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Studio Art Minor

The Studio Minor is designed to provide non-art majors the opportunity to pursue their personal interest in art courses. This option would give students limited practical experiences and, at the same time reinforce a possible continuing involvement in the visual arts. The Studio Minor requires 26-28 credits (five required courses, plus two elective courses) to be selected from the list of art courses offered at Spelman and Clark Atlanta University. 

Five required courses
• ART 110 Understanding the Visual Arts
• ART 111 Basic Drawing
• ART 113 Basic Design
• ART 121 Painting I
• ART 131 Sculpture I

• Two elective art courses

Art History Minor

The art history minor is designed for students seeking to expand their knowledge of art history to complement their major interests in other disciplines. This minor will also provide students with options to continue their education in a variety of graduate art programs. The art history minor requires 19-23 credits (three required courses, two art electives and one cognate course). 

Three required courses (choose one from each option)

• ART 143A/B African American Art I or II, or
• ART 312 African Art

• ART 141 History of Art I, or
• ART 142 History of Art II

• ART 213 History of Modern Art, or
• ART 315 Contemporary Art

• Two elective courses in Art History and/or studio courses and one cognate course with the approval of the student’s advisor

Focus in Comparative Women’s Studies
Any of the above described minor programs can be enhanced with an area disciplinary or a thematic focus or self-designed program in Comparative Women’s Studies.

Optional Experiences

Students interested in hands-on experiences with a museum, gallery, design firm, or arts council will be encouraged to complete an internship at an approved site. This internship may be substituted for one of the designated elective courses, if approved by the student’s advisor and the chair of the department of art. Students will also be encouraged to take more courses in art history, aesthetics and/or pursue study abroad opportunities in art.

Orientation and Sophomore/Junior Evaluation

All Spelman and Morehouse first-year students majoring or minoring in Art are required to participate in a scheduled group orientation session, which outlines the annual evaluations. Art majors are required to enroll in the annual spring semester evaluation courses, Studio Review I and II or Art History Review I and II, during their sophomore and junior years, respectively. Studio concentration requires portfolio reviews from selected works produced. 

The evaluations are a prerequisite for ART 492 Part 1-Portfolio Criticism. (The review courses are optional for other AUC art majors.) Students who declare an art major or minor after their first year will be required to participate in an orientation and the appropriate annual review.

Art History concentration requires a oral demonstration of formal analysis characteristics (Art History Review 251) and a formal presentation of the thesis proposal in Art History Review ll (351).

Studio and Art History Review make-ups will be scheduled for the last week in August, or at a time deemed appropriate by the faculty for students who were studying abroad or participating in the Domestic Exchange Program (special permission). Students not officially enrolled in Studio or Art History Review I and II will not receive credit. Class attendance and the final review are required in order to pass the course.


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