The mission of the Visual and Performing Arts Department is to prepare students through practice and theory for the professions of studio artist, graphic designer, illustrator, art educator, performer, and animator. The coursework offered by the Department complements the liberal arts tradition and enhances its academic philosophy. Upon completion of degree requirements, our students are prepared to enter an ever changing society as creative, productive, and responsible citizens. Before graduation, the student will be able to demonstrate a mastery of aesthetic terms, technical and media applications, and performance tools; visually analyze works in a clear and concise manner through written assignments and group critiques; identify major stylistic and historical art movements through a significant exposure to Art History; complete the conceptual process of locating a problem, experimenting with a variety of solutions, and determining and supporting the most effective and communicative visual solution; determine a set of educational goals, and form a plan for their attainment; present their work to the public in a polished manner, both conceptually and technically; apply the relevant tools to continue research in their field after graduation; and utilize effectively their technical and intellectual skills within their career as an artist, educator, performer, or designer. Students receiving a B.S. in Visual Arts Education will have completed all required classroom work necessary to pursue a Primary or Secondary teaching position, and entry into a Master’s Program.