Art

Major/Minor

The bachelor’s degree in art at NDMU helps you develop your creative potential and prepare for a wide variety of art-related careers. Core classes provide a strong foundation in diverse media and introduce significant art movements throughout history and across cultures. This foundation is essential to understanding not only the tradition of the visual arts, but the fundamental role it serves in the world today. Building on the core, art majors select an area of emphasis in Studio Art, Photography, Art History, Pre-Museum Studies in Art, or Art Education to hone skills in an area that aligns with your goals after graduation.

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Additional Study Option: The Art Minor includes seven courses and is offered in three areas of emphasis: art history, photography, or studio art.

Choose a Specialty

Art is a broad discipline with endless pathways and specializations to explore. In order to focus your study at NDMU, art majors choose an area of emphasis:

Studio Art

Starting with a traditional approach to drawing and painting, the studio art concentration builds into more diverse media (oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, graphite, watercolor) and opportunities for advanced independent studio work. Upper level courses are driven by critique and allow more freedom to hone in on a medium or choose the topics/genres you wish to explore.

Photography

The photography concentration gives a broad base of different techniques and materials (digital photography, historic processes, lighting) to prepare well-rounded artists for the next step after graduation, whether that’s graduate school or a photography career.

Art History

Tracing the evolution of art movements from pre-historic to contemporary times, the art history concentration offers specialized courses that echo the NDMU mission, including Women in Art and African American Art.

Pre-Museum Studies in Art

Similar to art history, the pre-museum studies in art concentration offers the same deep understanding of art movements throughout history and across cultures, while incorporating experiential learning through two practicums for museum work.

Art Education

The art education concentration offers a pathway to earn both initial teaching certification and the art certification needed to teach art in Maryland schools for grades Pre-K through 12.

Faculty

Art History Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art history major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

Physical Education

1

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

Art History Elective

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Requirement

3

English Literature

3

Social Science

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

Art History Elective

3

Art History Requirements

6

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Elective

3

History

3

Religious Studies (300/400)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Elective

3

General Education/Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

Art History Requirement

3

Art History Electives

6

Art History Elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

General Education/Electives

9

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Photography Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the photography major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-109 Basic Photography

3

ART-209 Black & White Photography

3

Foreign Language

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Math or History

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-102 Color & Design

3

ART-121Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-142 Painting I

3

ART-342 History & Aesthetics of Photography

3

ART-162 Digital Photo I

3

ART-363 Color Photo

3

Mathematics or History

3

Natural Science

4

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-364 Studio Photography

3

ART-368 Alternate Photography Processes

3

ART-315 Explorations of Women in Art

3

Art Photography Elective

3

Art Photography Elective

3

English Literature

3

Religious Studies (300/400 level)

3

General Education/Electives

6

Social Science

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

ART-406 Advanced Photo

3

ART-460 Photo Senior Studio

3

ART-419 Digital Photo II

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum in Photography

3

Art photography Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

​Studio Art Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the studio art major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-141 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

English Literature

3

Mathematics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking

3

Natural Science

4

Art History Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

[16 credits]

 

General Education/Elective

3

 

 

[15 credits]

 

Fourth Year

Studio Elective

3

ART-401 or 402 Drawing or Painting IV

3

Art History Elective

3

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-463 Independent Study

3

Art History Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Art Pre-Museum Studies Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art pre-museum major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 College Writing

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

Art History Requirement

3

Foreign Language

3

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Mathematics

3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

Studio/Lab Requirement

3

Art History Requirements

6

Art History Requirements

6

Social Science

3

English Literature

3

PHL-320 Aesthetics

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Elective

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

Art History Electives

6

Art History Requirement

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

Natural Science

4

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

6

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

 

 

Fourth Year

Art History Requirements

6

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

ART-470 Practicum

3

ART-465 Directed Readings

3

General Education/Electives

6

ART-471 Practicum

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

 

[15 credits]

 

Art Education Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the art education major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year

ENG-101 Expository Writing

3

ART-141 Painting I

3

ART-101 Drawing I

3

ART-103 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART-102 Color & Design

3

Philosophy (200 level)

3

Foreign Language

3

History

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

[15 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

ART-201 or 202 Drawing II or Painting II

3

ART-270 Media and Techniques for Art Teachers

3

ART-109 or 162 Photo

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

ART-120 Survey I

3

ART-121 Survey II

3

English Literature

3

ART-204 Watercolor Painting

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

Philosophy (300/400 level)

3

[15 credits]

 

Mathematics

3

 

 

[18 credits]

 

Winterim

EDU-252 Clinical Field Experience

Third Year

ART-321 Life Drawing I*

3

ART-301 or 302 Drawing III or Painting III

3

Art History Elective

3

ART-205 Printmaking or 206

3

Natural Science

4

Art History Elective

3

Methods of Teaching N-12

3

Religious Studies (300/400 lev)

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Elective

3

[19 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Winterim

Clinical Field Experience

Fourth Year

Student Teaching EDU-411

12

ART-401 or 402 Drawing IV or Painting IV

3

[12 credits]

 

ART-440 Senior Seminar

3

 

 

Art History Elective

3

 

 

General Education/Electives

6

 

 

[15 credits]

 

Customize Your Education

At NDMU, our strength is our ability to weave your unique interests into your individual education. Faculty and advisors will help you craft an experience based on your aspirations through course electives or minors.

For example, an art major that aspires to launch a new creative agency could pair a minor in business or entrepreneurship. Another studying studio art could also pursue teaching, either by taking a few extra classes to earn a certification or by staying a 5th year to earn a Master of Art in Teaching (MAT).

Notre Dame offers courses in a wide variety of fields and subject areas, so the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Features of the Art Program

  • Civera Gallery – student-run exhibit space on campus that showcases student and alum artwork
  • Gormley Gallery – gallery features three professional art exhibits per semester on campus
  • Art Lunchtime Lecture Series – Monthly talks feature professionals from art-related careers
  • Senior Exhibition – Gallery exhibit features work from senior art majors
  • Small Class Sizes – Professors tailor instruction to personal interests
Alum
Caroline O’Donnell
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Attending Her Dream Graduate School

Alum, NDMU Class of 2019 Art

At NDMU, I joined a community of incredibly strong and kind women. We were encouraged to "trust and dare," and so we did—I would not be attending my dream graduate school without the guidance of wonderful mentors, and the network of terrific friends and future leaders that I met at NDMU.

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Art Scholarships

Incoming art majors and minors can apply for one of several NDMU art scholarships through our Art Scholarship Competition.

Art Scholarship Details

  • Up to $20,000 Awards (Scholarships up to $5,000 per year)
  • Open to high school seniors and transfer students entering the Women's College
  • Preferred Application Deadline: February 1

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Art Careers

A degree in art can prepare you for a variety of career paths including:

  • Designer/Illustrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Museum Curator/Historian
  • Photographer
  • Teacher