Winthrop University: CVPA - Fine Arts - Introduction to Fine Arts
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Department of Fine Arts
305  McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC  29733, USA
803/323-2494 (fax)

Fine Arts

Introduction to Fine Arts ARTT 112

This course introduces Fine Arts freshmen to skills and craft inherent in Fine Arts' disciplines including portfolio preparation; critical dialogue and communication; creative process and habits; and professional options and standards within the field.

Our primary objective in the development of ARTT 112 is to introduce freshman Fine Arts majors in Art History, Art Education and Studio Arts to expectations and assessment tools within their Fine Arts programs; to reinforce academic excellence and responsibility; and to excite them about the possibilities of utilizing their skills and talents as they navigate their college experience and beyond.

Part of the task is to help Fine Arts students realize the ever changing and evolving demands and challenges of art and design disciplines. Introducing our majors as soon as possible to what is expected within the program and what they can expect upon graduation are essential to the goals of ARTT 112. We want to help first-year students realize that Fine Arts plays a vital role in society and with that role comes certain professional and social responsibilities.

As life-long students of the visual arts, there are new challenges that our students will face including 1) balancing tradition with innovation; 2) balancing the global and the local; and 3) balancing civic responsibility with personal individuality.

With this in mind, ARTT 112 introduces students to the "Truth about Fine Arts" at Winthrop and beyond.

The Truth about Fine Arts

Some things to remember about taking charge of your college career:

Course scheduling is your responsibility.

Become familiar with your undergraduate catalogue and degree checklists.

Know your major and college-wide requirements for graduations.

Take courses in their appropriate sequence.

Be advised in a timely fashion.

Being disorganized in the management of your college career can cost you time and money.

Your ability to navigate your Foundation Experience is vitally important:

The Freshman Foundations Year is the most important year you will spend in the Department of Fine Arts.

Foundations include 2-Dimensional Design, 3-Dimensional Design, Drawing and Art History.

Foundations courses are very structured. You will spend far more time than you ever imagined completing Foundation problems.

Working hard and putting forth your best effort in Foundations will open many creative doors and possibilities.

You will need to save and maintain ALL of your Foundation work for your portfolio. This work will be used in Foundation Portfolio Review and Specialization Review, two important assessments of your progress in Fine Arts.

Your portfolio management and documentation must begin now:

As noted, save and maintain all of your Foundations work.

In ARTT 112 you will be introduced to digital documentation.

You will learn how to build digital portfolios.

Having a record of your studio work, your Art History presentations or your Art Education experiences are vitally important.

You need to navigate your technological tools:

Digital technology has become crucial to visual artists, designers, historians and educators.

Digital tools help you communicate visual and written ideas to larger audiences.

Digital technology is a crucial tool for sales, commissions, jobs, and your status as an arts professional in the field of your choice.

Your ability to communicate effectively about your ideas and the ideas of others is very important:

All art and design professionals need to be able to speak and write clearly.

If someone asks you to tell them about your work, you must be prepared to answer with confidence

Arts professionals also need to be able to critically evaluate their work and the work of others. You need to know the language of art and design.

Arts professionals need to be familiar with a wide range of art and design movements and theories.

What are your career options?
There are many career options open to individuals earning the degrees of BFA in Art, BA in ART, BA in Art History, or BA in Art with Teacher Certification.

It is vital to begin planning for potential career opportunities right now. The courses you take will have an important impact on your future.

Your volunteer opportunities or extra-curricular activities will have an impact on your future.

Your resume will be addressed in ARTT 112.

Your role as an artist - scholar - educator:

Visual arts play a central role in society.

The artist, art historian and art educator do not exist in a vacuum. Their work takes place in the studio, within the library, inside the classroom, but also on the street, within the commercial world, and with civic agencies and organizations.

Artists, art historians and art educators need to be sitting at the strategic leadership tables of the civic, corporate and institutional environments.

As a visual arts student, and later professional, you have a responsibility as a citizen artist to use your skills effectively in order to support yourself and to contribute to the larger community.  

Last Updated: 8/5/19