Art & Design Department
About the program
The fine arts program is designed to develop the student of art into a professional working artist or designer. With the degree, depending on the student's area of emphasis, the student may pursue a career in areas such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital design or illustration. We have two degree offerings: the bachelor of arts in art with a required minor and the bachelor of fine arts in visual art studio.
The student's education is founded on a wide range of study, including studio drawing, painting, art history, visual aesthetics, design and color theory. Elective courses may be selected from areas including printmaking, ceramics, photography, computer graphics, watercolor and art history. Our bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts studio afford the students opportunity to do deeply focused preparation for their career or graduate school. See the BFA Visual Arts Studio course chart to see the course options. Students who want to major in visual arts studio must fill out the BFA application form at the time of sophomore portfolio review.
Sophomore Portfolio Review is for the art student who has completed (including current classes) 15 credit hours of art coursework. The review is intended to give you feedback on your artistic growth progress. Somethings we will be assessing at the review: your drawing and compositional skills, your ability to talk about your work and your level of knowledge about current professional activity in your program area.
Student-presenters are to wear professional, interview-appropriate clothing and are to be prepared to answer questions about their art & design work, their professional goals and their creative influences.
Present 8-10 of your strongest projects. All students are to include examples of drawing skills. Sketchbooks may be presented in addition to your 8-10 projects. Preparatory sketches for several of your projects are also recommended.
Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as a fine arts major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the fine arts advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.
Dr. John Keller, Ph.D. - Department Chair, Professor of Art
Greg Clayton, M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Art
Steven Choate, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Art
Beverly Austin, M.A. - Assistant Professor of Art