The Exploratory Fine Arts cluster is for students who are interested in artistic production but have not yet decided on a major in art history, fashion design and merchandising or one of the art concentrations. These concentrations are: ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, industrial design, interdisciplinary electronic arts, interior design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture.
This cluster introduces students to the fundamental concepts in drawing and design while offering the choice of two additional studio experiences in which art is made. The cluster offers exploratory possibilities in combination with first year core General Education courses. It also provides the opportunity to explore personal strengths and career interests. Discussing interests and goals early in the first semester with an academic advisor in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a KEY COMPONENT of this exploratory cluster.
Please note that clusters are not degree programs and the sooner students select a specific degree program, the more likely they are to complete their university studies in a timely manner. Therefore, at any time during the two semesters of this exploratory cluster, students are encouraged to declare a major. It is highly encouraged that this selection should be made by the end of the second semester.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact your academic advisors in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History.
Entry Level Art Scholarship
No portfolio is required for acceptance into the art program. However, to pursue the entry-level art talent scholarship, apply by November 1. If you were offered a scholarship, the department would ask you to commit to being an art major.