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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree allows the student to major in studio art within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. It also allows the student considerable flexibility in developing a course of study. Individualized academic goals can be achieved while students earn their emphasis in drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The B.A. Capstone is a public thesis exhibition and involves writing an artist's statement that explicates each student's development between studio art and their studies in the liberal arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree is for students who wish to enter an intensive professional studio art program or continue their education at the graduate level. Students will develop professional skills and a personal aesthetic philosophy within their area of focus: drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Students must possess an exceptional commitment to their work. B.F.A. students also graduate with an effective minor in a second studio area. Our comprehensive art curriculum is enhanced with a variety of individualized choices and liberal arts studies within the Drake Curriculum. In the spring of their junior year, students take part in B.F.A. reviews. The B.F.A. Capstone Experience is a senior thesis exhibition and a digital portfolio consisting of an artist's statement, photographic documentation of thesis work, and a statement of future professional plans.


B.A. Degree Requirements

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

A student is placed on probation if either the cumulative grade-point average or the average in Department of Art and Design courses falls below 2.00 (a "C" average) during any semester in which a student has earned less than 30 total credit hours. A student may be placed on probation for failing to meet the University’s standards for satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements.

To continue progress toward a Department of Art and Design degree, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 GPA in the Department of Art and Design courses at the end of the academic term in which the student completes the 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 30th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 30th-hour level are placed on probation if their GPAs fall below 2.5 in a subsequent semester. If the GPA is not raised to 2.5 or better after the probationary semester, the student may not continue in the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.

Area of Emphasis: Drawing (B.A.)

The B.A. in Drawing allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art within the context of the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. Technical skills are honed alongside of a conceptual framework in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of drawing and graphic media through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone in Drawing culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the educational experience. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 065 - Intermediate Drawing (repeatable course) 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 165 - Advanced Drawing (repeatable course) 3
ART 177 - Art and Perception 3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History 3
ART 110 - Art Since 1945 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 192 - Senior Capstone 1
TOTAL 50
Area of Emphasis: Painting (B.A.)

The B.A. in Painting allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in other areas of the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. Technical skills are honed in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of painting through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone in Painting culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the educational experience. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 064 - Paint and Story 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 125 - Paint and Abstraction 3
ART 126 - Questioning Paint 3
ART 163 - Painting Thesis I 3
ART 164 - Painting Thesis II 3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History 3
ART 110 - Art Since 1945 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 192 - Senior Capstone 1
TOTAL 50
Area of Emphasis: Printmaking (B.A.)

The B.A. in Printmaking allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. The printmaking emphasis develops technical abilities as well as creative methods for the visual articulation of individual concepts and emotions. A full range of relief, intaglio and lithographic techniques are taught on all levels in a spacious, well-equipped and efficiently organized studio. Students learn the skillful use of numerous essential printmaking tools, materials and processes and acquire an understanding of their characteristics and appropriateness to varying image-making demands. The development of clarity of vision, purpose and self-direction is supported by discussions and critical analyses in both group and individual contexts.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone culminates with a public presentation of a group exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork created specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured.  Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
Select two courses from the following:
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
Select two courses from the following:
ART 147 - Printmaking: Relief II 3
ART 148 - Printmaking: Intaglio II 3
ART 149 - Printmaking: Lithography II 3
Select one course from the following:
ART 157 - Printmaking: Advanced Relief 3
ART 158 - Printmaking: Advanced Intaglio 3
ART 159 - Printmaking: Advanced Lithography 3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History 3
ART 110 - Art Since 1945 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 192 - Senior Capstone 1
TOTAL 50
Area of Emphasis: Sculpture (B.A.)

The B.A. in Sculpture allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. The sculpture emphasis enhances creative abilities by developing a comprehensive understanding of three-dimensional concepts and processes. The sculpture facilities provide students with well-equipped studios for woodworking, welding, forging, casting and installation. Students gain a strong understanding of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods while honing their ability to critically evaluate their own and peer work. This comprehensive engagement encourages individual expression by establishing an understanding of selecting the appropriate form, material and process to support an idea.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone culminates with a public presentation of a group exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork created specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured.  Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 080 - Sculpture II 3
ART 139 - Intermediate Sculpture I 3
ART 140 - Intermediate Sculpture II 3
ART 179 - Advanced Sculpture I 3
ART 180 - Advanced Sculpture II 3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History 3
ART 110 - Art Since 1945 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 192 - Senior Capstone 1
TOTAL 50

 


B.F.A. Degree Requirements

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

A student is placed on probation if either the cumulative grade-point average or the average in Department of Art and Design courses falls below 2.00 (a "C" average) during any semester in which a student has earned less than 30 total credit hours. A student may be placed on probation for failing to meet the University’s standards for satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements.

To continue progress toward a Department of Art and Design degree, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 GPA in the Department of Art and Design courses at the end of the academic term in which the student completes the 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 30th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 60th-hour level are placed on probation if their GPAs fall below 2.5 in a subsequent semester. If the GPA is not raised to 2.5 or better after the probationary semester, the student may not continue in the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.

Area of Emphasis: Drawing (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. in Drawing is the professional degree for students who wish to pursue intensive studio art studies in drawing. Through the study of fundamental skills and the synthesis of formal and conceptual abilities, students are encouraged to explore graphic media as a primary means of aesthetic communication. Technical skills are honed alongside of a conceptual framework in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of drawing and graphic media through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 065 - Intermediate Drawing (repeatable course) 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History, or
ART 110 - Art Since 1945
3
ART 165 - Advanced Drawing (repeatable course) 3
ART 177 - Art and Perception 3
Secondary area of emphasis - Select three courses from single studio art area or graphic design 9
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 175 - Senior Capstone I 4
ART 176 - Senior Capstone II 4
ART 199 - Art and Theory 3
Art electives (may include art history) 12
TOTAL 75
Area of Emphasis: Painting (B.F.A.)

Painting fosters creativity within a time-tested visual tradition in ways that lead to significant artistic expression. Students are mentored in the development of critical visual thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic. Technical skills are honed in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of painting through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas. The successful BFA in Painting will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 064 - Paint and Story 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 109 - Modern Art History, or
ART 110 - Art Since 1945
3
ART 125 - Paint and Abstraction 3
ART 126 - Questioning Paint 3
ART 163 - Painting Thesis I 3
ART 164 - Painting Thesis II 3
Secondary area of emphasis - Select three courses from single studio art area or graphic design 9
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 175 - Senior Capstone I 4
ART 176 - Senior Capstone II 4
ART 199 - Art and Theory 3
Art electives (may include art history) 12
TOTAL 84
Area of Emphasis: Printmaking (B.F.A.)

The printmaking emphasis develops technical abilities as well as creative methods for the visual articulation of individual concepts and emotions. A full range of relief, intaglio and lithographic techniques are taught on all levels in a spacious, well-equipped and efficiently organized studio. Students learn the skillful use of numerous essential printmaking tools, materials and processes and acquire an understanding of their characteristics and appropriateness to varying image-making demands. The development of clarity of vision, purpose and self-direction is supported by discussions and critical analyses in both group and individual contexts.  The successful BFA in Printmaking will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
Select two courses from the following:
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
Select two courses from the following:
ART 147 - Printmaking: Relief II 3
ART 148 - Printmaking: Intaglio II 3
ART 149 - Printmaking: Lithography II 3
Select one course from the following:
ART 157 - Printmaking: Advanced Relief 3
ART 158 - Printmaking: Advanced Intaglio 3
ART 159 - Printmaking: Advanced Lithography 3
Secondary area of emphasis - Select three courses from single studio art area or graphic design 9
ART 109 - Modern Art History, or
ART 110 - Art Since 1945
3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 175 - Senior Capstone I 4
ART 176 - Senior Capstone II 4
ART 199 - Art and Theory 3
Art electives (may include art history) 12
TOTAL 84
Area of Emphasis: Sculpture (B.F.A.)

The sculpture emphasis enhances creative abilities by developing a comprehensive understanding of three-dimensional concepts and processes. The sculpture facilities provide students with well-equipped studios for woodworking, welding, forging, casting and installation. Students gain a strong understanding of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods while honing their ability to critically evaluate their own and peer work. This comprehensive engagement encourages individual expression by establishing an understanding of selecting the appropriate form, material and process to support an idea.  The successful BFA in Sculpture will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 016 - Concepts in Drawing 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
Basic Printmaking - Select one from the following:
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Introduction to Relief Printmaking 3
ART 058 - Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART 059 - Introduction to Lithographic Printmaking 3
ART 063 - Pushing Paint 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
ART 079 - Building Ideas 3
ART 080 - Sculpture II 3
ART 139 - Intermediate Sculpture I 3
ART 140 - Intermediate Sculpture II 3
ART 179 - Advanced Sculpture I 3
ART 180 - Advanced Sculpture II 3
Secondary area of emphasis - Select three courses from single studio art area or graphic design 9
ART 109 - Modern Art History, or
ART 110 - Art Since 1945
3
Art History electives - Select two courses from the following:
ART 103 - Art of India, China, and Japan 3
ART 104 - Freedom/Slavery/Emancipation 3
ART 105 - Italian Renaissance Art History 3
ART 106 - 17th/18th Century Art 3
ART 107 - 19th Century Art History 3
ART 108 - American Art History 3
ART 111 - Cultural Intersections C. 1900 3
ART 112 - Selected Topics in Art History 0-4
ART 113 - Current Chinese Art & Issues 3
ART 175 - Senior Capstone I 4
ART 176 - Senior Capstone II 4
ART 199 - Art and Theory 3
Art electives (may include art history) 12
TOTAL 84

 


Studio Art Minor

The minor in studio art is designed for those students outside the Department of Art and Design who want to engage with basic studio art practices. The minor of 22 credit hours generally consists of the following courses and is chosen with an art and design faculty advisor.

Course Credits
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
Select a sequence of three courses from Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture 9
TOTAL 22

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