ITEM 112-1603-R0901  ATTACHMENT                                                                September 27-28, 2001

 

The University of Montana-Western

College of Arts and Sciences

Fine Arts Department

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

1.  Briefly describe the proposed new program.  Please indicate if it is an expansion of an existing program; a new program; a cooperative effort with another institution, business, or industry; or an on-campus or off-campus program.  Attach any formal agreements established for cooperative efforts.

 

The University of Montana-Western proposes to add an option in Visual Arts to its Bachelor of Arts degree.  There currently exist the courses needed to offer a B.A. Option in Visual Arts. The offering of such a degree option has several advantages. One, it allows students interested in studio based visual arts, but unsure of their interest in Art Education, to attend UM-Western in a clear program of study. Two, since the curriculum of the B.A. Option in Visual and the B.S. Secondary Education Major in Art are very similar, students could switch between degrees with little difficulty. This allows for some flexibility as students progress in their academic career and would aid retention since students would not have to transfer in order to get different degree options. Third, when coupled with the Related Area of Crafts, the B.A. Option would allow UM-Western to market an art degree with unique studio options within our region. Fourth, when coupled with the Related Area in Business, visual art students would gain important real world business skills to complement their artistic skills (a combination many regional art programs don’t offer).

 

2.  Summarize a needs assessment conducted to justify the proposal. Please include how the assessment plan was developed or executed and the data derived from this effort.

 

Western visual arts faculty have had a number of students in recent years who have expressed a desire to have a visual arts degree program that does not include either secondary education or the performing arts as a mandatory component of their degree. The visual arts faculty therefore developed a degree option utilizing entirely existing coursework to satisfy this need.  The degree option is for students interested in a studio arts, art related careers, or graduate school. When taken with the Related Area: Business, students will have the art and business skills needed for marketing one’s own artwork, operating a gallery, working at an Art Museum, or working at an Arts Administration and Arts Advocacy position. When taken with the Related Area: Crafts, students will combine broad artistic ability and understanding with skills in media popular in the current crafts renaissance.

 

3.  Explain how the program relates to the Role and Scope of the institution as established by the Board of Regents.

 

Western offers a variety of visual art courses to support its B.S. in Secondary Education, B.S. in Elementary Education and B.A. Arts option.  The campus has a long history of art programs, excellent art faculty and facilities.

 

4.  Please state what effect, if any, the proposed program will have on the administrative structure of the institution.   Also indicate the potential involvement of other departments, divisions, colleges, or schools.

 

This program will have no effect on the administrative structure of the campus and minimal effect on the enrollment in courses taught by other academic units.

 

5.  Describe the extent to which similar programs are offered in Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and states bordering Montana. How similar are these programs to the one herein proposed?

 

This program differs from other Visual Arts programs in Montana and the region in that it has a core of visual arts coursework that can be combined with a number of different related areas to address the individual educational needs of the student.  While the program is unique in this regard, most of the courses used in the program are taught at other campuses in Montana and the region.

 

6.  Please name any accrediting agency(ies) or learned society(ies) that would be concerned with the particular program herein proposed. How has this program been developed in accordance with the criteria developed by said accrediting body(ies) or learned society(ies)?

 

There are no specialized accrediting agencies that will be concerned with this program.  The program would meet all requirements of the regional accrediting organization, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC).

 

7.  Prepare an outline of the proposed curriculum showing course titles and credits. Please include any plans for expansion of the program during its first three years.

 

B.A.: Visual Arts Option (Degree Totals 120 credits)

 

General Education Requirements............................................35credits

              Note: take FA 101 Introduction to Creative & Performing Arts as one of your two Arts and Humanities requirements.

 

Integrative Electives.......................................................... 8-16

                                                                                              

ART 141  Basic Drawing (F)..................................................... 3

ART 143  2-D Design/Color Theory (F)....................................... 3

ART 221  3-D Design/Crafts (S)................................................ 3

ART 231  Ceramics (F&S)........................................................ 3

ART 242  Figure Drawing (S) or

ART 343  Printmaking (F)......................................................... 3

ART 361  Watercolor (S) or

ART 367 Painting (F).............................................................. 3

ART 371  Sculpture (S)............................................................ 3

ART 411  Art History I (F)......................................................... 3

ART 412  Art History II (S)........................................................ 3

Select 15 credits in consultation with an advisor from the following list:

ART 232  Ceramics (F&S)

ART 242  Figure Drawing (S) (if not taken above)

ART 343  Printmaking (F) (if not taken above)

ART 347  Glass Blowing (F)

ART 361  Watercolor (S) (if not taken above)

ART 367 Painting (F) (if not taken above)

ART 370  Photography (S)

ART 380 Artist Blacksmithing (S)

ART 381  Art Media Workshop

ART 422 Jewelry (F)

ART 423 Jewelry (F)

Advanced Studio courses ART 478 – ART 489......................... 15

Select 1 course in consultation with an advisor from the following list:

DR 441    Drama/Theater History (S - even years)

ENG 264American Literature I (F)

ENG 265American Literature II (S)

ENG 274English Literature I (F)

ENG 275English Literature II (S)

ENG 320World Literature (S)

FA 301    Arts: Contemporary Issues (S - odd years)

HIST 452European Intellectual History (S - odd years)

HIST 456United States Cultural History (F - odd years)

MUS 202Introduction to Music Literature (F - odd years)............ 3

              Note: please check specific course's for prerequisites 

              Total...................................................................... 45

 

Coop Ed/Internship or Thesis Project

Selection made in consultation with an advisor:                           

ART 431, ART 498, or 400 level Coop Ed/Internship............... 4-12

 

Related Area...............................................................................21

B.A. Related Areas (students choose one of the below or from another discipline) Visual Arts (changes to existing Related Areas)

 

Related Area: Crafts

Select 21 credits in consultation with an adviser from the following list:

ART 232  Ceramics (F&S)........................................................ 3

ART 347  Glass Blowing (F)..................................................... 3

ART 380 Artist Blacksmithing (S)............................................. 3

ART 422 Jewelry (F)............................................................... 3

ART 423 Jewelry (F)............................................................... 3

ART 479 Advanced Studio - Artist Blacksmithing (S)............... 1-3

ART 481 Advanced Studio - Crafts (F&S)............................... 1-3

ART 484 Advanced Studio - Ceramics (F&S).......................... 1-3

ART 489 Advanced Studio - Glassblowing (F)......................... 1-3

              Total...................................................................... 21

 

Related Area: Visual Arts

(not to be taken with the B.A. Option: Visual Arts)

ART 141   Basic Drawing (F)...................................................... 3

ART 143   2-D Design/Color Theory (F)....................................... 3

ART 221   3-D Design/Crafts (S)................................................. 3

ART 242   Figure Drawing (S) or

ART 343   Printmaking (F)......................................................... 3

ART 361   Watercolor (S) or

ART 367   Painting (F)............................................................... 3

ART 231   Ceramics (F&S) or

ART 371   Sculpture (S)............................................................ 3

ART 411   Art History I (F) or

ART 412   Art History II (S)........................................................ 3

               Total....................................................................... 21

 

FACULTY AND STAFF REQUIREMENTS

 

1.  Please indicate, by name and rank, current faculty who will be involved with the program proposed herein.

 

                        Randy Horst, Chair and Associate Professor of Art, M.F.A.

                        Barney Brienza, Professor of Art, M.A.

                        Eva Mastandrea, Associate Professor of Art, M.F.A.

 

2. Please project the need for new faculty over the first five-year program. Include special qualifications or training. If present faculty are to conduct the new program, please explain how they will be relieved from present duties.

 

No need for additional faculty over the next five years is projected due to the addition of this program.

 

3.  Please explain the need and cost for support personnel or other required personnel expenditures.

 

There will be no need for expenditures for staff to support the offering of this program.

 

CAPITAL OUTLAY, OPERATING EXPENDITURES, AND PHYSICAL FACILITIES

 

1.  Please summarize operating expenditure needs

 

This program will use entirely existing coursework so there is no need for any additional expenditures.

 

2.  Please evaluate library resources. Are they adequate for operation of the proposed program? If not, how will the library need to be strengthened during the next three years?

 

Library resources are currently adequate to support this degree option.

 

3.  Please indicate special clinical, laboratory, and/or computer equipment that will be needed. List those pieces of equipment or computer hardware presently available in the department.

 

Students will use existing art facilities and equipment to complete the coursework in this option.

 

4.  Please describe facilities and space required for the proposed program. Are current facilities adequate for the program? If not, how does the institution propose to provide new facilities?

 

Students will use existing art facilities and equipment to complete the coursework in this option.

 

EVALUATION OF PROPOSED PROGRAM

 

1.  Please name faculty committees or councils that have reviewed and approved the program herein proposed.

 

This proposal has been reviewed and approved by Western's Programs in Arts and Sciences Committee; Curriculum Committee; and Faculty Senate.

 

2.  If outside consultants have been employed, please list the names of these consultants, their current positions and titles.  Append copies of their written reports (this is a requirement of new doctoral programs).

 

No external consultants were employed in the development of this degree program.