Thesis & Exhibition Requirement
All art majors are required to submit a non-credit thesis and take part in the senior exhibition in order to graduate. Students in the studio art, graphic design and art education programs choose a thesis topic in their area of interest as well as a faculty advisor in the spring of their junior year.
Working independently on their project, students meet on a regular basis with their advisor to discuss their work. Research, formal issues in the visual arts and choice of media are all discussed over the course of the senior year. At the end of April of their senior year, students present their projects formally before a panel of art faculty. Students are assessed on the quality of their work and their presentation.
Art therapy students submit a comprehensive thesis paper in conjunction with their practicum experience. This paper must adhere to guidelines standard to the field and is presented formally to an art faculty committee. Students also submit an art project in response to their thesis. Art therapy students are also required to submit work for the senior exhibition.
Individualized majors in art history must submit a comprehensive research paper in their area of interest. Students may submit studio work for the senior exhibition.
All artwork submitted for the senior exhibition is juried by the art faculty for inclusion in the exhibition.