The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Studio Art Minor

The School of Visual Arts has introduced an Art Minor. The purpose of the Art Minor is to enhance degree offerings that meet the needs of non-art majors’ interest in integrating their undergraduate experience through creative and critical studio explorations. The Art Minor enables students to explore their creative capabilities in developing a distinctive visual language that can applied in multiple areas of study. These learning encounters are further enhanced through cultural awareness and ethical understanding of how visual images can affect individuals and communities.

Visual arts and design learning experiences contribute to life-long learning skills in visual thinking, creative expression, and critical reflection, and is especially appropriate for students with substantial interest in art and design, but who intend to pursue careers in other fields. As well, there are multiple career options in arts, education and the cultural industries a student completing the Art Minor can pursue.

Students completing the Art Minor will find a flexible coursework structure that ensures their artistic interests are met. In general, students electing the Art Minor complete courses in studio areas of concentration and contextual studies. Courses are designed to create options for learning as well as achieve a range of outcomes.

Requirements for the Art Minor

Students in the Art Minor are expected to maintain acceptable academic growth as demonstrated by earning of grades of C or higher. The minor includes two prescribed classes, ART 110: Ideas as Images (3), and ART 111: Ideas as Objects (3). Students may choose courses that provide a foundation for interdisciplinary learning, preparation for a double major, or enhancing career options in visual arts and design. Each student must elect an area of concentration from one of the following: ceramics, drawing and painting, new media, photography printmaking or sculpture. For the Art Minor a minimum of 18 credits are required.