Communication and Visual Arts
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4116 William S White Building
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Chair: Christine Waters
Principal Secretary: Sharon Beam Professor Jack Kay, Associate Professors Charles Apple, Darryl Baird, Christine Waters, Marcia Watkins; Assistant Professors Giovanna Costantini, Heither Seipke, Sarah Rosaen, Mike Sevick; Lecturers Jjenna Andrews, James Bakken, Stanley Blood, Traci Currie, Dorothy Filak, Joe Ghattas, James Gilbert, William Kenner, Janet Lorch, Tony McGill, Marcia Polenberg-Ramsay, James Shurter, Holly Stevens, Phyllis Sykes, Fred Wagonlander, Christopher Young, Rebecca Zeiss.
The Department of Communication and Visual Arts offers a wide range of exciting opportunities to assist students in reaching their career, intellectual and personal goals. The general program in communication offers three emphasis areas: Media Studies, Organizational Communication, and Relational Communication. Studio Art and Art Education are the general programs of study in the Visual Arts. Studio Art concentrations include ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking/drawing, photography, and sculpture. Both Communication and Visual Arts offer minors and honors study.
Communication and Visual Art programs offer students a level of personal attention that enhances the learning process. A high degree of hands-on experience and opportunities for internships also exist within the department. The department has numerous studio spaces, including space for painting, drawinf, ceramics, and sculpture. In addition, the department has highly specialized facilities for graphics design, photography, and audio/video production.
The objectives of the Communication Program are: Increase public understanding and of and appreciation for the value of effective communication in a democratic society; provide professional preparation for persons seeking careers in the practice of communication; provide leadership for professionals now engaged in the practice of communication; and provide pre-professional programs and supporting coursework for students completing programs in other disciplines. Contact the department for additional information about the program.
Mission and Assessment
The goals of the Communication program are to offer intensive study into the process by which people create, exchange and interpret symbolic messages, and to be conscious of variables that make human communication rich, diverse and complex. Students of communication learn about and appreciate the breadth and depth of the discipline from its roots in classical antiquity to the changing roles of electronic media. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.
Programs in Communication
Three concentration programs are offered, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree: the General Program in Communication, the Honors Program in Communication, and the Teacher’s Certificate Program in Speech. Within the concentration, students elect courses from areas of emphasis in general communication, organizational communication, or media studies. A Minor in Communication and a Teacher’s Certificate Minor in Speech are also available.
Mission and Program Assessment
The mission of the Journalism Program is to teach students the principles and techniques of multimedia, community journalism, defined as using text, video, audio, images and interactivity in Web and mobile formats to serve the public by providing current, local information. Our objectives are for students to seek truth and report it through clear writing and effective presentation; to undergird our teaching and research with principles of critical thinking, global perspectives, and ethics; and to recognize that new communication practices and technologies are transforming journalism locally and globally. The curriculum will always be dynamic, situated on the leading edge of change. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcome is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment/.
Programs in Journalism
A concentration program (Bachelor of Arts) and a minor are available.
Mission and Program Assessment
The Visual Arts program offers a curriculum that emphasizes analytical processes and competency in art techniques. Students are trained as viewers, creators, communicators, theorists, and historians of art. In addition, the curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to serve as artists in related fields, such as art education, exhibition coordinating/curating and criticism. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment/.
Relationship with Mott Community College (MCC) Art Department
The Visual Arts Program at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-F) benefits from a dynamic partnership with MCC. Art students take a core of foundation classes in Art and Art History at MCC and then complete requirements for graduation at UMFlint. The purpose of the partnership is to offer students the best possible education in art by taking advantage of the quality foundation program at Mott Community College and the more advanced course offerings at UM-Flint. Degrees in Art granted by UM-Flint require that students attend both schools. It is also possible to complete the foundation work required at schools other than MCC, and present a portfolio to gain admission into the University of Michigan-Flint Visual Arts Program.
Programs in Visual Art
Four concentration programs are offered: the General Program in Studio Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts) , the Honors Program in Studio Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts) , the General Program in Visual Communication (Bachelor of Fine Arts) , and the Program in Visual Arts Education (Bachelor of Science) . Minors in Art and Art History are also available.
Visual Art also participates in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program by offering coursework in photography and graphic design.
Guest Status and Consortium Requirements
Students with declared Studio Art Concentrations, Visual Arts Education Concentrations, Art Minors, or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Art are required to take a number of courses in art that are offered at Mott Community College and not at the University of Michigan-Flint. Students with declared Studio Art Concentrations, Visual Art Education Concentrations, Art Minors, or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Art must submit a guest application to take any art or photography course at Mott Community College.
Students with declared Studio Art Concentrations, Visual Arts Education Concentrations, Art Minors, or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Art who receive financial aid and/or scholarships must submit a specially identified Guest Student Application in order to be considered part of the Consortium between Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint. This form is only available through the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. Failure to submit this specially identified guest application each term will result in the student receiving financial aid only for the University of Michigan-Flint portion of their scheduled courses.
Students with declared Studio Art Concentrations, Visual Arts Education Concentrations, Art Minors, or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Art need only the signatures of the academic advisor and Art Program Director on the guest application for the Mott Community College art and photography courses. Furthermore, such students may take two or more art and photography courses in addition to other courses permitted to be taken by guest application in a single semester.
Certain College of Arts and Sciences rules are automatically waived for students with declared Studio Art Concentrations, Visual Arts Education Concentrations, Art Minors, or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Art:
- Students with declared Studio Art and Visual Art Education Concentrations may attend Mott Community College asguest students and receive up to 15 art credits toward their concentration, and those with declared Art Minors or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Visual Art may receive up to 12 credits toward their minor, even if they have completed 62 or more credits.
- Students with declared Studio Art and Visual Arts Education Concentrations may transfer up to 15 art credits in courses for the concentration, and those with declared Art Minors or Teacher’s Certificate Minors may transfer up to 12 art credits for the minor, in addition to the normal 62 credits from a twoyear institution, 75 credits from a four-year institution, and 90 credits from a branch campus of the University of Michigan. Additional credits beyond the 62, 75, or 90 count toward graduation only if the student completes the Art Concentration or Minor.
- Students with declared Studio Art and Visual Arts Education Concentrations may take up to 15 art credits in courses for the concentration, and those with declared Art Minors or Teacher’s Certificate Minors in Visual Art may take up to 12 art credits for the minor, as long as they are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. In particular, such credits may be taken at Mott Community College and counted among the last 30 credits taken before graduation.
The guest student must arrange for Mott Community College to send transcripts showing all courses that are to transfer to the Visual Art Concentration or Minor. Mott courses taken as a consortium student will transfer to the University of Michigan-Flint automatically.
Decisions concerning curriculum, admissions, standards, and procedures for this program are the responsibility of the Cooperative College Art Committee. Members of this committee represent the art areas of both Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint and are appointed by the appropriate Dean of each institution.