Minor inCommunity Arts

Minoring in Community Arts involves the study of visual and performance art fields as well as sociology/social justice concepts. Whether you specialize in drawing, painting, theatre, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art, illustration or printmaking, you’ll learn how to use the arts to foster community development as you take 24 credit hours (including an internship with a non-profit arts organization) toward a Community Arts minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Community Arts Curriculum Overview

Learn how to use the arts to foster community development as you take 24 credit hours (including an internship with a non-profit arts organization) toward a Community Arts minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisites from General Education:
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

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Required: 15 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 111 Drawing I 3
ART - 300 Community Arts 4
ART - 498 Arts Internship 1

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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This course is designed to introduce students to the variety of forms community arts programs have taken and are taking across the country. Facets of community arts programs such as legal aspects, funding issues, cooperation and collaboration, as well as aesthetic issues will be explored. Many fine and performing arts genre will be addressed and specific programs will be referenced and researched. Guest presenters from the Twin Cities will play a large part in this course.

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This opportunity is specifically required for Community Arts majors or minors as well as Design Majors. It establishes advanced field study in the discipline in a setting outside the campus context. The internship will be arranged by the student in consultation with the advisor and assessment will be through contractual arrangement with the guiding mentor. (Community Arts majors are encouraged to do this through HECUA.) (Prerequisite: ART301)

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Electives: 9 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 102 2D Design 3
ART - 103 3D Design 3
ART - 221 Painting I 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 251 Sculpture I 3
ART - 261 Ceramics I 3
ART - 202 Digital Art I 3
ART - 332 Screen Printmaking 3

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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This course is designed to introduce students with fundamental concepts in oil and/or acrylic painting. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting will be addressed. Non-art majors can also succeed in this course.

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This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

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This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary sculpture. Both additive and reductive sculpture will be explored as students are introduced to both traditional and non-traditional sculpture media. Students will also investigate the relationship of drawing to the sculptural process. Although some 19th and 20th C. sculpture history will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART101, ART103 or consent of instructor)

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This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary ceramic art. Students will see and also investigate sculptural and vessel forms in clay, along with the relationship of drawing to the creative process. Although significant clay art history and technology will be taught, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

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This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

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This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of silkscreen printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of silkscreen prints. Techniques covered will include cut, painted and photographic stencils. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART111)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Career Potential

  • Art Director
  • Art Professor
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Liturgical Artist
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist

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