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Art and Archaeology, B.A.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in archaeology from Hood College,

  1. Will understand the history of archaeology and its impact on the methods and goals of the discipline through:
    • Knowledge of the historical development of archaeology as a discipline, and its connection to phases of European political and social history.
  2. Will understand the methods of archaeology through:
    • Knowledge of archaeological methods and interpretive models, through in-depth instruction, with emphasis on theory and interpretation;
    • Knowledge of archaeological methods and interpretive models, through hands-on experience in research methods (excavation, survey, and/or lab); and
    • Knowledge of archaeological materials, methods, and interpretive models, through hands-on experience in photography and ceramic production
  3. Will learn the application of archaeology and related disciplines to the reconstruction of ancient societies through:
    • Reconstruction of ancient societies, through archaeological and art historical research;
    • Reconstruction of ancient societies, through historical, religious, and/or literary research; and
    • Extended research in and critical analysis of an archaeological question or topic, including directed research using primary and secondary sources, and presenting findings both orally and in writing.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in art history from Hood College,

  1. Will understand the styles and subjects of art (including architecture) within their historical and cultural contexts, from throughout the world from antiquity to the present through:
    • Understanding art in antiquity;
    • Understanding art in the Middle Ages and Renaissance'
    • Understanding Baroque and Modern art; and
    • Understanding art from throughout the world.
  2. Students will demonstrate a level-appropriate understanding of and ability to engage with art theory and criticism through:
    • Understanding the impact on artistic production of race, class, gender, and other socially-constructed forms of difference;
    • Understanding how to engage critically with various interpretive methods; and
    • Applying these understandings to their contemporary visual surroundings.
  3. Will be able to do extended research in art history, presenting findings both orally and in writing through:
    • Directed research using primary and secondary sources;
    • Formal presentation of findings; and
    • Writing academic papers using visual and critical analysis, and standard methods of documentation.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art and art education from Hood College,

  1. Will gain a broad knowledge base of a variety of studio art media, develop technical skills, gain an awareness of historical movements and comprehend universal aesthetic concepts through:
    • Demonstrating an understanding of basic technical skills, especially drawing and design; through classroom exercises, project critiques and portfolio reviews, and
    • Understanding the elements of art and the principles of design, demonstrated through critical, individual and group discussions. In the evaluation of projects and during portfolio reviews, progress of student’s artwork will be assessed, as well as their ability to respond to feedback.
  2. Will develop the ability to observe, cultivating analytical and creative thinking skills through:
    • Demonstrating confidence in communicating ideas verbally, through mark-making and other basic formal technical skills;
    • Presenting work and concepts, during one on one discussions with the instructor, group discussions, and project critiques will allow students to verbalize their defense of ideas, as well as demonstrating an ability to receive and put forth constructive feedback; and
    • Beginning to understand and utilize the impact of associations, relationships and symbols in their own work and the work of others.
  3. Will develop a process for articulating aesthetic ideas and the ability to communicate their personal aesthetic intentions visually in their art work, verbally, and in written form through:
    • Demonstrating accountability and awareness of all aspects of their artwork and methodology, during the presentation of artwork and developing concepts;
    • Demonstrating an ability to describe and defend ideas, and to deconstruct the methods and validity of artwork; and
    • Demonstrating knowledge articulated through concept development, using sketches, color roughs, maquettes, writing, and other methods to present ideas.
  4. Will gain purpose and a sense of responsibility of the role an artist in society plays and how an artist effects societal change through:
    • Demonstrating the knowledge of a wide range artists/artwork, past and present, in the student’s ability to recognize artwork in context. Understanding an artist’s impact and/or relationship to society, and how a student’s own work relates to the ideas, concerns and methodologies of past artists, and
    • Understanding, interpreting and expanding on ideas and methods of both artists and critics through research, discussion and writing.
  5. Students in the art education concentration will gain the ability to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, become confident artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals, and empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society through:
    • Formal presentation of artwork and concepts during critiques and portfolio reviews;
    • Interaction with students during student teaching, under the guidance and evaluation of the school/teacher where they were placed;
    • Demonstrating the ability to write, develop and implement class curriculum; and
    • Demonstrating a high level of understanding and skill with several art media. Recognized through the presentation of artwork, during group critiques and individual portfolio reviews.
  6. Students in the studio art concentration will gain the ability to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, become confident artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals, and empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society through:
    • Developing a series of artwork for a senior exhibition, and
    • Understanding and fully developing the senior exhibition, including self-promotion, concept development, artist statement, artist biography, resume, a complete visual identity, including a website, project production plan, budget, and an artist talk. Work and knowledge will be evaluated during a final portfolio review. Student is also evaluated via the exhibition design of their work, gallery talk that took place during the opening reception and through a portfolio/gallery book.