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Fine Art (B.A.)

Professor Jesse B. Amar works with student to build on sculpting techniques.

The Department of Art believes that in the rapidly evolving world of the creative arts, those students who have mastered basic technical skills and analytical theories are the ones best prepared to succeed in the creative arts.

The fine art major therefore requires students have a broad foundational experience in the visual arts prior to providing students with the opportunity for in-depth experience necessary for graduate study or employment in arts related fields. A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in fine arts will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive foundational experience in the visual arts.
  • Demonstrate an aesthetic value system and critical skills necessary in creating and evaluating fine art.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive foundational knowledge of the history of art. 
  • Demonstrate basic art making skills necessary for post-baccalaureate graduate study or employment in arts-related fields.

All fine 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. The Senior Seminar serves as a capstone course for all fine art majors. Students will focus on creating work for the senior exhibition as well as generating a thesis statement summarizing their experience at Thiel. A senior exhibition of art work is a graduation requirement for all fine art majors.

Major Requirements (41 CH)

Candidates for the fine art major will be expected to complete the six prescribed foundational drawing, painting and sculpture classes by the second semester of their junior year, and are encouraged to complete the 100- and 200-level art history requirements by that time as well.

  • ART 110 Drawing I  (4 CH)
  • ART 210 Drawing II (4 CH)
  • ART 120 Painting I  (4 CH)
  • ART 220 Painting II (4 CH)
  • ART 130 Sculpture I (4 CH)
  • ART 230 Sculpture II  (4 CH)
  • Art Elective 200 or 300 level (4 CH)
  • Art History  100 level (3 CH)
  • Art History  200 level (3 CH)
  • Art History  300 level (3 CH)
  • ART 401 Senior Seminar (4 CH)

BA Fine Art Major Recommended 4-year schedule

  • Items in boldface type are strongly recommended to be taken during the 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. Painting I, Sculpture I and Art History I and II are to be completed by the end of the student’s sophomore year.
  • Sophomore Review to be taken during the student’s 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.

First year, first semester

  • Drawing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • College Algebra
  • Other Core Requirements

First year, second semester

  • Drawing II
  • Sculpture I
  • Other Core Requirements

Second year, third semester

  • Art History I
  • Seminar 200 (can also be taken in the fourth semester)
  • Other Core Requirements
  • Foreign Language I

Second year, fourth semester

  • Painting II and/or Sculpture II **
  • Art History II
  • Seminar 200 (if not taken previously)
  • Foreign Language II
  • Scriptures
  • (WIC) or Lab Science **
  • Sophomore  Review

Third year, fifth semester

  • Drawing III (300 level elective)
  • 19th Century Art History (WIC) 
  • Art elective **
  • (Printmaking or Intro. to Graphic Design)
  • Group IV elective (WIC)

Third year, sixth semester

  • **Painting II or III ** OR Sculpture II or III (or a combination)**
  • American Art History (WIC)  
  • Elective (WIC)
  • Scriptures (WIC) or Lab Science**

Fourth year, seventh semester

  • Art elective **
  • (Printmaking or Intro. to Graphic Design)
  • Elective (WIC)
  • Taking Care of Your Health Physical Education class

Fourth year, eighth semester

  • Senior seminar
  • Painting III, Sculpture III, or Drawing III **
  • Physical Education class
  • Electives