Art - Major

For information, contact Jill Odegaard,, 610-606-4666 ext.3347

Program Description

The Art Department at Cedar Crest College demonstrates a commitment to the arts, both in the quality and breadth of its Art Department faculty, facilities and in galleries on campus. The art program is rooted in the studio tradition with a strong emphasis on introducing our students to the history of art, practical techniques and contemporary issues. Through the sponsorship of the gallery exhibition programs in the Lachaise Center for Visual Research and Capstone galleries we introduce and reinforce our commitment to our curriculum and program. Cedar Crest’s location near New York City, Philadelphia, affords students in the Art Department access to a broader art world, thus enriching their experience. Field trips are coordinated each semester to provide opportunities for students to visit galleries and museums.

The Art Major offers a wide range of options for those who wish to pursue painting, sculpture, printmaking, book arts, papermaking, ceramics, metalsmithing, jewelry-making or work in a gallery setting. The Art Major is available in the day or evening college.

The Art Department also offers a minor in Art History. (See program requirements below). Students transferring into the Art Major from another institution may not transfer more than 18 credits toward the Cedar Crest Art Major.

Portfolio Reviews are held each semester, in the fall and spring, for all art majors. Students present a portfolio of current work created in their studio courses. The purpose of the portfolio review is to provide the student with feedback on the progress of her work and to suggest potential directions the work may take as well as to serve as an assessment tool for the Art Department. At the time of graduation each student will have a minimum of two reviews on file. Transfer students must have a portfolio review the first semester they matriculate.

Students must receive a letter grade of C or higher in courses required for the Art Major.

Integrated Studio Art Track

Within the liberal art setting at Cedar Crest College the Integrated Studio Art Major is designed to engage the student in extensive studio practice and art history while combining studies within a chosen discipline outside of the visual and performing arts.  Integration within the liberal arts model provides the student with a holistic foundation that guides the evolution of their studio art interests into formative career paths.

By connecting areas of learning across disciplines the Integrated Studio Art Major enables the students to become competitive in the art and job market while cultivating the broadest possible venue for learning and personal development.  The curriculum set forth through the Integrated Studio Art Major best models the experiences artists face in contemporary culture. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Art Major is to provide:

  • students with the tools to engage in processes and techniques that prepare them to visually communicate independent ideas that are informed by historical, cultural and artistic references.
  • curriculum that encourages individual expression and prepares innovative leaders to engage in creative thinking and problem solving based upon the interconnectedness of the liberal arts.
  • art experiences that enhance an understanding of the integrated nature of learning in a liberal arts environment and to provide those who choose the visual arts as a primary focus with the means to reach a high level of experience.
  • arts based resources including exhibitions, residencies and student initiated programs for the enrichment of artistic culture of the college and local community.


Art Major - Studio Art Track


ART 101: Beginning Drawing 3 credits
ART 110: Principles of Visual Organization 3 credits
ART 105: Art History I 3 credits
ART 106: Art History II 3 credits
ART 245: Anatomy for the Artist 3 credits
ART 129/229/134 Computer Software Series 3 credits
(One credit each: Art 129: InDesign I, ART 229 InDesign II, ART 134 Photoshop I )

Art History (choose 1):
ART 200: Modern Art: 1800-1945 (fall) 3 credits
ART 210: Contemporary Art: 1945-present (spring) 3 credits
ART 215: Selected Movements in Art 3 credits
ART 220: Women Artists (spring) 3 credits

ART 470: Senior Studio Seminar (fall only) 3 credits
ART 472: Senior Art Exhibition (spring only) 3 credits
(Pre-requisite ART 470) (This course must be taken with ART 435 or an upper level studio course.)

Two studio electives (one 2D and one 3D):
2D Classes:
ART 111: Printed Image 3 credits
ART 113: Illustration 3 credits
ART 123: Painting 3 credits
ART 124: Papermaking 3 credits
ART 139: Book Arts 3 credits
ART 201: Drawing II 3 credits
ART 245: Anatomy for the Artist 3 credits
3D Classes:
ART 125: Jewelry & Metalsmithing 3 credits
ART 127: Sculpture 3 credits
ART 131: Ceramics 3 credits

One second level in a chosen studio area:
ART 211: Printed Image 3 credits
ART 213: Illustration 3 credits
ART 223: Painting 3 credits
ART 224: Papermaking 3 credits
ART 225: Jewelry & Metalsmithing 3 credits
ART 227: Sculpture 3 credits
ART 231: Ceramics 3 credits
ART 239: Book Arts 3 credits

Upper Level Studios in your chosen area:
ART 335: Advanced Studio Problems (3rd level) 3 credits
ART 435: Advanced Studio Problems (4th level) 3 credits

AND 9 elective credits to support the integrated model
Consult with your advisor to create a self-designed integration based on interdisciplinary coursework. (May not integrate with another art discipline.)

TOTAL CREDITS: 48 credits

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements:

Students fulfill the embedded requirements for the Art Major as follows:

  • Oral Presentation requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of one upper level art history course, (ART 200, ART 210 or ART 220), upper level studio/seminar courses (ART 335, 435) and portfolio reviews
  • Technology requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of three computer software series workshops (ART 129, 229 InDesign I, II; ART 134 Photoshop)
  • Information Literacy requirement is met by the satisfactory completion of the art history requirements (ART 105, ART 106, and one upper level art history course ART 200, ART 210, ART 220) and upper level studio courses (ART 335/435)

All other college-wide requirements can be satisfied by the student’s choice with the final approval of the Registrar’s office through a graduation audit. Courses are identified in the catalog with their college-wide designations. In regard to the ML requirement the Art department recommends Math 102.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Art Major

  1. Illustrate the understanding and application of creativity by recognizing the elements and principles of design as a universal non-verbal language and utilize this non-verbal language to effectively develop problem solving strategies, critical thinking and communication skills that reference the interconnectedness of academic disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate confidence that builds innovative leaders by developing a sense of self through unique artistic expression and/or creative problem solving and independent thinking.
  3. Interpret historical and contemporary examples of art and theory to broaden perspectives related to cultures and diversity of ideologies
  4. Master specific methods for the manipulation of materials in order to effectively and intentionally communicate concepts and ideas related to the practice of art making.
  5. Analyze personal work and the work of others through written and oral communication.