Transdisciplinary Visual Arts
Requirements: All students concentrating in Honors Transdisciplinary Visual Studies Concentration must complete 2 introductory courses, 5 additional Visual Arts courses, and 5 courses in related disciplines. Students must spend two semesters of their senior year in consultation with their concentration advisor researching and writing an honors thesis or completing the capstone project. Those choosing to specialize in Fine Art Studio Art or/and Scientific Illustration must prepare an art exhibition along with a catalogue and/or an honors thesis; students without an area of specialization or who choose to specialize in Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory) must complete an honors thesis.
I. Introductory Coursework (2 courses, 7 credits)
Concentrators must take:
II. Additional Coursework in the Visual Arts (5 courses, 15-20 credits)
Concentrators must take a minimum of 5 additional courses in the Visual Arts from the approved list, which is organized into three academic tracks:
Students who choose not to specialize in one of the areas may select any 5 courses from the list, regardless of the area, for a broad range of study. Students selecting one of the three tracks of specialization must select their courses as follows:
Track 1: Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging
COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"The introduction of new media technology in the visual arts has significantly altered the ways in which understanding, creating, and making meaning from images occurs in art. While the Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging track supports traditional methods of studio application in addition to, or instead of, non-traditional methods of creation, it requires that students learn about and utilize new media techniques in their course of study. Traditional methods include painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, performance, and sculpture. Non-traditional approaches include electronic moving media, computer arts, interactive devices, new media digital art elements, projections, digital photography and digital video. The course of study in Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging cultivates the background required for students to confidently pursue graduate study or careers as professional artists and will prepare students to create strong, diverse portfolios for entering today s eclectic contemporary art world. Of the 5 additional Visual Arts courses taken from the approved list, at least 4 should be Studio Art courses (indicated by a 'C' in the course number) and at least 1 must be Critical Theory in the Arts courses. Students planning to complete graduate work in studio arts are encouraged to select 3 additional courses in Track I: Fine Art Studio for a total of 8.
TRACK 1: FINE ART - STUDIO, ELECTRONIC ARTS & DIGITAL IMAGING
At least 2 ARH or ART classes at the 3000 or 4000-level must be taken. Only 1 of the courses with an (*) asterisk may be counted for the TVA concentration. The following courses are regularly offered at the Boca or Davie campuses of FAU: ART 1201C, ART 2330C, ART 2500C, PGY 2491C andPGY 4440C, and these may be counted as Track 1 courses.
Track 2: Scientific Illustration (BioArt)
This course of study involves and supports close observation, analytical assessment, accurate portrayal and illustration of plants, mammals, insects, and other scientifically relevant specimens. The scientific illustration track is open to students interested not only in medical illustration but also in, for example, Anthropology, Ecology, Environmental Studies or Marine Biology. Students pursuing the Scientific Illustration track are expected to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of coherent coursework in a relevant natural science, anthropology, or environmental studies, exclusive of credit hours used to satisfy the natural science or other core requirement. The course of study in Scientific Illustration prepares students to create strong portfolios that will enable them to pursue graduate study or careers as professional illustrators. Of the 5 courses taken from the approved list, at least one course needs to be a philosophy course. Students planning to pursue graduate study in scientific illustration are encouraged to take natural science courses covering a broad range of areas and time periods. For those interested in pre-medical illustration additional coursework in one or more of these areas of science Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Cancer Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology is essential. Students considering graduate school are encouraged, though not required to take studio art courses beyond the 5 classes required in order to build a strong portfolio. Students focusing on this track are encouraged to take IDS: 2173 Honors Arts, Humanities, and Science Seminar.
COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"
TRACK 2: SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION (BIOART)
A minimum of 3 ART (as opposed to ARH and IDS) classes must be taken for this Track. Either PHI 1008 or 4930 can be used in this area, but not both. Students are reminded that they are required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of coherent coursework in a relevant science exclusive of credit hours used to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The following courses may be counted as Track II courses and are regularly taught at Boca and Davie campuses of FAU: ART 2500C, PGY 2491C or PGY 4440C.
Track 3: Visual Studies (Art Criticism, History, and Theory)
This course of study requires transdisciplinary explorations of conceptual and theoretical frameworks in the Arts, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. The fields of study, which such transdisciplinarity may engage, include Art (criticism, theory, history, design), Anthropology (physical, cultural, linguistic, archaeological), Area Studies (African, American, Asian, Middle Eastern), Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies (Conservation, Ecology, Geography, Oceanography), Film Studies, History, International Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy (aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics), Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women Studies. In the area of Visual Studies a strong background in art, art history, art criticism and writing prepares students to pursue graduate study or careers relevant to creative production in cultural and social venues. Of the 5 Visual Studies courses needed to complete the requirement students are encouraged to take at least 3 upper division courses in Art History or in studio-based Critical Theory in the Arts. Students planning to complete graduate work in art history are encouraged to take art history courses covering a broad range of areas and time periods as well as consider pursuing a minor in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Critical Theory, English, History, Philosophy or Women s Studies.
COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"
TRACK 3: VISUAL STUDIES (ART CRITICISM, HISTORY, AND THEORY)
III. Honors Courses in Related Disciplines (4 courses, 12 credits)
All concentrators must take at least 4 courses in a related discipline (not art or art history) from the approved list below. These courses are, like the rest of the Liberal Arts curriculum, integral to the development of a mature, articulate, well-rounded individual knowledgeable about the field. Students are encouraged to expose themselves to other ways of constructing knowledge and understanding the world. If students would rather fulfill this requirement pursuing a minor in another discipline in order to fulfill this requirement they may do so. This focus helps students to develop their critical and analytical skills so as to argue persuasively and coherently in oral or written forms.III. Honors Courses in Related Disciplines (4 courses, 12 credits)
IV. Honors Thesis (6 credits)
A visual art portfolio with an exhibition, a written catalog or thesis, or a combination thereof, constitutes an honors thesis in the Transdisciplinary Visual Arts Concentration. The choice for the thesis completed in most cases is Track Dependent.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|ART 3852||Honors Thesis Visual Art Exhibition Research||1-6|
|ART 4907C||Honors Senior Thesis in Art||1-6|
|ART 4912H||Honors Thesis Research||1-6