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2023-2024 Springfield College Catalog 
2023-2024 Springfield College Catalog

Art & Design, B.A.

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Program Description

The art and design major at Springfield College provides an opportunity for students to learn to creatively combine practical, conceptual, and critical skills to engage with the challenges of an ever-changing and increasingly visual contemporary world. Art and design students are encouraged to develop a personal vision through guided exploration in the studio arts and design in parallel with a comprehensive foundation in art and design history. Through diverse coursework, the major provides students opportunities to develop their creative talents in a variety of visual arts and design approaches. As students mature as artists and designers, they become visually literate, skilled in creative problem-solving, and aesthetically sensitive. 
The core requirements of the major expose students to an exciting foundation of coursework in both studio arts and design. Once the core requirements have been met, students will pursue a focus in either the studio arts or in design. 

Students who focus on studio arts choose from an exciting array of introductory and advanced-level courses in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Exploration and development in different areas of studio arts are informed by an experimental approach, one that supports risk taking and innovation. Through a solid foundation, students are prepared for advanced study and professional opportunities in the arts.

Students who focus on design develop skills in areas of graphic design, web design, multimedia and communication design, motion graphics, exhibition, packaging, and environmental design. An innovative blend of the creative and the technological, the design focus prepares students to enter the workforce with experience, strong portfolios, and the knowledge gained from an evolving curriculum that reflects a rapidly changing field. Students explore these areas utilizing computer software, 3D printers, virtual reality, and emergent technologies. The flexibility and expansive understanding of design prepare students to pursue a variety of exciting creative careers. 

In addition, the art and design major can be combined with the education major (ARTD & EDUC 5-12), wherein students concentrate on studio art as their pathway into a teaching career. Students complete the ARTD requirements in tandem with classes outlined by the Education Department that prepares them for the MTEL in Visual Arts and leads to a teaching license.

Program Highlights

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required Credits: 120

School: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: Visual and Performing Arts

Modality: On-Ground

Locations: Main Campus (Springfield)

Additional Information: https://springfield.edu/programs/art-and-design

Undergraduate Curriculum Overview

The Academic Advising Center provides the following repositories of sequencing and curriculum guides for all undergraduate majors and minors to assist with course planning:  

Additional Notes:

  • There may be circumstances where credit totals do not reflect coursework that is eligible to count towards Core Curriculum and Major Requirement sections of a major simultaneously.
  • Degree requirements are subject to change. 

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements (51-60 credits)

B. Arts Selective (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following list:

C. Additional Arts Selective (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following list:

D. Art History Selectives (6 credits)

Select 6 credits from the following list:

E. Field Experience / Practicum and Seminar Selectives (3-12 credits)

Select 3-12 credits from the following list:

F. Track Selectives (18 credits)

Select 18 credits from the following list:

Students interested in the Art track are recommended to select from the following list: ARTS 105, ARTS 116, ARTS 210, ARTS 211, ARTS 223, ARTS 225, ARTS 248, and ARTS 267 while students interested in the Design track are recommended to select from the following list: ARTS 202, ARTS 203, ARTS 230, ARTS 231, ARTS 233, ARTS 235, ARTS 303, ARTS 320, ARTS 322, ARTS 328, ARTS 331, and CISC 120.

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

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