Department of Art, Music and Language Education
In the Department of Art, Music, and Language Education students gain advanced theoretical, performance, and production competencies for careers as educators and practitioners in the fine arts, music and foreign languages, and for further study for graduate degrees. Successful students will graduate with a baccalaureate degree in one of the department’s three fields of focus and the certification to teach (P-12) in that field. Many successful graduates will go on to teach, while others will become accomplished in the music industry, arts administration, media production, design, international relations, business, and as performers and creatives. The professional applications of what you will learn in our department are almost endless!
The interdisciplinary AM&LE Department offers a broad liberal arts degree program, combining general education with studies in pedagogy and the practice of art, music and strategically important foreign languages. In order to earn the degree and teaching certification, students majoring in this department will fulfill the College’s general education requirements, the School of Education’s requirements, and major requirements, including a capstone thesis and exhibition or recital. Also, the Alabama State Department of Education requires students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 to qualify for teacher certification.
Our mission is to: Empower students to forge genuine, joyful, and purposeful lives in a diverse and changing world through creative and original self-expression; assist students to discover their voice, refine their talents, and make bold, courageous choices; and prepare students to contribute to local and global society with their heads and their hearts. Join us!
We will strive to create a nurturing and encouraging environment for students of all disciplines to hone their creative talents and appreciation for the arts. Our diverse and talented faculty are active within their individual fields of endeavor and will design studio and small-group lecture environments to provide the best possible education in visual arts at the undergraduate level.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with certification in Art Education affords students an intensive and extensive introduction into the field. Stillman’s art faculty encourages students to explore and express their personal ideas and artistic skills through a variety of art mediums. Majors are given fundamental instruction in studio foundations and may choose a concentration in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, sculpture, or printmaking. The candidate for the BA degree in Visual Arts will present a Senior Exhibition, an installation of a cumulative body of their work in a professional manner in the College art gallery.
The Art Education certification, conferred on successful completion of STEP (the Stillman Teacher Education Program) will prepare degree candidates to teach P-12 learners in the public school system. Students will train in pedagogical theory and methods and enjoy an immersive field experience, as they work side-by-side with cooperating teachers in P-12 settings.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Art major, students will be able to:
1. Display a working knowledge of art history and art criticism (Critical Thinking).
2. Display an appropriate level of competency in various art mediums (Critical Thinking).
3. Display knowledge and command of design principles and concepts (Content).
4. Display skills in seeing and observation (Critical Thinking).
5. Express visual concepts and ideas in a creative manner (Communication).
6. Install their work in a professional presentation in the College Art Gallery (Content & Critical Thinking).
As a result of successful completion of the Art Program, graduates will:
- Be prepared for graduate school.
- Be prepared to pursue other careers in art.
- Be prepared to effectively express themselves using artistic skills in various art mediums.
Included below is a sample semester-by-semester plan of a major in Art.
Major in Art
Required courses for the major in Art
The major in Art consists of 36 hours: 15 hours of required courses and 21 hours of Art elective courses.
Minor in Art
Required courses for the minor in Art
The minor in Art consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours. The following courses are required for the minor: