|The Art and Design program prepares a diverse student population to succeed professionally
in the visual arts. Our courses are also an inherent part of a university liberal
arts education. A small student/teacher ratio allows us to personally guide our students
to their goals. With exhibitions and special programs that engage the community, we
increase awareness that the visual arts and design are integral to every aspect of
our culture and our daily lives.
One of the missions of higher education is to prepare graduates for the future. Many
of the recently identified requirements for successful careers in the 21st Century
are those cultivated by the visual and performing arts. The B.A. in Art degrees offered
in Art and Design prepare students on many levels by reinforcing and teaching synthesis,
creativity, respect, and ethics. Acquiring a B.A. in Art degree is part of the journey
towards the many years necessary towards proficiency in a discipline.
Some students included in our primary demographic who reside on the South Side and
in the southern suburbs have been deprived of arts education opportunities that can
help prepare them for successful futures. Art and Design will work to fill part of
this void by increasing student and faculty member participation in activities on
and off campus that include working directly with students, teachers,and their communities.
The program will tap into current and future associations with organizations and institutions
such as the South Side Community Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Arts Partnerships
in Education, Diasporal Rhythms, University of Chicago, Chicago Office of Tourism
and Culture, Black Creativity, and other galleries, programs, and art fairs in Chicago.
A focus on the visual arts discipline and the interdisciplinary nature of this discipline will guide the
activities. Funding will be sought though grants and participation fees.
Art and Design will continue to improve facilities, revise curriculum, and increase
student participation with a specific focus on the B.A. in Art: Design Option, a degree
proven to help students acquire internships and related employment, though not at
the neglect of the other degrees.