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Essential Studies

The Essential Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

General Studies

For those students who began under the General Studies requirements for Chadron State College, they are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Mission Statement

The Chadron State College Art Department provides a comprehensive course of study in the visual arts while preparing students for careers in Art Education, Studio Art, Graphic Design and Gallery/Museum operations. The program encourages personal and artistic growth in a student-centered learning environment and is dedicated to creating a classroom experience strong in the production of art, the knowledge of historical context, the use of critical thinking, and the understanding of aesthetics. The department enriches life in the Western High Plains region by providing educational opportunities, research, service, and visual arts programs that contribute to the vitality and diversity of the region.

Student Learning Outcomes

The outcomes of the Art discipline are as follows:

  • Art History: Students will be exposed to artists, artwork and art historical movements in order to identify and discuss art history and its cultural impact.
  • Production: Students will learn about and demonstrate their ability to use a variety of media and techniques.
  • Aesthetic: Students will learn the basic principles and concepts related to art and will demonstrate their understanding of those principles and concepts in the viewing and discussion of, writing about and production of arts.
  • Criticism: Each student will gain a base knowledge of art and will be able to make informed assessments about historical images, work by fellow students, and their own work.

Requirements

All Bachelor of Arts with a Comprehensive Major in Art students must complete the CORE REQUIREMENT classes and their OPTION classes in addition to the Essential Studies requirements. For those students who began under the General Studies requirement for Chadron State College, they are available on a separate page for easy reference.

  1. All art majors are required to complete ART 131, 133, 136, and 230 prior to or by permission of the instructor before enrolling in any other studio courses.
  2. All incoming freshman art majors with the assistance of the art faculty must complete an entry level survey of their previous art experience for assessment purposes.
  3. To complete the requirements for a degree in Art each senior art major must participate in one Senior Thesis Exhibit during his/her final year. All seniors must come to the instructor to obtain permission prior to enrolling for ART 412.
  4. B.S.E. candidates must enroll in Senior Thesis the semester prior to enrolling in student teaching. (Note: The Secondary Methods course in art is offered only during the Fall semester.)
  5. The senior exhibit must reflect the student's ability to create Art in at least two media, including works from their option area. All words must have been completed on the college level and within the past two years. The students, as a requirement of their senior thesis, must be involved in the setting up of art gallery exhibits, and supply the department a senior thesis portfolio.
  6. Art students will not be permitted to enroll in Advanced Art Studio, Topics, Seminar, or Independent Study courses until they have completed the beginning and advanced required courses in the media or topic selected for advanced study.
  7. NOTE: ART 400, 430, 500, 530 are all three credit hour courses and may only be taken for a combined total of nine hours in any studio area.
  8. Materials fee will be assessed for most Art courses.
  9. All art majors must earn a letter grade of C (2.0) or above in all required art courses to graduate.

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Comprehensive Major in Art

A student must complete the following core and one option in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and the graduation literacy requirement. All art majors are required to complete ART 131, 133, 136 and 230 prior to enrolling in any other studio courses.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
ART 131 Drawing I 3
ART 133 Design Fundamentals I 3
ART 136 Drawing II 3
ART 225 Printmaking I 3
ART 227 Sculpture I 3
ART 228 Ceramics I 3
ART 229 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 230 Design Fundamentals II 2
ART 232 Painting I 3
ART 321 Glass I (a) or (b) 3
ART 323

ART 223
Creative Photography
or
Introduction to Photography
3
ART 338 Art History Survey I 3
ART 339 Art History Survey II 3
ART 412 Senior Thesis 1
Total hours 39

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Art Studio Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 39
ART 320 Figure Drawing II 3
ART 340 20th Century Art Survey 3
*Electives selected from list below 12
Total hours 57
*Electives may be selected from ART 325, 331, 332, 337, 343, 421, 428, or 437.
The following courses are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: BA 331; MKTG, 334, 335, 336, 338, 435, 439.
The following minors are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: Business, Marketing/Entrepreneurship, and Museum Studies.

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Gallery/Museum Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 39
MS 231 Intro to Museum Studies 3
MS 330 Mgmt & Care of Collections 3
MS 331 Exhibit Design 3
MS 333 Museum Administration 3
MS 340 Museum Education 3
MS/ART 390 Internship in Gallery Practice 3
Total hours 57
The following courses are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: ART 322, 329, 340; BA 331; BIS 230; CA 233, 250, 335, 350, 443; FCS 341; MKTG 231, 334, 335; MS 235.
The following minors are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: Business, Marketing/Entrepreneurship, and Communication Arts.

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Graphic Design Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 39
ART 322 Graphic Design I 3
ART 329 Graphic Design II 3
ART 340 20th Century Art Survey 3
ART 343 Digital Photography 3
ART 411 Graphic Design III 3
ART 422 Graphic Design Practicum 3
Total hours 57
The following courses are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: CA 225, 233, 250, 335, 346, 350, 431, 434, 442, 443; BA 331; MKTG 231, 334, 335, 336, 338, 435, 439; MS 231, 331, 390.
The following minors are suggested to enhance employment opportunities: Business, Communication Arts, Marketing/Entrepreneurship, and Museum Studies.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Field Endorsement in Art (K-12)

All art majors are required to complete ART 131, 133, 136 and 230 prior to enrolling in any other studio courses. A student must complete the following requirements, the Essential Studies requirements, and Professional Education requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
ART 131 Drawing I 3
ART 133 Design Fundamentals I 3
ART 136 Drawing II 3
ART 225 Printmaking I 3
ART 227 Sculpture I 3
ART 228 Ceramics I 3
ART 229 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 230 Design Fundamentals II 2
ART 232 Painting I 3
ART 321 Glass I (a) or (b) 3
ART 323

ART 223
Creative Photography
or
Introduction to Photography
3
ART 334 Art for the Elem/MS Teacher 3
ART 338 Art History Survey I 3
ART 339 Art History Survey II 3
ART 340 20th Century Art Survey 3
ART 412 Senior Thesis 1
*Electives selected from list below 9
Total hours 54
*Electives may be selected from ART 322, 325, 331, 332, 337, 343, 421, 428, 437.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Middle Grades Content Area of Specialization in Art (4-9)

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies and Professional Education Middle Grades requirements and one other Content Area of Specialization for Middle Grades.

Number Course Title Hours
ART 131 Drawing I 3
ART 133 Design Fundamentals I 3
ART 228 Ceramics I 3
ART 229 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 232 Painting I 3
ART 334 Art for the Elem/MS Teacher 3
ART 338

ART 339

ART 340
Art History Survey I
or
Art History Survey II
or
20th Century Art Survey
3
Total hours 21

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MINORS in Art

Art: A student must complete the following program, a major in another area, and the Essential Studies requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
ART 131 Drawing I 3
ART 133 Design Fundamentals I 3
Select two from the following: ART 225, 227, 228, 229, 232, 321 (a or b) 6
Electives in Art 9
Total hours 21

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AREA of CONCENTRATION - Elementary Education

Art: A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies and Professional Education, Elementary Education requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
ART 131 Drawing I 3
ART 133 Design Fundamentals I 3
ART 228 Ceramics I 3
Total hours 9

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