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Visual Arts

The visual arts major at Antioch College emphasizes the unity between the practical and the theoretical, and the indivisibility of form and concept. At Antioch College, the study of art involves the development of strong traditional and experimental technical skill, as well as a sophisticated visual language, an understanding of art history and theory, and an awareness of the issues and concepts present in art and visual culture today.

The media of drawing, painting, and sculpture act as our foundation. Students will be introduced to questions and concerns that inform artistic practices across these media and will consider the contemporary expansion of these media. Students will be challenged to develop and articulate their own problems and positions, and be asked to consider disciplinary boundaries, both malleable and fixed. Students will be introduced to a great deal of historical and contemporary artwork, and to be asked read a variety of texts, from artists’ writings to critical theory.

The major in visual arts can prepare students for graduate work in visual arts or related careers; but at its core it is a humanist endeavor and can help to prepare involved students, majors and non-majors alike, for a wide variety of endeavors beyond the studio or the confines of an art world.

Courses & Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, the plan for a self-designed major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree must include at least 52 quarter credits, consisting of:

At least two but not more than four foundation courses

  • These credits count for general education and not towards the major.

Eleven courses in the major meeting the following criteria Specifically addressed in the student’s plan, and be clearly justified and articulated as a cohesive whole

  • At least four must be at the 100 or 200 level (not including foundation courses)
  • At least four must be at the 300 or 400 level (not including the senior seminar or senior project)

A Senior Seminar

A Senior Project

A BA degree requires 24 disciplinary elective credits. This requirement is normally met with six 4-credit courses; these courses do not need to be justified or listed, but students are encouraged to do so, especially since this may further clarify the major and help the committee advise the student.

Students must declare the self-designed major within a division that currently exists at the College and that most appropriately fits the major. For the BA, the major must be declared in the arts, humanities, or social sciences divisions.

Courses & Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, political economy majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements in the Major
36 credits toward the major
PECO 105 Foundations of Political Economy* (4 credits)
PECO 110 Principles of Economics* (4 credits)
PECO 210 U.S. Political System (4 credits)
PECO 220 Intermediate Micro- and Macro-Economics (4 credits)
PECO 270 Political Economy Theory (4 credits)
PECO 350 Public Policy (4 credits)
PECO 315 Environmental Economics (4 credits)
MATH 330 Statistics (4 credits)
SSC 490 Social Science Research Methods (4 credits)
SSC 494 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences (4 credits)
SSC 495 Senior Project in the Social Sciences (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Intermediate Courses in PECO: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
PECO 280 Global Political Economy
(4 credits)
or ANTH 205 Philosophy and Religion (4 credits)
Also listed as PHIL 205
  ANTH 210 Language and Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 220 Contemporary Indigenous Peoples (4 credits)
ANTH 225 Visual Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ARTS 225
ANTH 290 Independent Study (Intermediate) (4 credits)
PSYC 210 Ecopsychology (4 credits)
PSYC 225 Developmental Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 230 Personality Theories (4 credits)
PSYC 235 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 240 Somatic Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 242 Cognitive Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 250 Depth Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 252 Community Mental Health (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in PECO: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
PECO 310 Anthropology of Globalization (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 310
PECO 320 Labor Economics (4 credits)
PECO 330 Political Economy of Race and Gender (4 credits)
PECO 340 Political Economy of Not-for-Profits (4 credits)
PECO 350 Public Policy (4 credits)
PECO 390 Special Topics in Political Economy (4 credits)
PECO 399 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in ANTH or PSYC: Choose 2
8 credits toward the major
ANTH 305 Anthropology of Space and Place (4 credits)
ANTH 310 Anthropology of Globalization (4 credits)
Also listed as PECO 310
ANTH 315 Psyche, Myth & Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as PSYC 315
ANTH 320 Anthropology of Healing (4 credits)
ANTH 325 Anthropology of Work (4 credits)
ANTH 345 Reading Ethnography as Theory I (4 credits)
ANTH 350 Reading Ethnography as Theory II (4 credits)
ANTH 360 Writing Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 370 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH 390 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
PSYC 315 Psyche, Myth & Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 315
PSYC 320 Political and Ethical Issues in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 350 Intersectional Identities in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 385 Psychological Assessments & Measurement (4 credits)
PSYC 390 The Art of Psychological Inquiry (4 credits)
PSYC 395 Special Topics in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 400 Basic Therapeutic Skills (4 credits)
PSYC 405 Group Theory and Dynamics (4 credits)
PSYC 430 Critical Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 440 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)

Courses & Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, psychology majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core requirements in the Major
36 credits toward the major
PSYC 105 General Psychology* (4 credits)
PSYC 110 Foundations of Social Psychology* (4 credits)
PSYC 225 Developmental Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 230 Personality Theories (4 credits)
PSYC 235 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 305 Careers in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 400 Basic Therapeutic Skills (4 credits)
MATH 330 Statistics (4 credits)
SSC 490 Social Science Research Methods (4 credits)
SSC 494 Social Science Senior Seminar (4 credits)
SSC 495 Social Science Senior Project (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Intermediate Courses in ANTH, PECO or PSYC: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
ANTH 205 Philosophy and Religion (4 credits)
Also listed as PHIL 205
ANTH 210 Language and Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 220 Contemporary Indigenous Peoples (4 credits)
ANTH 225 Visual Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ARTS 225
ANTH 290 Independent Study (Intermediate) (4 credits)
PECO 210 U.S. Political System (4 credits)
PECO 220 Intermediate Micro- and Macro-Economic Theory (4 credits)
PECO 250 Economic Anthropology (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 250
PECO 270 Political Economy Theory (4 credits)
PECO 280 Global Political Economy (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 280
PECO 299 Independent Study (Intermediate) (4 credits)
PSYC 210 Ecopsychology (4 credits)
PSYC 240 Somatic Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 242 Cognitive Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 250 Depth Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 252 Community Mental Health (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in PSYC: Choose 2
8 credits toward the major
PSYC 315 Psyche, Myth & Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 315
PSYC 320 Political and Ethical Issues in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 350 Intersectional Identities in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 385 Psychological Assessments and Measurement (4 credits)
PSYC 390 The Art of Psychological Inquiry (4 credits)
PSYC 395 Special Topics in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 400 Basic Therapeutic Skills (4 credits)
PSYC 405 Group Theory and Dynamics (4 credits)
PSYC 430 Critical Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 440 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in ANTH or PECO: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
ANTH 305 Anthropology of Space and Place (4 credits)
ANTH 310 Anthropology of Globalization (4 credits)
Also listed as PECO 310
ANTH 320 Anthropology of Healing (4 credits)
ANTH 325 Anthropology of Work (4 credits)
ANTH 345 Reading Ethnography as Theory I (4 credits)
ANTH 350 Reading Ethnography as Theory II (4 credits)
ANTH 360 Writing Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 370 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH 390 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
PECO 315 Environmental Economics (4 credits)
PECO 320 Labor Economics (4 credits)
PECO 330 Political Economy of Race and Gender (4 credits)
PECO 340 Political Economy of Not-for-Profits (4 credits)
PECO 350 Public Policy (4 credits)
PECO 390 Special Topics in Political Economy (4 credits)
PECO 399 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)

Courses & Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, philosophy majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements in the Major
28 credits toward the major
LIT 210 Introduction to the Literary Tradition in English (4 credits)
HIST 210 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
PHIL 210 Philosophy and Literature (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
HUM 494 Senior Seminar in the Humanities (4 credits)
HUM 495 Senior Project in the Humanities (4 credits)
Foundation Course in Philosophy: Choose 1*
PHIL 105 Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge (4 credits)
PHIL 110 Law and Justice in the Western Tradition (4 credits)

* Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Advanced Courses in Philosophy: Choose 3
12 credits toward the major
PHIL 310 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 320 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 331 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 335 Feminist Philosophy & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 410 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 440 Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4 credits)
Intermediate Courses in HIS, LIT, or PHIL: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
HIST 220 U.S. History I, from the Colonial Period to 1877 (4 credits)
HIST 221 U.S. History II, 1877 to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 225 World History I, to 1500 (4 credits)
HIST 226 World History II, from 1500 to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 230 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 231 Latin American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 232 Empire Building and Colonization in the Atlantic World II, since 1890 (4 credits)
HIST 233 U.S. Women’s History (4 credits)
HIST 240 Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: A Global History (4 credits)
HIST 250 The Construction of Race and Ethnicity in North America (4 credits)
LIT 220 Introduction to World Literature (4 credits)
LIT 240 Introduction to Drama (4 credits)
LIT 241 Introduction to Poetry (4 credits)
LIT 242 Introduction to Fiction (4 credits)
ENG 250/
LIT 250
Creative Writing I (4 credits)
ENG 250/
LIT 251
Expository Writing I (4 credits)
LIT 290 Introduction to Advanced Study in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 299 Introductory Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
ANTH 205/
PHIL 205
Philosophy of Religion (4 credits)
PHIL 220 Existentialism (4 credits)
PHIL 221 Environmental Ethics & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 225 Critical Thinking (4 credits)
PHIL 229 Eastern Philosophy (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in HIS, LIT, or PHIL: Choose 2
8 credits toward the major
LIT 301 Advanced Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 310 Studies in Major Authors (4 credits)
LIT 320 Gender in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 321 Ethnicity in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 330 Literary Movements and Moments I (before 1850) (4 credits)
ENG 350/
LIT 350
Advanced Creative Writing (4 credits)
ENG 351/
LIT 351
Advanced Expository Writing (4 credits)
LIT 370 Special Topics: Advanced Theoretical Approaches to Literature (4 credits)
LIT 399 Advanced Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
HIST 330 The History of a City (4 credits)
HIST 331 The History of the American City (4 credits)
HIST 334 The History of a Person (4 credits)
HIST 335 The History of an Institution (4 credits)
HIST 370 Special Topics in U.S. History (4 credits)
HIST 470 Special Topics in the Practice of History (4 credits)
PHIL 310 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 320 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 331 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 335 Feminist Philosophy & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 410 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 440 Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4 credits)

Courses and Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, performance majors must complete the following:

Core Requirements in the Major
20 credits toward the major
PERF 103 Voice and Speech* (4 credits)
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer* (4 credits)
PERF 120 Styles of Live Art (4 credits)
PERF 220 Performance History/Critical Studies (4 credits)
PERF 320 Performance Studies (4 credits)
ARTS 494 Senior Seminar in the Arts (4 credits)
ARTS 495 Senior Project in the Arts (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Additional Requirements in the Major

Foundation Course: Choose 1*
MEDA 101 Media, Internet, and Society (4 credits)
MEDA 102 Basic Media Production (4 credits)
VISA 101 Visual Language: A Focus on Two Dimensions (4 credits)
VISA 102 Visual Language: A Focus on Three Dimensions (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Introductory and Intermediate Courses
Choose four 4-credit courses or a total of 16 credits
PERF 105** Vocal Music Instruction (1–2 credits)
PERF 106** Modern Dance (1–2 credits)
PERF 107** Individual Instruction in Music (1–2 credits)
PERF 108** Contact Improvisation (1–2 credits)
PERF 110 Performance on Location (4 credits)
PERF 140 Storytelling (4 credits)
PERF 150 Improvisation in Art and Life (4 credits)
PERF 230 Writing and Performing the Self (4 credits)
PERF 240 Site-Specific Performance (4 credits)
PERF 250 Rehearsal and Production (4 credits)
PERF 270 Special Topics in Performance with Resident Artist (4 credits)

** These courses are recommended for performance majors. Please note that they count for only 1–2 credits.
The BA degree requires a total of 52 major-related credits.

Advanced Courses
16 credits toward the major
PERF 320 Performance Studies (4 credits)
PERF 340 Rehearsal and Production Tutorial I (4 credits)
PERF 350 Documentary-based Performance (4 credits)
PERF 360 Advanced Topics in Performance (4 credits)
PERF 440 Rehearsal and Production Tutorial II (4 credits)
PERF 470 Advanced Special Topics in Performance (4 credits)
PERF 480 Independent Study: Performance (4 credits)

 

Courses & Requirements

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, media arts majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements
12 credits toward the major
MEDA 101 Media, Internet, and Society (4 credits)*
MEDA 102 Basic Media Production (4 credits)*
ARTS 494 Senior Seminar in the Arts (4 credits)
ARTS 495 Senior Project in the Arts (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Additional Requirements in the Major

One PERF or VISA Foundation Course: Choose 1*
PERF 103 Voice and Speech (4 credits)
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer (4 credits)
PERF 140 Storytelling
VISA 101 2D Visual Language (4 credits)
VISA 102 3D Visual Language (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Media Arts History or Theory Course: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
MEDA 190 History of Photo (4 credits)
MEDA 290 History of Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 390 Special Topics in Film History (4 credits)
Introductory and Intermediate Courses: Choose 5
20 credits toward the major
ARTS 240 Interdisciplinary Studio (if taken for 4 credits)
LIT 243 Introduction to Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 165 Community Voices (4 credits)
MEDA 185 Lens & Body: The Portrait (4 credits)
MEDA 190 History of Photography (4 credits)
MEDA 195 Lens & Space: The Photographic Landscape (4 credits)
MEDA 205 The Photographic Series (4 credits)
MEDA 245 AudioVision: Video Production Intensive (4 credits)
MEDA 255 Archive Fever: Found Footage Filmmaking (4 credits)
MEDA 260 Experimental Broadcast (4 credits)
MEDA 265 Introduction to Animation (4 credits)
MEDA 270 Special Topics in Media Arts with Resident Artist (4 credits)
MEDA 290 History of Cinema (4 credits)
VISA 265 Contemporary Art History (4 credits)
Advanced Courses: Choose 4
16 credits toward the major
MEDA 440 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio (if taken for 4 credits)
MEDA 450 Art & Money (4 credits)
MEDA 350 Special Topics in Documentary* (4 credits)
MEDA 380 Advanced Projects in Media Art (4 credits)
MEDA 365 Topics in Animation* (4 credits)
MEDA 390 Topics in Film History* (4 credits)
MEDA 410 Comic Arts (cross listed from VISA 410)
MEDA 450 Fictions at the Fringe of Documentary (4 credits)
MEDA 465 Advanced Topics in Animation* (4 credits)

* May be repeated for credit given a different course topic.

Media Arts

The Media Arts major at Antioch College is founded on the notion that media arts are inherently interdisciplinary, social pursuits. Courses in media arts integrate history and theory, a critical engagement with the field, and the skills necessary to make innovative, creative work. Though the media arts major does not track students into specialization, they can study any or all aspects of media arts taught at Antioch College: photography, video, animation, sound and new media.

The skills acquired in Media Arts courses help students—majors and non-majors alike—to find exciting co-op jobs, where they apply their media arts knowledge while working for innovative media professionals. They also apply their technical skills, which then continue to grow as students resume their studies on campus. Recent Media Arts co-ops include work for Skywalker Studios, Ken Burns, The Kitchen, Fraenkel Gallery, Chicago Public Radio, and many more. Additionally, Antioch’s own WYSO—a NPR affiliated radio station renowned for excellent journalism, original programming, and community engagement—gives students myriad opportunities for practical experience through the Miller Fellowship program, the Community Voices course, and beyond.

Whether students choose to major in Media Arts, self-design a media-rich major, or simply take a course or two, Media Arts courses grow their technical and intellectual capacity to think and work with media as they creatively engage the world.

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