Department of Art
Steve Nyktas, MFA, Department Chair
- Steve Nyktas, MFA
- Gautam Rao, MFA
- Peter Han-Chih Wang, PhD
The art program educates artist/designers who develop creative, critical thinking, and communication skills that allow the pursuit of many career options. Set within a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the program capitalizes on individual creative strengths while emphasizing digital, traditional, and sustainable processes.
- Integration. Every course in the program integrates art and design, utilizing a hybrid approach that combines critical thinking with processes pertinent for both arts and designers as well as methods of creation that are both traditional and digital.
- Creativity. Creativity is nurtured through emphasis in idea generation. Focused on responding to themes and processes rather than fulfilling assignments, students learn to trust their intuition and gain confidence as authors of their own work.
- Flexibility. The program is designed to be flexible in response to rapidly expanding career opportunities. Innovative course work allows students to strategize with both traditional and nontraditional materials and customize projects to their specific interests.
- Sustainability. The program promotes the ecological practice of reuse and repurposing of sustainable materials. Students are provided practical experiences and marketable skills to sustain a lifetime of creativity.
- Collaboration. Collaboration is a critical skill for future artists and designers. Collaborative environments prepare students to work professionally as part of a team—sharing, exchanging, and accepting divergent viewpoints. Required internships with nonprofit and corporate organizations expand students’ range of collaborative abilities and provide career-building opportunities.
- Leadership. The art program offers the professional dexterity to promote leadership by setting high standards of achievement in initiative, innovation, and communication. Students are expected to develop, articulate, and realize a personal vision. In the classroom and beyond, students strive for excellence in artistic creation and professional practice.
Art Student Learning Outcomes
- Concept: Demonstrate innovative thinking and sophistication in terms of the social, visual, psychological, and/or aesthetic components in Art and Design
- Technique: Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of Art and Design methods, materials, techniques, and technologies
- Contextual Understanding: Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of Art and Design in terms of history, process, and theory
- Portfolio Development: Demonstrate professional growth in review of portfolio, internships, and/or exhibition
- Bachelor of Arts in Art + Design (BA)
- Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Art (BS)
- Minor in Art + Design
- Minor in Art History
Areas of Emphasis
The following emphases may be added to any art degree. At least 50 percent of the credits in any emphasis must be unique to that program and may not overlap with another emphasis, major, or minor (except as free electives).
- Art History
- Graphic Design
- Lens-Based Media
- Painting and Drawing