Why major in Art?

As an art major at UPIKE, you’ll have the advantage of small classes for better interactivity with your professors. Small class sizes allow for more personal attention in the instruction of formal aspects of creating art. Through UPIKE’s Marguerite Weber Art Gallery, you’ll gain access to professional artists and have opportunities to discuss their work and aspects of their professional life. The art program at UPIKE includes special topics, directed studies and internships where your personal interests will direct your course of study. You’ll be encouraged to explore your vision for your artwork as well as UPIKE’s entire curriculum for inspiration. All art faculty are exhibiting artists who will help you discover your desired creative paths and make your ambitions a reality.

Professor helps a student in 3-Dimensional Design class.

Program Distinctives

As an art student you’ll learn about art by making art—experiential learning in its truest form. A strong commitment to the studio experience is complemented by access to a range of art history classes.

Special topics classes are scheduled at least once per academic year. These classes are opportunities to engage in techniques and media not usually covered in regular rotation, and they are reflective of current students’ interest. Such classes may include topics like jewelry making, making artists’ books and creating installations.

Through the art program, you’ll have opportunities to enroll in internships aligned with your interests. Previous internships have included participating in the Pikeville Main Street Project, working at a local radio station and shadowing a practicing illustrator and art teacher.

art student

Interesting Courses

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. This is a hands-on studio art course where students learn and practice creative problem solving through the designing, planning and construction of three-dimensional objects.

ART 241 Painting
Students may take Painting over two semesters. The initial class is a basic introduction to the materials and methods of painting. Students explore painting from studying color theory through the mechanics of stretching a canvas. The optional second course continues to encourage experimentation of materials and development of a student’s personal voice.

Student working on her sculpture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Choosing to major in art fulfills a personal need. As a UPIKE art student, you’ll be able to explore a self-directed area of interest, articulate your goals and analyze your success, discuss your work, handle a variety of media and present them effectively, write in a critical manner about your work, demonstrate knowledge of art history and understand the advantages of a cross-discipline environment in developing your artwork.

Career paths in Art

Successful graduates can earn a living as a practicing artist. By double majoring or picking up an appropriate minor, you’ll have lots of career options such as making or producing films, running a business or teaching. Career paths may include:

Architect
Art Therapist
Graphic Designer or Illustrator (creative and technical)
Interior or Landscape Designer
Marketing Director for Art Venues
Museum or Gallery Curator
Teacher (preschool through graduate school)

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

Bit Source, LLC
East Kentucky Broadcasting
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Morehead State University
Pikeville High School
University of Pikeville
Self-Employed, Jewelry Designer

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Charles Mims

“When I look back on my college career, I am so grateful I ended up getting a degree in art from the University of Pikeville. Nearly all my work now is in the digital design field, and I could have easily ended up with a graphic design degree. Instead, I spent my time in college focusing on core design fundamentals and art history. As a design professional, I’m acutely aware that design software is constantly changing and evolving. So, I’m glad that instead of learning how to interact with software, UPIKE taught me how to design. It’s immeasurable how valuable that has been for me.”   

CHARLES MIMS /CLASS OF 2015 /DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND DIGITAL MEDIA /BIT SOURCE, LLC

Contact

Pat Kowalok

Professor of Art
(606) 218-5758
PatriciaKowalok@upike.edu