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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art/Visual Arts (ART)

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Communication and Visual Arts

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(810) 766-6679
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Gale Glover, Administrative Assistant


Chair: Marcus Paroske
Director of Visual Arts Programs: Sarah Lippert
Administrative Assistant: Gale Glover
Accounting Clerk: Michele Windsor

Professors: Darryl Baird, Chris Waters; Associate Professors: Sarah Lippert, Marcus Paroske, Sarah Rosaen, Heather Seipke, Mike Sevick, Cristen Velliky; Assistant Professors: Danielle De La Mare, Ben Gaydos, Dan Lair, Joseph Reinsel; Lecturers Jjenna Andrews, Jenell Barnard, Ed Bradley, Jim Cheek, Ryan Claytor, David Cowan, Traci Currie, Alla Dubrovich, Habeeb Gattas, Joe Ghattas, Tim Kranz, Daniel Lake, Kim Laux, Janet Lorch, Chris Machniak, Tony McGill, William McMillan, Michelle Silva, Holly Stevens, Donna Ullrich, Fred Wagonlander, Jennifer Weaver,  Donal Young, Rebecca Zeiss;  Professor Emeriti Charles Apple, Linda Johnson

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, Speech Communication and Professional Communication. A unique opportunity to pursue argumentation and advocacy on our successful speech and debate team completes the Communication offerings. Studio Art, Visual Communication, Art Education and Art History are the general programs of study in the Visual Arts. Studio Art concentrations include painting, printmaking/drawing, photography, or Interaction Arts and Three-Dimensional art (ceramics/sculpture). Visual Communication includes three concentrations in either graphic design, or photography. Both Communication and Visual Arts offer minors and honors study, including the minor in Argumentation and Advocacy.

Communication and Visual Arts 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 ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. In addition, the department has highly specialized facilities for graphics design, photography (darkroom), and audio/video production.

Communication (COM)


The objectives of the Communication Program are: Increase public understanding 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: the General Program in Communication (BA) , the Communication and Visual Arts Honors Program (BA or BS or BFA) , and the Teacher’s Certificate Program in Speech (BA) . Within the concentration, students elect courses from areas of emphasis in general communication, organizational communication, or media studies. A Minor in Communication , a Minor in Argumentation and Advocacy , and a Teacher’s Certificate Minor in Speech  are also available.

Journalism (JRN)


The Journalism program has been put on moratorium status.  Current Journalism students will be allowed to complete the program.  See the Communication and Visual Arts department for further information. 

Visual Arts (ART) and Art History (ARH)


Mission and Program Assessment 

The Visual Arts program is based on a curriculum that emphasizes analytical processes, critical thinking and theoretical and technical proficiency. Students are trained as innovators, creators, communicators, theorists, and historians of art and visual culture. Program focus is on academic excellence and integrity in scholarship.

The curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for career entry and also serve as artists in related fields, such as art education, exhibition management, curatorial work and criticism. In addition, we 

·       *  cultivate a supportive learning community for both students and faculty in which intellectual curiosity and creative exploration of ideas is nurtured.

·       *  encourage student involvement in the university and greater community as artists and historians of art in related fields, engaged citizens, creative thinkers and scholars. 

Programs in Visual Arts

Five concentration programs are offered: the Art and Design Program (BFA) Fine Arts Program (BFA) , the Communication and Visual Arts Honors Program (BA or BS or BFA) , the Program in Visual Arts Education (Bachelor of Science)  and the Art History and Criticism Program (BA)  . Minors in Art History Art of Drawing Minor  , Art of Painting Minor , Ceramics Minor , Graphic Design Minor , Interaction Design Minor , Photography Minor , Printmaking Minor , Pre-Conservation of Art and Architecture Minor Sculpture Minor  are also available.

Visual Arts also participates in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program by offering coursework in photography and graphic design.  A graduate program in Arts Administration, jointly offered by the Departments of Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Dance and Public Administration, is also available.  (See the “Graduate Study ” section of this Catalog for further information.)






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