204 Watkins Hall
Art & Design website
Adrian Barr, Chairperson
Adrian Barr, Assistant Professor; BA, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); MA, University of Otago (New Zealand); PhD, Rutgers University; 2012 -
Danilo Bojic, Assistant Professor; BFA, BA, MFA, University of Houston; 2016 -
ChunLok Mah, Assistant Professor; BES, St. Cloud State University; BA, Winona State University; MA, MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 2008 -
Seho Park, Professor; BA, Keimyung College (Korea); MAT, Whitworth College; MFA, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; 1988 -
Anne Scott Plummer, Professor; BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, Claremont Graduate University; 1990 -
Don L. Schmidlapp, Professor; BFA, University of Kansas; MFA, Indiana University; 1981 -
Art makes and remakes human experience. As a traditional component of Liberal Arts, visual art is central to the understanding of any culture’s achievements, and includes some of the most enduring treasures of humanity created throughout history. Students develop artistic literacy through intensive, hands-on studio experience. They connect with the world around them, through service at home and travel abroad, to inform and deepen their artistic vision. Critical reflection, the history of art, and the use of the latest technology prepare students for professional careers in the 21st century and advanced study in Graphic Design, I-Design, Art Teaching, and Studio Art.
The Department of Art & Design offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with options in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and I-Design, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education for K-12 teachers. Through studio and art history courses, art majors build cognitive skills while engaging in the inherently creative activities of the art process. Majors acquire interrelated skills in visual perception, creative problem-solving, and critical thinking, all of which complement the objectives of a liberal arts education. Majors and minors study the history of art, focusing on human achievements of the past and present as well as the various criteria by which they are evaluated. Studio majors develop expertise in specific media areas such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, or printmaking. Graphic designers use their laptop computers, Wacom tablets, special printers and graphic design software for print and web-based visual communication. In addition to their classes taken in the Department of Education, Art Education majors pursue a broad range of experiences in a variety of media to prepare them for K-12 Minnesota teacher certification.
During their first year, students complete the required series of foundation courses. In subsequent years, studio classes in specialized media offer more intensive experiences, reflecting students’ capabilities and interests. Each successive course in a medium builds upon earlier achievements; instruction becomes more individualized as students search for more personal means of expression.
Studio and classroom instruction at all levels is enhanced by a changing series of exhibitions in the Paul Watkins Gallery and the Weber (student) Gallery, and by presentations from visiting artists and guest lecturers. Majors and minors, as well as interested non-majors, are urged to join field trips to art museums and galleries in nearby cities; field trips are organized by faculty and student clubs.
Grounded in the liberal arts, the art curriculum prepares graduates for a variety of career paths. Some studio majors continue their education, seeking advanced degrees to become professional artists and college level educators. The Arts Administration minor is recommended to studio majors who plan to seek employment in art centers, galleries, and in business requiring art skills. Graphic design graduates pursue careers in business and in public and nonprofit sectors, developing visual strategies for designing marketing materials, business presentations, publications, websites, and more. Teaching majors, prepared for K-12 licensure, are employed by school districts throughout the state of Minnesota and the region.
Art & Design Student Handbook
The Art & Design Student Handbook, which supports the advising process, contains information vital to the successful study of art at WSU. Among other items, the Handbook includes suggested course registration programs for each of the three art degree programs/options for each semester leading to graduation, course prerequisites, the Portfolio Review, scholarships, and Senior Exhibitions. The student handbook is available on the Art & Design website.
Fall Orientation Meeting
All new entering students, including transfer students, are expected to attend this very important meeting held annually. New students get acquainted with their peers, teachers, and advisors and learn more about the material covered in the Art & Design Student Handbook and this catalog.
The department’s advising program is designed to ensure that majors properly fulfill the requirements of their degree programs, in addition to other departmental obligations, in a timely, efficient manner. Therefore, Art and Design majors should meet regularly with the advisors assigned to them. Art Studio minors may seek advice from any art faculty member; Art History minors should consult with Dr. Barr.
Advising for Registration
Just prior to the University online registration period each semester, the Art & Design Department holds Advising for Registration meetings that all advisors, majors, and minors attend. At that time, students are advised regarding their proposed schedule, and granted electronic permission to register for permission-only art classes when their registration window opens. Minors meet with an art faculty advisor as described above.
First-Year Cohort Group
Incoming first-year students take ART 114 - 2-D Design , ART 118 - Drawing I , and ART 221 - Art History I concurrently. In the spring semester, the same group registers in ART 115 - 3-D Design , ART 218 - Color and Composition , and ART 222 - Survey of Modern Art . Graphic Design and I-Design majors are encouraged to enroll in ART 150 - Digital 2-D Design either fall or spring semester.
Art & Design Scholarships
The Art & Design Department awards a number of scholarships to majors in all three of its degree programs each year. All majors, including incoming students, are urged to apply. The scholarships include the Ruth Severud Fish, E.L. King, Thomas E. Mauszycki, Floretta Murray, Dorothy and Mo Weber, Max Weber, Winona National Bank, and Presidential awards. Some of these awards require minimum GPAs; the Fish, King, and Murray scholarships are awarded to teaching majors. First-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for scholarships. Award amounts range from $400 to $1200, and most are renewable.
The Art & Design Department faculty awards scholarships on the basis of portfolio reviews and academic achievement. Successful applicants may receive more than one award.
Art majors transferring from other institutions must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in art in residence at WSU at the upper-division (300/400-level classes).
All WSU graduates must complete 40 S.H. of upper division coursework.
For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see Academic Policies & University Requirements . Specific requirements for Art majors/minors are as follows:
- Bachelor of Arts students must earn a minimum C grade in each studio art course and have a GPA of 2.50 in all studio and art history courses and a 2.50 overall GPA.
- Teaching majors in the Bachelor of Science program must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in all art education, studio, and art history courses.
Mid-Program Portfolio Review
After they complete their foundation work and begin their specialized courses, Art majors in all three programs are required to submit for review a group of works completed at that point. This provides the art faculty with a means of assessing the effectiveness of the curriculum. Secondly, it gives majors the benefits of an all-faculty evaluation irrespective of performance in individual classes, thus guiding them in their progress during their senior year. For more specific information about this requirement, majors should consult the Art & Design Student Handbook with their advisors.
Capstone exhibitions, required of all Art & Design majors, feature the accomplishments of graduating seniors in all three programs and are held in Watkins Gallery each year. Several shows are devoted to works of all graduating seniors; the Select Senior exhibitions highlight the efforts of students chosen by the faculty through a competitive process on the basis of superior achievement. Select Senior exhibitions consist of two- or three-person shows in Weber Gallery, allowing participants to exhibit a larger number of works than in the all-senior shows.
Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses
Except for internships, students must take all courses in their major, minor, concentrations, and licensures on a grade-only basis. The P/NC option is available to students who are not Art majors or minors; these students may elect the P/NC option for all 100-level art courses and for other courses as specified in the course descriptions. Courses offered on a pass/no credit-only or grade-only basis are so designated in the course descriptions. (All prerequisites must be met before a student enrolls in a particular course.)
General Education Intensive Requirements
Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program (GEP) and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The following are offered as General Education Program intensive courses in the Art & Design Department:
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Science - TeachingMinor