Q: I am interested in architecture. Can I study that at Agnes Scott College?

A: Yes. We have numerous former and current students interested in architecture. They major(ed) in a variety of relevant disciplines, including studio art, art history, and mathematics. A liberal arts education provides a strong preparation for a career in architecture. As the faculty advisor to the students interested in architecture, I encourage them to engage a variety of relevant studies: mathematics, physics, history, art history, and studio art, and to focus projects in individual courses toward their interests, practical and/or theoretical, in the built environment. Our recent graduates have been accepted to competitive programs in architecture and architectural history. If you’d like to receive more information or discuss your individual interests, please do not hesitate to email me at kasmith@agnesscott.edu.

Q: Do I have to take Art 160—the beginning studio courseeven if I’ve had AP art in college?

A: Taking studio classes on the college level is a different way of thinking and practicing than on the high school level. All of the ART 160 Visual Thinking projects are designed in a way that students of any skill and experience base can benefit and grow from working on them. Art 160 ensures that you are prepared for the thinking required in the upper level courses should you decide to take them. It also assures us that you have completed the conceptual work and practical skills necessary to have satisfied the creative art distributional requirement for the curriculum. Visual Thinking is the sole course required as a prerequisite for all of our 200 level studio courses. Successful studio courses depend on a common solid core understanding of the elements and principles of design.  The Art 160 course in Visual Thinking at Agnes Scott College is the seedbed for creating a strong art community that will sustain you throughout your college career and beyond.

Q: Can I major in graphic design?

A: We offer a studio art major, within which you can explore the media of your choice without restriction. Because we emphasize problem-based design, a student in upper level courses is free to concentrate on the media that best suits her. We offer classes in digital imaging taught in the art department’s Macintosh computer lab, with projects that use Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop (currently we are running Creative Suite 5), and we also complete work in Final Cut Xpress. Visit the class blog which links to individual projects for a better understanding of the course.

Because we are a small department, we are able to do “real world” projects for the school, which means that students can get printed work in their portfolio as an undergraduate student. Students who are specifically interested in graphic design may work on independent study projects to create posters, brochures and even books. For the past five years, students have worked to create the Writers Festival Magazine. Visit the blog where students Olivia White Lopez and Shannon Yarbrough show the creative process in producing the 2010 WF Magazine.  Here’s the blog where they tracked their process: http://agnesscottwritersfestival.tumblr.com.

Visit the web sites of graduates who have made a career of graphic design:

Emily Hauck     Ashley French     Jill Carson    Alex Marr

Q: What do art history majors do after graduation?

A: Our students continue to be hired by institutions such as the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center of Photography and to be accepted to competitive graduate programs in art and architectural history, museum studies, architecture, art conservation, and related fields at schools like the Courtauld Institute of Art, Georgia State University, Hunter College, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Warwick, Washington University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others, many with funding.

Q: What internship opportunities does your department provide?

A: When students are interested in pursuing internships, we start with a focused dialogue about interests and expectations, and based on these, and with the advantage of the vibrant arts community in Atlanta and beyond, we make every effort to match her with the best position.

During the academic year, for instance, students have interned at MoCA GA, Whitespace gallery, Seen Gallery, and with a local conservator. Students interested in art education have worked with The Color Wheel, a specialized after care program fousing on the arts and located across the street. During the summer and after graduation, students have garnered prestigious internship positions at institutions like the High Museum of ArtThe Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at The Brooklyn Museum.

For current internship opportunities click here.

Q: Why do I have to take art history courses if I am a studio major?

A: We  firmly believe that learning the historical and contemporary theory and practice of art is essential for creating a graduate with an understanding of the strength of her individual artistic voice within the context of her culture.

For current internship opportunities click here.

Q: Can I study ceramics?

A: We  don’t offer ceramics as a course, although we sometimes employ plastic media in our foundations and three dimensional thinking courses. Mudfire studios in nearby Avondale, a ceramics cooperative offers full clay throwing, building and firing facilities. Read a post about senior Ellie Presser’s experience at Mudfire. Students also have the opportunity to cross register with area schools to take advantage of a broad range of ceramics courses.

Q: I love photography! How can I study it at Agnes?

We do not have stand alone photography classes, however, we use photography as a resource and ifor nspiration in almost all of our studio courses. We are working toward integrating digital images fluidly among disciplines and we take advantage of the many ways the camera (and cell phone) augment sketchbooks, and aid in the design process. For the avid traditional photographer there is a darkroom facility in the student center that is maintained by camera obscura, the campus photography club. (This club waxes and wanes depending on student interest. It is not maintained or organized by the art department). The art department periodically offers workshops in photography, and we have a community photographer liaison. Other students have taken darkroom photography through the ARCHE program