College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
    Aug 11, 2022  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Art and Art History


ACADEMIC PROGRAM INFORMATION


 

Art and Art History


For detailed information about the Art and Art History programs, please visit their individual program websites:

 

Art: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art

Art History: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-history

ART


Art Program Faculty & Staff

Faculty
RANDALL L. EXON, Professor of Art
TOPHER GENT, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
LOGAN GRIDER, Associate Professor of Art, Chair of Art
JODY JOYNER, Assistant Professor of Art
RON TARVER, Associate Professor of Art1
DAVE WALSH, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
JOHN WOODIN, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

1On leave Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Staff
STACY BOMENTO, Visual Resources Curator
CAREN BRENMAN, Administrative Coordinator
DOUG HERREN, Studio Technician
ANDREA PACKARD, List Gallery Director
TESS WEI, List Gallery Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator

ART PROGRAM


Art Academic Program
 

For more information about the Art program visit: https://www.swarthmore.edu/art

Major, Honors, and Honors Minor in Art for the Class of 2023

Requirement for Admission to the Art Major

  • Completion of at least one course in art history and two courses in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

Requirements for Completion of the Major

All art majors are required to take 10 courses (seven credits of art and three credits of art history) to fulfill major requirements. Five art credits in a chosen medium will form an art concentration. In addition to the five studio credits in one concentration (architectural studies, painting, ceramics, photography, or sculpture), which includes the Independent Thesis Project, students must also complete two additional studio courses outside their area of concentration. Of the three credits of art history, two must be survey courses and the third must be an upper-level art history course. Here are how the credits are divided:

  • Five courses in one art concentration (including Independent Thesis Project)
  • Two elective art courses
  • Two art history survey courses
  • One upper-level art history course

Further information on the requirements:

  • Four credits in an art concentration must be completed before entry into an Independent Thesis Project.  

  • Up to two credits abroad can count toward the major.
  • Art majors are required to mount a selection of their thesis work in a group exhibition in the List Gallery. The group exhibitions will be curated in collaboration with studio faculty and the List Gallery director. The exhibitions are scheduled during the end of spring semester each year. 
  • Honors art majors are required to mount a solo exhibition in the List Gallery, and in addition to giving an artist’s talk, all honors art majors must complete a 3,750- to 5,000-word artist essay, framing their work, influence, and process for readers.
  • There is no course minor in art, only an honors minor.
  • CR/NC designations cannot be accepted for courses inside the major (with two exceptions: first-semester CR/NC policy and Spring 2020 CR/NC courses)

Art Majors and the 20-Course Rule

It is a College requirement that 20 of the 32 credits required for graduation must be outside the major. This means that students can take no more than 12 courses in the major unless they graduate with more than 32 credits, in which case the surplus can also be in the major. For art majors, the required three credits in art history count within the major, but additional credits in art history count outside the major. 

Off-Campus Study

The Art Department strongly encourages those with an interest in art and its history to consider incorporating study abroad - either during a summer or a regular academic term - into their Swarthmore program. Important examples of art and architecture are scattered throughout the world, and the encounter with works still embedded in their original context is vital to an understanding of their historical and contemporary significance. Past experience has shown, however, that art courses in most foreign study programs fall considerably below the academic standards of comparable courses at Swarthmore. Students who are interested in bettering their chances of gaining a full Swarthmore credit for a course taken in a foreign program are advised to meet with their advisor and the chair of the Art Department before leaving the campus. Up to two credits abroad can count toward the major. Please note: To receive transfer credits in art history, you must have taken at least one art history course at Swarthmore (normally before going abroad). 

Academic Program Requirements for the Honors Art Major and Minor for the Class of 2023

Requirements for admission to honors do not differ from those for admission to the course major. Students will be expected to maintain an average of B or better in all courses in art. The honors art major is an 11-credit major with the additional credit (to the course major) added from the required two-credit art history seminar. ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HONORS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE DEPARTMENT. 

MAJOR

·      An honors major in art will present two preparations in art and one preparation in art history. The preparation in art history must be a two-credit seminar.

·      Each of the two art preparations will consist of two paired art courses. The examiner of each preparation will receive the syllabus for both courses and images representing the body of work produced in them, and will examine the student in an individual oral of 30 minutes.

·      Each pair of art courses can consist of an intermediate and an advanced course in a specific medium, OR two courses with a different approach to the same medium, OR two related courses. 

·      Art courses taken at an institution outside Swarthmore cannot count toward an honors studio preparation.

·      Only courses taught by regularly teaching faculty in art can be applied toward a preparation. Courses taught by regularly returning adjuncts might be applied pending department approval.

·      Honors preparations approved in the sophomore year must be adhered to. Any later changes to your program must be approved by the department.

·      The prerequisite for any art history seminar is two previous credits in art history.

·      Honors candidates in art must fulfill the course major requirements.

·      Honors study in art consists of a culminating exhibition of the student’s studio work, with an accompanying artist essay of 3,750 to 5,000 words. Some of this work may figure in the selections of work presented for one or both of the course pairs described above, but the rationale for inclusion in the exhibition will differ. The artist essay will be sent to both examiners of studio preparations. A revision of a paper written previously for the art history preparation will be sent to the art history examiner.

MINOR

  • An honors minor in art will present to the honors examiners one studio preparation, which must be a combination of the Independent Thesis Project and another related course.
  • An honors minor in art must fulfill the requirements for the course major in art.
  • During the spring semester of senior year, an honors minor will write a 2,500-word artist essay to be sent to the examiner, along with the relevant syllabi and slides for the two-credit preparation.

Major, Honors, and Honors Minor in Art for the Class of 2024 and beyond

Requirement for Admission to the Art Major

  • Completion of at least two courses in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

Requirements for Completion of the Major

All art majors are required to take 10 courses (nine credits of art courses and one credit of art history) to fulfill major requirements. Five art credits in a chosen medium will form an art concentration. Of these five courses, one will be the Independent Thesis Project. The areas of concentration are painting, 3D design, ceramics, photography, and sculpture. In addition, art majors will be required to take the two-credit course ARTT 101: Contemporary Art Practice Seminar. Additionally, students must complete two elective studio courses outside their area of concentration. The one required art history credit should relate to the chosen area of concentration in the art major. Students are encouraged to take more art history courses in their time at Swarthmore. These courses would count outside the art major.

Art Major Credits:

  • Five courses in one art concentration (including Independent Thesis Project)
  • Two elective art courses
  • One art history course related to the area of concentration
  • ARTT 101: Contemporary Art Practice (double-credit seminar, offered beginning Fall 2023)

FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • Four credits in an art concentration must be completed before entry into an Independent Thesis Project.  
  • ARTT 101: Contemporary Art Practice must be completed before entry into an Independent Thesis Project.
  • As part of ARTT 101, art majors will write a significant research paper on a topic related to their own interests and work.
  • Up to two credits abroad can count toward the major.
  • Art majors are required to mount a selection of their thesis work in a group exhibition in the List Gallery. The exhibitions will be curated in collaboration with art faculty and the List Gallery director. The exhibitions are scheduled during the end of spring semester each year.
  • Honors art majors are required to mount a solo exhibition in the List Gallery, and in addition to giving an artist’s talk, all honors art majors must complete a 3,750- to 5,000-word artist essay, framing their work, influence, and process for readers.
  • There is no course minor in art, only an honors minor.
  • CR/NC designations cannot be accepted for courses inside the major

Art Majors and the 20-Course Rule

It is a College requirement that 20 of the 32 credits required for graduation must be outside the major. This means that students can take no more than 12 courses in the major unless they graduate with more than 32 credits, in which case the surplus can also be in the major. For art majors, the required one credit in art history counts within the major, but additional credits in art history count outside the major. 

Off-Campus Study

The Art Department strongly encourages those with an interest in art and its history to consider incorporating study abroad - either during a summer or a regular academic term - into their Swarthmore program. Important examples of art and architecture are scattered throughout the world, and the encounter with works still embedded in their original context is vital to an understanding of their historical and contemporary significance. Students who are interested in bettering their chances of gaining a full Swarthmore credit for a course taken in a foreign program are advised to meet with their advisor and the chair of the Art Department before leaving the campus. Up to two credits abroad can count toward the major. 

Academic Program Requirements for the Honors Art Major and Minor for the Class of 2024 and beyond

Requirements for admission to honors do not differ from those for admission to the course major. Students will be expected to maintain an average of B or better in all courses in art. The honors art major and minor both require 10 credits to fulfill. ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HONORS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE ART PROGRAM. 

MAJOR

·      An honors major in art will present two preparations in art and one preparation in art history. The preparation in art history must be a two-credit seminar.

·      Each of the two art preparations will consist of two paired art courses. The examiner of each preparation will receive the syllabus for both courses and images representing the body of work produced in them, and will examine the student in an individual oral of 30 minutes.

·      Each pair of art courses can consist of an intermediate and an advanced course in a specific medium, OR two courses with a different approach to the same medium, OR two related courses. 

·      Art courses taken at an institution outside Swarthmore cannot count toward an honors studio preparation.

·      Only courses taught by regularly teaching faculty in art can be applied toward a preparation. Courses taught by regularly returning adjuncts might be applied pending department approval.

·      Honors preparations approved in the sophomore year must be adhered to. Any later changes to your program must be approved by the department.

·      The prerequisite for any art history seminar is two previous credits in art history.

·      Honors candidates in art must fulfill the course major requirements.

·      Honors study in art consists of a culminating exhibition of the student’s studio work, with an accompanying artist essay of 3,750 to 5,000 words. Some of this work may figure in the selections of work presented for one or both of the course pairs described above, but the rationale for inclusion in the exhibition will differ. The artist essay will be sent to both examiners of studio preparations. A revision of a paper written previously for the art history preparation will be sent to the art history examiner.

MINOR

  • An honors minor in art will present to the honors examiners one studio preparation, which must be a combination of the Independent Thesis Project and another related course.
  • An honors minor in art must fulfill the requirements for the course major in art.
  • During the spring semester of senior year, an honors minor will write a 2,500-word artist essay to be sent to the examiner, along with the relevant syllabi and slides for the two-credit preparation.

Architectural Studies Special Major in Art

Students who hope to pursue architectural studies as a special major with a particular interest in the studio practice of architecture and design in the built environment are encouraged to make art their primary program. An architectural studies special major in art is an 11-credit major. While students will craft their program of study in consultation with their advisor, an architectural studies special major in art includes a total of seven credits in art (from art courses in architectural studies, sculpture, 3D design, or architectural drawing in addition to the Independent Thesis Project), at least two credits in relevant architectural history courses, and at least two credits in additional departments that meet the student’s particular interests in the built environment (these could include math, physics, sociology & anthropology, environmental studies, philosophy, Black studies, theater, and engineering, among many possibilities). During senior year, art majors, including all architectural studies special majors in art, are granted individual studios in Whittier Hall to complete work for their Independent Thesis Project. The capstone experience culminates with an exhibition in the List Gallery. An architectural studies special major in art prepares students well for graduate school in architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, urban planning, historic preservation, and architectural history and theory, as well as many jobs in those fields open to students with nonprofessional bachelor’s degrees.

 

 

ART HISTORY


Art History Program Faculty & Staff

Faculty

PALOMA CHECA-GISMERO, Assistant Professor of Art History1
BRIAN D. GOLDSTEIN, Associate Professor of Art History
CHRISTOPHER GREEN, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
TIFFANY LEE, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
PATRICIA L. REILLY, Associate Professor of Art, Chair of Art History
TOMOKO SAKOMURA, Professor of Art History and Dean of Students

1On leave Fall 2022-Spring 2023

 

Staff

STACY BOMENTO, Visual Resources Curator
CAREN BRENMAN, Administrative Coordinator
ANDREA PACKARD, List Gallery Director
TESS WEI, List Gallery Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator
 

 


ART HISTORY PROGRAM


Art History Academic Program

 

For more information about the Art History program visit: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-history

Requirements for Admission to the Major

  • Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application.
  • Completion of at least two courses in art history at Swarthmore with grades of B or better. For a double major, the grade minimum is also B.

 

Requirements for Completion of the Major

The specific requirements for the classes of 2022 and 2023 (and after) vary. Please see descriptions of course and senior comprehensive requirements below.

 

Art History majors, course and honors, graduating in 2022 are required to take the following courses and fulfill the comprehensive requirement:

  • ARTH002: The Western Tradition (students are encouraged to take this early in their major program)

  • One course or seminar on art in the Western tradition, post-1800
  • One course or seminar on art outside the Western tradition

  • ARTH100: Senior Capstone (to be offered in spring 2022)

  • One credit in studio art


Among the nine credits required for the major (which include credits from the required courses listed above), two must be in the form of a 2-credit seminar.

Art History Majors, Course and Honors, graduating in 2023 and after are required to take the following courses and fulfill the comprehensive requirement:

  • One introductory survey course (of student’s choosing) 
  • One studio art course
  • One 2-credit honors seminar (seminar must be taken before senior capstone, preferably in junior year)
  • ARTH100: Senior Capstone (offered each spring; the research paper from this course meets the senior comprehensive requirement)

  • Four additional credits of student’s choosing

Among the nine credits required for the major, students must take courses with at least three different art history faculty members during their time at Swarthmore. (Senior Capstone does not count toward that requirement.) A maximum of two introductory survey courses will count toward the major. The art history chair maintains a list of current introductory courses.

 

The Senior Comprehensive Requirement 

During senior year, course majors will complete a comprehensive project as part of the Senior Capstone (ARTH100). Honors majors may also satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement through a two-credit thesis (ARTH097). Two-credit thesis writers are not required to take the Senior Capstone.

 

CR/NC

Except in semesters when CR/NC is required (such as a student’s first semester or the spring 2020 semester), students may not take courses toward major requirements as CR/NC.

 

Transfer Credits from Other Institutions and Foreign Study

A maximum of two transfer credits will count toward the major, either from study abroad or other U.S. institutions. Students transferring into Swarthmore from another institution should consult with the Art History Chair regarding their specific situation.

 

Overlapping Credits

A maximum of two credits may double count for both the ARTH major and a student’s second major. For major and minor credit overlap, the standard overlap rule applies. Because departmental policies vary, please consult with your non-ARTH advisor for questions about counting overlapping credits in your second major.

 

AP Credit

Credit for an AP5 will be given upon completion of an art history course in the department. For majors in the Class of 2022, this credit will cover the requirement for ARTH 002. For majors in the Class of 2023 and after, this credit can count only for one of the four elective credits (and not for the required introductory survey course).

 

Art History Minor

The course minor in art history will consist of five credits in art history: Four of the five credits must be taken at Swarthmore. Art history minors graduating in 2024 and after must take courses with at least two different art history faculty members during their time at Swarthmore. Art majors can complete an art history minor with the completion of four art history credits in addition to those required by their studio art major. Courses toward the minor may not be taken CR/NC (excepting those taken in semesters when CR/NC is required, such as a student’s first semester).

 

Art Department Majors and the 20-Course Rule

It is a College requirement that 20 of the 32 credits required for graduation must be outside the major. This means that students can take no more than 12 courses in the major unless they graduate with more than 32 credits, in which case the surplus can also be in the major.  

For art history majors, the one required credit of studio art coursework counts as within the major, but additional credits of studio art count as outside. Thus, an art history major graduating with 32 credits could take no more than three additional art history credits beyond the eight art history credits that are required for the major. But an art history major could take as many more studio credits as desired.

 

Off-Campus Study

The Art History Department strongly encourages those with an interest in art and its history to consider incorporating study abroad into their Swarthmore program either during a summer or a regular academic term. Important examples of art and architecture are found throughout the world, and the encounter with works still embedded in their original context is vital to an understanding of their historical and contemporary significance. Past experience has shown, however, that art courses in most study abroad programs fall considerably below the academic standards of comparable courses at Swarthmore. Students who are interested in bettering their chances of gaining a full Swarthmore credit for a course taken abroad are strongly advised to meet with the art history chair or the studio art chair before leaving the campus to review course syllabi and determine course credit value. Please note: To receive transfer credits in art history, you must have taken at least one art history course at Swarthmore (normally before going abroad).

 

Honors in Art History

Requirements for admission to honors do not differ from those for admission to the course major. Once admitted to the honors major, students will be expected to maintain an average of B+ or better in all courses in art history.

 

Honors Major

An honors major in art history requires three two-credit ARTH preparations. The normal prerequisite for any art history seminar is two credits of previous art history coursework. Each honors seminar or alternative honors preparation will be evaluated by an outside examiner. (For details on honors preparations and exam formats, see the Honors Handbook.) 

An honors major in art history must also fulfill the requirements for a nine-credit course major. Honors majors may find that they must take more than nine credits to complete all requirements, so they are reminded to be attentive to the rule that students must take 20 credits outside their major to graduate.

 

Honors Minor

An honors minor in art history consists of one two-credit preparation and completion of at least two other courses in Art History. Three of the four credits must be taken at Swarthmore.

 

Architectural Studies Special Major in Art History

Students who hope to pursue architectural studies as a special major with a particular interest in history and theory of the built environment are encouraged to make art history their primary program. While students will craft their program of study in consultation with their advisor and other program faculty, a typical plan would include at least six credits across a range of art history courses with a focus in architectural history (while meeting the program’s requirements for an introductory course, an honors seminar, and courses with three faculty); at least two credits in relevant studio art courses, especially those emphasizing architecture and three-dimensional design; and at least two credits in an additional department that meets the student’s particular interests in the built environment (these could include sociology & anthropology, environmental studies, philosophy, Black studies, theater, and engineering, among many possibilities). In addition to the above, the student would also complete the senior comprehensive exercise in art history (ARTH 100: Senior Capstone). Architectural Studies prepares students well for graduate school in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, and architectural history and theory, as well as many jobs in those fields open to students with nonprofessional bachelor’s degrees.

 

Art History Goals for Student Learning


1. Students will broaden their perspectives and ways of thinking through the study of a variety of works of art and architecture produced in different cultures and at different times.

 

2. Through carefully looking at works of art and architecture students will learn to dedicate the patient, sustained effort necessary to come to an understanding of an object on its own terms.

 

3. Through the study of works of art and architecture students will learn to move beyond subjective response to develop an informed understanding of something outside their knowledge and experience.

 

4. Through visual analysis students will be able to comprehend and articulate the logic of the formal, spatial, material, and technical elements of a work of art or architecture.

 

5. Through contextual analysis students will know how to develop an interpretative project by:

 

●      Critically assessing the art historical literature

●      Identifying the subject of the work of art and exploring its meanings

●      Situating the work in its context of production and reception

 

6. Students will be able to place works of art and architecture within the history of art.

 

 

 

Art History Courses


This is a course sampling and not a comprehensive list of courses offered per semester. For the most up-to-date course schedule, please visit the Art History or the Registrar websites.

Art History Seminars


This is a course sampling and not a comprehensive list of courses offered per semester. For the most up-to-date course schedule, please visit the Art History or the Registrar websites.

Unless otherwise noted, the prerequisite for all seminars is two courses in art history.

Art History Introductory Survey Courses


This is list of all Art History introductory survey courses. To find out what introductory survey courses are offered per semester, please visit the Art History or the Registrar websites.

A maximum of two introductory survey courses will count toward the major.