Pfeiffer University Campus

Department of Music and Fine Arts

Welcome to the Department of Music and Fine Arts! Here, we equip students with the skills to succeed in the creative arts and prepare them for real world opportunities.

We offer a 45 SH major in studio art, designed around a variety of multi-tiered courses in basic design and theory, painting, drawing, traditional and digital darkroom photography practices, sculpture, mixed media, contemporary art theory and visual culture.

Students involved in both fields of study will have the opportunity to present their skills to the public. Music students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles, while studio art students will benefit from professional experience gained through exhibition opportunities offered through the gallery space on campus.

 

Student/Alumni Profiles

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Jamie Alcala '12-Jamie came to Pfeiffer from Fredericksburg, V.A. intent on studying art and playing soccer. When she is not busy exploring painting and photography, leading as starting goalie on the women's soccer team and being recruited to the position of starting goalie on the women's lacrosse team, Jamie is gathering together her portfolio for her senior exhibition (Spring 2012) and applying to graduate schools. She hopes to study art with an emphasis in photography.





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TJ Havens '11-TJ majored in studio art and expressed a keen interest in studying photography and mixed media art. While at Pfeiffer, TJ worked for the Office of Admissions as a student ambassador, photographer and designer. In addition, he spent the summer of 2011 interning as a photographer with the City of Salisbury, N.C., updating all architectural structures on the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office's list. Upon graduating, TJ took his experiences and education on to work for Disney in Orlando, F.L. as a photographer. 

"As a PhotoPass photographer I offer complimentary, professional photography services to Walt Disney World guests to create memories of a lifetime and assist in basic guest relations. In addition to working with guests, I photograph various characters throughout each day for promotional and guest interaction purposes."






Stacy Bottoms '09-A non-traditional student who came to Pfeiffer after a career in the Marines, Stacy majored in arts administration. He always had an interest in art since  he first picked up painting early on and decided to finally make it his life. After graduating from Pfeiffer, he went on to Johns Hopkins University and completed his master's in museum studies in 2011. He is an art teacher at North Rowan Middle School in Spencer, N.C.

 

As a PhotoPass Photographer I offer complimentary, professional photography services to Walt Disney World guests to create memories of a lifetime and assist in basic guest relations. 

Special Awards

Each year the art program holds the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. An outside juror (judge) is brought in to select the pieces that epresent the best of our students' artwork in the exhibition. The juror is often times a working artist, art educator or museum/gallery curator not associated with the University to bring in a fresh set of eyes and opinions on the creative works of our students. The exhibit is open to all undergraduate students and they may submit as many pieces as they wish in whatever medium they choose.

Awards are as follows: (various monetary amounts accompany each award, depending on budget availability)
  • Best of Show
  • Merit Award # 1
  • Merit Award # 2
  • People's Choice Award (chosen by votes cast by those in attendance at the opening reception of the exhibit)
  • Starving Artist Award

Internship Opportunities

The studio art program provides a practical, real-world curriculum that includes internship experiences that are available for interested students. Students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in their professional field for course credit.In the past, studio art students have earned internships at local and regional arts councils and galleries including the Cabarrus Arts Council, Railwalk Galleries in Salisbury, N.C. and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Studio Art-Courses Offered

ART 111
Art Appreciation
F 3 SH
Introductory course in art history and art making. Students will explore the various art movements and techniques that have shaped art as we know it. Traditional as well as contemporary methods of creation will be emphasized. Satisfies General Education degree requirements for all majors.
ART 114 Art History Survey I F 3 SH
Timeline exploration of art historical events, persons, and movements from Pre-history to the early Renaissance. No prerequisites.
ART 121
2D Design S 3 SH
Introduction to the basics of artistic creation in terms of techniques and motives and how they are applied to the flat picture plane. Focus is placed on the use of line, shape, color, value and texture. Abstract and representational models of structure will be utilized by the students to create expressions on flat space and the illusion of form. No prerequisites.
 
ART 122
3D Design S 3 SH
Introduction to the basics of creating art in terms of the techniques and motives and how it is applied to the three-dimensional form in the round. Abstract, representational, and critical thinking will be combined to create modular and sculptural forms. No prerequisites.
 
ART 131
Drawing Studies I F
3 SH
Course focused on rendering, perspective, and seeing as it relates to a flat picture plane. Traditional and contemporary methods and subjects will be investigated. No prerequisites.
 
ART 215 Art History Survey II 3 SH
 Timeline exploration of art historical events, persons and movements from the Renaissance to modern day.
 
ART 231 Drawing Studies II 3 SH
Continuation of ART 131 with methods of rendering, including thematic work, figure studies, mixed media and experimental techniques. Students will be required to develop a portfolio of their work over the duration of the course. Prerequisite: ART 131 or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 302 Elementary Art Education F, S
3 SH
Media and methods used in the elementary school. Designed to fulfill teacher certification requirements. Enrollment limited to elementary education majors.
 
ART 307 Painting Studies I S
3 SH
Course focused on the various techniques, attitudes and mediums of Oil and Acrylic painting. Traditional and contemporary techniques and subjects will be utilized and expanded upon for further exploration by the student. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 121V or 131V or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 308 Sculpture Studies I S 3 SH
Course in exploring the techniques, methods and materials of manipulating the three-dimensional form in wood, stone and the found object. Abstract and representational forms of structure will be investigated. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 122V or 131V or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 315 Mixed Media Studies I 3 SH
A synthesis of two-dimensional art forms and three-dimensional art forms. Contemporary in scope and method, the student will experiment in a variety of 2D and 3D media and processes and combine them together to form their own expressions. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 121V or 122V or 131V or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 365 Digital Photography Studies F 3 SH
Course that explores digital imaging, post-production of images, workflow and manipulation of the digital picture plane utilizing Photoshop and related software as well as hands on techniques. Digital camera of 6 MegaPixels or higher is required. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 121V or 131V or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 385 Art and the Human Experience F 3 SH
Directed study of the relationships between art, its history, and everyday culture. A variety of visual cues and motivations will be analyzed such as photography, film, symbols, pop culture and graphic design all within an art historical context. Prerequisites: ART 114V or 215V or 510 or Permission of Instructor.
 
ART 407 Painting Studies II 3 SH
A continuation of ART 307, the course prepares students to visualize thematic development within their painting discourse and explore the theme toward the development of a portfolio. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 121V or 131.
 
ART 408 Sculpture Studies II S 3 SH
A continuation of ART 308, the course prepares students to visualize thematic development within their sculptural medium discourse and explore the theme toward the development of a portfolio. Prerequisites: ART 111V or 122V or 131V.
 
ART 415 Mixed Media Studies II S
3 SH
A continuation of ART 313, the course prepares students to visualize thematic development within the mixed media discourse and explore the theme toward the development of a portfolio. Prerequisites: ART111V or 121V or 122V or 131V.
 
ART 425 Advanced Studio Practices UD 3 SH

In-depth and personal exploration of a specific medium for art majors and minors, determined upon consultation with the art advisor, which leads to the Senior Exhibition. Junior Standing is required.

 

ART 465

Issues in Contemporary Art S 3 SH

Focused on the topics, philosophy and influences of art history spaning the last fifty years. Prerequisites: ART 114, 215 or Permission of Instructor.

 
ART 497 Senior Exhibition UD 3 SH
Required course for graduation with the degree. A course geared toward preparing students with knowledge they need for professional, post-graduate and personal gains as an artist. (Capstone course. Portfolio enrichment and exhibition req.) Requires Senior Standing. Must be taken final semester or Spring before graduating in Summer or Fall.