Fine and Performing Arts

OVERVIEW

As long as there have been human beings, there has been art. Ancient societies created art and enjoyed music and theater. Art brings beauty to our surroundings and takes us to worlds we can only otherwise imagine. It awakens our imaginations and encourages intellectual and emotional reflection. Most would argue that art is essential – that it is part of the very core of humanity.

Studying art at Alvernia also can benefit you academically and set you apart from other students as you learn to think critically and independently, to interpret great works, write with precision and express yourself in an effective manner. You’ll study art in Francis Hall, the historical landmark of the University and home to the Miller Gallery.

This ability to think, question, observe, learn and understand is a hallmark of the liberal arts education that Alvernia holds dear. You’ll expand your world view and your understanding of the human condition, traits that translate well to any job or career and can set you apart from other graduates.

WHY AU

Why should you minor in art at Alvernia University?
Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has a 14-1 student-faculty ratio, and most classes contain less than 20 students. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. Members of Alvernia’s Fine and Performing Arts department are professional artists, actors and musicians. In small class settings faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed.

Research Opportunities
There may be opportunities for art minors to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations. Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors.

Real World Learning
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities for experiences such as internships, co-ops, clinical experiences, field experiences, community service and campus events. Participating in these types of experiences help you stretch and grow toward your full potential. For more information on real-world learning, follow this link: http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning/.

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Art minors have benefitted from participation in a Study Abroad program in countries including Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, Argentina and Mexico. They’ve studied art in the great galleries and museums of Paris, Rome, Berlin and Buenos Aires.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad.

YOUR CAREER

Art is a versatile minor which, in conjunction with your major, can prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers. The knowledge and skills you’ll develop can help you to find employment in fields including education, communications, marketing and psychology. With proper planning, a minor in art will complement your major and make you a viable and competitive candidate for jobs.

Alvernia graduates who minor in art find jobs as counselors, researchers, teachers, business managers and journalists. Some work as graphic designers or for newspapers or magazines. Some have started their own businesses, while others choose to work in the public sector.

For more information about Alvernia’s art program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You must successfully complete 21 credits to earn a minor in art.

All art minors must complete:

ART 101 Drawing I
ART 103 Color and Design
ART 251 3-D Design
ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages – OR – ART 217 Renaissance to Present

Choose 3 courses from:

ART 106 Design and Crafts
ART 120 Ceramics I
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 208 Painting I
ART 209 Basic Photography
ART 212 Teaching Art
ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages – OR – ART 217 Renaissance to Present
ART 220 Ceramics II
ART 281 Graphic Design and Illustration
ART 307 Silkscreening
ART 308 Painting II
ART 309 Intermediate Photography
ART 340 Watercolor
ART 390 Sculpture

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2015-2016 Academic Course Catalogue at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/Catalog_2015-16/index.html.

Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment. All Alvernia students participate in service learning, a teaching and learning experience that enables students to get real-world learning while benefiting a community partner. As an art minor, you might be involved with a community partner that strives to promote public art, or bring art to children in city schools.

Alvernia students, including art minors, also are encouraged to spend a semester at The Washington Center, an organization that offers residential academic programs and internships in the nation’s capital.

If you participate in The Washington Center program, you can gain practical experience by working in a gallery or museum; a government agency; religious institution; or an agency devoted to art, business or economic issues. Or, you may have an opportunity to intern with a non-profit organization that addresses issues related to the arts and culture.

You can learn more about the Washington Center and opportunities available there at www.alvernia.edu/about/ethics-and-leadership/washington.html. Also, you can find out more about real world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

Research Opportunities
Research is a valuable aspect of any education. As an art minor, there may be opportunities for you to work with your academic advisor or a faculty member to identify and assist in a research project, or to benefit from knowledge gained through faculty research.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alverania’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors/index.html.

The Eight-Semester Plan
You can do it! It’s easy to stay on track to graduate in four years if you pay close attention to what classes you need and make sure to take them in a timely manner. Advisors are available to assist in planning academic programs, course selection and registration, but it’s your job to make sure that you meet all academic requirements and comply with University policies.

Start planning well in advance for an internship, study abroad or other off-campus experience, as you’ll need to assure that you will be able to complete all required coursework.

Study Opportunities beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that will change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

In addition to spending a semester at the Washington Center, you might want to consider a semester abroad. Depending on your major and academic schedule, you could consider spending a semester at a college or university outside of the United States that has a strong art program. Imagine studying art in the great galleries and museums of Rome, Venice, Prague, Paris or St. Petersburg. Studying abroad not only enriches your academic life, but promotes understanding of different cultures and encourages new personal skills and achievements.

Study Abroad Programs
Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Art minors have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium and Austria.

You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad or by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.


Year-by-Year Major Map

FRESHMAN YEAR

Think Globally

  • Explore opportunities for study abroad, alternative break trips, pilgrimage to Assisi, the Washington Center and service trips
  • Start at the Study Abroad Office or studyabroad@alvernia.edu

Take the Right Classes

  • Review general education, University, major and minor requirements
  • Be aware of which semester required courses are offered
  • Focus on getting good grades

Get Good Advice

  • Get to know art faculty and your advisor
  • Visit the Educational Planning Center on the first floor of Bernardine Hall

Real Life Learning

  • Explore opportunities for upcoming practicums
  • Utilize skills acquired in First Year Experience

Make the Right Connections

  • Identify peers that support your academic goals
  • Get involved by joining the Theatre Club or University Chorus. Check out the Student Government Association or join some of the many other student clubs and community organizations

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Develop a working resume
  • Assess strengths, weaknesses and interests
  • Begin the process of obtaining all required background checks and clearances


SOPHOMORE YEAR

Think Globally

  • Review opportunities for extended learning and, if interested, start planning with the Study Abroad Office

Take the Right Classes

  • Make sure you’ve reviewed which semester required courses are available
  • Focus on getting good grades

Get Good Advice

  • Talk to art faculty members and your advisor about your career interests and how to identify opportunities that may enhance your chances of finding a job in that area
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center

Real Life Learning

  • Look into the Alternative Break program
  • Shadow in jobs that relate to your specific interests
  • Look for part-time or summer jobs that relate to your interests
  • Get familiar with the Educational Planning Center’s Internship data base

Make the Right Connections

  • Volunteer for community service
  • Stay involved in clubs and organizations
  • Observe the roles of those in leadership positions
  • Form study groups

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Update working resume
  • Assess strengths, weaknesses and interests
  • Complete the process of obtaining all required background checks and clearances


JUNIOR YEAR

Think Globally

  • Participate in Study Abroad program
  • Participate in service trips or “May”mester

Take the Right Classes

  • Secure internship, if applicable
  • Focus on getting good grades and improving GPA
  • Work with advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate on time

Get Good Advice

  • Talk to faculty members about career or graduate school opportunities
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center
  • Get familiar with Vault.com, a career services library available on Educational Planning Center’s website

Real Life Learning

  • Look into the Alternative Break program
  • Shadow in jobs that related to your specific interest
  • Look for part-time or summer jobs that relate to your interests
  • Get familiar with the Educational Planning Center’s Internship data base

Make the Right Connections

  • Assume leadership roles on campus
  • Connect with alumni in your field

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Get feedback on your working resume from the Educational Planning Center
  • Get resume ready for practicum applications and job fairs
  • Work on getting recommendations
  • Attend Career Planning opportunities such as job fairs and practice interviews
  • Look for coaching opportunities


SENIOR YEAR

Think Globally

  • Look for service opportunities

Take the Right Classes

  • Make sure you are on track for any required research or writing projects

Get Good Advice

  • Work closely with advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate on time
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center
  • Talk to faculty members about career or graduate school opportunities
  • Ask for advice from professionals in your area of interest

Real Life Learning

  • Successfully complete your internship, if applicable
  • Participate in off-campus activities, such volunteering with an Alvernia community partner

Make the Right Connections

  • Continue in leadership roles on campus
  • Connect with alumni in your field
  • Attend campus events at which alumni are present
  • Meet professionals in the community who work in your area of interest

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Fine tune your resume
  • Search for jobs through Vault.com
  • Finalize recommendations
  • Attend Career Planning opportunities such as job fairs and practice interviews
  • Attend the Alvernia Job Fair
YOUR SERVICES

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.

Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers related to your major and/or minor. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing financialaid@alvernia.edu.

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the art program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at http://www.alvernia.edu/admissions/.

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s art program is staffed by dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with their students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various areas of the arts, and bring their professional expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

Members of Alvernia’s Fine and Performing Arts department are professional artists, actors and musicians. Some have written books and chapters of books, produced articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and presented nationally and internationally at conferences. They are engaged both on campus and in the community, sharing their gifts and expertise with area churches, schools and community organizations.

You can learn more about Alvernia art faculty and their impressive backgrounds and credentials at www.alvernia.edu/academics/arts-and-sciences/arts-and-languages/faculty/index.html.

GET INVOLVED

There is so much more to college than classes, and students at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy include:

  • Theatre Club and theatre productions. Francis Hall, with its theatre and recital hall, is home to Alvernia’s theatre program and provides a first-class venue for performances. The theatre allows for flexible performance space, including traditional and theatre-in-the-round stages. All theatre majors participate in campus productions, which are open to the community. Alvernia students have in the past participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Alvernia University Chorus. Students who are musical enjoy performing in the Alvernia chorus, either for credit or as a non-credit activity.

  • The Zephrus is Alvernia’s literary magazine. Published each spring, it contains original poetry, fiction, essays, photography and artwork by Alvernia students.

  • You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/activities.

  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students with opportunities to serve. You might work with an agency that brings public art to the City of Reading or sponsors murals on public structures. You could be paired with the Berks Arts Council or volunteer with a community arts center. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at http://alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center.





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