Rooted in a strong liberal arts curriculum, Transylvania’s studio art major encourages the interplay of ideas from a variety of disciplines. The program’s philosophy rests on the belief that the best art draws from social, cultural, and aesthetic concerns. Art majors learn the fundamentals of drawing, design, painting, photography, sculpture, and ceramics, and chose an upper level concentration in one of these areas. Internships and foreign study opportunities give added dimensions to a student’s course of study. The major culminates in a capstone course in which seniors develop a portfolio, promotional package, and an original body of work.
Interdisciplinary by nature, art history draws on political, social, religious, and intellectual history, as well as literature, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, women’s studies, and classical studies. Because art history embraces a variety of subject areas—designated courses in archaeology, history, and aesthetics can be elected in the major pattern—it encourages inquiry and conversation across disciplines.