspire human consciousness. Students explore how contemporary artists have been influenced by art from these periods. Topics include: sacred sites that connected humanity with the cosmos, images of the sacred feminine from Mother Goddesses to Mother Mary to a modern return to Goddess imagery, the development of styles in Greek art and how they mirror stages in the evolution of consciousness, and the creation of a heavenly kingdom on Earth in Christian art and architecture. A highlight of the course is a 4-5 day field trip to an art center such as New York, or St. Louis/Kansas City. Field trip fee: $200-250
Delve into the most inspiring creations of Western art and architecture from the 1400s to the present. Discover how artists have expressed both sacred and secular values in their quest for perfection in art and fulfillment in life. We will look at this epoch’s art in terms of four cultural worldviews and visual paradigms: Idealism/Naturalism (as begun in the Renaissance), Modernism, Deconstructive Postmodernism, and Revisionary Postmodernism—an art of expanded awareness. We will explore these questions: How are art and consciousness transformed in each paradigm? What artists, styles, symbols, cultural values, and aspects of awareness typify these major paradigms? How has the art of the past influenced modern artists? A highlight of the course is a 4–5 day field trip to a major art center such as Chicago. Field trip fee: $200-250
This class is about fascinating stories, key works, and iconic figures of modern art, from its origins in Post-Impressionism to the beginnings of the New York School. Moving chronologically students will explore an array of renowned and provocative objects— from paintings that challenged the official Academy and revolutionized the conventions of representation to works that are completely abstract—by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keefe. Each style is related to the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.
This course is a guided experience examining major artists, artworks, and movements in Western art after World War II. Students explore the emergence of the New York School and its links to a new global economy centered in New York, Dada’s revival, Pop art’s flowering in mass consumer society, and Minimalism’s formal refinement and emphasis on spatial context. The course then considers Conceptual art’s fundamental questioning of art, the development of multimedia artistic practices and performance art, and the influence of identity politics on art. Each phase of art is interpreted in terms of the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.

Plus 4 credits of either:

 

Students learn the entire process of ceramics from making clay to firing pottery, providing them with the basic skills necessary to express consciousness in matter in this medium. Topics include: addressing the vessel with handbuilding methods such as pinch, coil and slab construction; basic glazing methods; earthenware, stoneware, and raku firing methods; examples from the history of ceramics. Lab fee: $45.
By exploring organic forms and creating designs from imagination, students make original sculptural surfaces that emerge from a two-dimensional plane. Exercises that expand the capacity to envision and create give students a deeper appreciation of the 2016/17 51 nature, creation, and function of sculpture, and thus the opportunity to express the fundamental laws that structure form in the natural world. Topics include: low, middle and high relief; organizing principles of two and three-dimensional design (balance, rhythm, economy, etc.); light and shadow; transforming clay reliefs into plaster reliefs; the history of relief sculpture. Materials: paper/cardboard, clay and plaster. Materials fee: $40.

Plus 20 credits (5 courses) of electives in art

Plus 4 credits from this course taken in the final year:

 

The BA Portfolio and Project, taken in the final semester, completes the BA degree in art. Guided by faculty, BA candidates work independently in the studio to create a series of work. They then photograph their work to create a digital portfolio. Students also keep a journal and reflect on their experience studying in the Department of Art. The portfolio, journal, and written reflection form the basis of a 7-minute oral presentation sharing the student’s growth of creativity, art, and consciousness while at MUM.

Plus 20 credits (5 courses) of electives in art (the 20 credits of electives may include up to 12 credits from courses in Media and Communications).

For the Minor in Art

To graduate with a minor, students must successfully complete 20 credits of course work as follows:

4 credits of one of these courses:

Students delve into the creative process with focus on the self-portrait. To learn about the history of the self-portrait, they view some of the most famous self-portraits in Western art by Dürer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Anguissola, Vigee-Lebrun, Kollwitz, Escher, and others. Then they create their own. Through lectures and readings on art by Maharishi, students come to appreciate art from the deepest perspective — that all art originates within the Self of the artist, and they verify this from their own experience as artists. Topics include: principles of design and drawing. Students learn to use and combine the simple elements of line, shape, tone, and change of direction to foster self-expression.
Students gain an appreciation for the mechanics of creation as experienced in the natural world and within the realm of one’s own awareness as they engage in creative expression and the making of art. Through the experience of an ongoing interdisciplinary project, inspired by their observation of nature, students prepare a unique aesthetic presentation. Topics include: drawing from nature, photographing nature, design and camouflage, math in nature, music in nature, the language of nature — Sanskrit, perceptual exercises, birdwatching, and earth and environmental artists, including Goldsworthy, Long, and the Harrisons. Materials fee: $35.
This course provides the knowledge and practical experience of how visual elements are organized by principles universal to the fine and applied arts. Topics include: examining and applying design principles and vocabulary such as figure/ground, interdependence, symmetry, rhythm, shape, and texture; understanding how these principles and their components apply to the scope of the visual arts, including drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, architecture, fabric design, and landscaping; and understanding and expressing how design principles can be correlated to the balance and order of the universe and to individual life and living.
In this course, students develop powers of observation and imagination, abilities that are vital for all the arts. Students focus on establishing the use of principles of drawing through observational methods. Topics include: still life, figure drawing, interior and landscape. Art majors take drawing courses as they advance through the curriculum. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Materials fee: $35.

Plus 4 credits of one of these courses:

Art and media are crystallizations of consciousness. This course cultures a deep appreciation for the arts through intellectual knowledge and direct experience. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. The greatest art works give glimpses of the goal of all creativity — the universal Self in higher states of consciousness — and thus continue to inspire people throughout time. Topics include: the fundamentals of art — creativity, form, function, and symbolism; the great achievements of sacred art; archetypes of consciousness in the arts; and traditional and contemporary approaches to evaluating and interpreting art. Course includes field trips to art museums. Field trip fee: $50.
Students explore the great achievements of art and architecture in prehistoric cultures and in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the European Middle Ages. In each of these cultures, the quest for the divine created art that continues to 2016/17 53 inspire human consciousness. Students explore how contemporary artists have been influenced by art from these periods. Topics include: sacred sites that connected humanity with the cosmos, images of the sacred feminine from Mother Goddesses to Mother Mary to a modern return to Goddess imagery, the development of styles in Greek art and how they mirror stages in the evolution of consciousness, and the creation of a heavenly kingdom on Earth in Christian art and architecture. A highlight of the course is a 4-5 day field trip to an art center such as New York, or St. Louis/Kansas City. Field trip fee: $200-250
Delve into the most inspiring creations of Western art and architecture from the 1400s to the present. Discover how artists have expressed both sacred and secular values in their quest for perfection in art and fulfillment in life. We will look at this epoch’s art in terms of four cultural worldviews and visual paradigms: Idealism/Naturalism (as begun in the Renaissance), Modernism, Deconstructive Postmodernism, and Revisionary Postmodernism—an art of expanded awareness. We will explore these questions: How are art and consciousness transformed in each paradigm? What artists, styles, symbols, cultural values, and aspects of awareness typify these major paradigms? How has the art of the past influenced modern artists? A highlight of the course is a 4–5 day field trip to a major art center such as Chicago. Field trip fee: $200-250
This class is about fascinating stories, key works, and iconic figures of modern art, from its origins in Post-Impressionism to the beginnings of the New York School. Moving chronologically students will explore an array of renowned and provocative objects— from paintings that challenged the official Academy and revolutionized the conventions of representation to works that are completely abstract—by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keefe. Each style is related to the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.
This course is a guided experience examining major artists, artworks, and movements in Western art after World War II. Students explore the emergence of the New York School and its links to a new global economy centered in New York, Dada’s revival, Pop art’s flowering in mass consumer society, and Minimalism’s formal refinement and emphasis on spatial context. The course then considers Conceptual art’s fundamental questioning of art, the development of multimedia artistic practices and performance art, and the influence of identity politics on art. Each phase of art is interpreted in terms of the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.

Plus 12 credits (3 courses) of electives in art

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