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Professor: Benjamin H. Gross, Chairperson
Professors: Patricia A. Johnston, Richard A. Lewis, Mary M. Melilli, John J. Volpacchio
Associate Professors: Haig J. Demarjian, Mark J. Malloy, Kenneth J. Reker
Assistant Professor: Caroline Murphy, Rebecca Plummer Rohloff
Professors: Thomas Leary, Francis C. Quimby, Ingrida A. Raudzens, Margers Raudzens
Associate Professor: Elissa Ananian
Bachelor of Arts – Art
Bachelor of Arts – Art
The Art major program is a Liberal Arts curriculum structured to give the student an in-depth experience in the visual arts with an emphasis on studio production.
It encourages students to develop creativity through discovery along with an ability to observe and analyze. Throughout their curriculum students expand their ability to use verbal, written, and visual language effectively; to develop methodologies; to think logically and solve problems practically; to feel comfortable with new technologies and understand their impact on modern society. In addition, students learn to examine issues in an historical context and develop the ability to make ethical judgments. They develop an appreciation for the social, cultural, ethnic, and environmental complexity of the world. They also recognize the plurality within and among cultures, and appreciate the richness in diversity of individuals and groups.
Coursework within the Art major program reinforces these liberal arts goals and makes students aware of how the visual arts fit into, shape, and critique the larger society. Students develop the ability to express their creative ideas through visual means. Emphasis is on focusing the content of their art: expressions of their individual experiences, and critiques of their society as well as issues of importance around the globe. In addition students engage in studies that balance the use of traditional artists’ tools with today’s technology, incorporating high-end equipment and the latest, most sophisticated software. The Salem State University Art + Design Department provides a strong foundation in art, which can serve as the basis for graduate studies in art or for preparation in various creative or professional art fields.
The Art + Design major program is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Admission to Art + Design
Students who wish to declare a major in Art must submit to the chairperson of the Art + Design Department a portfolio of 10-15 pieces of their original work, or slides thereof, in a variety of mediums. CD’s of images (jpegs) and online portfolios (emails or websites) are also acceptable. A personal interview is not necessary. If a student does not have a portfolio to present, he/she should enroll in an art course(s) in order to develop a portfolio or ask to be recommended by Art faculty.
Art Education Grades Pre-K-12
The Art Education concentration is designed for the Art major who seeks preparation to teach art in the elementary, middle and high school grades. This program leads to provisional licensure with advanced standing. Candidates for teacher licensure in Massachusetts must also take and pass the Massachusetts Teachers Test. Students seeking admission to the program must fill out a Declaration Form in the Art + Design Department during the freshman year. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate Flow Sheets. Students planning to pursue the Art Education concentration should see the School of Education section of the catalog for requirements for admission to teacher licensure.
The Art History concentration prepares the Art major for graduate study in Art History, work in art-related fields, or for entry level work in museums and galleries. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The Graphic Design concentration prepares the Art major for a career as a graphic designer in the commercial art and advertising fields. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The Interactive multimedia concentration prepares the Art major for a career in interactive multimedia design. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The Painting concentration prepares the Art major for a career as a painter or to continue study at the graduate level. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The Photography concentration prepares the Art major for a career as a photographer in the art and fine art fields. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The Printmaking concentration prepares the Art major for a career as a printmaker or to continue study at the graduate level. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
The 3-D Studio concentration prepares the Art major for a career in the 3-Dimensional studio arts or to continue study at the graduate level. Requirements of this program are included in the appropriate flow sheet.
Areas of Minor Study for Art + Design Majors
Art majors have an opportunity to pursue interests in other art fields through the selection of a minor area of study. Minor programs particularly applicable to the Art major program include: Business; English with specialization in written communication; Theater Arts with specialization in costume, scene design or lighting; Geography with specialization in cartography, urban or environmental studies. History, literature, music, philosophy and psychology, to name a few, are other possible choices for minor study.
The Art + Design Department strongly recommends that students selecting the Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia, or Photography minor choose either ART 100A - Introduction to World Art , or ART 335 - The History of Photography , or ART 338History of Graphic Design (Not Offered Every Year) as a Distribution Elective.
Art + Design Minor
Non-Art major students wishing to minor in Art have the opportunity to select from six minor programs.
The Art Program in cooperation with area businesses, museums and galleries, and other non-profit agencies provides opportunities for senior Art majors to gain experience in a professional setting through the Internship program.
Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above have the opportunity to explore in depth a topic of choice outside the normal pattern of courses.