Liberal Arts

Artwork by Hilary Cianciosi
The Liberal Arts curriculum comprises three chronological surveys of art history and writing and literature, as well as several general education electives designed to develop effective written and oral communication skills, promote critical thinking, and encourage exploration of various creative, cultural, and intellectual disciplines.

Liberal Arts Mission:  

The mission of DCAD’s Liberal Arts program is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the art history and language skills essential for all aspiring artists and designers.  The curriculum is intended to complement and enrich students’ studio practice through carefully crafted coursework that stresses visual and verbal interaction.  This curriculum comprises three chronological surveys of art history and writing and literature, as well as several general education electives designed to develop effective written and oral communication skills, promote critical thinking, and encourage exploration of various creative, cultural, and intellectual disciplines.  Classrooms are equipped with technology that is an integral part of the teaching and learning experiences. 

Liberal Arts Goals: 

  • -Develop verbal literacy to read, write, and interpret data into knowledge and ideas and visual literacy to analyze the contextual, cultural, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical aspects of producing and using visual material. 
  • -Improve college-level reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills that are fundamental to the development and expression of creative minds, as well as the persistence and success of all students matriculating at the College.
  • -Develop students’ capabilities in employing the methodologies and vocabulary of art history and writing and literature to analyze the relationships between cultural-historical contexts and the production of works of art. 
  • -Provide students with the skills necessary to reason, problem solve, and respond at the highest levels of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of various artistic styles and literary genres for superior performance in a given situation. 
  • -Enhance student appreciation and understanding of images as text by analyzing the similarities and differences among artists, artistic expressions and traditions, and the interrelation between art and the cultures that produced it, with special attention to social, economic, political, religious, and philosophical contexts.
  • -Offer Chicago Manual Style bibliographic instruction that introduces students to the effective access, evaluation, and successful use of credible information from a variety of sources. 

Meet the Liberal Arts Faculty

Art History Syllabi & Supply Lists (PDF)