Terry Wells, Chair
         White Hall 303, Midtown campus
         (203) 837-8407
         (203) 837-8945 (fax)
Katherine Kouloqianis , Department Secretary

          White Hall 101, Midtown campus
          (203) 837-8410
          (203) 837-8945 (fax)


Terry Wells, Chr. 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, designed for students interested in fine arts, there are four potential areas of emphasis: painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. 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 every 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.

Bachelor of Arts
      Graphic Design
      Studio Art

Minor Programs
Museum Studies


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 exercise science. 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.

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

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 I*
       ART 219 Lithography I*
       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 SH)

Illustration Option (27 SH)
      ART 213 Painting I
      ART 214 Painting II
      ART 219 Lithography I or ART 217 Etching I
      ART 222 Typography
      ART 275 Illustration I
      ART 305 Illustration II
      ART 311 Advanced Figure Drawing
      ART 328 Illustration III/Animation Production
      One art elective (3SH)

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 SH)

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 112/212/115, Sculpture I & II, Ceramics
      Two directed art electives (6 SH)
      Two art electives (6 SH)

       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.

       Eighteen (18) semester hours are required:
       ART 108 Design I
       ART 140 or 152 Introduction to Photography or Photography I
       ART 252 Photography II
       ART 340 Advanced Photographic Methods
       ART 346 Color Photography I
       ART 348 Photography III

(Also listed under the Deparment of Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences)
Eighteen (18) semester hours are required:
      ART 108 Design I
      ART 140 Photography
      ART 280 Exhibition Techniques
      SS/CED 297 Cooperative Education (Gallery or Museum Internship)
      WRT 245W Technical Writing or WRT 255W Advertising, Copywriting and Promotion

Any appropriate substitute course should have department approval.

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