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

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.

Alum
Erin Morris
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What’s next: Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Alum, NDMU Class of 2018 Special Education (Post-Master's Certification), Teaching (MAT in 10 Months), Art

Notre Dame provided me with the tools, experience, and knowledge of special education and differentiation necessary to meet the needs of all students. I look forward to being able to serve my community, the one I grew up in, as a teacher. I hope to inspire students to love art.

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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