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Applied Arts - Studio Arts

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An Applied Arts concentration is a combination of the theoretical and technical mastery of a subject with an emphasis on application. Requirements for some specific concentrations in Applied Arts are detailed below. Other areas such as dance, cinema, interior design, and architectural design may also be proposed. A concentration in applied arts entails more than performance ability and experience. It also attests to a student's understanding of the art performed, both technically and contextually; the ability to engage in informed discourse about content, style, and meaning; and the insight necessary to devise independent and effective interpretations of the art through applied activities. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing. It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements

History, Theory and /or Literature of Art9 credits including 3 upper level
Studio Credits21 credits, including 9 upper level
An appropriate related art area3 upper level credits
Capstone - FAR 499 (culminating course in concentration)3 credits

Note: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Studio Arts will be able to:
  1. demonstrate evidence of a broad knowledge of theory and technique in conjunction with the ability to articulate concepts and ideas in visual form;
  2. demonstrate foundational knowledge of contemporary and historical art and artists;
  3. create a body of work that is provocative and demonstrates higher levels of proficiency in the area of specialization;
  4. articulate the concepts, techniques and influences inherent in this body of work;
  5. engage in objective and prescriptive critical analysis of their own art and of the work created by other visual artists; and
  6. demonstrate a foundational knowledge of contemporary and historical art and artists.