Art

Major/Minor

The Art program emphasizes the development of creative potential, the understanding of the history and tradition of the visual arts, and the realization of the place of art in contemporary society. Classroom lectures, creative experiences and museum tours provide an opportunity to become part of a community of artists preparing for graduate school or for a variety of art-related careers.

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Program Locations

Available Majors

As an art major, you will select an area of emphasis:

  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Art Pre-Museum Studies
  • Art Education

Available Minors

The art minor consists of seven courses and is offered in three areas of emphasis:

  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

Additional Study Options

Faculty

Courses

  • Drawing I: ART-101 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamentals of free-hand drawing and explores a variety of materials, techniques and subject matter such as still life, landscape and the human form as students identify individual areas of interest and artistic expression. Informal slide presentations and class critiques will expose students to the diversity of drawing and its manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Color and Design: ART-102 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamental elements and principles of color and design as a communicative tool. The course is designed for students with limited studio background and explores a wide variety of mediums and techniques as students develop technical virtuosity and personal aesthetic. The concepts and design strategies explored in this course can be applied in related areas of computer design, interior design and fashion design. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Three-Dimensional Design: ART-103 (3 credits)

    Explores the sculptural organization of form in three dimensions through the use of a wide variety of materials such as found objects, paper, wire, wood, clay and metals. Projects are developed that consider the relationship of the sculptural object to its perception in time and space. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Basic Photography: ART-109 (3 credits)

    Provides hands-on experience with the fundamental controls of the photographic process for black and white photography. Students learn the use of the camera, film development, darkroom printing and the presentation of mounted photographs. Includes lectures and presentations on photographic technique, illustrated lectures on the history and aesthetics of photography, assistance in the darkroom and critiques of work in progress. Lecture plus lab. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Art of Europe and the Near East From Prehistory to the Renaissance: ART-120 (3 credits)

    Introduces seminal contributions to Western culture made by painters, sculptors and architects working from prehistoric times to 1400 A.D. Students will examine significant original artwork from this period firsthand in area museums, including ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman statuary; Egyptian painted relief; Medieval manuscripts, stained glass, jewelry and metalwork; and paintings depicting early Christian imagery. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Art of Europe and the United States From the Renaissance to the 1950s: ART-121 (3 credits)

    Surveys art created in Europe and the United States from 1400 A.D. to the mid-twentieth century. Artwork by European artists such as Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cassatt, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and Picasso, among others, will be explored, as well as art stemming from the emergence of American artists such as Pollack and O'Keefe. Students will examine significant original artwork from this period firsthand in area museums. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Painting I: ART-142 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamentals of oil and acrylic painting. Through an exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques of painting, students will develop their powers of observation and artistic expression. Informal slide presentations and class critiques will expose students to the diversity of painting and its manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Digital Photography I: ART-162 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamentals of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop and emphasizes the exploration of various printing options. Through assigned readings and classroom discussions, students also will gain a critical perspective of the impact of digital imaging on photographic practice. Fulfills general education requirements in fine arts. [3 credits]

  • Drawing II: ART-201 (3 credits)

    Builds on the skills gained in ART-101 and provides a progressive investigation of personal expression. The course emphasizes an evolution from traditional methodologies toward contemporary nonrepresentational approaches to the making of art. Prerequisite: ART-101 or ART-204, or permission of the instructor. [3 credits]
  • Watercolor Painting: ART-204 (3 credits)

    Introduces fundamental techniques and possibili- ties of transparent and opaque watercolor. Special emphasis is placed on a broad understanding of the medium and the development of personal expression. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Printmaking: ART-205 (3 credits)

    Introduces fundamental processes of relief and planographic printing. Particular emphasis is placed upon technical mastery and clarity of printed image. [3 credits]
  • Black and White Photography: ART-209 (3 credits)

    Explores aesthetics of black and white photo- graphy. Employs a variety of methods techniques and materials for negative and print development. Investigating various genres, students build visual literacy through interpretation of subject matter and the preparation of a portfolio, lecture plus lab. [3 credits]
  • Media and Techniques for Art Teachers In the Elementary and Secondary School: ART-270 (3 credits)

    Exploration of media and processes for students in PreK-12. Includes studio activities, planning, and instructional strategies for the elementary and secondary schools. [ 3 credits ]
  • Drawing III: ART-301 (3 credits)

    Provides students with the opportunity to identify and develop their specific conceptual, aesthetic and technical areas of interest within the context of advanced drawing. Prerequisite: ART-101, 201, 204 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • Explorations of Women in Art: ART-315 (3 credits)

    Focuses upon the significant contributions of women artists to the history of art and the traditional duality of gender. Emphasis will vary in different sessions; some may focus primarily on topics applicable to art made by women of the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, while others may address topics related to feminism in European and Asian traditions, women as subjects in art, and/or women as artists. The seminar format will emphasize class presentations and discussions. Students will also examine artwork in local collections, particularly the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]
  • Life Drawing I: ART-321 (3 credits)

    Provides individualized instruction in the study of the nude with special emphasis on observation, movement, proportion, figural composition and pictorial space. All sessions will include short and sustained poses. Prerequisite: ART-101 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • History and Aesthetics of Photography: ART-342 (3 credits)

    Explores the art of photography from its pre-history to the present. The course will deal with the effects of changing technology, interrelationships with the other arts, and the impact of photography on society. Major photographers and movements will be covered, including study of local exhibitions. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [ 3 credits ]
  • Color Photography: ART-363 (3 credits)

    Studies the aesthetics of color photography. Lectures and demonstrations cover techniques and issues related to digital, film and alternate processes. Group discussions and critiques will focus on the development of color vision, the psychology and effective uses of the unique characteristics of color photography. Lecture plus lab. [ 3 credits ]
  • Studio Photography: ART-364 (3 credits)

    Practices photographic lighting using continuous and strobe lights, as well as portable flash. Artistic and professional procedures using 35mm as well as departmental 4x5 view camera systems are covered. Topics include studio and location assignments such as still life and portraiture, culminating in a portfolio. Prerequisite: ART-209.[ 3 credits ]
  • Alternate Photographic Processes: ART-368 (3 credits)

    Applies historical, non-silver printing techniques of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as innovative approaches to making photographic images. Numerous methods of making an enlarged negative (for Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, Palladium), including the use of graphic art film, copy camera, pinhole camera and the digital negative will be explored. Prerequisite: ART-209 or permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • Drawing IV: ART-401 (3 credits)

    Provides students with the opportunity to continue to develop and refine their specific conceptual, aesthetic and technical areas of interest within the context of advanced drawing. Prerequisite: ART-301 or ART-321. [ 3 credits ]
  • Advanced Photography: ART-406 (3 credits)

    Guides the student towards fluency in the language of photography as a means of personal expression. Students propose and produce a photographic project that synthesizes personal vision, ideas, techniques and processes learned in previous courses. Prerequisite: junior/senior status and permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • Digital Photography II: ART-419 (3 credits)

    Deepens experience in digital photography and investigates the relationships between communication through photographs and digital images and other electronic media such as the digital press, World Wide Web and the virtual environment of the video game. Students enhance their skills and personal aesthetic using Adobe Photoshop and choose projects from still photography, graphic design or motion graphics. Prerequisite: ART-162. [ 3 credits ]
  • Senior Seminar: ART-440 (3 credits)

    Provides an opportunity for senior art majors from all concentrations to meet together as a group and examine the nature of art in contemporary society and explore topics such as morals and ethics in art, artists and critics, and the business of art. Students present their thesis project at the senior exhibition. To be taken in senior year. [ 3 credits ]
  • Senior Studio Photography: ART-460 (3 credits)

    Creates self-directed projects under the supervision of the instructor. The aim of the course is the production of a body of work for exhibition and the compilation of a portfolio for professional use. Course content includes discussions, readings, research, studio and gallery visits and critiques. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • Independent Study: ART-463 (3 credits)

    Provides an opportunity to pursue an individual project in consultation with an art faculty member. [ 3 credits ]
  • Directed Readings: Selected Topics In Art History: ART-465 (3 credits)

    Creates an individual study opportunity that is pursued under the guidance of a faculty member of the department. The directed readings format enables the student to make an intensive examination of a personally selected area of intellectual interest. The selected area of focus may be a specific topic, medium, artist, theme, style or approach; includes pre-museum studies requirement. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. [ 3 credits ]
  • Practicum in Art: ART-470 (3 credits)

    Provides the opportunity to gain credit for work experience with professional art organizations with the consent of the advisor. The site is chosen according to the student's field of concentration. Permission required. [ 3 or 4 credits ]
  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication: COM-106 (3 credits)

    Cultivates oral communication skill for non-majors, with emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills. Analyzes factors affecting oral communication with self, in dyads, small groups, the public arena, organizations, mass media, and among members of differing cultural backgrounds. Practical experience in delivering speeches and briefings. Fulfills the general education requirement in oral communication. [3 credits]
  • Clinical Field Experience: Elementary: EDU-252 (3 credits)

    Offers a direct instructional field experience in an assigned area elementary public school for three weeks, all day. Includes instruction in school organization, curriculum, characteristics and diverse needs of children, and issues in teaching and learning. Classroom observation and participation seminars. Permission required. (Offered in Winterim. Three-week session, full school days.) [3 credits]
  • Internship: Teaching in the Elementary School: EDU-411 (16 credits)

    Provides full-time observation and supervised internship experiences in diverse Baltimore area professional development schools. Seminars on various topics in education such as analysis of teaching in elementary schools, school and family relationships, and interviewing and employment practices. Permission required. Teaching internship fee required. [16 credits] NOTE: Student Teaching Internships may start earlier than the official term start dates. Please refer to the information received at the internship orientation or contact the Education Department.
  • College Writing: ENG-101 (3 credits)

    Provides students with an understanding that clear thinking is fundamental to clear writing. It also demonstrates every stage of the composing process: generating and organizing ideas, prewriting and drafting, critiquing, revising, final editing and proofreading. In addition, students work to accomplish clarity, unity, coherence and emphasis in sentences, in paragraphs, and in the overall structure of an essay. They develop techniques of style and tone toward more fluent and appealing prose and strive to sharpen their analytical, critical and editing skills by interacting with other students about their own writing and about the writing of professionals. Students learn to use standard English and develop a sensitivity to sentence structure and diction and to appreciate effectively written prose and recognize characteristics that make such prose effective. To fulfill the general education requirement in composition a minimum grade of C is required. [3 credits]
  • First Year Seminar: NDMU-100 (3 credits)

    First Year Seminar course (formerly Perspectives in Culture and Education - IDS-100)
  • Introduction to Biblical Studies: RST-201 (3 credits)

    Introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition, exploring their historical and literary contexts, as well as interpretations of religious meaning. Presents modern methods of biblical study, including Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholarship. Fulfills general education requirement for 200-level religious studies. [3 credits]

Art History Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art history major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe/Near East

3

Physical Education

1

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

Art History Elective

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Requirement

3

English Literature

3

Social Science

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

Art History Elective

3

Art History Requirements

6

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Elective

3

History

3

Religious Studies (300/400)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Electives

6

Art History Elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

General Education/Electives

9

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Photography Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the photography major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-109 Basic Photography

3

ART-209 Black & White Photography

3

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Math or History

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-102 Color & Design

3

ART-121 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

3

ART-142 Painting I

3

ART-342 History & Aesthetics of Photography

3

ART-162 Digital Photo I

3

ART-363 Color Photo

3

Mathematics or History

3

Natural Science

4

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-364 Studio Photography

3

ART-368 Alternate Photography Processes

3

ART-315 Explorations of Women in Art

3

Art Photography Elective

3

Art Photography Elective

3

English Literature

3

Religious Studies (300/400 level)

3

General Education/Electives

6

Social Science

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

ART-406 Advanced Photo

3

ART-460 Photo Senior Studio

3

ART-419 Digital Photo II

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum in Photography

3

Art photography Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

​Studio Art Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the studio art major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-141 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-121 Art of Europe and U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

English Literature

3

Mathematics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking

3

Natural Science

4

Art History Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

[16 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

 

[15 credits]

 

Fourth Year

Studio Elective

3

ART-401 or 402 Drawing or Painting IV

3

Art History Elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-463 Independent Study

3

Art History Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Art Pre-Museum Studies Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art pre-museum major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Art of Europe & U.S.

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

3

Art History Requirement

3

Foreign Language

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Art History Requirements

6

Art History Requirements

6

Social Science

3

English Literature

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

Art History Electives

6

Art History Requirement

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

Art History Requirements

6

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum

3

ART-465 Directed Readings

3

General Education/Electives

6

ART-471 Practicum

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

 

[15 credits]

 

Art Education Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art education major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 Expository Writing

3

ART-141 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-270 Media and Techniques for Art Teachers

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-120 Art of Europe and Near East

3

ART-121 Art of Europe and US

3

English Literature

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

Mathematics

3

 

 

[18 credits]

 

Winterim

EDU-252 Clinical Field Experience

Third Year

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History Elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking or 206

3

Natural Science

4

Art History Elective

3

Methods of Teaching N-12

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Elective

3

[19 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Winterim

Clinical Field Experience

Fourth Year

Student Teaching EDU-411

12

ART-401 or 402 Drawing IV or Painting IV

3

[12 credits]

 

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

 

 

Art History Elective

3

 

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

 

[15 credits]

 

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise. Internships, practica, and student teaching provide opportunities to apply learning beyond the classroom to real world experiences.

Research & Internship Opportunities

Exhibit in the student-run Civera Gallery and the Gormley Gallery or participate in the annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day held each Spring.

Examples of Internships

Art Careers

  • Art Librarian
  • Art Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Art Advisor
  • Art Administrator
  • Visual Resource Curator
  • Corporate Curator
  • Painter/Sculptor
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Therapist
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Layout Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Theatre Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Textile Designer
  • Freelance or Staff Photographer