Art involves the study and application of various means of expressing human interests, attitudes, emotions, and ideas. Students develop skills in problem-solving and in the understanding of the visual arts as a vital part of their liberal arts education. Art majors usually begin with an introductory design course and then choose a medium for focused study, such as ceramics, photography, graphic design, or sculpture. Cottey’s art courses are open to students with an interest in exploring art and those who plan to major in art.

Career Opportunities

Art majors learn to create images, objects, and environments using a variety of techniques and media. As art students work on structured assignments and independent studio projects, they sharpen their visual understanding and enhance their critical thinking skills.

Art majors find career opportunities in industry, advertising, architecture, art scholarship, art education, art history, illustration, interior design, fashion design, graphic design, photography, and the studio arts.

A master’s degree is generally required for employment in museums and galleries, and for studio teaching positions. A Ph.D. may be required to work as a museum curator or director. Employment in art restoration and conservation requires specialized training and knowledge of chemistry.

Specialized interests may focus study and employment towards ceramics,
pottery, textile design, fashion design, weaving, jewelry design, interior decorating, and metalsmithing.

Commercial art specialization includes design, illustration, film, videography, and the production of murals, posters, and cards. Due to excellent creative skills, art undergraduate majors also succeed in advertising, public relations, directing, journalism, and broadcasting.

Internship & Directed Study Opportunities

As an art major, your chances to gain real world learning experiences through internships and directed studies are almost boundless.

Students at Cottey College participate in internships throughout the year with a variety of businesses, organizations, and non-profit agencies. A successful internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace.

Employers and graduate schools agree that students who have put classroom concepts and skills to work in a “real world” environment are more realistic and productive than those who have not.

With the assistance of faculty and the transfer and career planning coordinator, art majors can find a variety of local and national internship experiences.

Opportunities exist locally in marketing, photography, non-profit organizations, elementary and high schools, political organizations, newspapers, and many more.

Directed study opportunities are available in all disciplines. Under the supervision of faculty, students can pursue academic credit on a topic or project that is related to, but beyond the scope of, regular course offerings.

Directed study topics can be tailored to your interests, whether it is conducting individual scientific research, studying girls’ punk music, or conducting advanced computer programming.

Get Involved

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and your resume at the same time? Then get involved at Cottey College and in the Nevada community.

Cottey College has more than 35 student clubs and organizations in which to be involved. Plus, the Nevada and surrounding community offer an abundance of service opportunities.

Here are a few activities you might consider pursuing as an art major: join Associated Cottey College Artists (ACCA); take pictures for The Spectrum (Cottey’s student newspaper); work on publicity for a campus organization; create advertising for a local non-profit organization; restore or create local murals; aid an elementary school art teacher or volunteer in a museum.

Access the Schedule of events here.

Course Descriptions

ART 101
Art Appreciation

Study of art processes and artists through slides, readings, discussions and firsthand observation of art and visual images. 3 credits

ART 131
Drawing I

Introduces techniques of drawing. Includes study of line media, representation of form, values and composition. Stresses basic skills of representation in traditional media, and includes exploration of nontraditional forms. Subjects include figures, nature and studio studies. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 132
Drawing II

Prerequisite: ART131

Advanced drawing techniques; refinement of skills and methods of graphic representation. Using traditional and nontraditional media, course stresses figure, portraiture and composition. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 151
Ceramics I

Introduces handbuilding techniques, wheelwork, preparation and use of clays and glazes, surface finishing techniques, and kiln operation. Emphasizes development of aesthetics and personal expression in creating both functional and nonfunctional ceramic work. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 152
Ceramics II

Prerequisite: ART 151

Emphasis on experiments dealing with development of technique, glazing, kiln operation and functions of ceramic studio. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 171
Introduction to Digital Art

Emphasizes creation and use of digital images for communication and creative self expression. Introduces basic concepts of digital art, elements and principles of design, digital color theory, and basic typography. Includes digital photography, photo editing and creating original images using Adobe Photoshop® and digital illustration using Adobe Illustrator®. Six hours per week. 3 credits

ART 200
Foundations in Color Theory

Introduces color theory systems and their use within visual arts, exploring the elements and principles of design as they relate to color. Emphasizes the study of the color wheel and the visual spectrum through the use of two-dimensional art media. Five and-a-half studio hours per week 3 credits

ART 201
Survey of Art History I

Study of forms of art, content of art, and context within which it has evolved from prehistoric era to Gothic period. 3 credits

ART 202
Survey of Art History II

Prerequisite: None

Study of forms of art, content of art, and context within which it has evolved from Renaissance to the modern era. 3 credits

ART 211
2-D Design

Introduces elements of art and principles of design with focus on creatively solving problems in 2-D design. Emphasizes use of appropriate craftsmanship utilizing variety of tools and materials. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 212
3-D Design

Emphasizes advanced standards of three-dimensional media execution, formal organization and individual interpretation. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 213
Painting I

Prerequisite: ART131 or ART211

Study of color, composition and perception through use of painting media. Includes study of basic techniques of oil painting. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 214
Painting II

Prerequisites: ART 132, ART 213, or permission of instructor

A continuation of the study of methods for the utilization of color and composition in pictorial art through the medium of paint. Students will build upon painting techniques learned in ART 213. Five-and-a-half studio hours per week. 3 credits

ART 262

Introduces sculpture in various materials using range of traditional and contemporary techniques. Emphasizes development of studio skills, aesthetics and personal expression. Six studio hours per week. 3 credits

Special Topics:

ART 297 Digital Photography
Prerequisite: Students must provide their own digital camera.

Introduction to photographic fundamentals, digital imaging, retouching and digital darkroom techniques. Teaches basic methods of using a digital camera including manual camera settings. 3 credits

* Courses recommended for major

In choosing electives, students should aim for courses related to the interests they anticipate pursuing.
For example:

  • Students with interests in digital art or graphic art are wise to take courses in photography and digital art.
  • Students with interests in art history are wise to take courses in history, literature, anthropology or sociology.
  • Students with interests in advertising are wise to take courses in digital art, journalism, creative writing, or photography.

Faculty Advising

Preparing a class schedule, investigating majors, and researching transfer institutions can be confusing for a first year student. At Cottey College, academic advising assists the individual student in clarifying and achieving her educational goals.

Each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic advisor. Together the advisor and student devise a balanced academic program, which encompasses the student’s educational and career ambitions. The advisor reviews all registration decisions, the advisee’s academic progress, and suggests transfer and career options.

This personalized approach to student advising allows the student to take responsibility for her own academic program, while tapping into faculty expertise.

For more information contact:
Enrollment Management
1000 West Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Sample Schedule for AFA in Fine Arts

Year 1FallSpring
College Writing I3College Writing II3
Math 103 or higher3Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Social Sciences or Humanities Course3Drawing II3
Drawing I33D Design3
2D Design3Elective3
Physical Education Course1
Year 2FallSpring
Survey of Art History I3Survey of Art History II3
Lab Science Course4Art Elective Course3
Intro to Digital Art (technology intensive)3Elective3
Art Elective Course3Humanities Course3
Physical Education Course1Elective3

Booth, Tara
Assistant Professor of Art
106 RFAB
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2264

Frew, Morgan
Assistant Professor of Art
116 RFAB
(417) 667-8181 ext. 2242

Students can earn their Associate in Arts in visual arts at Cottey. For the student interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts, the Cottey College Fine Arts Department offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree. The AFA in visual arts allows the student to pursue studio-intensive and art theory courses during her years at Cottey while also fulfilling the general requirements expected at many transfer institutions. A fine arts degree is essential to those who wish to teach visual art or design at high school and college levels. It is also extremely beneficial to any fine artist who wishes to pursue graduate work, open a business, or pursue a career in the field of art.

A substantial percentage of Cottey graduates have transferred to major art programs. Cottey students have continued their pursuit of art at Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Moore College of Art and Design, and the Ringling School of Art and Design, just to name a few. Former Cottey students have excelled professionally as graphic designers, art directors, and college art professors.

A graduate of the Cottey AFA in visual arts program:

  • Creates works of art in various two-dimensional and three-dimensional media.
  • Identifies and applies the elements and principles of design in a conscious manner.
  • Distinguishes the purposes of the visual arts, including art’s primary role as a form of communication.
  • Describes historical art movements and their impact upon the world in which they occurred and upon future generations.
  • Identifies the contributions of women artists to the field.

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