Terry Wells, Chair
White Hall 303, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8407
(203) 837-8945 (fax)

Molly Berger, Department Secretary
White Hall 101, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8410
203) 837-8945 (fax)


Terry Wells, Chr. R. Appel W. Boelke
A. Echevarria M. Grimes M. Portnow
D. Skora J. E. Wallace  

Adjunct Faculty

D. Ben-Ami S. Bookbinder G. Burdick
H. Caruso C. Gehm J. Kane
J. Lanzrein E. Little P. Nixon
F. Patnaude K. Tester A. Saghir
J. Spector    


The art department's programs are designed, through studio and lecture courses, to help students gain understanding and expertise in several aspects of the visual arts. Within the art major students have four options: (1) graphic design, emphasizing visual design for the communications media; (2) illustration, developing images for publications and communication; (3) photography, which involves both fine art and advertising photography; and (4) studio art. Within the studio art option there are four potential areas of emphasis: painting, printmaking, and sculpture and ceramics. This option is designed for the student interested in fine arts. All four options have a common foundation program with specializations diverging in the junior year.

The department maintains an extensive slide collection, reproductions, a graphic art collection and a visual art collection. There are regular exhibitions of professional and student work in the art department gallery. Art department faculty have close ties to the New York art world and are active professionals. In addition, the art department has frequent guest critics and speakers from the professional art world. Museum and gallery studies are integral parts of the student's learning process. Students are expected to visit museums and galleries at least once a semester. In order to facilitate meeting this requirement, the art department arranges semi-annual bus trips to New York City museums and art galleries.


The mission of the art department is to provide the enrolled student an education in the study and creation of art. Students will receive the necessary instruction to equip them with the skills to compete in the estimated sixty-seven billion dollar art industry, or pursue further education at the graduate level.

We achieve our goal to graduate a creative and experienced student by our established program design. Our program is integrated through a sequence of coursework providing four semesters of foundation and four semesters of upper level study in the declared major. The final senior portfolio in each major option serves as proof that the student has mastered the understanding of making professional art in order to be prepared for a career in art.

The art department has a tracking system to monitor our students' success after graduation from WestConn. The art department's Web site highlights an impressive list of graduate achievements in areas of graphic design, studio arts, photography and illustration.

Our proximity to New York allows regularly scheduled bus trips for student exposure to museums, galleries and studios. Our visiting artist program provides contact with successful professionals in applied and fine arts.


Students enrolled in the art program should, upon successful completion of all the sequential requirements, graduate and be able to:

  • Apply the skills and techniques required for studio arts, illustration, and photography, and to include the manipulative technical skills necessary in the technology driven graphic design industry.
  • Deliver the desired attitude and work habits that include creative thinking in solving problems, the necessary artistic judgment, cooperation, responsibility and above all, the confidence to perform as a professional.
  • Assemble a provocative body of work (portfolio) to show proficiency in the creative thinking skills necessary to succeed in the major of study.
  • Articulate the design, drawing, painting and technological process in development of and final solution of solving an artistic problem.
  • Mount an exhibition or presentation to committee or client effectively-displaying complete understanding and control of performance through clear and specific related vocabulary.

The art department prides itself in its proven ability to deliver the highest professional standards to the future line of creators.

Degree Programs in Art

Bachelor of Arts


Graphic Design
Studio Art

Minor Programs:



Bachelor of Arts in Art (B.A.)


Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free electives to total 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education. Students must earn a minimum "C" grade in each art department course that counts toward the major. Art courses with grades below "C" must be retaken to satisfy this requirement.

Art Core Required Courses (33 SH)

ART 100 History and Appreciation of Western Art: Beginnings to the Renaissance
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Western Art: Renaissance to the Present
ART 108 Design I
ART 109 Color I
ART 111 Drawing I
ART 152 Photography I
ART 209 Design II
ART 211 Drawing II
ART 217 Etching*
ART 219 Lithography*
ART 221 Printmaking*
ART 312 Production Processes
ART 370 Art Portfolio (appropriate to chosen option)

* One of these courses is required to complete studio art, graphic design or photography option.

Options (select one)-Required in addition to general education and art core.

Graphic Design Option (27 SH)

ART 213 Painting I
ART 222 Typography
ART 225 Communication Design I
ART 275 Illustration I
ART 305 Illustration II
ART 311 Advanced Figure Drawing
ART 325 Communication Design II

Two art electives (6 semester hours)

Illustration Option (27 SH)

ART 213 Painting I
ART 214 Painting II
ART 222 Typography
ART 219 Lithography I or ART 217 Etching I
ART 275 Illustration I
ART 305 Illustration II
ART 311 Advanced Figure Drawing
ART 328 Illustration III/Animation Production

One art elective (3 semester hours)

Photography Option (27 SH)

ART 145 History of Photography
ART 252 Photography II
ART 340 Advanced Photographic Methods
ART 346 Color Photography I
ART 348 Photography III

Four art electives (12 semester hours)

Studio Art Option (27 SH)

ART 213 Painting I
ART 222 Typography
ART 311 Advanced Figure Drawing

Choose one sequence (9 SH)
Painting ART 214/313/314, Painting II, III, IV
Printmaking ART 219/220/217, Lithograph I, II, Etching I
Sculpture ART 111/212, Sculpture I & II and ART 115 Ceramics

Two directed art electives (6 semester hours)
Two art electives (6 semester hours)

Minor in Art

Eighteen (18) semester hours are required:
ART 100 History & Appreciation of Western Art I
ART 101 History & Appreciation of Western Art II
ART 108 Design I
ART 111 Drawing I

Plus any two 3 credit courses offered in the art department for which the student has proper prerequisites.

Minor in Photography

Eighteen (18) semester hours are required:

ART 108 Design I
ART 140 or 152 Introduction to Photography or Photography I
ART 25 Photography II
ART 340 Advanced Photographic Methods
ART 346 Color Photography I
ART 348 Photography III

Minor in Museology

(see also under Social Sciences)

Eighteen (18) semester hours are required:

ART 108 Design I
ART 140 Photography
ART 280 Exhibition Techniques
CED 297 or Dept. 297 Cooperative Education (Gallery or Museum Internship)

ENG 245 Technical Writing or ENG 255 Advertising, Copywriting and Production

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