Douglas R. Giebel, M.F.A., Chair
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 concentrations in Graphic Design and Time-Based Media.
The Department of Visual Arts offers the following degrees:
Studio Art, B.A.
Studio Art, B.S.
Students majoring in Studio Art 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 Studio Art B.S. major requires students to complete a more in-depth concentration of 21 hours in one discipline.
The art curriculum at Roberts Wesleyan College is designed to expand students’ breadth of experience and understanding in the visual arts. Roberts Wesleyan College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
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 (https://www.roberts.edu/home/academics/academic-schools/department-of-visual-arts.aspx).
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.