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Effective for students entering fall 2017 and beyond, Printmaking will be considered a part of the exploration group B:

A minimum of thirteen studio art courses and three art history courses for a total of sixteen courses, each earning at least three (3) credits, and totaling at least 60 credit hours.

1. Drawing: Complete Drawing, AR 133, or equivalant

2. Exploration: Complete six (6) courses, each from a different studio area.

a. Complete three (3) of the following:

b. Complete three (3) of the following:

3. Concentration: Complete four (4) courses (minimum) within one of the following disciplines: ceramics, communication design, drawing, digital media, fibers, jewelry and metals, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. At least one course must be at the 300 level.

4. Secondary Emphasis: Complete two (2) courses (minimum) within a single discipline outside of the primary concentration.

5. Art History: Three (3) courses, at least 3 credits each, to include:

a. At least one must be designated as either non-Western or Cultural Diversity
b. At least one must be at the 200 or 300 level

Recommended: A balance between Western and non-Western Art History courses

6. Capstone: successful completion of the Senior Thesis Exhibition and Reflective Essay

Effective for students entering fall 2020 and beyond - Transfer Credit Policy: Art majors must complete at least 50% of their studio art coursework while in residence at Skidmore College. Therefore, the maximum number of transfer credits that can be applied towards the art major is 30. In addition, a student must complete at least two semesters in their concentration at Skidmore, hence no more than two courses in a concentration may be transferred from another institution.

A student must be enrolled in at least one course in their area of concentration in their final semester senior year.

As preparation for the exhibit, senior majors will be required to meet as a group, with department faculty, three times during the senior year. Group meetings will discuss the philosophy, aesthetics, logistics, the artist statement, and effective planning for the exhibit.

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: The writing requirement in the Department of Art will be met through successful completion of one or more of the following: (1) AR 131, AR 133, AR 134, AR 136; (2) the Art History component of the Studio Art Major; and (3) the Reflective Essay Component of the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

The department recommends the following focus in course selection as preparation for graduate study and professional practice in studio art disciplines.

  1. Drawing: at least one additional course beyond foundation drawing.
  2. Dept Additional courses in an area of concentration beyond those required. Students should work closely with their mentor/advisor to select appropriate courses which will contribute to a strong portfolio.
  3. Art history: The study of art history is essential to a studio art major. The department encourages students to take additional art history courses beyond the three required courses.

The Department of Art reserves the privilege of keeping a part of the work of any student.

STUDIO FEES: All studio courses including Advanced Studio Problems and Independent Study carry laboratory fees (see course descriptions). In addition, students must purchase consumable materials and personal supplies.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The department is committed to having students experience a variety of media. However, space is limited, and, therefore, students cannot be guaranteed enrollment in specific courses during any given semester. As soon as students are confident about their choice of program, they should declare their major.

DOUBLE COUNTING OF COURSES BETWEEN ART AND ART HISTORY: Students double-majoring in art and art history can double-count up to three courses between art and art history (and no other courses between or among minors). Students majoring in art and minoring in art history can double-count a maximum of two courses between art and art history (and no other courses between or among other minors).

For more information about double-counting of courses between majors and minors, please see "Multiple Counting of Courses" under Academic Requirements and Regulations in this catalog.

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