A certificate in visual arts will be awarded to students who successfully complete a substantial program of studio work and other requirements, as summarized below, while concentrating in another academic department. Students interested in a certificate in visual arts should submit a portfolio in the spring term of the sophomore year. Students must have completed at least one visual arts studio course before being admitted to the program. One course in Art and Archaeology is also highly recommended.
A total of seven courses combined from the Program in Visual Arts and the Department of Art and Archaeology, as follows:
a) Three visual arts studio courses, in at least two different media, and at least one 300- or 400-level course.
b) VIS 392 Issues in Contemporary Art. This course is required for all Program 2 and certificate students. The course coincides with admission to the junior studios and concentrates on the history, challenges, and rewards of studio practice. Through readings, discussions, studio critiques, and a culminating exhibition of artist’s books, VIS 392 provides the context and the work ethic for each student’s independent creative development, as well as beginning to be able to articulate the historical precedents and ambitions of their work.
c) VIS 416 Exhibition Issues and Methods/VIS417 Fall Film Seminar. These courses provide a formal structure in which Program 2 and certificate students will present, discuss, and develop ideas parallel to their senior thesis exhibitions. VIS417 can be counted as a cognate for VIS392.
d) One art and archaeology course in the modern period (19th century to the present).
e) One course that is either a VIS studio course or an ART course covering any period of study.
Junior Independent Work
In the fall, students will be assigned one adviser and will have at least three studio visits with secondary elect advisers chosen from the Program in Visual Arts faculty. Each student is also assigned a studio work space in the Room 401 loft of the Lewis Center. In lieu of writing a fall paper, students will conceive and produce a 32-page artist’s book for their fall independent work. The independent work is done in consultation with each student’s advisers, their peers, and the director of the program. The advisers’ spring term grade for the junior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year’s studio work. The junior independent work is exhibited in a group show at the end of the junior spring term.
Senior Independent Work – The Creative Thesis
In the fall, students enroll in VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar, are assigned one adviser and select one adviser from the Program in Visual Arts faculty. Students are assigned shared, semiprivate studios on the second floor of the Lewis Center. The creative thesis work is done in consultation with the student’s advisers, their peers, and the director of the program. Students present their work in an exhibition during the spring term, usually a two-person show with another certificate student or Program 2 student. The grade for the senior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year’s studio work and is the average of two grades: (1) the average of the grades given by the student’s advisers and (2) the average of the grades given by the rest of the visual arts faculty who view the senior exhibition.