Department of Art

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Admission

University graduate admission and program acceptance requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University).

Program-specific application requirements are available on the APU website.

International students have a separate application procedure. Contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or visit the center’s website.

Mission

The mission of the Azusa Pacific University Department of Art is to prepare art students for a lifetime of artistic expression and to cultivate individual creativity through the study of history, technique, presentation, and social engagement, as a reflector of the creative and transformative nature of God.

Faculty believe that art is a socially responsible calling that challenges students to act as transformers in the world. In human history, artists have been the vehicles for spiritual, social, political, and psychological definition and change. Therefore, art is presented as a professional occupation and an essential part of a liberal arts education. APU students train to continue in that artistic tradition.

ART 501, Integration: Theory and Practice I, 2 Units

This seminar course stimulates students' thinking regarding the relationship between the life of art making and the personal development of faith issues.

ART 502, Integration: Theory and Practice II, 2 Units

In this second-semester course, students write a comprehensive artist's statement reflecting both artistic issues and faith concerns. It forms the basis for future renditions, wall statements, and concept statements for proposed projects.

ART 503, Foundations of Art Education, 3 Units

This course explores the historical and philosophical foundations of art education. Students also examine concepts regarding how artistic learning occurs in children in K-12 settings, including special populations, and investigate how these concepts shape current art education practice related to the movement from STEM to STEAM.

ART 504, Contemporary Issues in Art Education, 3 Units

This course explores contemporary issues in multifaceted areas of art education, including (but not limited to) the rationale for art education (advocacy), community connections and multiculturalism, special populations, creativity, and visual culture. Through weekly reading assignments, discussions, and individual projects, students examine scholarly writings, creative practices, and contemporary issues as they shape art education.

ART 510, Introduction to Graduate Studies/Critical Issues in Art I, 2 Units

This in-depth seminar course examines contemporary issues in the visual arts, their relation to the Christian faith, and how they ultimately relate to the student's own work. Topics vary according to the faculty.

ART 511, Curriculum and Planning in Art Education, 3 Units

This course covers theory and application for the development of art curricula in K-12 classrooms. Based on contemporary theory and methods of application, emphasis is on strategic classroom planning and assessment.

ART 512, Artistic Growth and Human Development, 3 Units

Students in this course examine major theories of human development, discussing and critiquing them in terms of application to art education practice. Course material provides relevant connections between artistic growth theories and research as applied to contemporary issues of human development.

ART 513, Studio Art Exploration and Application I, 3 Units

Students in this course engage in studio residency experiences that enable them to expand their drawing and two-dimensional design skills and their visual communication skills as they explore a variety of design processes and techniques, as well as compositional and aesthetic concepts.

ART 520, Critical Issues in Art II, 2 Units

This in-depth seminar course examines contemporary issues in the visual arts, their relation to the Christian faith, and how they ultimately relate to the student's own work. Topics vary according to the faculty.

ART 525, Professional Practice, 3 Units

This seminar course discusses the intricacies and responsibilities of the professional artist as students prepare their portfolios.

ART 530, Graduate Studio: Special Topics I, 2 Units

This course centers on art concerns and critiques stemming from each student's work. Focus varies based on the professor's specialties.

ART 540, Graduate Studio: Special Topics II, 2 Units

This course centers on art concerns and critiques stemming from each student's work. Focus varies based on the professor's specialties.

ART 545, Directed Experience, 3 Units

This course requires one semester of field experience, either as a teaching assistant for a member of the studio faculty or as an intern in an arts-related organization. Discussion addresses the growing number of roles in which artists often participate in addition to or in conjunction with art making. The class includes meetings in a seminar format.

ART 550, History of 19th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory, 3 Units

This course aims to provide an in-depth study of the art of 19th-century Europe and America, and an introduction to a variety of methods by which art is customarily understood.

ART 553, Art History and Museum Education: 19th-century Europe and America, 3 Units

This course offers an in-depth study of the art of 19th-century Europe and America, and an introduction to a variety of customary methods for understanding art. Course material also covers all aspects of the educational role of museums for art educators and their constituents through the lens of art history.

ART 555, History of 20th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory, 3 Units

This course aims to provide an in-depth study of the art of 20th-century Europe, America, and beyond.

ART 560, Reading and Translating French, 3 Units

This optional elective course develops proficiency in reading French at an intermediate level, reviewing basic grammar concepts and stylistic elements.

ART 565, Methodologies of Art History, 3 Units

This course provides an advanced examination of art history in the form of a survey of methods used by practitioners since the 16th century.

ART 570, Theories and Practices of Abstraction, 3 Units

This course provides an in-depth study of abstract painting and sculpture of Europe and America from the 1880s to roughly 1970. It is explores the relationship between the academy and the deconstruction of the figure.

ART 575, Writing Art Criticism, 3 Units

This course addresses a range of strategies for interpreting and building experiences and meanings that address both the individual and shared experience of makers and viewers of visual art.

ART 576, The Modern Object, 3 Units

This course addresses the origins and development of sculpture in the Modern era. An advanced exploration includes the methods and historical relevance of sculpture in relation to modernity.

ART 577, Visual Culture, 3 Units

This course asks how all of our visual languages from high art to popular culture should be organized and addressed as art historians.

ART 580, Critique, 1 Unit

This critique course is to be taken the first term in residence and consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

ART 581, Critique, 1 Unit

This second critique course consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work created up to this point in the program. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

Prerequisite: ART 580 and ART 590

ART 582, Critique, 1 Unit

This third critique course consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work created up to this point in the program. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

Prerequisite: ART 581 and ART 591

ART 583, Critique, 1 Unit

This fourth critique course consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work created up to this point in the program. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

Prerequisite: ART 582 and ART 592

ART 584, Critique, 1 Unit

This fifth critique course consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work created up to this point in the program. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

Prerequisite: ART 583 and ART 593

ART 585, Critique, 1 Unit

This sixth critique course consists of in-depth processing of the artist's work created up to this point in the program. Both student and faculty evaluation are the primary content of the class.

Prerequisite: ART 584 and ART 594

ART 590, Independent Studio, 5 Units

This independent studio course is required following the first term in residence. A faculty mentor is selected to supervise the development of student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 580

ART 591, Independent Studio, 4 Units

This is the second required independent studio course. A faculty mentor is selected each semester to supervise the development of student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 581 and ART 590

ART 592, Independent Studio, 5 Units

This is the third required independent studio course. A faculty mentor is selected each semester to supervise the development of student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 582 and ART 591

ART 593, Independent Studio, 4 Units

This is the fourth independent studio course. A faculty mentor is selected each semester to supervise the development of the student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 583 and ART 592

ART 594, Independent Studio, 5 Units

This is the fifth independent studio course. A faculty mentor is selected each semester to supervise the development of the student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 584 and ART 593

ART 595, Independent Studio, 4 Units

This is the final required independent studio course. A faculty mentor is selected each semester to supervise the development of the student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 585 and ART 594

ART 600, Regional Modernism, 3 Units

This course offers regional perspectives on how people think about the Modern Era. Perspectives change according to expertise and locations available to study. This course may be offered as an on-site, short-term class in cities around the U.S.

ART 601, Integration: Theory and Practice III, 2 Units

This thesis course encourages and trains students to write about art and faith through the development of critical writing skills essential to drafting successful grant applications, and foundational to the larger literary demands of an artist's career.

ART 602, Integration: Theory and Practice IV, 3 Units

This culminating seminar course allows students to articulate the philosophical basis for their life's work as artists with a spiritual understanding and how they plan to interact with the contemporary art world.

ART 603, Methods in Art Education Research, 3 Units

Students in this course explore research methods rooted in theories and current practices of the visual arts. Students examine current research trends, focusing on qualitative and quantitative art education scholarly research, and learn how to recognize research methods and explore new themes within the context of creation of their own ideas toward a final capstone project.

ART 605, Modernism and the Museum, 3 Units

The birth and growth of the modern museum has emerged as a significant institution for the art historian and artist. This course will consider the objects, buildings, and landscapes and explores how their contexts of display influence our understanding of history, education, and the object.

ART 610, Critical Issues in Art III, 2 Units

This in-depth seminar course examines contemporary issues in the visual arts, their relation to the Christian faith, and how they ultimately relate to the student's own work. Topics vary according to the faculty.

ART 613, Studio Art Exploration and Application II, 3 Units

Students in this course engage in studio residency experiences that enable them to expand their photography and digital media skills, and develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of technique, as they investigate various forms of expression and techniques that use the principles and elements of design.

ART 615, Modernism and Religion, 3 Units

Catholic and Protestant views of art have a long history with the appreciation, facilitation, and creation of art. This course examines the radical and dramatic relationship between religion and modern art from the Industrial Revolution to the mid-20th century.

ART 618, Master's Capstone I, 3 Units

Students complete a capstone writing project, converting an existing graduate research paper or project into a polished example of scholarship. Each student must revise the paper/project for content and style, and the final product must be of the quality one might see in a scholarly journal or at a professional conference.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 4 required courses and 4 elective courses.

ART 620, Critical Issues in Art IV, 3 Units

This in-depth seminar course examines contemporary issues in the visual arts, their relation to the Christian faith, and how they ultimately relate to the student's own work. Topics vary according to the faculty.

ART 621, Art Education Master's Capstone I, 3 Units

Students in this course research and write a capstone proposal and literature review related to the field of art education.

Prerequisite: ART 603

ART 622, Art Education Master's Capstone II, 3 Units

Students in this course complete the art education research projects that started in ART 621.

Prerequisite: ART 621

ART 625, Master's Capstone II, 3 Units

Students in this course produce a capstone portfolio demonstrating the breadth and depth of their master's experience and articulating the value of the degree to potential employers or admissions committee members.

Prerequisite: ART 618

ART 630, Graduate Studio III, 3 Units

This course centers on art concerns and critiques stemming from each student's work. Focus varies based on the professor's specialties.

ART 640, Graduate Studio IV, 3 Units

This course centers on art concerns and critiques stemming from each student's work. Focus varies based on the professor's specialties.

ART 690, Creative Work Project, 2 Units

Students use this course for the creation or completion of the culminating body of art, while engaging in regular critique with their graduate committee.

ART 695, Exhibition Preparation, 3 Units

Under the direction of the graduate art faculty, students plan, publicize, and install their graduate exhibition. The course focuses on exhibition design, execution, and documentation.

ART 697, Special Topics, 1-3 Units

This advanced level studio/research or lecture course allows for occasional offerings of diverse topics in art not covered by regular department courses. Special interests of faculty and students may be targeted under this category. Selection varies depending on student interest and faculty availability.

ART 699, Independent Study/Readings in Art, 1-3 Units

This course involves an independent study of subjects and interests beyond regular course offerings. Students explore particular topics or issues in accordance with an individualized study plan developed with a sponsoring faculty member and approved by the department chair.

Faculty

Department Chair

William Catling, MFA

Director, M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Angela S. George, Ph.D.

Director, M.A. in Art Education

Erin Weaver, M.A.

Director, MFA in Visual Art

Nery Gabriel Lemus, MFA

Director of Exhibitions

Stephen Childs, MFA

Professors

William Catling, MFA

Stephen Childs, MFA

Associate Professors

Brent Everett Dickinson, MFA

Lyrica Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Angela S. George, Ph.D.

Nery Gabriel Lemus, MFA

Erin Weaver, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

Marcus Doyle, M.A.

Amy Fox, MFA

Jeffrey Grubbs, Ph.D.

Nathan Huff, MFA

Sue Lafferty, Ph.D.

Meredith Munson, Ph.D.

Carolyn Robertson, MFA

Stephanie Sabo, MFA

Daniel Siedell, Ph.D.

Jamie Sweetman, MFA

Tamara Valdry, MFA

Catherine Wagley, MFA

Department Representatives

Julia Heins, Administrative Assistant

Tom Weaver, Studio Technical and Safety Manager