The art department prepares women to understand and interpret the past and the present and contribute to the future of our visual arts heritage.
As an integral element of the liberal arts tradition at Notre Dame of Maryland University, the art department is a dynamic learning environment. Here, creative ideas become objects of art, and art objects of historic significance are studied to discover our connection to their past and their creators' ideas. The art department provides an intellectual foundation that enables the student to discover her place in the continuum of artistic creation stretching back to humankind's earliest beginnings.
The curriculum methodically cultivates the skills and creative instincts that will ultimately empower her to contribute in a meaningful way to contemporary and ongoing artistic production. The conscientious melding of aesthetics and concepts prepares the student for both advanced scholarly endeavors and personal and professional artistic expression. Artistic exploration, experimentation, and analysis of art in the previous millennia all serve to inform and enrich the lifelong process of personal, creative and intellectual growth.
We have four concentrations that may be selected in the art major: art history, pre-museum studies, photography, and studio. Students in the art education program receive dual certification enabling them to teach art in Maryland from nursery school through grade 12. Preparation for graduate study in art therapy is also available.
The art history and pre-museum studies concentrations prepare women to continue studies in this field at the graduate level, as well as enter the fields of arts administration, art consulting and museum practice. The photography concentration is a strong contemporary approach to prepare women for fine arts at the graduate level, as working artists, and in the professional workplace.
The studio concentration teaches a rigorous approach to art making to build a foundation which can then be applied to voicing the students' creative instincts.