2013-14 Unit Plan
Art Academic

Mission Statement

Art has been an integral part of human culture for over 30,000 years.  Preceding the written word by perhaps 25,000 years, it was one of the first durable and enduring modes of expression and identity.  In early small-scale societies, the artist was often associated with spiritual and metaphysical powers.  As culture became more complex, art and drama were recognized as a potent way of communicating religious and political values, and later, as a means of self exploration and discovery.  The rich diversity of human culture is potently revealed through studying their creative products: from the compelling masquerades of Africans and Native Americans, to the beautifully crafted Greek dramas, sculpture and architecture, to the soaring Gothic cathedrals of France.  Eventually, sculptors, painters, and writers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarotti, and William Shakespeare came to be as important and influential in their societies as the religious and political leaders they served, not only because they created images useful to their patrons, but because their work revealed powerful truths about humanity.  Five hundred years later, these works continue to inspire an ever enlarging audience, many of whom attend or participate in drama productions such as those of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or travel long distances to observe and study the world's great art collections in museums such as the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, or the the Musee du Louvre, Paris.
Our mission is to promote an appreciation for, and comprehensive understanding of, this rich cultural heritage. 

Program Description

We offer instruction in the history of art to art majors and to students seeking to fulfill general education and multicultural competency requirements for other degrees and for transfer to 4-year colleges.  Our course offerings are as follows:
ART 1, Art Appreciation
ART 2, Art History Survey I (Prehistoric through Medieval)
ART 3, Asian Art History Survey
ART 4, Art History Survey II (Renaissance through Modern)
ART 6, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Native Americas

In response to the newly adopted C-ID framework, we are developing a course in Modern Art (ART 5) to be launched Spring of 2014. 

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Work within the State Transfer Model Curriculum frameworks to develop and offer an AA-T degree program in Art History.  Mentor students to increase their awareness of these majors to encourage them to think of graduation as a meaningful goal.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Student success is facilitated when we provide clear and meaningful degree pathways leading to increased rates of Associate of Arts degrees and seamless transfer to 4-year institutions. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    Continue the work of refining and implementing the assessment of meaningful Student Learning Outcomes in each of our art history courses.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    This work is facilitating student success by clarifying our major objectives for each of our courses, stimulating faculty interaction, and improving our pedagogy.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Continue to offer ongoing supplemental learning resources and peer tutoring through the Arts Resource Center (ARC).

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Located between the two Art History/Art Appreciation classrooms in the Arts Building, this facility provides students and faculty with access to Art, Music, and Drama books, DVDs, and computer resources.  It contributes to student success in these classes by augmenting and enriching classroom instruction. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    The Arts Resource Center(ARC) has been in existence since 2005, and space for it was planned in the new ARTS building in 2003.  In 2005 it first existed in the Quads and then in a closet in the old Arts trailers.  It employed a 10 hour per week Work Study student and offered resources and tutoring to students and faculty.  In order for the Arts Resource Center to continue to offer assistance to students it needs to be open.  It requires at least 20 hours per week of student help.  When the department moved into the new ARTS building we had 20 hours per week in Work Study.  When Work Study funds were cut back, we augmented the loss with the department budget in order to continue to meet students demand/needs.  These funds the department allocated to support better student learning outcomes through the services at the ARC were removed from department budget. Faculty have searched for grants/outside funding to support the ARC without success (at this point).

    Current Revenue Stream

    The ARC has a small budget for resource materials which it needs to stay current with the ever-developing Arts world.  

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Art History Appreciation Personnel Year Round Secretarial Support 11-000-512-1-100101 52120 $0.00 $856.00 Restore reduced position of Secretary III, Krista Collett, to twelve months per year.
    2 Yes Arts Resource Center Personnel 2 Student Assistants, 15 hours per week each. 11-000-512-1-160100 52468 $0.00 $8,670.00 Student help is critical in providing access to the materials and equipment in the ARC.
    Total(s) $0.00 $9,526.00