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2018-19 Undergraduate Academic Catalog | School of Arts and Humanities

Visual Arts

Scott B. Caton, Ph.D., Interim Chair of the Art Department, and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities

The Department of Visual Arts presents art courses for those with specific interest in this creative discipline.  The Department of Visual Arts engages students in a style of relationship-based teaching within an artistic community that is dedicated to nurturing artists and Christians of consequence. This promotes an atmosphere of cooperative learning and greater appreciation of the arts within the College community.

Studio Art majors are engaged with creating and exhibiting works of art. Service opportunities provide practical experience and real world opportunities for students who select a concentration in Graphic Design.

The Department of Visual Arts offers the following degrees:

  • Art Studio, B.A.
  • Art Studio, B.S.
  • Digital Media Art, B.S.

Students majoring in Art Studio  B.A. may focus their studies by selecting a minimum of 9 hours in a specific studio discipline, such as painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.  The Art Studio B.S. major requires students to complete a more in-depth concentration of 21 hours in one discipline. These majors are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Students majoring in Digital Media Art, B.S. will complete an interdisciplinary study that will focus their studies in Digital Media and they will complete an eighteen semester hour concentration in Communication.

The art curriculum prepares students for a variety of pursuits, including teaching, work in commercial and professional disciplines, and graduate study. Art internships with local businesses provide students with on-the-job experience. Internships are arranged according to individual career objectives. Communication majors may select a concentration in Graphic Design. (See Communication major listed under the Department of Communication.)


While preparing a portfolio is not a requirement for admission to RWC, it is, however, a Department of Visual Arts and scholarship requirement for all incoming art students.  The Art faculty regard the Portfolio Review as a critical opportunity to get to know our incoming students.  Our intent is that the faculty be informed as to the achievement level, experience, and aptitude for success of all our students.  Specific requirements for the portfolio can be obtained by calling the Department of Visual Arts at 585.594.6120 or by visiting our Departmental web page on the RWC website (

Special Notes

  • While non-art majors may take any 100- or 200-level course without prior studio experience, it is recommended that ART 102 and ART 103 or 104 be completed as a foundation prior to enrolling in other studio electives, and Art 105 for any digital or electronic intense course.
  • All Art majors must complete the Foundations sequence (ART 102, 103, 104, 105) before enrolling in any other studio course.
  • All studio courses require a non-refundable studio fee.
  • All students should check prerequisites for individual courses.