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. 

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.

 

Majors and Minors

The School of Fine Arts offers majors and minors in Music and Studio Art.

Majors Minors

Music

Studio Art

Music

Studio Art



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 ODD 3 SH
Timeline exploration of art historical events, persons, and movements from Pre-history to the early Renaissance. No prerequisites.
ART 121
2D Design F 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.
 
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.
 
ART 131
Drawing Studies I F odd 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.
 
ART 215 Art History Survey II S even 3 SH
 Timeline exploration of art historical events, persons and movements from the Renaissance to modern day.
 
ART 231 Drawing Studies II F ODD 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 301 Elementary Art Education F odd, S even 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 even 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 201 or 210 or 312 (Spring, Even)
 
ART 308 Sculpture Studies I UD 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 201 or 211 or 312.
 
ART 315 Mixed Media Studies I S odd 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 111 or 121 or 122 or 131 or permission of the instructor
 
ART 365 Digital Photography Studies UD 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 111 or 121 or 131 or permission of the instructor.
 
ART 385 Arts and the Human Experience UD Spring 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 114 or 215 or 510 or Permission of Instructor.
 
ART 407 Painting Studies II S even 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 111 or 121 or 131.
 
ART 408 Sculpture Studies II UD 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 111 or 122 or 131.
 
ART 415 Mixed Media Studies II S odd 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: ART 201 or 210 or 211 or 312.
 
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 UD Fall 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.

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.

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

Studio Art - Degree Requirements

Major

STUDIO ART (45 SH):
Core Classes: 24 SH
The Core Classes are structured toward building student knowledge in terms of traditional art techniques
and art historical context and awareness.
ART 111 Art Appreciation ART 131 Drawing Studies I
ART 114 Art History Survey I ART 215 Art History Survey II
ART 121 2D Design ART 385 Art and the Human Experience
ART 122 3D Design ART 465 Issues of Contemporary Art
ART 122 Art History Survey I    

 

The Studies: 9 SH      
The Studies are media-specific coursework focused on intense exploration of art mediums. Students have
the freedom to decide on the medium(s) that suits their artistic visions. Two (2) Level I courses and one (1) level II course are required. Level II course will be based on choices made in Level I courses.
ART 315 Mixed Media Studies I ART 415 Mixed Media Studies II
ART 307 Painting Studies I ART 465 Digital Photography Studies
ART 308 Sculpture Studies I ART 407 Painting Studies II
ART 231 Drawing Studies II ART 408 Sculpture Studies II

 

Advanced Studio Practices 3 SH  

The Advanced Studio Practice course is based on personal viewpoints and ideas explored by each student through the medium of their choice and used for the works that will go into their Capstone Course (Senior Exhibition).

ART 425 Advanced Studio Practices

 

Capstone Course: 3 SH
The Capstone Course is the final required course in which students majoring in Studio Art will take. Coupled with their exhibition and professional portfolio, it counts as their Senior exit test from the University.
ART 497 Senior Exhibition    

 

Electives: 6 SH
The Electives are to be used toward complimentary fields of study outside of the art program (ex:
communications, business, web design, philosophy, creative writing) and must be 300 level or above.

Minor

STUDIO ART
24 Semester Hours
ART 111 Art Appreciation ART 131 Drawing Studies I
ART 121 2D Design ART 215 Art History Survey II
ART 122 3D Design ART 465 Issues of Contemporary Art
ART 114 Art History and Survey I ART 385 Art and the Human Experience (Visual Culture)

Studio Art

josh cross resized2"The art program at Pfeiffer is an intimate one. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of mediums and art methods to better grow their own personal ideas. The student's vision is at the forefront of the program and their willingness to work to expand that vision will be the measuring stick for their personal success."
-Josh Cross, Associate Professor

The studio art program offers a 45 SH major dedicated to empowering students with the knowledge to express themselves through two-dimensional and three-dimensional creative visual art. The program is geared toward those students whose aim is to make the visual arts their specific area of study for their degree as well as students who wish to sample an endeavor into studio art and expand their knowledge base of it. A student will earn their BA 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.

In addition to our on-campus faculty, the studio art student will benefit from our visiting artist program and exhibition opportunities through our gallery space and local excursions. All students will find that the curriculum not only teaches them the technical skills of art making, but also the ways and means to utilize these skills to connect their personal and communal creativity to the world at large.

NOTE: The following courses will suffice for the General Education requirements of the undergraduate college: ART 201, 210, 211, 310, 312, 410, 510, 511. Art minors are not required to take Senior Exhibition, but it is highly recommended.