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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art / Visual Arts (ART)

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Communication and Visual Arts

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4116 William S White Building
(810) 766-6679
Fax: (810) 762-3102

Chair: Darryl Baird
Principal Secretary: Sharon Beam
Professors Christine Waters, Associate Professors Charles Apple, Darryl Baird, Heather Seipke, Mike Sevick; Assistant Professors Michael Lewis, Marcus Paroske, Sarah Rosaen, Cristen Velliky; Lecturers Jjenna Andrews, James Bakken, Ed Bradley, Jim Cheek, Traci Currie, Alla Dubrovich, Bruce Edwards, Dorothy Filak, Joe Ghattas, James Gilbert, Cory Glover, Andy Heller, Bruce Holladay, William Kenner, Kim Laux, Kathy Lookingland, Janet Lorch, Chris Machniak, Tony McGill, Hillary Rubin, Holly Stevens, 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. Another program of study exists in the Journalism program.  A unique opportunity to pursue argumentation and advocacy on our successful speech and debate team completes the Communication offerings. Studio Art, Visual Communication, and Art Education are the general programs of study in the Visual Arts. Studio Art concentrations include painting, printmaking/drawing, photography, and Three-Dimensional art (ceramics/sculpture). Visual Communication includes two concentrations in either graphic design or photography. Both Communication and Visual Arts offer minors and honors study.

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, 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.

Journalism (JRN)


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.

For more information, contact the department (810-766-6679) or go to the Journalism Web site http://www.umflint.edu/comarts/communications/Journalism.htm

Visual Arts (ART)


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 educational partnership with MCC. Art students in certain programs take foundation and other courses on the campus of Mott Community College as part of a formal educational partnership.  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. Some degrees in Art granted by UM-Flint require that students attend classes meeting at both schools.  Students are welcome to take the required courses at MCC before attending UMF or if already UMF students, may attend MCC through the Educational Partnership.   Please see the Communication and Visual Arts Office (4116 William S. White) for more information on how to become part of the Educational Partnership.  

It is 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 Arts

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 Studio Art Visual Communication  and Art History  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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