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Division of Visual Arts

Scot E. Bennett, Chair

The Division of Visual Arts presents art courses for those with specific interest in this creative discipline and promotes an atmosphere of greater appreciation of the arts within the  College community.  The Division of Visual Arts seeks to engage students within an artistic community that is dedicated to nurturing artists and Christians of consequence.

Students who major in Art focus on practical education and hands-on experience: Art Education majors gain theory and teaching experience; Studio Art majors are engaged with creating and exhibiting works of art. There are many service opportunities which provide practical experience for Graphic Design and Time-Based Media students.

The Division of Visual Arts offers the following degrees:

  • Fine Arts with an Art Emphasis, B.A.
  • Studio Art, B.A.
  • Studio Art, B.S.
  • Studio Art-Graphic Design Concentration, B.S.
  • Time-Based Media, B.S.
  • Visual Art Education, B.S.

Students majoring in Studio Art may focus their studies by selecting a minimum of 9 hours in a specific studio discipline, such as painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.  The Graphic Design concentration is a 21-hour specifically designed course of study, while Time-Based Media and Visual Art Education are discipline-specific degrees.

The art programs at Roberts Wesleyan College are 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 programs prepare 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 Division of Religion and Humanities.)


While preparing a portfolio is not a requirement for admission to RWC, it is, however, a Division 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 of the achievement level, experience, and aptitude for success of all our students.  Specific requirements for the portfolio can be obtained by calling the Division of Visual Arts at 585.594.6210 or by visiting our Divisional 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 studio course.
  • All studio courses require a non-refundable studio fee.
  • All students should check prerequisites for individual courses.

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