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Trinity offers two degree programs in art and art history. Together the programs present an appreciation of the social, cultural, and intellectual contexts of art as well as promoting student creativity. The department also offers minors in studio art, art history, and art and art history.
The major in art integrates technical and formal art training to foster students' creative potential and desire for self-expression. This program offers an understanding of the vital importance of visual culture in human expression.
The major in art history explores visual images and architecture in their historical contexts, allowing students to understand how art and its history shaped and defined the human experience.
The studio art minor gives an understanding of the vital importance of visual culture in human expression. Courses are offered in painting, drawing, sculpture (stone, wood, metal, plaster, and clay), photography, digital imaging, printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts. The minor requires 24 semester hours in studio art and 3 semester hours in art history.
The minor in architectural studies introduces students to the major works and problems of architectural history and to techniques of visual and spatial representation. In consultation with faculty in the Department of Art & Art History students may organize a course of study beyond the minor that will prepare them to apply to graduate programs in architecture and related fields.
The minor in art history requires 21 semester hours in art history, including two upper-division courses before 1800, two upper-division courses after 1800, and one additional art history course of the student's choice.
The minor in art and art history is designed to help students relate an understanding of artistic creativity to their major field of study. The requirements for this minor are 24 semester hours in studio art and art history, 9 hours of which must be in art history and 9 hours of which must be in studio art; at least 9 hours must be upper division.