Visual Arts

The Art History Department offers an Art History and Visual Arts major.   Here, students have the option of doing a studio thesis instead of a written one.  Art History and Visual Arts students work closely with faculty advisors who assists them in planning a program incorporating personal interests while meeting departmental requirements.

Requirements for the Art History and Visual Arts Major 

A minimum of 12 courses:

1. BC1001 and 1002 Introduction to Art History. This two-course sequence is required.

2. Art History: BC3031 Imagery and Form in the Arts. To be taken in the spring semester during the junior or senior year.

3. Studio courses: BC3530 Advanced Studio AND BC3999 Senior Independent Project
(to be taken in the Senior year) 
Students produce their senior thesis projects in conjunction with the Advance Studio BC3530 (fall) and Independent Projects BC 3999  (spring) courses.  (Please see description of the senior thesis below). You will develop, research, and create your thesis project in consultation with faculty members and peers in the Visual Arts. You will also attend and participate in group critiques, and guest artist lectures scheduled during the academic year. You will present your visual art project in two group senior exhibitions scheduled at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters of the senior year.

4.  One Seminar Courses in Art History (may also be counted toward the historical and regional distribution requirement.)

5.  One 19th or 20th century elective courses, in Art History.

6. Two elective courses in Art History

7. Three elective courses in Visual Arts-Studio

*Courses in film are accepted toward the major requirements. 

*Studio courses cannot exceed 30 points of credits.

SENIOR THESIS PROJECT FOR ART HISTORY AND VISUAL ARTS MAJORS

Description: The Senior Project in Visual Arts is scheduled in the last year of the major.  By that time you will have taken Imagery and Form BC 3031 and a variety of Art History and Studio courses, which may help form your approach to your thesis project.

BC3530 Advanced Studio AND BC3999 Senior Independent Project provides a two-semester framework in which to complete a senior project. Your Senior Project should be a cohesive body of work based on original concepts and executed with some technical proficiency.  A paper approximately seven to ten page in length will accompany your Senior Project outlining your artistic goals.  This paper will serve as an artist’s statement and should describe what your work would mean to viewers as well situate your work vis-a-vis artistic precedents.

You also will take part in a senior thesis exhibition, which will be accompanied by a catalog. Here, you will be responsible for both installing your work and for taking it down at the end of the show.

Grades: Two grades will be awarded in connection with your work on the Senior Project.  One will evaluate the way in which you have fulfilled the course requirements, that is, the regularity of your meetings and the effort you have made in completing your thesis.  This grade will be a letter grade.  The second grade will be awarded on the basis of the evaluation of the Senior Project itself.  This evaluation will consider whether or not the aims of the project were met: a pass with distinction, a pass or a fail.

OPTION FOR ART HISTORY AND VISUAL ARTS - WRITTEN SENIOR THESIS:

Art History Majors in Visual Arts may chose to do a written Art History Senior Thesis instead of the Visual Arts Senior Project. To do this they must: Notify their adviser of their intention to do so by the end of their junior year with permission from both the Visual Arts Director and Art History chair. They must then take both Methods and Theories of Art History (BC3970) & the written Art History senior research seminar (BC3959 and BC3960).  (These three courses required for the written thesis option replace the Visual Arts sequence, BC3031 Imagery and Form in the Arts and BC3530 Advanced Studio AND BC3999 Senior Independent Project.)

 BARNARD COLLEGE STUDIO COURSE OFFERINGS

Note: Barnard studio courses are limited to 15 students with instructor’s permission. Instructor decides the roster on the first day of class.   For further information please contact the Barnard Art History Department @ arthistory@barnard.edu

AHIS BC 2005x-BC2007x Painting I and III
This course will focus on individual and collaborative projects designed to explore the fundamental principles of image making. Students acquire a working knowledge of concepts in contemporary art through class critiques, discussion, and individual meetings with the professor. Reading materials will provide historical and philosophical background to the class assignments. Class projects will range from traditional to experimental and multi-media. Image collections will be discussed in class with an awareness of contemporary image production. - J. Snitzer 
3 points Course Limited to 15 Students. Permission of Instructor. Attend the first Class.

AHIS BC 2006y-BC2008y Painting II and IV
A continuation of painting I & III, open to all skill levels. Students will further develop techniques to communicate individual and collective ideas in painting. This course will focus on individual and collaborative projects designed to explore the fundamental principles of image making. Students acquire a working knowledge of traditional studio skills and related concepts in contemporary art through class critiques, discussion, and individual meetings with the professor. Reading materials will provide historical and philosophical background to the class assignments. Class projects will range from traditional to experimental and multi-media. Image collections will be discussed in class with an awareness of contemporary image production. - Joan Snitzer
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC2001 DRAWING STUDIO
This course will introduce drawing as an open-ended way of working and thinking.  The class is primarily a workshop, augmented by slides lectures and field trips.  Throughout the semester, students will discuss their work individually with the instructor and as a group.  Starting with figure drawing, we will investigate drawing as a practice involving diverse forms of visual culture. Nicolas Guagnini (offered in the Fall semester)
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC2015 SYNTHESIS: AN APPROACH TO MIXED MEDIA
Synthesis: the composition, combination or transformation of parts or elements to form a whole. This studio course will explore the unique position of combining various mediums and techniques in the visual arts platform.  What does it mean to use principles of drawing in the making of a photograph? Why explore sculptural forms through the materiality of painting? The course will look closely at a select group of contemporary artists who move fluidly through various forms and modes of working.  The course consists of the following key areas: material, form, concept, intersection and synthesis. Through out the studio course, students will address conceptual, formal and process-oriented issues related to working across mediums in the visual arts. - Matt Keegan (offered in the Fall semester)
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC3003 SUPERVISED PROJECTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
This class is designed for students to conduct independent projects in photogray. Priority for enrollment to the class will be Barnard students who are enrolling in classes at ICP.  The cost of ICP will be covered by Barnard.  All of the other students enrolling in the course (CC, GS SOA) will be responsible for their own ICP course expenses. - John Miller
3 Points Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

BC3530 ADVANCED STUDIO
An interpretive study of the theoretical and critical issues in visual art. Projects that are modeled after major movements in contemporary art will be executed in the studio. Each student develops an original body of artwork and participates in group discussions of the assigned readings.  - J. Snitzer
4 Points. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Permission of the instructor. General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART). COURSE ONLY OPEN TO SENIOR BARNARD ART HISTORY and VISUAL ARTS MAJORS AND IS A BARNARD VISUAL ARTS MAJORS REQUIREMENT.

AHIS BC3999 INDEPENDENT PROJECT
COURSE ONLY OPEN TO SENIOR BARNARD ART HISTORY and VISUAL ARTS MAJORS AND IS A BARNARD VISUAL ARTS MAJORS REQUIREMENT.
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

Columbia University Visual Arts Department

Joan Snitzer, Director of the Visual Arts Program, can be reached by email at jsnitzer@barnard.edu.