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To guide it through the coming decade, the Abington College Art Program is dedicated to the following vision:
As one of the newest art schools in a metropolitan area that hosts some of the oldest in the nation, the Program aspires to be recognized as a regional leader in liberal-arts-oriented professional art and design education. It wishes to thus distinguish itself through innovative curriculum modeling combining traditional and contemporary approaches toward art making, excellence in developing students’ artistic expression and professional skills, and the ability to foster qualitative analytical and critical thinking.
The Program wishes to contribute to the evolution of theoretical developments in the fields of art and design through faculty and undergraduate research, creative work, publications, exhibitions and other programs that contribute to the body of knowledge in our disciplines.
Through increased outreach to the campus and larger community, the Program wishes to make significant regional contributions to and with partners including art institutions, other educational entities, visiting artists and professionals.
The Art Program places professional art instruction within the solid framework of an affordable, high quality, intellectually stimulating liberal arts education. The Program develops strong foundational understanding of visual art elements, principles, history and theory through a common core of study prior to admission in the major. It engenders a broad understanding of media through exposure to a cross-section of studios at the intermediate level. It culminates with specific media concentrations for students to gain expertise in Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, or New Media. Through this balance of studio work, theory, criticism, art history, and general education, the Program helps future artists and designers prepare for graduate study, professional careers, and personal growth in the art and design fields.
As an essential component of human culture and therefore an indispensable element of liberal arts education, art balances the curriculum to develop the whole mind. Thus, the Program offers courses introducing art, art history and studio experiences to the entire academic community. These encounters encourage appreciation for aesthetics, creative problem solving, self-expression, knowledge and understanding of other cultures, qualitative analytical and critical thinking, and visual literacy in a world now dominated by instantaneous and global visual communication. These are but a few of the transferable skills enhancing all areas of study in a liberal arts environment, thereby developing the most important intellectual needs for a balanced and forward-thinking society.
The four goals of the Abington College Art Program are:
The objectives of the Abington College Art Program are based on the four goals.
To educate through professional and liberal studies, the Art Program:
To contribute to the visual culture, the Art Program:
To create a body of knowledge, the Art Program:
To integrate general education, the Art Program:
Creating a Twenty-First Century Art Program
In the Spring and Summer of 2012, the Art Program faculty conducted a strategic planning process that responds and contributes to the overall Abington College Strategic Plan.
The Plan demonstrates the faculty's committment to creating the finest, most affordable art program with a liberal arts focus in the region, one that honors the mission, vision, goals, and objectives outlined above.