Department of Art
The responsibility of the Art Department is to prepare well-trained individuals for the various fields of professional art, art education and art history. A wide range of studio and academic classroom experiences are available in both undergraduate and graduate programs for students who wish to develop careers in personal studio art, animation and cinema, public and private school teaching, museum curation and much more.
With a focus on each student’s educational and professional development, the Department is devoted to the study and practice of creatively solving complex problems, and prepares students to innovatively meet the ever-changing challenges of professional practice. Professionally competitive, with a faculty of experienced artists and a proven record of success, the Department’s graduates are leaders in fine arts, animation, graphic arts, arts education and other related fields.
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The program offers direct, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology including professional studio/field film and video cameras, lights and sound recording equipment, non-linear video editing systems, animation rostrum stands, a large green screen area, Screendigital scanners, animation line testers, and both 2D and 3D computer animation work stations.
The Graphic & Interactive Design program at Edinboro University focuses on creative thinking and problem solving while preparing undergraduate students for the varied opportunities within the professional field of design.
Foundational instruction focuses on composition and visual organization and students become familiar with techniques and software applications in print and interactive media. Intermediate courses explore traditional models of design theory and criticism, as well as contemporary experimental approaches to graphic design. Advanced coursework encourages the creation of work unique to each designers’ voice, the study of specific areas of design practice, and the completion of a senior thesis and professional portfolio.
Courses are offered in a wide range of topics and including interactive design, corporate identity, publications, design history, packaging and illustration. Upper level students have the opportunity to complete a professional internship for credit, which allows them to advance their technological skills and gain career related experiences, as well as providing contacts for future employment. The curriculum is further enriched through workshops and lectures by visiting designers, participation in regional and national competitions and exhibitions, trips to various cities to visit museums and tour professional design studios, and portfolio reviews organized by professional design organizations.
The Graphic Design program begins with instruction in the foundations of composition and visual organization. Students go on to explore traditional models of design theory and criticism, as well as contemporary experimental approaches to graphic design.
Intermediate and advanced courses include the history of graphic design, typography, publication design, and systems and corporate identity. Book Arts and Illustration also complement the design core as electives. The computer is integrated as a design tool at all levels of instruction, providing students with valuable experience in many phases of the production of print media.
Upper level students are encouraged before graduation to complete a professional internship, which allows them to advance their technological skills and gain career related experiences, as well as providing contacts for future employment.
The study of Photography at Edinboro University begins with black & white photography and darkroom work and expands through instruction in photographic techniques, color photography, non-silver photography, and the use of medium, large, and digital format cameras. Both studio photography for commercial application and contemporary art directions in the photographic medium are explored. Many students develop an interest in the documentary/ journalism field. Classes center around individual critiques and group discussion of both technical processes and contemporary issues and ideas.
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education is a four year undergraduate program leading to art education teaching certification (kindergarten to twelfth grade). The philosophy of the program is that the art teacher should be an artist/art educator. In this program students develop their skills as artists, and learn to make historical inquiries, critical judgments, and aesthetic responses to art.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is a four-year undergraduate degree program in the history and theory of art and art criticism. Courses examine painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, environmental art, performance art, body art, film, and video. The program incorporates both traditional and more recent approaches to the study of art. Approaches include stylistic analysis, connoisseurship and iconography, as well as social history, interdisciplinary study, and deconstructive strategies. Students begin with broad overviews of Western and non-Western art and period courses in Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th, 19th and 20th and contemporary studies. More advanced classes focus on issues stimulated by ideological, gender, ethnic, and political perspectives. Courses also provide a background in art theory, criticism, and methodologies such as semiotics, feminism, deconstruction, and post- structuralism.
Ceramics students learn handbuilding and wheel-throwing techniques, kiln firing procedures, glaze and claybody chemistry, moldmaking, and other processes. Special courses are offered in craft-business practices, glaze calculation, and kiln-building. Our comprehensive program offers all methods of firing using approximately twenty kilns of various sizes.
Two courses in drawing are required of all undergraduate art students. Along with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design classes, drawing forms the foundation for all other studio studies. Classes concentrate on linear perspective, light and shade, composition, and visual perceptual development. Students work with still life, the human figure, and visual/aesthetic problem solving.
The Jewelry/Metals program has two full time faculty members who teach six courses per semester. It thrives with about thirty undergraduate students and three graduate students. Students learn basic skills related to jewelry and metal working in Metals I. Metals II incorporates casting and the use of alternative materials and processes. More advanced techniques are taught in Enameling, Intermediate Metalsmithing, Advanced Jewelry and Graduate level courses.
A painting student will begin with the study of traditional painting concepts and techniques, composition, and may work with both still life and the human figure. All art students must take painting as part of their BFA program of study. Painting majors deal with contemporary and traditional issues.
Designed for the individual studio artist or art teacher, the courses here at Edinboro provide a contemporary overview of the various print mediums. Recently the printmaking area has focused on the use of safer forms of printmaking techniques. The screen-printing area is now exclusively using water based inks and safer methods of printing. The two well-ventilated studios house one relief press, two intaglio presses and three lithographic presses. Our papermaking studio is used to create papers for printing and to extend paper pulp into two-dimensional and sculptural art. Advanced students can develop expertise in using photographic techniques and incorporate electronic and digital imagery into their prints.
Sculptors explore space (and time) using traditional and contemporary materials and processes. At Edinboro the broadest range of expression is welcomed. Carving, modeling, casting, and fabrication in clay, plastics, wood, stone, cement, bronze, aluminum, steel, paper, fabric and found object - as well as time based works - are created. Four sculpture faculty offer a variety of perspectives. All emphasize the development of individual ideas and direction. Occasional visiting artists and critics offer additional feedback. Upper level and graduate students are awarded 24 hour access and graduate students are provided with private or semi-private studio space.
In their first semester, students begin with a non-utilitarian carving project, becoming familiar with the properties of wood and further honing their 3D design skills. They then learn about basic woodworking machinery and joinery, designing and constructing a table. In subsequent courses, students investigate box and cabinet construction, chair design, vacuum-bag lamination, and working in series / designing for production. A thorough approach to design is taken, with sketches, models, and full-scale drawings and mock-ups. In all courses, the work of historically significant and contemporary wood artists is viewed and discussed. In addition, students are encouraged to take an environmentally responsible approach to the choices they make as a designer, giving consideration to efficient use of materials, choosing lumber that is sustainable, and using less toxic finishing products. In general, EUP’s wood program strives to provide students with a strong foundation of woodworking and design skills, emphasizing originality and innovation in design and concept.
The Art Education concentration within the MA Art degree is oriented towards the teaching of art and the building of leadership in elementary and secondary schools. The Art Education Program is designed to provide a deeper social and contextual understanding of the teaching of art and promoting leadership in the schools and within the field of education.
Students who have a baccalaureate degree in art education or other appropriate baccalaureate, and hold certification to teach art, will complete 30 semester hours of graduate work. Course work is rooted in theory and reflects current directions and literature in the field. The field of art education, in the contemporary world, touches upon many diverse content areas, such as psychology, humanities, and interdisciplinary studies, as well as the more traditional content areas such as studio and art history.
Edinboro University’s Master of Arts with Art Education concentration program focuses on teaching art and building leadership in elementary and secondary schools. Course work is rooted in theory and reflects current directions and literature in the field, touching on diverse content areas, such as psychology, humanities, and interdisciplinary studies, as well as studio and art history.
Edinboro University’s Master of Arts in Fine Arts degree is a terminal degree designed to develop technical, aesthetic, and conceptual competencies at the highest level. This rigorous, three-year residential studio program offers degrees in ceramics, metals, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.