Visual and Communication Arts minors and concentrations

Art minor

Explore and challenge your artistic gifts with a 20 semester hour minor that can be paired with a different major for your own personalized, unique course of study. 

(Art minors are strongly encouraged to take VACA 121 and VACA 141 as a beginning course sequence.)

Course Credit Hours
VACA 121 Drawing 4
VACA 141 Foundations of Design 4

Choose one of the following courses:
*VACA 131 Three-Dimensional Design
VACA 232 Ceramics 

4

Choose one of the following courses:
VACA 222 Painting
* VACA 323 Printmaking and Watercolor 

4

Choose 4 credits from the following list
VACA 151 Photo 1 (2 SH)
VACA 283 Art History Western (4 SH)
VACA 382 Contemporary Art (2 SH)
* VACA 384 Art History World (2 SH)

4

Digital Communication minor

(18 semester hours)

Courses Credits 
VACA 142 Graphic Design 1 2
VACA 151 Photo 1 2
VACA 242 Graphic Design 2 2
VACA 243 Graphic Design 3 2
VACA 252 Photo 2 4
VACA 381 Cinema & Visual Theory 4

Choose one of the following courses:
VACA 344 Web Design & Social Media
VACA 367 Hybrid Storytelling

4

The digital video minor may not be combined with a digital media and communication major.

Digital Video Production minor

(18 semester hours)

Courses  Credits
VACA 381 Cinema and Visual Theory 2
VACA 151 Photo 1 2
VACA 262  Video Production 4
*VACA 263 Audio Production 2
VACA 364 Motion Graphics/After Effects 2

Choose one pair of classes (6 credits)
HUM 200 Foundations in Humanities (2 SH)
and *VACA 465 Visual Storytelling: Non-Fiction (4 SH)

or

THR 361 Screenwriting (2 SH)
and  *VACA 466 Visual Storytelling: Fiction (4 SH)

6 credits total

The digital video minor may not be combined with a digital media &  communication major.

Photography minor

(18 semester hours)

Courses Credits
VACA141 Foundations of Design 4
VACA 151 Photo 1 2
VACA 252 Photo 2 4
VACA 455 Portfolio and Vocation 4

Choose one of the following courses:
VACA 345 Advanced Photoshop
VACA 353 Alternative Photo Processes
VACA 354 Conservation Photo

4

Theater minor

(18 semester hours)

Courses Credits
THR 100 Acting for Stage & Screen 2
THR 200 Survey of World Theater History 2

Choose 8 credits  from the following list:
THR 210 Technical Theater (2 SH)
THR 300 Directing for the Theater  (2 SH)
THR 360 Playwriting (2 SH)
THR 361 Screenwriting (2 SH)
THR 230 Theater Topics (2 SH)

8

Practica (6 SH)Choose from two or more of the following areas of practical learning through participation in theater productions.
THR 281 Acting (1-3 SH)
THR 350 Technical Theater (1-3 SH)
THR 351 Stage Management (1-3 SH)
THR 352 Assistant Directing (1-3 SH)
THR 353 Dramaturgy (1-3 SH)

6


Pre-Art Therapy 

The pre-art therapy concentration will prepare you for graduate studies in art therapy helping people express themselves using the creativity of painting, drawing or other artistic means. You will take a combination of art and psychology courses that are pre-requisites for graduate school programs in art therapy.

Education majors with a lisensure in art will also benefit from this concentration. You will be able to apply the concepts learned in this concentration in your classrooms and teaching practice. 


Concentration for Psychology major: 18 VACA credits

(Any of the courses listed below can be used as a core class except the Intermediate and Advanced Studio courses)

VACA 121 Drawing 4 SH
 VACA 131 Three-Dimensional Design 4 SH
VACA 222 Painting 4 SH
VACA 232 Ceramics 4 SH

Choose one of the following courses:
VACA 332 Intermediate Ceramics
 VACA 434 Advanced Drawing
VACA 435 Advanced Painting

2 SH

Concentration for VACA major in Studio Art: 15 Psychology credits 

PSYC 202 Developmental Psychology 3 SH
 PSYC 311 Psychological Research Design & Analysis 3 SH
 PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology 3 SH
PSYC 361 Theories of Personality 3 SH
PSYC 391 Introduction to Counseling 3 SH

Concentration for Art Education major: 9 Psychology credits

PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology 3 SH
PSYC 361 Theories of Personality 3 SH
PSYC 391 Introduction to Counseling 3 SH


Students majoring in disciplines outside of Psychology, Studio Art, or Art Education need to
complete the VACA courses listed in section 1 and the Psychology courses listed in section 2
to receive a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy.

 

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