The Department of Art provides an opportunity for you to develop the creative dimension of your life in preparation for careers, leadership and service.
The goals of the Department of Art are to prepare students:
- to develop competencies in the visual arts by implementing design elements and principles using a variety of media.
- to participate in dialogue and research regarding diverse cultures and ethnicities, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics in order to creatively interpret and express ideas reflective of the global society.
- to demonstrate professional preparation by developing foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions for application in the fine arts, teacher education, or computer graphics.
- to use critical thinking in synthesizing the knowledge and skills gained through a liberal arts education fostering a commitment to Christian values, service, and leadership.
- Studio Art Degree provides an opportunity for students to develop their creative potential and prepares students for professionalism in the fine arts. Emphasis areas are available in Communication Graphics, Art Administration, and Art Therapy.
- Art Education Degree assists the students in developing the advocacy for the arts and for the meaning of the creative process as future teachers and provides the professional training needed to be an art educator.
- Licensure Program prepares art education students to receive a teaching license for Early Childhood through Adolescence (birth through age 21).
Program Entrance, Residency, Midway, and Exit Requirements
- All art majors/minors and transfer students will have their initial art course work assessed by the professor/s. A 2.3 GPA in the initial 6 foundation/core credits taken at Silver Lake College should be maintained. If there is a question of a student's performance in art, the department will communicate with the student its concern and present options. Ultimately, it will be the student's choice to decide whether to continue in the program. Early requirements for Art Education students and degree students seeking licensure are a GPA 2.50, passing grades on Praxis I reading, writing and math exams, Orientation to Teacher Education, background verification, interview, approval by Teacher Education Committee.
- To graduate from Silver Lake College in an Art Degree program, a minimum of 30 credits from Silver Lake College is required.
- Midway through a program, sophomores will exhibit works that have been previously juried by the art faculty. This will allow for assessment of student progress and feedback for the student.
- A senior exhibit is required of all majors in a 4-year program. An art professional, outside of the college, juries student work. Art Education students seeking art licensure and students with degrees seeking art licensure are required to successfully complete course requirements, clinical experiences, have a GPA 2.75, pass Praxis II content exam in art, interview, have the approval of the Teacher Education Committee, and successfully complete student teaching. A GPA of at least 2.75 is required for those students seeking to enter a graduate program in Art Therapy upon completion of a studio art degree.