Art major/minor

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  • Bluffton's art major offers a wide range of studio courses designed to develop creative skills with a variety of materials and methods. Through critical examination, students in the Bluffton art department develop creative vision.

    In the first year you will receive fundamental training in design and drawing skills. Courses include ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and elective options in graphic design, photography and watercolor. Career goals are evaluated at the beginning of the junior year while you prepare for a comprehensive senior project.

As a senior art major, three special courses will prepare you for the particular challenges you will face upon graduation. Portfolio Organization and Review assists in the development of a professional web portfolio, artist statement and resume. Senior Exhibition provides the experience of mounting an exhibition of personal work. Art Now Seminars survey on-site trends in the visual arts through studying work in galleries and museums in New York City, Chicago and other major urban areas.


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Students who took ceramics in fall 2016 not only created bowls, plates and vases during the semester, they built a kiln to fire their pieces in. The project was based on plans originally drawn up by Gregg Luginbuhl, a professor of art at Bluffton before his retirement in 2014. Luginbuhl passed away in 2016.

“I think it is part of Gregg’s legacy here at Bluffton. Gregg started that kiln; he just wasn’t able to complete it. So we completed it for him.”
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The art major can be completed in three years by dedicated and ambitious students.

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A Four-year plan is provided as a course selection guideline leading to completion of an art major.

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