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Kalamazoo College

Art and Art History

Courses in the art and art history department cultivate skills in the visual arts as well as an understanding of them as part of the liberal arts. Many art courses have no prerequisites and are open to all students. They also provide a background for those students who plan to continue their study of art at a graduate or professional school. To supplement classroom and studio experiences, Career and Professional Development and senior projects can provide internships and other opportunities for experiential learning such as arts management, commercial arts, museums, galleries, and the lives of professional artists. The art department also enjoys a strong partnership with the Center of Civic Engagement, offering a number of service-learning courses and collaborating on the Partners in Art program.

Two programs are available for those who major in a visual arts field: a major in Studio Art and a major in Art History.

A Senior Individualized Project in art for a non-major is possible only if the student has taken the relevant courses in the department (usually at least two courses in the area of the SIP; additional art courses are advisable).

Information for students planning on majoring in art (sophomores/rising juniors) can be found here.

Notes on being an art major (aimed at rising seniors) can be found here.