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Why should I major in art?

The purpose of the art curriculum is to help students understand the place of artistic activity in our culture by exploring their own creative skill and aesthetic vision, and by making them more familiar with art through many ages and cultures.The University of Pikeville art courses serve the needs of students interested in exploring their own creative potential as part of their general education and students planning to pursue graduate studies in art. The study of art also encourages creative thinking which is applicable to any course of study within a liberal arts framework. There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of on-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain skills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, summer employment and volunteer experience.

What can I do with an art degree from the University of Pikeville?
It is very common for art graduates to embark on postgraduate degrees. Many of those who do enter work immediately after graduating choose work that is related to their degree. However, the artistic/creative skills, resource/time management skills, and research/analytical skills, in particular, are often highly regarded by many other employers. The glamorous and exciting image of graphic and fine arts fields attracts many talented people with a love for drawing and creative ability. Graphic arts studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. Talented artists who have developed a mastery of artistic techniques and skills, including computer skills, will have the best job prospects.

Art at the University of Pikeville
The art program is a part of the Humanities Division and offers a variety of courses which promote the role of creative thinking and aesthetics in society. Students also are exposed to a variety of basic skills as well as preparation for entry level careers or further graduate study. Students will experience a variety of media and the skills to specialize in one or two areas as an independently creative artist.
 

Art Degree Options
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Art Careers
Architect
Art Dealer
Art Historian
Art Therapist
Computer Artist
Desktop Publisher
Fashion Designer
Graphic Designer
Illustrator (creative and technical)
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer
Landscape Designer
Marketing Director for Art Venues
Museum or gallery curator
Photographer (creative and technical)
Studio Art/Artist
Teacher (pre-school through graduate school)
Textile Designer
Toy designer
Theatre Costume
Set Designer
Typographer

 


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Courses

ART 100 Art Appreciation 
The course is designed to encourage an appreciation of the Visual Arts. In this course students will examine, research, analyze and discuss works of art from around the world, based on the visual and cultural qualities. The course will also focus on the creation of art—as an experiential event--inspired by the works studied. The class will enhance students’ perceptual abilities; encourage insight, and a greater understanding of the variety of visual expressions. Note: Class will not meet major requirements in art.
 
ART 102 Survey of Art from Prehistory to the 14th Century 
A general survey of art from earliest time through the precursors of the Renaissance. The class will deal with western as well as non-western art. The courses objective is to develop the ability to comprehend and evaluate concepts and issues pertaining to cultural heritage as embodied in the visual arts. Does not fulfill requirements toward ART major or minor.
 
ART 103 Survey of Art from 14th Century to the Present 
A general survey of art from Renaissance to the present. The class will deal with western as well as non-western art. The course objective is to develop the ability to comprehend and evaluate concepts and issues pertaining to cultural heritage as embodied in the visual arts. Does not fulfill requirements toward Art major or minor.
 
ART 121 Basic Drawing 
Introduction to basic drawing experiences and concepts. Graphic representation of objects is stressed through a variety of techniques and media.
 
ART 132 Two Dimensional Design
A study of principles of pictorial art structure through a series of experimental exercises in two dimensions.

ART 161 Three-Dimensional Design 
A variety of materials will be used to explore the elements and principles of design as they relate to three-dimensional space, mass and volume.
 
ART 221 Intermediate Drawing 
A studio class designed to build on the broad basic concepts introduced in ART 121. The course objective is to develop these concepts within the context of the individual student artist. Students deal with problem-solving and analyzing both historical art and the art of their peers. Prerequisite: ART 121.
 
ART 241 Painting I 
A basic studio introduction to materials and methods of painting with emphasis on composition. Prerequisite: ART 121.
 
ART 261 Sculpture I 
Introductory studio experience in principle sculptural concepts and methods. Prerequisite: ART 161.
 
ART 311 History of Ancient and Medieval Art 
The study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from pre-history to the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115.

ART 312 History of Art from the Renaissance to 1850 
The study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to 1850. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115.
 
ART 313 History of Art from 1850 to the Present
The study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1850 to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115.

ART 315 Non-European World Art I
This course is a survey of the painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture of a range of the cultures, which may include Asia, the Middle East, and/or the Pacific Island through time. The course objective is to develop a multi-cultural awareness of humanity’s approaches to the visual arts and how they are a reflection of those cultures values, geographical and cultural environments, and reactions to history. There is also an acknowledgement that any culture does not exist and develop in a vacuum—while the course is intended to explore a range of Asian, Middle Eastern, and/or Pacific Island cultures, forays into influences beyond the area may be deemed necessary. The class instructor will have discretion as to which cultures will be considered. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115

ART 316 Non-European World Art II
This course is a survey of the painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture of a range of the cultures, which may include Asia, the Middle East, and/or the Pacific Island through time. The course objective is to develop a multi-cultural awareness of humanity’s approaches to the visual arts and how they are a reflection of those cultures values, geographical and cultural environments, and reactions to history. There is also an acknowledgement that any culture does not exist and develop in a vacuum—while the course is intended to explore a range of Asian, Middle Eastern, and/or Pacific Island cultures, forays into influences beyond the area may be deemed necessary. The class instructor will have discretion as to which cultures will be considered. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115

ART 331 Advanced Drawing and Composition 
Application of design elements and principles in developing an individual understanding personal exploration of pictorial space, organization and style. Prerequisite: ART 221.
 
ART 341 Painting II 
A continuation of painting with an emphasis on individual development. Prerequisite: ART 241.
 
ART 361 Sculpture II 
Advanced study in sculpture concepts and methods. Emphasis is given to individual development of expression. Prerequisite: ART 261.
 
ART 390 Special Topics
Study of a selected topic of special interest. The topic may differ each time the course is offered and may be proposed by either instructor or students. Prerequisite: ART 121.
 
ART 495 Senior Capstone 
Will be used to prepare for and meet the exit requirements for graduation for those majoring in art. These requirements include presenting a cohesive body of personal work, defense of said work, and an art history lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.
 
ART 499 Directed Individual Study 
Individual studio projects or directed research. Open only to senior art majors or minors with all course work completed in the art area selected. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty

Name: Petra Carroll
Title: Associate Professor of Art
Email: PetraCarroll@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5759
Office: Record Memorial 406 B

Name: Patricia Kowalok
Title: Professor of Art; Chair, Division of Humanities
Email: PatriciaKowalok@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5758
Office: Record Memorial 404

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