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Art Minor

Minors In Art

Student painting in class

In order to know the world more fully, and communicate this knowledge more intensely, the language of visual art is unsurpassed.  Better communication begins with understanding and creating visual forms.  These minor options provides students with an opportunity to explore a broad variety of studio classes, or to specialize in Art History or Design Communications.

All Minors consist of 18-hours of selected courses.  Belmont students may elect to pursue a minor in any one of the following areas:

Art History Minor

Art has served a unique role in every society from the beginning of time to the present.  Visual art and architecture defines human history and communicates the essential truths of every culture and society.  This minor provides students an opportunity to explore focused topics in Art History by means of the two standard survey courses, four seminars in specialized topics such as Greek and Roman art. Coursework may be completed entirely at Belmont or in combination with a Study Abroad Program.

Design Communications Minor

This minor draws many students from the Music Business and Business schools because creative problem solving is central to these disciplines as well as the process of Design Communications.  This minor provides students with an opportunity to explore the process completion of six levels of Design Communications courses, and the option of selecting two courses among 2D Design, Drawing, Digital Imaging, Typography and Web Page Design.

Studio Minor

A studio minor is an excellent way to balance or integrate your creative interests with the practical concerns of your chosen major. The courses in this minor have all been selected for their relationship to the fundamental practices of visual art. Students will engage in a full range of creative expression in both 2D and 3D forms, and can use those experiences to expand, enhance and refine their visual skills and knowledge. In addition, the minor serves as a means to develop better powers of critical analysis.


The primary goals for the painting minor are knowledge of and proficiency in painting practice, supported by craftsmanship, individual initiative, creativity, and the ability to interpret ideas through artistic expression. The minor in painting requires students to demonstrate a thorough understanding of value, color, composition, drawing, and expression and the role these elements play in conveying meaning in their work. Students will study the use of acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed-media and will demonstrate through the development of their works proficiency in a range of painting methods that may include landscape, portrait, the figure, abstraction, and experimental paint application techniques


Photo minors will first study the basics of composition, design, lighting, processing and printing film, and producing effective prints. With additional classes students are enabled to explore photography as an expressive, personal tool, reflecting its status as a fine art medium.  Students will primarily explore traditional darkroom techniques, in addition to digital photography. Students will also have the opportunity to explore non-traditional techniques in upper-level classes. At all levels, emphasis is placed on creativity, personal expression and the quality of finished prints.