The Art Department offers a wide range of courses including art theory, book arts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, mixed media, new media, painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Courses are designed to encourage self-expression and to help students recognize that art is not an isolated practice but one that can foster and enhance social discourse. Courses emphasize both technical skill and critical thinking, taking advantage of Scripps’ long-standing position within the Los Angeles arts community, as well as the many opportunities found in a liberal arts environment. Whether drawing from traditional studio art practices, or combining several disciplines as a dual or double major, the Art Department offers a rich and distinctive program that will give students the skills necessary to pursue everything from a career as a visual artist, media artist, arts educator, or other arts professional, to graduate study in a wide array of disciplines.
Art majors and minors come from across The Claremont Colleges. Many students enrolled in Scripps art courses are not art majors, but see art as an integral part of a broad-based liberal arts education. Each year over 500 students enroll in thirty-six art courses offered by the Department of Art at Scripps. The Scripps College Press is an integral part of the art program. The art department also works closely with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, which hosts the annual Scripps Senior Exhibition and other temporary exhibitions of interest to the College and the community. Individual studios are available for qualifying majors during their senior year. Students enrolled in Scripps art courses have 24-hour access to their classroom facilities.
An art major consists of 10 upper-division art and art history courses. Students are encouraged to explore a number of studio practices before choosing an area of concentration.
T. Kim-Trang Tran
Department Goals and Objectives
- Students will acquire a general understanding of and ability to produce and defend their works of art.
- Historical Awareness: Students are familiarized with significant themes, artists, and historical movements within the visual arts.
- Students develop the ability to evaluate and offer constructive critiques to their peers and to produce critically informed work.
- Students will acquire disciplinary knowledge with that of other disciplines, understanding correspondences with the other arts, critical theory, and history.
Student Learning Outcomes
- SLO1: Students competently demonstrate conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills in the visual arts.
- SLO2: Students are able to demonstrate understanding of major trends in contemporary art practice and place them within a liberal arts context.
- SLO3: Students are able to recognize and respond to a range of contemporary art works.
- SLO4: Students will be able to combine and apply acquired disciplinary knowledge with that of other disciplines, understanding correspondences with the other arts, critical theory, and history.
- SLO5: Students are able to articulate their ideas clearly and persuasively in a variety of media.