Bachelor of Arts

You dream it, you breathe it, you work until it is perfection: your art is a part of you. Celebrate your talent and push it to the highest limits, with in-depth studio experiences and small business and entrepreneurship skills to become an independent artist of the future. On-campus students may join the Art Team, work on community and public art projects or at the Diane Kidd Gallery, professionally presenting visual art. The arts administration visual program prepares you for a successful future doing what you love.

Art Studio Courses Or Digitally Based Arts? TU Offers You Real Choices

Are you interested in formal art studio training, or is digitally based visual communication your creative outlet? Or, are you interested in combining the two areas? The Visual Arts concentration provides you first with a solid background in studio and art history.  We then use a global thematic approach to help develop your personal vocabulary and interpretive skills, helping you to utilize these in contemporary applications and discover your own personal voice.
 

Real Resources: The Diane Kidd Gallery

TU students also have the advantage of having a real art gallery located right on campus – The Diane Kidd Gallery. Our students have the opportunity for a formal gallery showing before they graduate from college! Each year, a Student Show highlights the best and brightest of the artworks created by our students in this distinctive gallery setting.

Studio and art history courses will use a global thematic approach to develop the student’s vocabulary and interpretive skills with an emphasis on contemporary applications and interpretations. Visual applications will originate from either formal art studio courses or digitally based visual communication courses, or a combination of the two areas.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Arts Administration Major 24 hours
Concentration 24 hours

  • ART201 Introduction to Art History 
  • ART340 Topics in Art History 
  • ART392 Advanced Studio Practice
  • ART415 Art, Audience, and Community 

Four of the following

  • ART120 2D Foundations 
  • ART130 3D Foundations 
  • ART325 Graphic Design 
  • ART420 Interactive Digital Design 
  • COM134 Digital Photography

Total BA hours 121-123 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

All Arts Entrepreneurship concentrations offered

Introduction to Art History (ART201) - This course is an introduction to the history of art and covers works from the Prehistoric through the Modern Period. Painting, sculpture, architecture and design, as well as contemporary works that cross various disciplines, will be explored within the context of the world and how art defines societies and cultures. Students will learn to describe and analyze various artistic periods, styles, and movements that have influenced contemporary art and culture. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and interpreting works of art using established guidelines and terminology. This is a writing intensive course.

Topics in Art History (ART340) - Students in this course engage in an in-depth study a specific topic, time period or genre of art history. Topics may include the history of photography, Modern art, American art, or others as determined by the instructor, and will rotate each time the course is offered. Emphasis will be placed on exploring different art historical methodologies, as well as understanding the importance and impact of the course theme on the study of art history as a whole. This is a writing intensive course.

Advanced Studio Practice (ART392) - Students will explore different media and develop their studio art skills. Emphasis will be placed on critiques and creative problem-solving, and on developing a working creative process. Students will also develop a long-term project that will result in a final portfolio.

Art, Audience and Community (ART415) - This course is an overview of organizational practices and theory related to audience development in nonprofit arts organizations. Students will examine the different contexts in which we find visual art, including museums, galleries, public art and community-based projects. We will discuss audience participation and the factors determining audience perception, decision-making, and reception of these different art forms. Students will collaborate with the Diane Kidd Gallery during the many phases of an exhibition, including curating, installation, and marketing. The course encourages students to recognize and implement innovative opportunities for reaching target audiences. This course may involve field trips.

  • Advertising
  • Art Director
  • Arts Entrepreneur
  • Content Producer
  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Independent Artist
  • Management of Arts 
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Photographer
  • Project Manager
  • Small Business Owner or Manager
  • Graduate School in Digital Marketing
  • Manager of a Non-profit Gallery
  • Tattoo Artist

Faculty

Joseph Van Kerkhove
Joseph Van Kerkhove Assistant Professor of Art
Lee Fearnside
Lee Fearnside Associate Professor of Art

Testimonials

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    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

  • "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

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