The mission of the Department of Art at Piedmont College is to provide an environment that nourishes creative and intellectual thought through visual experience for students at different stages of life. The Department's aim is to foster excellence, individuality, diversity and vitality. Each concentration encourages freedom of thought, imagination and inquiry as catalysts for personal growth.
Formal mastery at Piedmont College is critical. Our foundation program emphasizes traditional artistic forms, values, technical skills and expression that utilize design concepts and media exploration in creative problem-solving. TheDepartment of Art offers studies in the major studio disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, art history and art education.
Students learn survey-level modern and contemporary art theory to prepare for the difficult but necessary process of developing personal content. Our emphasis is on the significance of obtaining the technical skills, vocabulary, and attitude necessary for students to subject their work repeatedly to rigorous, objective critical review. Using a weekly studio practice involving critiques, creative problems and journal writing students are exposed to multidisciplinary uses for their fine arts interdisciplinary practices and contemporary models. Upper-level courses encourage greater risk-taking, experimentation and discourse.