Art Program Overview

The Maryville College Art Department strives to prepare students for lifelong intellectual and emotional engagement with the study and practice of art. The purpose of the art program is to introduce, encourage and strengthen skills, attitudes and knowledge that enable students to become creators, caretakers and advocates of the arts.

The Art Department is an academic community committed to challenging students with a stimulating program of study that balances individual instruction, cooperative learning and independent research. For Art majors and Art minors, the art curricula complements broad knowledge grounded in the liberal arts tradition with specialized expertise in the students' chosen field. For all students, the curriculum embraces the belief that art both enriches and is enriched by its interconnectedness with other areas of human behavior. Art Majors choose from the following concentration areas: Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, and Photography.

For more information, please contact Ashley Abbott, recruiter for the Fine Arts Division.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

The Major in Art consists of 48 credit hours in studio art and art history. Required courses are:

ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 111: Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art (3 hrs.)
ART 121: Introduction to Drawing (4 hrs.)
ART 212: Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Art (3 hrs.)
ART 311: 20th Century Art (3 hrs.)
ART 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
ART 399: Professional Practices Seminar (1 hr.)
 Six additional courses in studio art


A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken in a single area of studio concentration selected from photography, painting, drawing, or ceramics. None of the required courses listed above, nor ART 343 may count towards this studio requirement. Students are required to prepare and present to the public a portfolio of their work.

The Minor in Art consists of 15 credit hours including:

Either of the following courses:
ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 121: Introduction to Drawing (4 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
ART 111: Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art (3 hrs.)
ART 212: Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Art (3 hrs.)
ART 311: 20th Century Art (3 hrs.)


Two sequential 4-credit hour studio art courses other than the following:
ART 123: Design 1 (3 hrs.)
ART 223: Design 2 (3 hrs.)
ART 323: Design 3 (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Art is not open to students majoring in Design.

Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD


Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:

  • Exhibit high standards of scholarship, creativity and integrity
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of diverse styles, genres, media as well as technical and aesthetic proficiency in at least one medium
  • Show a commitment to and self-critical awareness of their own work
  • Understand major art historical movements and the broad historical and cultural contexts in which they occurred
  • Demonstrate understanding of key aesthetic, ethical and technological issues that inform contemporary debate in the arts
  • Make and defend informed judgments concerning historical and contemporary works of art
  • Express sufficient understanding of the art world and how it works to enable effective participation