Art Minors

Art History Minor

 Students from a variety of academic backgrounds can expand their speaking, writing and critical thinking skills by questioning how arts of the past illuminate contemporary ideas. Through interactive discourse students investigate historical convention or controversy, ethical dimensions and the spirit of invention and expression across cultures.

 Students will engage with a variety of art historical topics from ancient art to contemporary art. They will develop an understanding of materials, concepts, cultures and types of criticism that are relevant to the production, display and audience reception of art across time and culture. Through integrated research and hands-on making of art, students connect sensory perceptions and technical innovations of the past to current artistic expression.

 Students will enjoy a variety of experiences in the classroom including electronic venues, visits to local galleries and museums or international travel. Students will develop a personal aesthetic viewpoint and formulate valuing positions about artworks that arise from social circumstances in diverse global communities, arts organizations and media culture.

 Students with a minor in art history bring expanded visual literacy, cultural awareness and research and writing skills to their careers. Critical thinking, creativity and experiential learning provide them with multiple perspectives on global aesthetics and visual communication of human meaning.

Required Courses - 9 credits

AHS 210 – Ancient to Byzantine Art- 2 cr.
AHS 252- Medieval to Modern Art   - 4 cr.
AHS 409 – Modern and Contemporary Art – 3 cr,


Electives – choose 7-8 credits

AHS 144/244- Art in the Museum – 1 cr. may be repeated at different museums
AHS 250 - Asian Art - 4 cr.
AHS 251 - Pages Through Time: Art of the Book – 4 cr.
AHS 311 - Art Topics – 2 cr. (topics rotate, women artists, digital art and more)
A 384/484 - Gallery Management and Social Media – 1 cr.
CA 250 - Kick Start Creativity – 4 cr.
CA 300 - Creativity and Careers – 4 cr.
EN 252 - Fiction into Film- 4 cr.
INS 300 – International Studies Course – 3 cr.
MDIA 401 - New Media – 3 cr.

Required Assessment (final semester): AHS 494 -Portfolio Assessment – 0 cr.

Total = 16-17 credits

Get in Touch.

For more information about studying Art History at Alverno contact:
Dara Larson
Art History Program Director

Media Design Minor

 This practical minor offers you the opportunity to hone your artistic and digital skills to meet the communication needs of contemporary careers. Whether you major in business, psychology, science or any other field, you will need to convey information to your clients, colleagues or the public. Learning the fundamentals of visual and communication design will prepare you to contribute to the success of communication strategies and media campaigns.   Tech-savvy women with an artistic side are drawn to this minor that features digital media design.

Media Design Courses

FA 112 – Introduction to Digital Art (or other FA 110 Series) (4)
A 134 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
A/MDIA 262 Design and Illustration (3)
A /MDIA 359 Digital Art and Media (3) or Choice of COMM production lab (3)
MDIA 381 – Content Development (3)
MDIA 401 – New Media (3)

Have questions about the Media Design Minor at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty and learn more.

Dara Larson Media Design Program Director

Studio Art Minor

 The Studio Art Minor is designed to allow students from a variety of backgrounds to maximize their creativity for personal enrichment or as an expansion of career skills in design, cultural awareness, problem-solving and visual literacy. Art allows the student to explore broader questions of creativity, human meaning, wellness and physical properties of media while working side by side with peers in interactive art studios.

 Beginning and intermediate courses provide students with creative and cultural theories, media skills and vocabulary. In art history, studio or travel courses as well as exhibition settings, students analyze past and present arts to discuss how and why people have chosen to record their values through art.

 Flexible choices of advanced studio art electives allow students to express their own point of view and apply ideas from personal life interests or content from their majors. Students enjoy many opportunities to exhibit their work and participate in creative interaction with visiting artists and the broader community.

 While creating a portfolio of multiple media students engage in both a personalized creative process and critical interpretation of their own work or works of others. In their final semester they work in collaboration with peers and the gallery director to create a public exhibition and discussion of meaningful content across their semesters of study.

Beginning Courses

A189s Form and Space

Or FA 110 Arts Series 4 cr.

Intermediate Courses

Select a combination of 4 credits from any of the following art history courses and one-credit art workshop experiences

Art History and Culture Courses – Minimum 2 required credits or take all 4 required intermediate credits to complete study

A 210 - Ancient Art 2 cr.
A 241 - Renaissance Art 2 cr.
A 250 - Asian Art 4 cr.
A 251-Pages in Time: Art of the Book 4 cr.
A 309 - Nineteenth Century Art 2 cr.
INS 300 -Series International Travel 3 cr.
A 310 - Modern Art 2 cr.
A 311 - Understanding Contemporary Art 2 cr.
A 409 - Contemporary Topics in Art 3 cr.

One-Credit Workshop Electives –Select 1 or 2 as necessary, to meet 4- credit intermediate requirement

A 140 - Series offers a rotating menu of one-credit workshop experiences including, Laser Cutting and 3-D Printing, Discovering Your Creative Source, Art

Science Experiments, Self Employment in the Arts, Art in the Museum, The Art of Creative Video, Grant Writing for Arts and Education and more.

Advanced Courses

Select 3 Electives from 3 credit courses for a total of 9 credits

A 352 - Painting
A 356 - Printmaking
A 363 - Fibers
A 364 - Digital Photography
A 221 - Figure Drawing
A 359 - Digital Art
A 371 - Metals
A 376 - Sculpture
A 380 - Glass
A 366 - Ceramics
A 351 – Art of the Book

All electives are also offered at the advanced 400 level.

And in final semester create a portfolio and display of artwork in

A 493 - Graduating Portfolio Assessment 0 cr.

Total Credits = 17

Get in Touch.

Have questions about the Studio Art Minor at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty and learn more.

Dara Larson
Studio Art Program Director