Note: "In studio courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio time and space each week of the semester. Studio classes led by an instructor meet for a minimum of 2 hours per week for each credit granted."

Mission Statement of the Visual Arts Programs

The role of the Visual Arts Programs is to provide a basis of support for the Benedict College liberal art curriculum by offering a broad base of study in concepts and principles, historical perspectives, techniques and processes, understanding, and appreciation of the creation process. The mission of the art area makes a unique contribution to the broader mission of the College and academic community by making it possible for the college to address both the intellectual and aesthetic needs of its students, community, and state. The visual arts programs develop cognitive, perceptual, emotive, and communication skills that help students establish higher-order thinking proficiencies desperately needed to function in today's society.

The Visual Arts Programs provide the following services to the College. Art Appreciation is offered in support of the General Education requirement for the College to provide awareness and appreciation of art. Support courses are designed and offered for Teacher Education, Recreation, Mass Communication, and History majors who have a need to teach or use art and design in their professions. Art courses are open to non-art majors as electives, used for enriching their liberal arts education. A minor in Studio Art is also an option. The Benedict College Ponder Art Gallery provides continuous art exhibitions as educational experiences for students of art, for the Benedict College family, and surrounding communities. In addition, the College Art Gallery hosts visiting artists, who contribute to the art program by conducting lectures, leading student critiques, and engaging in classroom visitations and demonstrations. Works from the collection are loaned to campus offices where there is adequate security. Beyond the campus, the Visual Arts area has loaned works to several schools and libraries for specific events, including African-American History and Culture Month and Women's History Month. The Art faculty and students often serve as consultants to campus publications and create many campus communication designs.

The Visual Arts Programs aim to provide students with broad educational experiences that will prepare them for career fields in art. Students select-ing the Program of Study in Teaching of Art will be prepared to teach art in Grades K-12. Students selecting the Program of Study in Studio Art will be prepared for careers in fine arts and visual com-munication. Students in the Visual Arts Program acquire knowledge and skills necessary for entrance into graduate school.

See College Catalogue for Courses and Programs of Study plus more information.