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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

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CHAIR and PROFESSOR: Simeon Hunter, Ph.D.
Office: 117 St. Mary’s Hall
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Nancy Bernardo, Barbara Brainard, Gerald Cannon, Alan Gerson, W. Mark Grote, William J. Kitchens, Carol Leake, Daniela Marx, Karoline Schleh, Tom Varisco
WEB PAGE: cmfa.loyno.edu/visualarts

The Department of Visual Arts offers three degrees:

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • The Bachelor of Arts with concentration in studio art or art history
  • The Bachelor of Arts in graphic design (B.A.)

An entry portfolio is required of students who are seeking scholarships or advanced placement, and of transfer students who wish to have course credit from other institutions applied to their Loyola transcripts. Freshman scholarship applicants must submit all materials by February 15 of the year that they intend to enter the university.

OUR MISSION

Our small visual arts department within a Jesuit, liberal arts university enables us to inspire and facilitate traditional and contemporary interpretations of visual literacy and application in an intimate context. Teaching reinforces our individual commitment to creating art and provides our students with the opportunity to shape the future of the art community, emphasizing our profound belief that art is a societal necessity.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

A B.F.A. graduate will:

  • Be capable of developing and presenting a professional one-person fine art exhibition
  • Be able to speak and write cogently about their own work
  • Develop a thorough understanding of their historical and contemporary position in the world of fine art
  • Be technically proficient in their chosen media
  • Create and deliver a portfolio documentation suitable for application to graduate programs and other art institutions

 A B.A. studio graduate will:

  • Have an appropriate knowledge and understanding of art history and visual culture
  • Have an awareness of a variety of studio media
  • Demonstrate competency in at least one medium
  • Be able to produce artwork suitable for a group exhibition
  • Acquire the discipline, organizational skills, and professional experience in a variety of art related fields

A B.A. graphic design graduate will:

  • Have an appropriate knowledge and understanding of design history and visual culture
  • Posses technical proficiency in computer software particular to the discipline of graphic design
  • Be visually literate in the application of type, image and information hierarchy
  • Use skills to develop effective visual designs resulting in successful final products
  • Clearly communicate concepts about his/her work, both verbally and in writing
  • Plan and present a fully designed "thesis" in an exhibition
  • Create a professional portfolio which will prepare the student to apply for a job
    or apply for graduate school

OVERVIEW

Visual arts faculty in the studio areas are all practicing artists who exhibit their work regularly. The development of the student’s individual visual expression and the discovery of a personal aesthetic is informed by exposure to working faculty, visiting artists and lecturers, and directed experiences in the larger university liberal arts curriculum and the larger community of art.

First-year majors are introduced to essential elements of art practices and their histories in the required Foundations I and II, Drawing I and II, and Survey of World Art I and II. Specialization in the chosen disciplines and majors begins in the sophomore year. All studio majors are required to take beginning level courses in the primary disciplines of ceramics, digital art, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, and sculpture.

Students in pursuit of the B.F.A. will take more courses in specific areas. The final year includes a six-hour capstone course entitled Senior Show which culminates in a one-person exhibition.

The course Art Careers Internship is the capstone course for students in the B.A. program in studio or art history. These students also participate in a senior group exhibition, but are engaged in an internship relating to their career aspirations.

The BA in graphic design follows a structured curriculum of required courses which must be taken in sequence. Students majoring in graphic design are required to complete Graphic Design I through VI, Typography I and II, and Graphic Communications Survey.

Graphic Design V and VI are capstone courses to be taken in the senior year. Graphic design V, also known as a "Professional Practices" course, treats all assignments as "real," client based projects. Followed by Graphic Design VI which proceeds to shift students from an academic mind set to that of a design professional. Graphic Design VI students will continue to work on visual problem solving and development of creative skills; however, they will apply this knowledge to a final “thesis” style project. For the final project, students will select a large scale project to work on for the semester with the ability to explore any medium. Students are encouraged to choose a project that will broaden their portfolio and help direct them toward an area in the design field after graduation. Graduating students will leave behind a portfolio and display their thesis in an a final exhibition.

This expansive incorporation of digital media into a fine arts and graphic arts curriculum is one of the many distinguishing characteristics of Loyola’s Department of Visual Arts. Students are encouraged to acquire their own computers if specializing in digital areas or graphic design. With three computer labs in the department and computer access throughout campus, we attempt to integrate these new technologies into research and production for all our majors.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS–VISUAL ARTS

Freshman   F S
Major VISA A102 — A103 6 6
Adjunct VISA A210 — A211 3 3
Common Curriculum   9 9
    18 18
      36
Sophomore   F S
Major VISA A200, A201, A230, A320 6 6
Major VISA A240, A249, A250 6 3
Adjunct VISA A300 0 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
    18 18
      36
Junior   F S
Major VISA A350, A276, Area of Concentration 9 6
Common Curriculum   6 6
Foreign Language   3 3
Elective   0 3
    18 18
      36
Senior   F S
Major VISA A450 — A451, Area of Concentration 9 6
Common Curriculum   3 3
Elective   0 3
    12 12
      24
TOTAL: 132 cr. hrs.    

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

BACHELOR OF ARTS–STUDIO ART

Freshman   F S
Major VISA A102 — A103 6 6
Adjunct VISA A210 — A211 3 3
Common Curriculum   9 9
    18 18
      36
Sophomore   F S
Major VISA A200 — A201 or A260 — A261 3 3
Major VISA A230 — A320 3 3
Major VISA A241, A244, A250 3 3
Common Curriculum   3 3
Foreign Language   3 3
    15 15
      30
Junior   F S
Major Area of Concentration1 3 3
Major VISA A300 — Secondary Area1 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
Elective   3 3
Elective   1 1
    16 16
      32
Senior   F S
Major VISA A457 — A458 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
Electives   6 6
    15 15
      30
TOTAL: 128 cr. hrs.    

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

1 At the conclusion of the sophomore year, students will be evaluated and required to choose an area of concentration (e.g., painting, sculpture, etc.) and a secondary area of concentration.

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to Common Curriculum in each index for page number.

BACHELOR OF ARTS–GRAPHIC DESIGN

Freshman   F S
Major VISA A102 — A103 6 6
Adjunct VISA A210 — A211 3 3
Common Curriculum   9 9
    18 18
      36
Sophomore   F S
Major VISA A260 — A261 or A200 — A201 3 3
Major (choose one) VISA A230 — A240, A241, A244, A249 3 3
Major VISA A275 — A375, A378, A379 3 3
Common Curriculum   3 3
Foreign Language   3 3
    15 15
      30
Junior   F S
Major VISA A376 — A271 3 3
Major VISA A377 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
Elective   3 3
Elective   1 1
    16 16
      32
Senior   F S
Major VISA A475 — A476 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
Electives   6 6
    15 15
      30
TOTAL: 128 cr. hrs.    

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

View Visual Arts course descriptions