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Overview

You are concerned with the way things look — where objects are placed or how the shapes, lines, colors, textures, and values interact in an image. You have a desire to change the things that you see. In other words, you often find yourself mentally rearranging things. You often think about things in relation to images rather than words. You find yourself enjoying looking at images/objects just because of formal elements like shape, texture, and color. You enjoy seeing your ideas take a tangible form. You find it natural to associate information with images. (This sometimes leads others to ask you, "How did you come up with that?") You find visual comparisons to be a natural part of your day. For example, you may not see anything strange about describing the shape of a tree as looking like an amoeba.

If this describes you, then the studio art degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Art Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as an artist

 

Major Description 

As a studio art major at NGU, you will spend much of your time designing, drawing, painting, photographing, printing, and sculpting. You will learn about principles of design; basic, intermediate, and advanced color theory; the timeline of art history; technical skills; the importance and execution of fine craftsmanship; syntactical strategies for expressing your ideas; speaking and writing about your work; professionally exhibiting your work; and creating a portfolio, as well as how to apply this knowledge in mastering your own chosen area of emphasis.

By the completion of this degree, you will have developed a cohesive portfolio that shows competence in your area of emphasis and the fundamentals of your craft. This body of work can be effectively shown to future employers or graduate programs and serve to represent your ideas and abilities. You will also have produced substantial written documentation of your visual thesis and be able to articulate the reasoning behind your work and its relationship to the critical development of history.

Ultimately, the studio art degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of artistic pursuits. 

Curriculum

The Art Department curriculum at NGU is designed to produce artists who employ a high level of integrity and responsibility in relation to their artistic freedom. This awareness stems from the primary acknowledgement that art is a visual language. As such, the coursework is geared to help foster an understanding of how to use art to express ideas spanning the critical, philosophical, or poetic scope.
 
As you continue through the program, you will be guided to develop as an artist in three main areas:
  • Foundational - Applying composition, rendering, and historical knowledge
  • Technical - Acquiring intermediate and advanced skills, especially as related to your chosen area of emphasis
  • Conceptual - Studying syntactical strategies and practicing your command of the curriculum to create work that serves the purpose of self-expression

Faculty Strengths

First, and foremost, our Art Department faculty members are committed to helping students understand how to use their diverse talents to effectively communicate the love that God has for His creation.
 
While we do approach the classroom as a mentoring opportunity, we also see it as a unique environment where we have the privilege of interacting with other artists. The goal of our faculty is to produce thoughtful, technically proficient, and critically aware artists.
 
Our full-time faculty members all hold terminal degrees and also maintain a continued growth in their own personal studio work.

Ultimately, the best experience comes from the personal discovery of one's vocation, the confident nurturing of that voice, and the boundless peace that comes from glorifying the source of that calling. This is not always an easy task and it requires a heart determined to examine the Truth of one's life. At NGU, we love this process, and it is both our privilege and pleasure to be part of it.
 

Tracks / Concentrations

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.

Electives

  • Ceramics I, II, and III
  • Drawing III
  • Graphic Art I and II
  • Painting I, II, and III
  • Photography I, II, and III
  • Printmaking I, II, and III
  • Sculpture I, II, and III
  • Typography

 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

  • Art director
  • Ceramicist
  • Commercial artist
  • Gallery director
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Matte artist
  • Package designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Printmaker
  • Production designer
  • Reproduction specialist / Mold maker
  • Scenic painter
  • Sculptor
  • Set designer
  • Textile designer

 

Postgraduate Studies

  • Campbell University
  • Converse College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • University of Tennessee

Employers

  • BB&T
  • Dealer Online Marketing
  • Gallery Seventeen
  • HGTV
  • JDD Marketing
  • Mauldin Christian Academy
  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • Oculus Websites
  • Red Hype
  • Terra Stride, Inc.
  • True Timber Camo
  • Worldview at the Abbey


 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

Studio Space

The practice of making art requires that students have a dedicated space in which to invest the time needed to refine their skills. To this end, NGU maintains studios for the following areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The facilities are consistently updated with state-of-the-art technology, and they're available for extended hours at night, as well as over weekends.

Art Exhibits

NGU's College of Fine Arts hosts exhibits throughout each school year, so you can enjoy work from your peers, faculty, and well-established guest artists. Your art degree culminates in creating a cohesive body of work and exhibiting it in a group art exhibition during your senior year.  

Publication Opportunity

The Mountain Laurel, NGU's annual literary and arts publication, gives you the opportunity to submit your work for the chance to be published. Professional artists judge all accepted submissions and can offer you helpful feedback as you continue to grow as an artist.
  
Set Design

As an art student at NGU, you also have the opportunity to take part in NGU's theatrical productions. The Theatre Department produces at least two major productions each semester, and non-majors are welcome to volunteer their painting and/or carpentry skills in creating sets and designing costumes.

 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Drawing I (3 hours)
Design and Color I (3 hours)
Drawing II (3 hours)
Design and Color II (3 hours)
Digital Imagery (3 hours)
First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics (3 hours)
 

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Art History I (3 hours)
Art History II (2 hours)
Art elective in area of emphasis (3 hours)
Art electives (9 hours)
2000-level English course(3 hours)
Lab science (4 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Art electives in area of emphasis (6 hours)
Art electives (6 hours)
Contemporary Art History (3 hours)
Social science elective (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)
Lab science (4 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

 


 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Art electives (9 hours)
Art Seminar (1 hour)
Exhibition and Portfolio Procedures (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Concepts of Physical Education (2 hours)
2000-level history elective (3 hours)
Social science elective (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

 


 

Program Objectives

 

  • Exhibit the application of foundational skills needed to represent space accurately.
  • Exhibit the application of foundational skills needed to compose effectively.
  • Create work that is original in one or all of the following areas: concept, composition, or technique.
  • Create work that is technically proficient.
  • Create work that cogently delivers a conceptual message to an audience.
  • Convey the conceptual, historical, and technical basis for your work.

 

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