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The commercial art major builds on Thiel College’s long-standing relationship with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP) and requires that students complete the equivalent of one year’s academic study at AIP, usually in the junior year.
The commercial art major represents a more focused course of study with logical and appropriate course offerings that establish a broad but flexible foundation necessary for students in preparation for careers in the commercial arts.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in commercial art will:
All commercial art majors must participate in a “Sophomore Portfolio” review process where declared majors meet with the art faculty to evaluate their progress and establish goals/ expectations for their future studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The Senior Seminar serves as a capstone course creating work for the senior exhibition as well as generating a thesis statement summarizing their experience at Thiel. A senior exhibition of art work/project presentations is a graduation requirement for all commercial art majors.
Items in bold are strongly recommended to be taken during prescribed semester. Items in italics with ** may have more flexibility regarding scheduling. Students should complete Drawing I and II by the end of their freshman year. Intro. to Graphic Design, Painting I, Sculpture I and Art History II are to be completed by the end of the students’ sophomore year. Sophomore Review to be taken during the students’ fourth semester. Senior Seminar to be taken spring semester of senior year. Students graduating in December must take the seminar the spring semester prior to graduation.