This flexible program allows you to select courses from a wide variety of studio art and art history offerings and choose an area of specialization. You will be introduced to traditional and contemporary art media and content to help you develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness. You will learn to appreciate art and learn about the history and culture of art-making peoples past and present. In your senior year, you will be required to exhibit your work in the John Sloan Arts Center gallery.
Graphic & On-line Design
The Bachelor of Fine Art is a professional degree and requires a more concentrated and specific art experience. You may choose to concentrate in one of three specializations. This program is more selective and to be admitted, you must submit a portfolio of your work when you apply for admission to LHU. This sampling of your work should include twelve to twenty pieces. Check the department web page at www.lhup.edu/art or contact the Art Department Chairperson for more specific details.
If accepted, you will be able to take a greater number of advanced studio courses and seminars within the major. As with the B.A. degree, you will be required to exhibit your work in the John Sloan Arts Center gallery during your senior year. Your senior art exhibit
will showcase your skills and talents to the entire
Painting & Drawing
Drawing remains the foundation for all the disciplines of the arts and you can select from a variety of courses in drawing to increase your skills and creativity while becoming familiar with a variety of drawing materials. The Figure Studies course allows you to focus on the
human figure and anatomy using a live model. In painting, you will experiment with a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics and oils.
You will learn the techniques of etching, relief, lithography, screenprinting, coliography and
monoprints. The printmaking lab is equipped with litho stones as well as lithography and etching presses.
In photography courses, you will learn traditional black and white photography, color photography, and digital photography. The darkroom facilities include enlargers and larger format cameras.
In these courses, you will work with a variety of materials including wood, plaster, clay, steel and mixed media assemblage. The sculpture facilites include a fully - equipped wood shop and the facilities for steel fabrication.
Our large ceramics facility has 20 individual pottery wheels and on-site kiln. You will learn hand building as well as throwing techniques and experimentation is encouraged.
Our newly-renovated facility is fully equipped with cold connections, soldering techniques, and a variety of surface decorations. Advanced courses include enameling, precious metals and casting.
In these courses you will explore a wide selection of fabric art including batik shibon, silk painting and tapestry weaving.
Graphic & On-line Design
In these courses, you will be prepared to design for a variety of print media including magazines, newspapers, books, and package design.
Lock Haven University has an excellent track record in preparing and placing our graduates in design careers. Our alumni are graphic designers working in web content creation as well as print design. Employers and design clients include Oprah Winfrey, Nike, Corvette Magazine, IBM, and Hewlett Packard.
Animation / Video Art
Our superior computer lab is equipped for creating digital content including digital painting, digital photography, digital video and animation. We have the latest Apple computers, scanners and color printers. You will also have access to digital still and video cameras and projectors to film, edit and present your own videos.
Study Abroad in Italy
This specially-designed summer art program allows you to study art on location in Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and other cities. Your small class of 10-15 students allows direct and personal study of Italian art and culture including works of the great Italian masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael. You will also take courses in studio art such as drawing and painting. You will earn full credits toward graduation while experiencing first-hand the richness of Italy and its art.
London & Paris
You may also choose to study abroad through a summer seminar in either London or Paris.
The Fine Arts Society
The student art club takes trips to major art centers such as New York and Washington, D.C. FAS is in part responsible for organizing and mounting exhibitions in our university galleries. It also organizes and funds the visiting artist's lectures and other art exhibits.
Art students are encouraged to contribute works for publication in the LHU student literary and art journal, The Crucible.
University Art Galleries
The John Sloan Fine Arts Center and the newly opened Bentley Gallery are modern facilities that play an important part in the art department's outreach to the community. Numerous regional and international artists exhibit here each year and offer public lectures on their work. LHU's art collection has been developed over the years into a useful and important teaching resource.
Individual workspaces are available to many of our dedicated students. This unique opportunity allows you to make the most of your studio art classes.
Internships & Career Opportunities
Internships act as a bridge between your studies and your career. In order to gain this valuable hands-on experience, you will be encouraged to complete an internship. The Art Department will help you find an internship experience that best suits your interests.
With your degree in two- or three-dimensional art, you may pursue a career as a working artist and craftsperson. You may also work in art-related positions such as preparators in museums or galleries. If you specialize in the Graphic and On-line Design area, you will be prepared for work in graphic design firms, advertising agencies, web design firms, magazine and newspaper publishers and more.
The B.F.A. degree provides you with a foundation necessary to enter and succeed in graduate school, opening a potentially greater range of professional career options.
Art History Minor
A minor in art history is also offered which can prepare you for advanced studies and more career options.
All members of the art faculty hold the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) which is the terminal degree for studio art disciplines. They are all active in their respective fields and have teaching competencies in multiple areas. The small class sizes allow you to interact closely with your professors who are dedicated to helping you succeed.
Jason Bronner, Assistant Professor
MFA, University of Florida, Gainesville
Painting, Digital Media
Ray Heffner, Associate Professor
MFA, Louisianna State University
MA, Ohio State University
Melinda Hodge, Associate Professor
MFA, University of Illinois, Carbondale
MA, University of New Mexico
Jewelry/Metals, Fibers, Art Education
Philip Huber, Associate Professor
MFA Syracuse University
MA, Syracuse University
Visual Communication, Illustration, Photography
Vance McCoy, Assistant Professor, Chair
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MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University