The Drawing major offers students training, experience and opportunities for personal exploration in the visual language of drawing. Studio research ranges from work that is traditional in its approach, to work that challenges the very notion of drawing.
Students are introduced to a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary media, techniques, subject matter, and theory that will assist them in developing a personal definition of drawing as well as critical and conceptual approaches to their work.
At the introductory level, students concentrate on the development of form and content in drawing practice, and with the instructors' guidance examine and evaluate a variety of demands and solutions to drawing concepts.
During the third year, students explore the use of image and personal drawing processes as a means of developing independence and confidence in their studio practice. They engage in research that supports their choice of subject matter and process leading to the creation of a personal artist's statement at the end of the year.
In the final year, focus is placed on the development of a coherent body of work supported by a graduating paper on relevant developments in and conclusions of their drawing/studio practice. Through personal research, students are encouraged to take a broad approach to media that reaches beyond the traditional notion of drawing. The final semester concludes with an exhibition of their work.
Students in all ACAD programs can access individual program requirements within the Academic Calendar, and are responsible for meeting the outlined requirements of their academic program.
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ACAD Faculty members in the drawing program are engaged professional artists, supportive of students in this exciting, rigorous and community-minded area of study. They include: