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2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Degree: Bachelor of Art (B.A.) with a major in Art

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

The art major offers students an opportunity for the unique development of their talents in a wide range of visual arts courses and concentrations. A full spectrum of studio courses affords students the development of their personal talents in the visual arts. An assortment of methods, techniques, materials, and philosophies challenge art majors to express themselves to their fullest potential. It is the underlying philosophy of this major that students maturing as artists have a responsibility to share and lead in developing a better and more meaningful society. This commitment to artistic and social responsibility by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, its faculty, and its students is the essence of the Springfield College humanics philosophy. The prime objectives of the art major are to:

  • Develop the creative and imaginative skills of each student in the visual arts.
  • Sensitize each student to the aesthetic needs of people.
  • Encourage all students to use their talent in the visual arts for constructive change of the highest order within society.
  • Help each student, as an emerging artist, to focus on the many new professional career opportunities in the visual arts.

All students select an internship or fieldwork placement in their senior year. This unique opportunity gives each student the chance to experience an on-the-job, real-world situation and is of great value in helping students make realistic choices about their future professional life.

Whenever possible, prospective students arrange to meet with the chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department to review their art portfolios. Details of portfolio preparation and other related information can be obtained by contacting Professor Ron Maggio, chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, at (413) 748-3753. For general information about the art major, contact Professor Maggio or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Download an Art Program Checksheet


I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.

II. Major Requirements

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Program Standards

In order to achieve advanced standing and be eligible for advanced courses and fieldwork experience, all art majors must have a record of demonstrating standards of professional competency related to attendance, preparation, academic honesty, creativity, maturity, professional behavior, empathy toward others, aptitude, and aesthetic awareness. Students must also meet the following academic standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.500.
  2. A 2.500 GPA in all program requirements.
  3. A grade of C or better in all ARTS or ATPY courses.

Once met, standards for advanced standing must be maintained to continue in the major. Students who do not achieve advanced standing by their 90th semester hour must change to another major. If the standards are eventually met, the student may petition the department’s Appraisal and Retention Committee to be readmitted. More information about advanced standing standards and the process to apply is available from the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

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