Programs

Study and develop a solid foundation in studio skills and a broad understanding of the history of art.

Art Majors emphasize in either studio art or art history. Courses offer a wide range of possibilities in the studio – from traditional media to digital imaging. Courses taught in art history travel from prehistory to contemporary art criticism. After a core of design, drawing, art history and criticism is complete, students choose courses to fit their personal needs and interests.The Art Department features studio classrooms for ceramics, drawing, 2-D design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, along with lecture and seminar rooms for art history. Digital imaging and graphic design classes are taught in a new, fully equipped Mac computer lab in Hardeman Hall. A minor in Art consists of students seeking some knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, and those who want a vocational experience in the creative arts or crafts can take courses without prerequisites in painting, ceramics, crafts, printmaking and sculpture, as well as art history.

ART HISTORY • PRINTMAKING • DRAWING 
GRAPHIC DESIGN • PAINTING SCULPTURE • PHOTOGRAPHY

About the Major

Art Majors emphasize in either studio art or art history. Courses offer a wide range of possibilities in the studio – from traditional media to digital imaging. Courses taught in art history travel from prehistory to contemporary art criticism. After a core of design, drawing, art history and criticism is complete, students choose courses to fit their personal needs and interests.

The Art Department features studio classrooms for ceramics, drawing, 2-D design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, along with lecture and seminar rooms for art history. Digital imaging classes are taught in two different Mac computer labs located in separate buildings on the campus.

About the Minor

A minor in Art consists of students seeking some knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, and those who want a vocational experience in the creative arts or crafts, can take courses without prerequisites in painting, ceramics, crafts, printmaking and sculpture, as well as art history.

Departmental Honors

  • Earn an overall grade point average of 3.50

  • Earn a 3.50 grade point average in all art courses

  • Complete with distinction a major project consisting of a graduation exhibition or a research paper during the senior year

Outreach & Engaged Learning

Art exhibitions, open to the public, are held in Hardman Gallery and contribute to the local community's arts and culture scene. Each year, the department presents a faculty exhibition, four visiting professional exhibitions, one all-student exhibition and senior project exhibitions for graduating seniors. Students have the opportunity to enroll in gallery internships to gain hands-on experience in the operation and management of gallery exhibitions. Possibilities for internships include Hardman Gallery and any of several local museums.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Seniors will present to the Art faculty and complete a major project, consisting of a graduation exhibition for the studio emphasis or a research paper for the art history emphasis. Other opportunities include independent study in art theory, practice or research for students who present clarity of purpose and unusual ability in art, as well as the Problems in Art Criticism course that investigates the origins, nature and functions of visual arts to develop criteria or aesthetic judgment.

In the Classroom

The Art Department faculty has created a challenging program in art characterized by small class and individual attention to students that emphasizes a solid foundation in studio skills and a broad understanding of the history of art. The faculty's areas of expertise and interests are diverse, allowing a wide range of possibilities in the studio and in the study of art.

Beyond Mercer

Mercer's Art students follow graduate or professional programs in studio art or art history.

  • Archaeology

  • Commercial art

  • Medical illustration

  • Industrial design

  • Interior design

  • Display

  • Packaging

  • Filmmaker

  • Museum direction

  • Gallery operation

  • Teaching at the secondary and college level

About the Graphic Design Major

Career Options

Graphic designers use a variety of media (print, electronic and film) and computer software to create art that meets a client’s needs. Design projects may include creating promotional displays and marketing brochures for new products, visual designs of annual reports and other corporate literature, or distinctive logos for products or businesses. Graphic designers are also responsible for the overall layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, and other publications, and may create graphics for television and computer-generated media.

Skills

  • Conceptual ability
  • Process development
  • Traditional and digital comping skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Handcraft skills
  • Fresh and innovative ideas
  • Drawing ability
  • Advanced typographic skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer skills, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver

Avenues

Graphic designers can work as in-house designers for a particular company, as staff designers for a graphic design firm, or as freelance designers working for themselves. Designers also find career opportunities in the record industry, film and animation studios, catalog companies, publishing firms, educational institutions, newspapers, greeting card companies, radio stations, web design companies, manufacturing industries, retail trade, and government institutions.

Occupations & Areas Of Specialization

Advertising display, art director, corporate identity designer, package designer, editorial designer,environmental designer, graphic designer, production artist, sign system designer,staff designer/publishing, web designer.