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Course Catalog 2010 ÂŹ 2011

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Office for Student Life

High School Summer Immersion


Peer Mentoring Program

Adult Community Education

Student Council


Campus Activities


Message from the President

Student Life Sponsored Events

Board of Trustees

Campus Location

Support Services

Campus Officers


Alumni Benefits

Academic Leaders

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Disclosure


Administrative Staff



BFA Degrees, Programs, and Course Descriptions

Application Process



Admissions Information

Academic Support

Locations and Contacts

Enrollment Options


Scheduled Hours

Transfer Students

Emergency College Closings

International Students

70 I N ST I T U T I O N A L P O L I C I ES

Evacuation Procedures

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Severe Weather Procedures

Maintenance of Work Areas



Ban on Firearms

Crime Awareness and Campus Security


Act of 1990

Tuition and Fees

Disability Policy

Tuition Payment Policy

Exhibition and Publication of Work

Withdrawal Policy

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records

Grievance Procedures


Health Insurance

How Financial Aid is Determined

Immunization Law

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Military Service

Eligibility Requirements

No Smoking Policy

Available Financial Aid Programs

Noise Control

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Non-Discrimination Policy

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic

Safety on Campus

Progress Policy

Student Conduct Code

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Student Right-To-Know


Academic Calendar 2010-2011 ¬ 3

Please visit for the most current calendar information. There you will also find the academic and gallery calendars. FALL SEM ESTER 20 1 0

August 27





Advising & Registration Day for Spring 2011 – No Classes



Last Day to Withdraw from a Class


Spring Break – No Classes


Thanksgiving Recess Begins – No Classes


Classes Resume at 8:30 a.m.


Classes Resume at 8:30 a.m.


Scholarship Award Ceremony

29-Dec 1 Senior Thesis Presentations Proposals Due Validation Day: Last Day to Validate Fall Registration

April December 6-17

September 2-3

New Student Orientation


Faculty/Staff Orientation


Incomplete Grades Due for Spring 2010


Classes Begin at 8:30 a.m.


Convocation Service at the Virginia Street Swedenborgian Church, 6:00 p.m.

Academic Advising Weeks


Last Day of Classes


Junior Level Reviews


Final Grades Due by 12 p.m.


CVA Welcome Back Party, Summit Building, 4:00 p.m.


Labor Day – No Classes



Academic Advising Weeks


Faculty/Staff Orientation


Last Day to Register


New Student Orientation


Last Day to Add or Drop a Class


Incomplete Grades Due for Fall 2010


Course Syllabi due in Registrar’s Office


Martin Luther King Day – No Classes


Constitution Day


Classes Begin at 8:30 a.m.


Academic Advising Weeks


Last Day to Register


Last Day to Add or Drop a Class


Course Syllabi due in Registrar’s Office


Last Day to Withdraw from a Class


Advising & Registration Day for Fall 2011 – No Classes


Registration Day for Foundation Students

May 3

Mid-Term Week: Faculty Mid-Term Student

January 2011



25-May 3 Academic Advising Weeks



Mid-Term Week: Faculty Mid-Term Student


Last Day to Validate Spring Registration

Last Day of Classes


Foundation Level Reviews


Senior Banquet


Commencement 3:30 p.m.


Final Grades Due by 12 p.m.

SU M M ER 20 11 May 16 – July 26 Summer Session for all Students

Introducing the College of Visual Arts

Introducing the College of Visual Arts ÂŹ 5


The College of Visual Arts provides a collaborative environment that focuses on individual student development by fully integrating the study of the liberal arts and the visual arts. We cultivate a worldview that recognizes the value of art and design in promoting pride in place and responsible citizenship.

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As president of the college, I welcome you and invite

CVA is located in the beautiful Summit Avenue and

you to learn more about us.

Ramsey Hill neighborhoods of Saint Paul. The college

is close to Grand and Selby avenues and downtown

At the College of Visual Arts, we engage with

CVA collaborates with art and design

professionals and cultural institutions to take best advantage of the resources in the vibrant Twin Cities area, enriching the opportunities and experiences available to students.

those around us, and offer a means of participating

Saint Paul. Students who need housing have a wide

in the visual world through art and design education.

choice of affordable apartments, duplexes, and single-

We solve problems, ask questions, provide models by

family homes.

example, and challenge our preconceptions. We see

education through the arts as a vehicle for exploration

other metropolitan communities. Students can easily

Learning Commission, a commission of the North

and an ideal means of communication.

get around on a public transportation system that is

Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

fast and affordable; excellent biking trails are also

HLC may be reached at:

Through the ages, art and design have recorded

The college is also close to Minneapolis and

ACCR ED ITATIO N The College of Visual Arts is accredited by the Higher

history, illustrated and examined probing questions,

available. The Twin Cities area has all the resources

and attempted to give meaning to the inexplicable.

of a major metropolitan area, including cultural and

The Higher Learning Commission

CVA is committed to learning through the visual

educational institutions and professional sports.

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

arts. As artists, designers, scholars, and educators,

Chicago, IL 60604

we believe in the power of all forms of visual

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center,

communication, including the written word. Through

and other museums and galleries offer a rich cultural

the visual arts, we see, examine, and explore the

experience. With more theaters per capita than New


York City, theater abounds, from the Guthrie Theater

to scores of smaller acting companies. The Saint Paul

We hope you take the time to get to know the

The Twin Cities is a showcase for all the arts. The

College of Visual Arts. We look forward to your

Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra

participation and getting to know you.

offer classical music to the community. Concert venues and clubs feature jazz, folk, contemporary,

Ann Ledy

and many other types of music for specific audiences.

President and Chief Academic Officer

The area has a large number of businesses with

creative employment opportunities, including design studios, ad agencies, web providers, and major corporations such as Target, 3M, Best Buy, General Mills, Lawson Software, and Medtronic.

MIN N E SOTA O FFICE O F HIG H ER ED U CATIO N D ISCLOSU R E The College of Visual Arts is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


Admissions ÂŹ 8

The College of Visual Arts welcomes applications from prospective students interested in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art or design. All applications for admission are evaluated on the basis of a portfolio review, statement of interest, and records of academic aptitude and performance. Admissions decisions are individualized and take into account all aspects of the applicant’s background.

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Statement of Interest

Test Scores

Application Form and Fee

A prospective student is required to submit an essay

The college’s ACT code is 6117 and the SAT code

that describes the student’s goals, how attending CVA

is 6147. An ACT or SAT score is required for

will benefit the student, and what the student finds

all applicants unless otherwise notified by the

exciting about art and design. If applicable, the essay

Admissions Office, with one exception: Transfer

may also address any unusual circumstances that may

applicants who have successfully completed 30 or

have affected an applicant’s academic performance.

more college credits at an accredited institution are

One or two pages are recommended for this statement

not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Students initiate the admissions process by submitting a completed application form with a $40 nonrefundable application fee. A paper application form can be obtained from CVA’s Admissions Office or you may apply online admissions/online_application/.

Application fee waivers are available to those

that qualify. More information and an application fee waiver form can be downloaded at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling site

of interest. CVA offers several workshops throughout the year to assist applicants in writing the statement of interest.

Portfolio Review A portfolio for admission into CVA is required and may include, but is not limited to drawing, painting,

Academic Transcripts


All applicants must present proof of high school

printmaking, sculpture, websites, video, and

We suggest that students complete all application

graphic design work, digital work, photography,

graduation or its equivalent. A valid academic

documentation of installation. Applicants may

requirements within two weeks following the

transcript – official and sealed – must be sent directly

choose to submit a variety of media or concentrate

submission of the application form. Please note the

to the CVA Admissions Office. (Please note that

on just one. Portfolios should include twelve to

March 1 priority scholarship deadline for the fall

transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” are NOT

twenty examples of artwork, and applicants may also

semester and November 1 priority deadline for the

considered official.)

supplement portfolios with sketchbooks.

spring semester.

If a student has not completed high school,

CVA offers multiple drawing workshops and

s/he must submit General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

classes throughout the year to assist applicants to

scores in addition to the official high school transcript.

build a portfolio. Students wishing to enhance their

portfolio for admission should strongly consider

If the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree at a U.S.

college or university, s/he need not furnish a high

attending one of CVA’s workshops, offered in the

school transcript, but will need to provide an official

fall and winter, and/or our high school summer

college transcript.

immersion classes. Information on workshops and summer classes can be found on the CVA website or by contacting the Admissions Office.

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A portfolio can be reviewed on campus or sent through the mail. On campus reviews take place at CVA by appointment with the Admissions Office.


Acceptance Notification

Applicants may bring original work, photographs, or

Applicant files are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Macintosh-compatible CD/DVD. It is recommended

Applicants who have submitted all application

that an applicant use photographs or digital images

materials by the priority deadline (March 1 for fall

to represent oversize, three-dimensional, or digital

or November 1 for spring) will be notified of the

work. Online portfolios are also accepted provided

admissions status within two weeks after fulfilling

each image is labeled with title, size, and medium.

their application requirements. CVA will continue to

accept applications after the March 1 and November

Applicants mailing a portfolio should not send

original artwork as items may be damaged while in

1 priority deadlines unless or until maximum

transit and cannot be returned. Alternately, applicants

enrollment is achieved.

can send Macintosh-compatible CDs of their work to the attention of the Admissions Office. A numbered inventory, detailing the title of each piece, size, medium, and date of completion must be included with CD/DVD.

Photographs and catalogs alone can’t

communicate CVA’s atmosphere. We are proud of CVA’s distinctive community and welcome visitors to the campus. We recommend that all applicants attend one of the many on-campus events held during the year and/or call to schedule a personal tour.

Tuition Deposit

Admission on Conditional Acceptance CVA offers conditional acceptance to students who show artistic potential but in some other respect do not meet CVA’s academic standards. Conditional acceptance allows students who would otherwise be declined admission a chance to prove that they can successfully handle a rigorous curriculum. Students admitted conditionally must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (or C average) by the end of their first semester of enrollment. If the student meets this requirement, the conditional status is removed. If the student is unable to fulfill this requirement, the student is suspended.

Payment of a $200 tuition deposit secures a position at CVA for accepted applicants and allows new students to register for classes. This deposit is applied


to the first semester tuition cost. The balance of the

Full Time Students

semester’s tuition is due no later than Validation,

Students are considered full time when they carry at

which takes place at New Student Orientation (please

least 12 credits per semester. To graduate within four

see the calendar for these dates.) Deposits received

years, a student must take six semesters of 15 credits

before May 1 for fall semester or before November 1

each and two semesters of 18 credits each.

for spring semester are refundable. Deposits received after May 1 or November 1 are non-refundable, except if requested within three days of payment.

Part-time Students Students are considered part-time if they are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester. Students are able to pursue a degree on a part-time basis but students who attend full time may benefit from being fully immersed in CVA’s artistic and academic community.

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Second-degree Students

Spring/Summer Foundation Year

CVA frequently enrolls students who have already

Students may begin the first year Foundation Program

completed a bachelor’s degree at another institution.

in the spring semester, completing the second

Second-degree students come to CVA from a wide

semester of the Foundation Program in the summer.

range of educational and professional backgrounds,

This option gives students the opportunity to continue

including persons with considerable professional

as sophomores at the start of the next academic year

experience, as well as individuals with limited art

in the fall. Students participating in the Spring/

and design experience. Second-degree students

Summer Foundation Program must commit to both

are subject to the same policies as degree-seeking

the spring and summer semesters.

students and must meet all standard admissions criteria. Contact the Admissions Office for specific application instructions.

Non-degree Students

TR ANSFER STU D ENTS Transfer students must have official, sealed

The Admissions Office, in conjunction with

faculty, reviews student work based on the official transcripts, the quality and the equivalency of the work shown in the transfer portfolio. Credits are not automatically transferred and are awarded on an individual basis.

Transfer portfolios for all prospective studio

credits should be submitted before the beginning of the term for which the student is seeking admission, as the transfer credits may affect the student’s registration status. Guidelines for the transfer portfolio preparation are available from the Admissions Office.

transcripts sent to CVA from their high school and all post-secondary institutions attended.

Students who do not plan to pursue a BFA degree

Once all admissions materials have been received

may enroll in classes on a space-available basis and

and a student has been accepted into the college,

with permission of the appropriate department

an official evaluation of transfer credit will be

chair. Non-degree students do not need to complete

provided. Applicants may transfer a maximum

all of the general admissions procedures, but must

of 60 semester credits. Academic credits earned

submit a CVA application. Non-degree students are

at other regionally accredited post-secondary

not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the

institutions will be considered for transfer credit

same tuition structure as part-time degree seeking

if the applicant received a “C” or above and if

students. Non-degree students must meet prerequisite

the course is appropriate to CVA’s curriculum.

requirements to enroll in courses or receive approval

Remedial and developmental course credits will

from the appropriate department chair. An individual

not be accepted. Students seeking to transfer studio

interested in enrolling as a non-degree student should

credits must submit a portfolio that displays the

contact the Admissions Office for more information.

work done in each course they wish to transfer.

INTER NATIO NAL STU D ENTS International students are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible. Please note the March 1 priority scholarship deadline for the fall semester and November 1 priority deadline for the spring semester.

The I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa

will be issued once a student is accepted and the $200 tuition deposit has been received. In addition to general admission requirements, international applicants must also submit the following:

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1. P  roof of English Language Proficiency: A solid command of oral and written English is necessary for success in CVA’s programs. Unless English is a prospective student’s first language, the following minimum score is required.

TOEFL Paper: 550

TOEFL Computer: 213

TOEFL iBT: 79-80

IELTS: 6.0

Credit Load for International Students International students with F-1 or J-1 status are required to carry 15 credits, since falling below full time status will cause that student to be classified “Out-of-Status” under SEVIS regulations.

Transfer Credit for International Students

Participation Requirements: •

High school senior

Minimum 3.2 GPA

Complete PSEO requirements

PSEO students may enroll in one or both of the PSEO classes offered, but must make a two semester, year-long commitment. Classes meet twice a week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Studio classes are two hours and fifty minutes in length and

Students wishing to transfer credits taken outside the

liberal arts classes are one hour and twenty minutes.

The college’s TOEFL code number is 6108.

United States must have an equivalency evaluation

Although CVA offers both morning and afternoon

Students whose scores fall below the minimum

performed by a recognized organization providing

classes, we cannot guarantee class times until

are required to participate in the completion of

such services. The Admissions Office can refer

registration in June.

the English and academic preparation instruction

students to organizations providing evaluations. Fall PSEO course options:

program though the Global Language Institute ( 2. C  ertified Translation of all Documents: Diplomas, transcripts, financial statements, and letters must be submitted in certified English translations. The Admissions Office can refer students to organizations providing such translations. 3. D  eclaration of Finances: International students must submit an official affidavit and appropriate bank statement verifying adequate funds to cover tuition, fees, housing, and supplies for one academic year. Financial declarations must be submitted in U.S. currency.


FD112: Foundation Drawing I [3 credits]

A H120: Prehistoric through Medieval Art History [3 credits]

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a Minnesota Department of Education program that allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. CVA’s PSEO program offers qualified high school seniors a challenging and rewarding introduction to art and design school. High school students interested in building a portfolio for art and design school admission and earning credit towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at CVA are encouraged to apply.

Spring PSEO course options: •

FD113: Foundation Drawing II [3 credits] Prerequisite FD112

A H121: Renaissance through Modern Art History [3 credits] Prerequisite AH120

Please see course descriptions for more detail on these offerings.

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PSEO Admission Requirements

Accepted Students


College of Visual Arts PSEO Application

Once a student is accepted into the PSEO program,

All textbooks and equipment provided to

Minnesota Board of Education PSEO

they become a member of the CVA community. The

PSEO participants during the semester remain the property of CVA.

Registration Form

student takes part in New Student Orientation, the

Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form

Peer Mentorship program, and is given an academic

A rt Teacher Recommendation Form

advisor. Students are responsible, in consultation

Official High School Transcript

with their high school counselor, to ensure that the

Interview and Portfolio Review

courses taken at CVA will be sufficient to meet their

(please call for an appointment)

high school graduation requirements. CVA is not

responsible for fulfilling the student’s high school We encourage students to complete the PSEO

requirements for graduation.

application process before May 1. There are limited

spaces available and are filled on a first come basis.

school schedule before CVA registration in July.

Notification of acceptance will be sent before May 10.

Class space is limited and class times are assigned

Each student is asked to clarify his or her high

depending on space availability. Class times are

PSEO Portfolio Review Students should include five to ten examples of artwork that reflect a prospective student’s imagination, originality, and conceptual skills. The portfolio may include drawing, painting, illustration, mixed media, digital work, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video.

never guaranteed and registration priority is given to currently enrolled students. PSEO students must request in writing from the CVA registrar that an official copy of their CVA transcript be sent to their high school.

Acceptance into the CVA PSEO program does

not guarantee acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program at the College of Visual Arts. All students interested in the BFA program must go through the BFA admissions process.

Tuition Information

Tuition Information ¬ 15

will be required to return a portion of the federal

20 1 0 -20 11 TUITIO N AN D FEES


Full time tuition (12-18 credits per semester) and fees

Tuition and fee charges are due thirty days prior to

for 2010-2011 are as follows:

the beginning of each semester. Total charges are provided on a billing statement and reflect anticipated

Full time tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 23,488

financial aid already approved for the student. If

Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $

changes are made to the financial aid, the amount


due will be adjusted at that time and a revised billing Students who take more than 18 credits per semester

statement will be mailed to the student. If tuition and

will be charged the full time semester tuition plus an

fees are not paid in full by the due date, a late fee of

additional $1,100 per credit over 18 credits.

$100 will be charged to the student’s account.

Part-time (less than 12 credits per semester) or

Please remit payment to: The College of Visual Arts,

are auditing (enrolling without credit) tuition for

Attn: Business Office, 344 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul,

2010-2011 are as follows:

MN 55102.

Part-time tuition (per credit) . . . . . . . $ 1,175


Non-credit/audit tuition (per credit) . . $


Student fee (per course) . . . . . . . . . . $


is calculated through a formula called the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Refund Calculation. The types of assistance included under this policy are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Direct Student Loans, and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.

A student considering withdrawal is

encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office for information about the financial consequences of withdrawing from the college.

Should a student elect to completely withdraw

from CVA and the refund calculation determines that funds are owed to the college, he or she must pay the amount due within 10 business days after the date of withdrawal. Any account balance not satisfied within

A student who completely withdraws during the

this time will be turned over to CVA’s collection

fall or spring term will be assessed tuition on the

agency for immediate payment.

following schedule:

Additional Fees

Withdrawal Date

The following fees may be incurred at CVA: Academic transcript fee . . . . . . . . . . $


Graduation fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $


Late tuition payment fee . . . . . . . . . . $


Locker rental deposit . . . . . . . . . . . . $


Photo ID replacement fee . . . . . . . . . $


PH316 Digital Photography fee . . . . . . $


FD101b 2-D Design/Digital fee . . . . . . $


FD112 Drawing I fee . . . . . . . . . . . . $


FD122 3-D Design Elements fee . . . . . . $

financial aid received for that term. The amount owed


1st through 6th day of class . . . . . . . .


7th through 11th day of class . . . . . . .


12th through 16th day of class . . . . . .


17th through 21st day of class . . . . . . .


22nd through 26th day of class . . . . . .


27th through 31st day of class . . . . . . .


After 31st day of class . . . . . . . . . . . 100%

Return of Federal Funds Policy

A withdrawal date must be determined for the purpose of returning Title IV funds, state funds, and calculating institutional charges. The withdrawal date is determined at the time a student completes an official CVA withdrawal form or otherwise notifies the college in writing of the intent to withdraw. Should a student fail to notify the college of the withdrawal, the withdrawal date is considered to be the last date of participation in an academically related activity. If

A federal financial aid recipient who withdraws

this date cannot be determined, the withdrawal date

from the college before completing 60% of a term

shall be considered the midpoint of the term.

Financial Aid Information

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CVA believes that every accepted student should have the opportunity to enroll at the college, regardless of financial need. Through a program of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and the Tuition Management Systems Monthly Payment Plan, CVA provides a comprehensive approach to assist students in any financial situation. The Financial Aid Office works to develop a financial aid package that best meets each student’s specific financial needs.

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The following are the direct and estimated

To be eligible for financial aid through CVA,

A student must complete the Free Application for

indirect costs for full time students in

a student must:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After the FAFSA has

the 2010-2011 academic year:

a. Be enrolled in a CVA degree program

b. Complete the Free Application for Federal

been submitted, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the student and to CVA. The Financial Aid

Direct Costs

Office uses this information to determine a student’s

Full time tuition per year . . . . . . . . . $ 23,488

c. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

financial aid award.

Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 500

d. Be registered with Selective Service (if you are

Estimated indirect expenses

The Financial Aid Office calculates financial

need by taking the total cost of attendance minus

*Books/supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 2,508

the expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC,

*Room and board . . . . . . . . . . . $ 4,946

reported on the SAR, is used as an index to determine

*Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1,412

eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study programs.

*Miscellaneous/personal . . . . . . . $ 2,896

Total Cost of Attendance . . . . . . . . $ 35,750

The Financial Aid Office uses as the EFC, grade

Student Aid (FAFSA)

a male)

e. Not be in default on any educational loan or

f. Maintain satisfactory academic progress

owe a refund on any federal or state grant towards a degree Some types of financial aid may require full time

level, and course load to determine sources of aid available to each student. The Financial Aid Office

Direct costs—tuition and fees—are billed by CVA.

enrollment. Financial aid is prorated for part-time

will mail the completed financial aid award to the

Estimated costs identified by an asterisk (*) are not

students according to their course load. Financial aid

student’s permanent address.

charged by the college, and may vary for each student

for students seeking a second degree is limited to the

depending upon living arrangements and individual

CVA Grant and student loans.


A student must reapply annually for all types of

financial aid. Each January, new financial aid forms and applications are distributed for the next fall term. Returning students who wish to apply for aid should complete their financial aid application by April 15 for priority consideration.

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Need-Based Gift Aid

CVA Grant: CVA awards tuition grants in varying

All scholarships are renewable for up to four years to

amounts to enrolled students, based on demonstrated

students who maintain a cumulative GPA at CVA of

financial need. A 2.0 cumulative grant point average

3.0 or higher and are enrolled full time. New Student

is required for retaining the CVA Grant. CVA Grant

Scholarships do not apply to some study abroad

Federal Pell Grant: The Federal government

recipients must submit the FAFSA and complete the

opportunities. Please see the Financial Aid Office for

awards Pell Grants to students who are U.S.

CVA Financial Aid Application no later than April 15

more information.

citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a

each year in order to renew the grant.

Excellence in Scholarship Exhibition

degree-granting program and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Full time enrollment for this grant is 12 credits per semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG is a federally sponsored program administered by the college. Students must be eligible for a Pell Grant in order to qualify. Awards are based on financial need, availability of funds, and the amount of aid received from other sources.

Academic Competitiveness Grant: The Federal Government awards the ACG to students who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants, who have completed a rigorous high school program of study, and are enrolled full time in their first or second year of a degree-granting program. The ACG will be discontinued following the 2010-2011 academic year.

Minnesota State Grant: This grant is available to Minnesota residents only (the program determines residency). State grant guidelines determine the amount of the award based on need and credit load. Full time enrollment for the Minnesota State Grant is 15 credits per semester.

Scholarship Programs

Enrolled students who participate in the annual

At CVA, we strive to recognize both academic and

Excellence in Scholarship Exhibition are eligible for

artistic merit of our students. In order to do so, a

the Excellence in Scholarship award. All awards are

variety of scholarship programs are awarded to

made for the following academic year. At the time

incoming students.

of application, qualified students must be enrolled full time, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, and

CVA Academic Scholarship: $2,000

have completed 30 credits or more at CVA. In order to

The CVA Academic Scholarship recognizes students

receive the award, students must maintain full time

who have achieved academically in high school

status and a 3.5 GPA throughout the award year.

or college. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded at

the time of admission to CVA students who have a

awards, special named scholarships are awarded

cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

to recognize outstanding achievement in a particular

discipline. A faculty committee selects recipients

Academic Scholarship recipients can compete for

In addition to the Excellence in Scholarship

additional scholarship by submitting a scholarship

who are announced in March at the annual CVA

application and portfolio prior to March 1.

Scholarship Award Ceremony.

Scholarship applications will be judged by a jury of CVA faculty members. Scholarship applicants may be

Self-Help Aid

eligible for the following awards:

College Work-Study: Federal, state, and

CVA Faculty Scholarship:


CVA Presidential Scholarship:


CVA Trustee’s Scholarship:


college funds provide part-time, on and off campus employment opportunities for students. Award amounts are based upon availability of funds. Federal and state programs require that a student demonstrate financial need.

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Federal Direct Student Loan: Provides longterm, low interest loans through the U.S. Department of Education. Repayment of this loan begins six months after graduation or if enrollment status falls below half time. Interest does not accrue on a Subsidized Direct Student Loan while the student is enrolled at least half time. Interest accrues on Unsubsidized Direct Student Loans while the student is still in school. However, the student has the option of making interest payments while in school. If no payments are made, accrued interest will be capitalized.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Parents of dependent students who need additional funds to meet education expenses may be eligible to borrow up to the total cost of education (direct costs + estimated indirect costs) through this program. The interest rate for this loan is fixed at 7.9%. Repayment typically begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement for each year and lasts 120 months. The PLUS loan is obtained through the school from the U.S. Department of Education.

Alternative Loan Programs: A variety of lenders provide student loans for up to the cost of attendance. Interest rates and terms vary by lender. CVA’s Financial Aid Office encourages students to research the best loan terms, and should visit the Financial Aid Office to finalize the loan.

For more information about educational loans or

work-study, or for an application, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

H OW TO APPLY FO R FINAN CIAL AID Step 1: Complete the CVA Application for Financial Aid, available in the Financial Aid Office or on the Financial Aid website forms_and_resources/.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at CVA’s school code is 007462. If you do not want to submit your FAFSA online, you may request a FAFSA booklet from the Financial Aid Office and submit your completed form to the Financial Aid Office for processing.

If you already completed the FAFSA and did

not include CVA as one of your college choices, call 800.433.3243 or go online to to request a copy of your SAR sent to the CVA Financial Aid Office.

Your FAFSA may be selected for a process called

verification. One out of every three applicants

NOTE: It is recommended that you submit the

FAFSA after you and your parents, if applicable, have completed current federal income tax forms (1040). If the tax forms are not complete, you may estimate the financial portion of the application.

Please contact the CVA Financial Aid Office

should you have any questions. You are invited to arrange an appointment for a review of your aid application. During the review you will be given an estimate of your costs and financial aid eligibility.

Step 3: To apply for the Federal Direct Student Loan, you must complete student loan entrance counseling and complete the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at If you are unable to complete the process online, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


is selected for this process. If your application is

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as

selected, the CVA Financial Aid Office will contact you

progressing in a positive manner towards fulfilling

requesting various documents. Please note that your

the requirements of a degree program. There are

financial aid file will be place in “hold status” until

two components to measure academic progress.

all the required information is received by the

The first is a qualitative measure by use of the

Financial Aid Office.

cumulative grade point average (GPA); the second is the quantitative measurement that is determined by the number of credits successfully completed.

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Qualitative Requirements (GPA) A student is required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for courses taken at the College of Visual Arts. Letter grades of A through F are included in the cumulative GPA. Grades of I (Incomplete), S (Passing), U (Not

Full time enrollment for financial aid purposes

is 12 or more credits per term. Please note that 15 credits per semester is considered full time enrollment for the Minnesota State Grant Program.

Academic Progress Review

Financial Aid Appeal Process A student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress and is suspended from financial aid may appeal based upon unusual or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. A student must submit a written appeal and supporting

passing), Au (Audit), and W (Withdrawal) do

Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end

documentation to the Director of Financial Aid within

not carry a numerical value and do not affect the

of each academic year, after spring semester grades

30 days of notification of financial aid suspension. The

GPA. If a course is repeated, the second grade

have been posted. A student who fails to meet the

Financial Aid Committee will review all financial aid

is used in calculating the cumulative GPA.

progress standard will be notified in writing no later

appeal requests and will provide a written decision

than 4 weeks after the progress review.

to the student within 10 business days after receipt

qualitative requirements will first be made at the end

In determining Satisfactory Progress, the

of the request. The student may file a written appeal

of spring semester in the student’s second academic

Financial Aid Office defines completed credit hours

of the decision of the Financial Aid Committee with

year and will be assessed at the end of each academic

and cumulative GPA in the same manner as the

the vice president of the College of Visual Arts. This

year thereafter.

Registrar’s Office. Students should refer to the

appeal must be submitted to the vice president within

Registrar’s section of the catalog for clarification on

10 business days after the decision of the Financial

these items.

Aid Committee. The vice president will provide a

Determination as to whether a student meets the

Quantitative Requirements (Course Completion Rate) A student is expected to earn his or her degree

written decision to the student within 10 business

Financial Aid Suspension

within 150 percent of the estimated length of the

A student who does not achieve the necessary

program (maximum six years). In order to meet this

requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress

requirement, a student must successfully complete at

is placed on financial aid suspension and will lose

least 67 percent of attempted credits each term. This

eligibility for financial aid. A student may regain

will be calculated by dividing the cumulative credits

eligibility for assistance after demonstrating the

earned by the cumulative credits attempted. Accepted

ability to maintain the standards of this policy. A

transfer credits are included in the calculation of a

student who exceeds the maximum published length

student’s course completion rate.

of the program (six years) is placed on financial aid


Determination as to whether a student meets the

quantitative requirements will be made at the end of the spring semester in the student’s first academic year and will be assessed at the end of each academic year thereafter.

days after receipt of the appeal. All decisions made at this stage of the appeal process are final.

FR EQ U ENTLY ASK ED Q U E STIO NS AN D ANSWERS 1. How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and the CVA Financial Aid Application. Both applications are available in the CVA Financial Aid Office or at the CVA Financial Aid website. You must reapply no later than April 15 each year in order to continue receiving financial aid.

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2. A  m I required to report my parents’

4. W  hat types of financial aid are available

information on the FAFSA?

You are required to report parent information

at CVA?

C VA offers federal, state, and institutional

aid award?

A n eligibility notice will be mailed to your

unless you meet one of the following criteria:

assistance in the form of grants, scholarships,

permanent address detailing the type and

a. You are 24 years of age by December 31 of the

work-study, student loans, and a loan for parents

amount of assistance you are eligible to receive.

to those who qualify. Students at CVA usually

When you receive your award letter, you

receive a combination of aid depending upon

will have the option to refuse and/or ask for

financial need.

adjustments to all or a portion of your aid award.

year you are applying for aid.

b. You have at least one bachelor’s degree and are

c. You are married.

d. You have children or other dependents who

working on a master’s or doctorate program.

receive more than half of their support from

Estimated billing information is also enclosed 5. What does the EFC mean?

with the initial notice of aid. Awards are typically

T he Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the

mailed within two weeks of FAFSA filing,

result of a federal calculation that takes into

beginning March 1.


7. H  ow will I be notified of my financial

e. Both parents are deceased, or until the age of

account many factors, such as household income,

18 you were a ward/dependent of the court.

assets, number in household, and the number in

8. How will I receive my financial aid?

f. You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

college. The result of this calculation, the EFC,

g. You are/were an emancipated minor.

is an index number used to determine financial

on a semester basis. If a credit balance results

h. You have been determined to be an

need and eligibility for most sources of financial

from the application of all of your financial aid

unaccompanied youth who is homeless or at

aid. Your EFC is reported on your Student Aid

received, the Business Office will generate a

risk of being homeless.

Report (SAR).

refund check after the six-day drop/add period.

If you are unsure of your status or have

6. How is financial need determined?

extenuating circumstances, please contact the

Financial Aid Office.

Financial need is determined by your FAFSA, and your calculated EFC. Need is determined by taking the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books,

3. W  hat if my financial situation has changed

supplies, living/personal expenses) minus your

and will affect my ability to pay for college?

EFC. Once the financial need is determined, the

If your income has decreased by a significant

Financial Aid Office determines what types and

amount from the previous year or if you have

the amount of aid to offer.

unexpected circumstances, you may complete an appeal form which is available on the Financial Aid and Resources page of the CVA website.

Financial aid is disbursed to your student account

Student Life

Student Life ¬ 24



The director for student life is available to support

The Student Council at CVA supports the mission

overall student wellness and to advise students on

of the Office for Student Life by sponsoring and

The Office for Student Life works with the Student

non-academic student-centered issues at the college.

coordinating events, programs, and open forum

Council to sponsor social and cultural events

The director provides support and referral services, is

discussions for enrolled students. The Student

throughout the school year. Annual trips include visits

a confidential resource for students, and is available

Council creates leadership opportunities and provides

to apple orchards and corn mazes in the fall and snow

for a range of services including conflict mediation

a venue for students to express their interests and

tubing and sledding in the winter. Weekly bowling

and assisting students in adjusting to college life.

concerns. Elections are held for representatives from

events, themed balls, and student mixers take place

each academic major program. Each Foundation

throughout the year. Triathlon Club, Illustration Club,

to international and exchange students, oversees

section also elects representatives to the council. The

and Bowling Club meet regularly. Students interested

disability services, Student Council, campus activities,

president and vice president are selected through

in creating a club or organization are encouraged (and

counseling and referral services, the Peer Mentoring

school-wide election.

required) to meet with the director for student life.



CVA encourages students to become involved with

Counseling and Referral Services

The director for student life is also CVA’s advisor


program, and manages the student lounge in the Western Building. The Office for Student Life is open throughout the year. It is best for a student to make an appointment with the director, but walk-in visits are welcome on a first-come, first served basis.


programs and events sponsored by the college and other organizations. Events planned by the Office for Student Life and the Student Council provide opportunities for getting to know other students in a

Peer mentors are college work-study students, trained

variety of social, cultural, and educational settings.

to help connect newly enrolled students to the

Involvement with student groups, such as the

academic and social terrain of CVA, the art and design

Minnesota chapter of the AIGA, allows CVA students

community, and the Twin Cities area. Peer mentors

to network with some of the leading minds in the

are responsible for sponsoring social activities for the

graphic arts community.

Foundation cohort as well as for meeting individually with every new student on a regular basis during their first year at the college. Three peer mentors are assigned to each Foundation section.

In an effort to better meet every student’s personal needs, CVA has a special referral arrangement with a licensed psychologist, Dr. Greg Stern. Dr. Stern’s office is conveniently located at 366 Selby Avenue, near the CVA campus. Whether a student needs a single appointment, just someone to talk to, or long-term therapy, Dr. Stern can offer assistance. Insurance is accepted. Dr. Stern’s telephone number is 651.208.9611.

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Disability Services



Early self-disclosure of learning, psychological,

CVA makes every effort to connect students with area

The college assigns each student an email address

or physical disability is an integral component

apartment owners, managers, and local residents

with the domain. Students are

for success at college. CVA provides a supportive

willing to rent. Many students currently reside in

required to use this address when communicating

environment for students with disabilities. The

apartment buildings in close proximity to the college

with CVA faculty and staff. New students will receive

director for student life coordinates requests from

facilities. The Office for Student Life will provide

their email address and password during summer

students. A student requesting services should

current housing information upon request. Housing

registration. Returning students will retain their

schedule an appointment with the director for

information can also be found in the Student Life

address from year to year. A student can contact his

student life as soon as possible so that appropriate

section of the CVA website.

or her advisor with questions about the email service.

accommodations can be determined. Students are required to submit a Request for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities form, available in the Office for Student Life, and attach appropriate documentation from a physician or other professional. Failure to provide required documentation may result in delayed or denied services. The information will then be evaluated and appropriate accommodations will be determined. This information may also be used to determine if a student might need additional assistance in other areas such as placement exams and course registration. All information and documentation relating to disabilities is confidential and is not released without the student’s written consent. Submission of the appropriate form and documentation does not guarantee accommodation, except as required by law.

For information regarding how to use student email,

Lockers Lockers are available in the Grotto Studios and in the Student Lounge on a first-come, first-served basis.

please contact CVA’s digital tutor.


Students are responsible for the care and appearance

Student mailboxes are located on the first floor of the

of their assigned lockers. Lockers must be emptied of

Summit Building. At the beginning of each academic

all items at the end of the academic year or at the time

year, students are assigned a new mailbox. Students

of withdrawal from the college. CVA does not accept

are responsible for checking their mailboxes on a

responsibility for lost or stolen property or property

regular basis for telephone messages, notes from

left in lockers. A $10 deposit is required to obtain a

faculty or staff, and registration information. Items

locker and will be refunded upon the return of the

placed in mailboxes are considered confidential.

lock at the end of the semester or academic year.

The college is not responsible for students not

For information on obtaining a locker, contact the

receiving messages, notes, memos, etc. Any questions

Registrar’s Office.

concerning student mailboxes can be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Key Fob A keyless entry system fob is required for access to the buildings at CVA. A key fob will be issued to all new students at Validation. There is a $25.00 charge for replacing a lost key fob. The key fob remains the property of CVA and must be returned when the student graduates or withdraws from the college.

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ALU M NI B EN EFITS Alumni from the College of Visual Arts are a valued and recognized part of the college’s community. CVA is proud of alumni achievements in the world of art and design and seeks to be an asset for alumni success. CVA welcomes alumni interest, support, and assistance.

Alumni may benefit from the educational and

professional environment at the college. These benefits include: Benefits: 1. Auditing a Class: Alumni are allowed to audit classes on a pass/fail basis. Tuition is waved for the first audited class. Alumni will be expected to pay any course fee that may apply. Enrollment depends upon space availability and satisfaction of all financial obligations to CVA. To register for a class, alumni should contact the Registrar’s Office. 2. L  ibrary Privileges: Alumni may use the library. They may check out items including books, slides, videos, and magazines and have access to various online databases. Library access, however, does not include interlibrary loan requests. For more information contact the library director. 3. C  omputer Lab Access: Alumni may use the college computer labs during regular building hours. Priority is first given to scheduled classes and currently enrolled students.

4. Photography Facilities Access: Darkroom access

In order to initiate and maintain these benefits

is a privilege meant to help alumni progress with

alumni should:

their personal artwork, develop a portfolio, or

1. Update the Alumni Office (

build a body of work. Access is granted during

with current address, telephone number,

regular building hours. Fees will be determined

and email address. Alumni may also include

by the photo technician, depending on the

the URL for their personal home page or

amount of use by the alumnus. Eligibility for

their place of employment. A link to this

certain areas and equipment is based upon

website will be added to the CVA Alumni

previous CVA course experience. Access includes

website page. Sharing information such as

the darkroom, copy camera room, mounting

new jobs, gallery shows, and other personal

room, and photo studio. Alumni are required to

accomplishments is also welcomed!

follow procedures as outlined in darkroom policy. 2. If alumni wish to use CVA facilities, they 5. P  rintmaking Shop Access: The print shop

should visit the Registrar’s Office during

welcomes alumni to make prints and use

regular office hours to update their CVA ID.

processes learned in previous CVA courses.

Alumni will also need to pay a refundable

There is a per semester fee, determined by

deposit of $25 to receive a keyless entry

the printmaking coordinator for the use of the

system fob. A CVA ID and the key fob will be

printmaking facilities. Access is granted during

required for access to the library and labs.

regular building hours. The equipment that is available will vary from semester to semester. Access to the printmaking shop is a privilege meant to help alumni progress with their personal artwork, develop a portfolio, or build a body of work. Use of the facilities for extensive or commercial production is not permitted, due to limited work and storage space and consumable supplies. Alumni are required to get approval from the printmaking coordinator and to follow the usual shop practices and all of the shop protocols for safety.

Academic Information

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B FA D EG R EES , PRO G R AMS , AN D CO U RSE D ESCRIP TIO NS The College of Visual Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interdisciplinary art and design studies, and photography. Fine arts concentrations include drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Interdisciplinary art and design studies offers a concentration in fashion.

All students participate in a clearly sequenced

first year Foundation Program designed to ground them in the skills, vocabulary, concepts, and methods that will be essential to all future work. Throughout the program, studio and liberal arts course content are clearly correlated to reinforce learning across the curriculum.

In the sophomore year, students begin to focus

on their major fields. Each program offers a carefully designed sequence of courses to build the knowledge and skills required for increasingly complex and sophisticated study within their program.

Junior and senior year work focuses in depth on

Integration of liberal arts coursework in all

CVA’s Foundation Program also provides first

of the art and design majors is a distinguishing

year students with information and experience

feature of the College of Visual Arts. CVA offers a

necessary to make an informed choice of major at

robust selection of liberal arts courses to round the

the end of the first year. Site visits to professional

student’s learning experience. Extensive study in art

art and design studios, museums like the

history helps the students understand the context

Walker Art Center, and interaction with guest

of their own work in the larger world of art and

artists and designers offer a behind-the-scenes

design. CVA math and science courses incorporate

look into the roles of artists and designers.

teaching methods that combine rigorous coverage

of traditional course content with active learning

programs are key contributors to first year students

through the arts. Skills in oral presentation and in

success at CVA. Each student is assigned a full-time

critical reading, thinking, and writing are integrated

faculty advisor and a peer mentor. Students meet

across the curriculum.

regularly with the advisor and the peer mentor

throughout the academic year. Advisors track and

The CVA curriculum differs from that of many

The Academic Advising and Peer Mentorship

art and design colleges because it integrates learning

support student academic progress, and guide

in all the disciplines involved in art and design as

students in their choice of a major. The peer mentors

well as preparation for professional practice. At

help students to become a part of the CVA community

CVA, students become successful students, and are

and get involved in CVA activities and programs.

prepared to become accomplished professional artists

and designers.

students are fully prepared to move into their chosen

After completing the Foundation Program,

major program, through which they will satisfy the

First Year: Building a Foundation

work in the major fields and continues the parallel

Through a carefully sequenced curriculum in studio

development in the disciplines and professional

arts, liberal arts, and orientation to art and design,

development. Junior year internships offer another

CVA’s unique first year program lays the foundation

opportunity for exposure to professional practice. As

for an integrated four-year experience, which

the student nears graduation, the CVA curriculum

culminates in the senior capstone project. Studio

provides a strong support for the transition from

and liberal arts course content is strongly correlated,

college out into the world of professional practice

reinforcing learning across the curriculum. During

with professional skills training. The senior year

the first year, students become proficient in the visual

culminates with presentation of a senior thesis and

vocabulary, technical skills, and problem solving

other capstone work.

strategies necessary for success.

requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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Foundation Program Course Requirements

Orientation to Art and Design

The liberal arts curriculum features innovative

semester, students begin advanced courses in the

Drawing I

approaches to teaching, including a botany course

chosen concentration. Each area of concentration

2-D Design/Digital

that incorporates botanical illustration and a math

features a broad range of options, allowing students

3-D Design Elements

course that focuses on geometry as applied in

to sharpen their focus and shape their personal vision.

Prehistoric through Gothic Art History

drawing. Through writing across the curriculum,

Through the combination of intense studio experience

College Expository Writing

students develop skills in written and oral

and a rigorous study of liberal arts, each area

Foundation Seminar: Introduction to the Majors

communication in liberal arts and in studio classes.

emphasizes conceptual development, critical thinking,

Drawing II

Students also acquire research skills that prepare

and the development of a cohesive body of work.

Color/Digital Applications

them for professional work and lifelong learning. The

3-D Design Principles

knowledge and skills that students gain in the liberal

courses at CVA teach students to document, display,

Renaissance through Modern Art History

arts play an important role in cultivating a worldview

and market their work. Fine Arts students work

Academic Research and Writing

that recognizes the value of art and design in

closely with faculty mentors who are established

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promoting pride in place and responsible citizenship.

artists. Students learn how to identify and reach their

Experiential learning is emphasized at CVA.

sculpture during the sophomore year. In the third

To prepare fine arts majors as professional artists,

audience and to contribute their unique problem Students must complete their Foundation courses before moving onto their major.

Liberal Arts

Fine Arts Major Materials and methods are explored as relationships between form and content are developed. Advanced students are challenged to create bodies of work for

The liberal arts are fully integrated throughout CVA’s

exhibition in the community and will learn about

curriculum. Students take two liberal arts courses

the broad range of professional opportunities to

each semester, which help to convey knowledge

pursue. These include maintaining a studio practice,

and critical reasoning skills essential to artists and

preparing to exhibit and sell work, creating public

designers. The liberal arts program is tailored to be of

murals, working on commissions, illustrating,

particular value to students of art and design, without

teaching, and applying to graduate school.

sacrificing the rigor and breadth of a general liberal

arts education. Liberal arts courses are offered in art

language, technical skills, and problem solving

history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences,

strategies during the Foundation year, fine arts majors

and mathematics. The study of art history helps

can choose to enter drawing, painting, printmaking,

students understand the context of their own work in

or sculpture as a primary concentration. Each student

the larger world of art and design.

follows a similar path, taking introductory level

After developing the building blocks of visual

courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, and

solving skills to society at large. Students ready themselves for careers as professional artists by developing strong speaking and writing abilities.

Fine Arts majors participate in the senior

capstone courses. Studio thesis is a year-long experience providing students with the time and focus to strengthen connections between form and concept as they develop a significant body of work. In FA497c: Professional Practices, students are exposed to a variety of career options for artists as they prepare to enter the world as a professional in their chosen discipline.

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Fine Arts: Drawing Concentration Drawing is considered a primary means of expression and also is a concentration within the fine arts major. The broad array of drawing courses offered in the fine arts curriculum reflects the dynamic placement of drawing in contemporary art practice. Following beginning level courses offered during the Foundation year, intermediate students sharpen their powers of perception in courses that emphasize drawing from life. Using traditional media and techniques, students learn human anatomy, observe the landscape, and map the architectural spaces of the urban environment. In other intermediate drawing courses, students examine the conceptual methods of narration, serialization, and iconography. In advanced courses, students explore drawing through experimentation and discovery by using non-traditional materials and methods, with the option of an interdisciplinary approach. Drawing Concentration Course Requirements

Sophomore Figure Drawing Introduction to Painting

Fine Arts: Painting Concentration Junior Contemporary Approaches to Drawing Installation Art Introduction to Photography 2 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric 2 Humanities or Social Science Electives Advanced Works on Paper Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts Internship Liberal Arts Elective Total 36

Senior Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis 2 Studio Electives Art and the Law 2 Humanities or Social Science Electives Studio Thesis for Drawing Professional Practices Seminar Thesis Total 30

Through painting, students build a visual language to describe ideas, hone preferences and skill, and master the painting medium. The tools of traditional painting—often complemented by non-traditional tools—are explored, as students investigate painting styles from representation to abstraction, and back again. Students become familiar with theory and practice of painting through visits with artists in their studios, through guest artists who attend classes, through readings on contemporary issues, and by working with experienced CVA faculty members who are accomplished, practicing artists within their fields. Students explore the relationship between painting and other media such as drawing, video, and photography. Painting Concentration Course Requirements

Sophomore Figure Drawing Introduction to Painting Introduction to Sculptural Practices Art Since 1945

Introduction to Sculptural Practices

Visual Geometry

Art Since 1945

Non-Traditional Drawing

Visual Geometry

Figure Painting

Non-Traditional Drawing

Introduction to Printmaking

Figure Painting

Contemporary Issues in Art

Introduction to Printmaking

Science of Art Conservation

Contemporary Issues in Art

Total 30

Science of Art Conservation Total 30

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to take book arts courses in the specialized facilities


Narrative Painting

of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, located

Relief/Monotype Printmaking

Installation Art

in Minneapolis. The letterpress studio offers an

Hand Lettering

Introduction to Photography

important link between typography and fine art, and

Introduction to Photography

2 Studio Electives

continues students’ education in the knowledge of fine

2 Studio Electives

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

art papers.

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Painting as Abstraction

techniques from introductory courses, students


Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts

explore contemporary methods using digital and

Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts


photosensitive materials. Emphasis is placed on


Liberal Arts Elective

developing a cohesive portfolio of work that reflects

Liberal Arts Elective

Total 36

clear concept development and knowledge of

Total 36

After solid grounding in printmaking

producing multiple prints as well as unique variations.



Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

Printmaking Concentration Course Requirements

Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

2 Studio Electives



Art and the Law

Figure Drawing

Studio Elective

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Introduction to Painting

Art and the Law

Studio Thesis for Painting

Introduction to Sculptural Practices

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Professional Practices

Art Since 1945

Studio Thesis for Printmaking

Seminar Thesis

Visual Geometry

Professional Practices

Total 30

Non-Traditional Drawing

Seminar Thesis

Figure Painting

Total 30

Fine Arts: Printmaking Concentration Printmaking at CVA is a concentration under the fine arts major that bridges the fields of graphic design, illustration, and book arts. The CVA print shop provides a generous range of printmaking facilities, allowing students to pursue techniques in screen-printing, intaglio, lithography, relief, and monotype. CVA students also have the opportunity

Introduction to Printmaking Contemporary Issues in Art Science of Art Conservation Total 30

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Fine Arts: Sculpture Concentration The CVA student who chooses the Sculpture concentration within the Fine Arts major discovers the three-dimensional world with its form, function, and aesthetics, and how sculpture comes to life in a myriad of materials and techniques. By experiencing, exploring, and creating, the sculpture student shapes his or her artistic path and builds a range of skills that are highly marketable in today’s workplace.

Beginning and intermediate level students weld

metal, construct wood, carve, and create molds from clay and plaster. Advanced sculpture students may select courses in public art and installation art. Sculpture Concentration Course Requirements

Sophomore Figure Drawing Introduction to Painting Introduction to Sculptural Practices Art Since 1945 Visual Geometry Non-Traditional Drawing


Installation Art

advanced craft, theory, process, and technical skills

Introduction to Photography

to ensure refined success in a student’s later project

2 Studio Electives

work. A studio practicum, internship, and a course

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

in professional practice augment the curriculum.

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Advanced courses and the capstone experience are

Expanded Forms: Interdisciplinary Sculpture

customized to reflect individual interests, among

Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts

others, in package design, publication design,


social change, sustainability, civility, advertising,

Liberal Arts Elective

signage and exhibition design, new media, web

Total 36

and interactivity, motion graphics, and corporate branding and identity.


Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

Graphic Design Major Course Requirements

Public Art


Studio Elective

Graphic Imagery

Art and the Law

Introduction to Interactive Media

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Introduction to Printmaking

Studio Thesis for Sculpture

Art Since 1945

Professional Practices

Science Elective

Seminar Thesis

Introduction to Typography

Total 30

Principles of Usability Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Printmaking Additive Processes: Metal/Wood Contemporary Issues in Art Science of Art Conservation Total 30

Early sequential courses are structured to stress

Graphic Design Major Graphic Design at CVA embraces traditional and new media practice. The curriculum offers students a unique three-semester immersion in the art and craft of typography and three semesters of applied graphic design practice. Students study new and emerging digital media with a strong focus on interactive usability.

History of Graphic Design Visual Geometry Total 30

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Junior Intermediate Typography Graphic Design Practicum Interdisciplinary Digital Applications 2 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric Introduction to Marketing Graphic Design Systems The Big Idea Internship Advanced Interactive Applications Art and the Law Advertising Total 36

Senior Advanced Typography Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis Digital Imagery Liberal Arts Elective 2 Humanities Electives Studio Thesis for Graphic Design Professional Practices Studio Elective Seminar Thesis Total 30

Illustration Major CVA’s Illustration program was initiated in 2009 as a newly-designed, independent major that places an emphasis on emerging trends and topics within the illustration industry. Illustration students are prepared for careers as practicing professional illustrators with a thorough understanding of the history and development of illustration. Students develop a clear understanding of the business of illustration, learning professional practices and expectations in a variety of illustration markets, including editorial, advertising, packaging, children’s book, graphic novel, concept art, and character design. Skills developed in Foundation courses, such as drawing and composition, are reinforced throughout the curriculum. Through creative problem-solving exercises and process-intensive assignments, CVA illustration students discover, develop, and shape their own inventive approach to image making. Students begin their illustration curriculum with a concentration on concepting and ideation along with research and observation. IL211: Illustration Concepts introduces students to the illustration industry with a focus on ideas and concepts. The course also

During their junior year of the illustration curriculum, students acquire an understanding of the business of illustration. Topics in class include usage rights, fees, licensing, taxes, and negotiation methods, along with other illustration business practices. IL490: Illustration Internship allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of and experience working within a professional setting. Throughout the illustration curriculum, students develop skills in working collaboratively with clients and addressing professional practices as well as communicating to and addressing specific audience expectations. In IL450: Studio Thesis for Illustration, students propose and produce a self-directed project culminating in their thesis exhibit along with a portfolio review event. Students present their Studio Thesis work and portfolio to practicing professionals within their fields.

illustration students graduate with a strong and focused portfolio, competitive skills developed for the illustration market, and a firm understanding of the business practices needed for professional, successful, and productive interactions with clients.  

reinforces skills they attained in their Foundation courses including drawing, composition, design principles, and color use. This course is followed by exercises and projects in the IL212: Illustration Methods & Materials that cover the use of a variety of media and image-making techniques.

Upon completing their coursework, CVA


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Illustration Major Course Requirements


vocabulary across a range of fields, and to expand


Introduction to Illustration Studio Thesis

skills beyond the scope of a single discipline.

Illustration Concepts

Digital Portfolio for Illustration

While the range of the IADS major crosses many

Figure Drawing

2 Studio Electives

disciplines, each student chooses a concentration

Introduction to Painting

Liberal Arts Elective

in one field. Through this approach, students gain

Art Since 1945

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

a breadth of knowledge and experience greater

Botany Through Art

Studio Thesis for Illustration

than would be possible within a traditional

Digital Illustration

Professional Practices

major program, while also going into significant

Figure Painting

Seminar Thesis

depth in a chosen area of concentration.

Introduction to Printmaking

Total 30

Declaring Fashion as an Interdisciplinary Art

History of Illustration Visual Geometry Total 30

Junior Hand Lettering Illustration Methods and Materials Applied Illustration Introduction to Photography Professional Writing and Rhetoric 2 Humanities or Social Science Electives Children’s Book and Graphic Novel Concept Art and Character Design Internship Studio Elective Art and the Law Total 36

and Design Studies concentration presents the

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Major CVA’s Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) major program recognizes the changing forces within art and design. Today, more creative fields have become interdisciplinary. Artists and designers are asked to take on new challenges inside and outside their area of expertise. The IADS major prepares students for these challenges through its core interdisciplinary program and also offers a concentration in Fashion Design. The IADS program is currently developing and expanding at CVA. While only the Fashion Design concentration is offered at the present time, the college plans to add concentrations in book arts, textiles, and sustainable design in the future. As with Fashion Design, the students will take the core interdisciplinary courses as the base of their preparation for work in the concentration.

The IADS major gives students the opportunity

to explore multiple disciplines, to master visual

opportunity to participate in Parsons Paris Study Abroad Program. Students petition for entrance into the junior level Paris program during their sophomore year. Students receive an introduction to basic garment construction and develop an understanding of professional pattern making, pattern cutting, and drafting skills. They learn about the architecture of garments and the technical implications of flat construction for the fit. Market led research will familiarize students with product and market categories, as well as with current issues in international fashion. The year abroad prepares students for a senior capstone experience at CVA where collection creation, development and production is studied alongside an advanced course in professional pattern development and construction techniques. This lays the groundwork for the creation of a senior fashion line and a professional fashion portfolio.

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Fashion Design Concentration Course Requirements


concentration. Students will make use of digital point-


Digital Portfolio for Fashion

and-shoot cameras to use as a documentary tool for

Figure Drawing

Introduction to Fashion Studio Thesis

the Foundation year.

Introduction to Sewing

Professional Pattern/Construction Techniques

Students spend their sophomore year working

Introduction to Photography

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

in traditional film-based camera and darkroom

Art Since 1945


work, in both black and white and color. They

Conversational French


learn to use the viewfinder as a compositional

Introduction to Printmaking

Studio Thesis for Fashion

tool, framing aspects of the world they are drawn

Textile and Fiber Processes

Professional Practices

to explore as they discover their own distinctive

Art in Paris

Seminar Thesis

voices. Classes in printmaking and sculpture

Visual Geometry

Art and the Law

sow the seeds of future mixed media work.

Science of Art Conservation

Total 30

In a student’s junior year, advanced classes

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build on this foundation, teaching the use of

Photography Major Junior (in Paris) Fashion Drawing I 3D Fashion Drawing I Pattern Drafting I Surface Treatments on Fabrics Textile Identification (elective) Fashion History I (Critical Studies) Fashion Research and Design Concepts I Fashion Drawing II 3D Fashion Design II Pattern Drafting II Textile Elective: Creative Textile Development Studio Elective: Advanced Sewing Technique Fashion History II (Critical Studies) Fashion Research and Design Concepts II Total 38

The Photography Program at CVA produces students who are well prepared technically and conceptually to pursue the many possible directions of the contemporary photographer.

The program’s technical emphasis is based

on a deep grounding in traditional analog photo techniques, the challenges of lighting, and a thorough competency in contemporary digital practices. While embracing contemporary digital techniques, a strong background in traditional analog photography gives students a solid foundation to build upon and, very importantly, gives them an expanded set of distinctive looks to explore artistically and to offer clients.

The first-year Foundation Program prepares

students with an excellent basis of visual language, vocabulary, and creative problem-solving skills that they will build on when beginning their photography

medium and large format cameras, working in the studio on lighting strategies, and understanding metering, film choices, and other professional techniques. Simultaneously, students address content, understanding the power of the medium, and consider the genres and issues of contemporary photography. Concurrently, students examine the techniques and possibilities of digital photography, including digital capture and film scanning, color management, advanced image editing with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, outputting to the web, use of archival inkjet printers, working with service bureaus, and implementing an effective digital workflow into their practice. Through CVA’s internship program, juniors have an opportunity to work with some of the Twin Cities’ best photographers and organizations. From this outside work experience, students get a good look at the world that awaits them as professionals.

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Seniors in PH473: Photo Journalism/Fashion



work with both a professional fashion photographer

Installation Art

and with a documentary photographer to gain an

Advanced Photographic Techniques

Foundation Courses

understanding of these important photographic

Introduction to Video

FD100: Orientation to Art and Design

genres. Students also explore historic printing

2 Studio Electives


techniques in PH470: Alternative Photographic

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

CVA’s Orientation to Art and Design course provides

Processes, rounding out their understanding of the

Liberal Arts Elective

an introduction and orientation to the college

old and new of photography.

Advanced Photographic Projects

experience at CVA. In this course, students develop

The senior capstone experience gives each

Digital Portfolio for Photography

time management, critical thinking, and problem

student a full year to connect the technical and


solving skills as they participate in museum and

conceptual and produce a strong body of resolved

Humanities Elective

gallery visits, professional panel presentations, and

work in PH496: Studio Thesis for Photography.

Art and the Law

individual and collaborative art and design projects.

A public presentation of their thesis work is the

Total 36

Orientation to Art and Design introduces students to a working art and design vocabulary, as it builds verbal,

culmination of their program. PH497c: Professional Practices gives students the tools needed to succeed


after graduation.

Introduction to Photography Studio Thesis Alternative Photo Process

written, and visual presentation skills.

Photography Major Course Requirements

Photo Journalism/Fashion

FD100b: Foundation Seminar: Introduction to the Majors


2 Humanities or Social Science Electives


Introduction to Printmaking

Social Science Elective

Foundation Seminar offers CVA first year students

Hand Lettering

Studio Thesis for Photography

access to contemporary art and design professions

Introduction to Photography

Professional Practices

through museum tours, site visits to professional

Art Since 1945

Seminar Thesis

art and design studios, panel discussions featuring

Science of Art Conservation

Total 30

practicing artists and designers, introduction to the

Introduction to Sculptural Practices

majors by the department chairs and senior thesis

Traditional Color Processes

presentations, and the unique opportunity to meet

Digital Photography

and learn about the artists, designers, and museum

History of Photography

professionals behind the scene at the Walker Art

Visual Geometry

Center. Symposium experiences provide students

Total 30

with the information necessary to make an informed choice of major at the conclusion of the first year.

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FD101b: 2-D Design/Digital

FD114: Color / Digital Applications

FD123: 3-D Design Principles




Students explore the fundamentals of visual

This course is an introduction to the practice, theory,

The rules guiding the use of basic three-dimensional

language in two-dimensional design and digital

and application of color in two-dimensional design.

elements are the focus of this course. The generation

imagery. Projects emphasize process, visual problem

Students develop the ability to use color as it is

of new forms is introduced through projects

solving, and two-dimensional design concepts

applied to traditional art and design problems, Gestalt

emphasizing scale and proportion. The real structural

using black, white, and value. The goal of this

grouping principles, theories of color organization,

considerations and orientations required by gravity

course is to understand art and design concepts

color and spatial perception, and color interaction.

are a focus. Schematic drawing and modeling skills

though the application of digital processes and

Students apply the various color systems to two-

are used as techniques for synthesizing forms and

handcrafted technique. Emphasis is placed on concept

dimensional design problems though the application

spaces. Critical thinking and presentation skills are

development, vocabulary, visual craft, digital process

of digital processes and handcrafted technique.

developed through participation in group critique.

skills, presentation methods, and critical analysis.

Emphasis is placed on concept development,

Emphasis is placed on capability with material

vocabulary, visual craft, digital process skills,

procurement, effective time management, and

presentation methods, and critical analysis.

regular use of the process journal.

Drawing is fundamental to the fields of art and

FD122: 3-D Design Elements


design. These perceptual and analytical drawing


courses provide CVA Foundation students with a

This course teaches Foundation students the basic

Art History Courses

year long studio drawing experience that develops

elements of three-dimensional design: point, line,

drawing skills and process, mastery of basic drawing

plane, volume, and space. Exercises will teach a

AH120: Prehistoric through Gothic Art History

materials, tools and techniques, and the ability to

method for problem identification, experimentation,


visually communicate ideas. Sequential problems

and resolution. Analysis of three-dimensional forms

Survey of the major periods of art from the

explore basic art and design principles and concepts,

are introduced using schematic drawings and models

Paleolithic Era through the Middle Ages. Its

working from still life, landscape, interiors, linear

oriented by simple, imaginary, XYZ coordinate

purpose is to introduce students to key works of art

perspective, and the figure in space. Fall semester

space. Critical thinking and presentation skills are

and architecture from such cultures as Egyptian,

concentrates on the use and exploration of line and

developed through participation in group critique.

Greek, Roman, Early Christian, and Romanesque,

its applications in black and white; spring semester

Emphasis is placed on capability with material

with emphasis on cultural and historical context.

introduces value and color. Studio practice is

procurement, effective time management, and

The course includes attention to the early art of

supported by assigned readings, class discussion, and

regular use of Process Journal.

cultures in Asia, the Islamic world, the Americas,

FD112 & FD113: Drawing I and Drawing II [3 CREDITS EACH] PREREQUISITE FOR FD113 IS FD112

historical and contemporary slide surveys. Critical

and Africa. Students are introduced to art

thinking skills, analysis, and reflective investigation

historical vocabulary, basic theoretical concepts,

are emphasized through process studies, research,

and art historical research methodology.

and during student lead critiques.

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AH121: Renaissance through Modern Art History

AH220: History of Graphic Design

AH301: Modern Art and Architecture




Historical overview of how graphic design

Survey of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and

Survey of art and architecture from the 14th to

developed into a 20th century profession. The

works of architecture produced between 1900 and

mid-20th century. Topics include the Renaissance,

course gives contemporary graphic designers a clear

1945. The course explores concepts of Fauvism,

Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism,

understanding of their design heritage by weaving

Expressionism, Cubism, Purism, Orphism, Futurism,

Impressionism, and such early 20th-century

the profession’s many historical threads together into

Dada, Surrealism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Constructivism,

movements as Cubism and Surrealism. The course

a framework based upon individuals, major schools

and early Abstract Expressionism. Emphasis is on

also covers later art in cultures of Asia, the Americas,

of thought, and technologies that have influenced the

historical context and critical theory.

Oceania and Africa, with emphasis on cultural and

practice of design.

AH306: Contemporary Issues in Art

historical context. Vocabulary, theoretical skills, and research methodology are developed to an

AH221: History of Illustration


intermediate level and students are introduced to


An exploration of the place of artistic practice in

critical theory.

Exploration of the pioneering styles of American

contemporary culture and the strategies used by

illustrators from traditional to avant-garde, realistic

artists to communicate their ideas. The relationships

AH215: Art Since 1945

to expressionistic. Students examine the role of

between artists, their audiences, and cultural


illustration, cartooning and caricature in the graphic

authorities such as critics, scholars, and curators

An examination of contemporary art and architecture

arts and popular culture.

are studied with attention to the inevitable political

beginning with the rise of abstract expressionism

dimensions of art. Topics include the assignment of

in the mid-1940s and continuing through various

AH222: History of Photography

critical value to works of art through such categorical

international movements to the present day.


distinctions as “high” and “low” art or “otherness,”

Developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture

This course examines the origins of photography

the role of the artist’s intention in the construction of

are explored in relation to newer approaches in

and chronicles its development as an artistic genre.

meaning, and the development of artistic identity.

performance, conceptual art, installation, mixed

Photography is studied as an art form. PowerPoint,

media, and video art. Emphasis is on critical theory as

video presentations, and readings cover photographic

well as social and historical background. Vocabulary,

artwork from 1839 to the present.

critical skills, and research methodology are developed to an advanced level.

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AH310: American Architecture

of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American

AH Fashion History 1 [at Parsons Paris]


Art, Coo[er-Hewitt, the National Design Museum,


Survey of American architecture from initial

DIA Beacon Contemporary Art Museum, and the

This course examines the relationship between

European settlement to the present day, with an

Guggenheim Museum. Students earn three elective

fashion and film. The course is grounded in critical

emphasis on architecture after 1850. The focus is on

credits in Liberal Arts.

studies addressing the merging of the two media as

styles and types of buildings found in the Twin Cities.

representative of cultural values. The first half of the

Site visits will include walking tours of the historic

AH391: Art in Paris

course considers methods of costume design such as

Ramsey Hill District and Summit Avenue, as well as


character construction and cultural representation.

visits to important Victorian, art deco, and modern-


Following the mid-term, we use a contextual

era buildings in the Twin Cities.

Every other year CVA offers a semester-long, in-

approach, considering film in relation to its era,

depth study of the artistic tradition and art history

beginning in the 1960s through the present.

AH312: Museum Gallery Studies

of France. Students and CVA faculty travel to Paris


over spring break. The curriculum introduces

AH Fashion History 2 [at Parsons Paris]

This course explores the evolution of museums and

students to the cultural heritage of France through


galleries into powerful institutions that produce

its art, architecture, literature, and history. Students

This course examines the history of women’s fashion

knowledge, establish epistemological categories,

investigate the influence of the French tradition on

from the 19th to the 20th centuries. It proceeds

promote ways of seeing objects and constructing

contemporary art and design through critical readings

chronologically and focuses on key designers and

narratives, and create standards of “taste.” It also

and visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other

movements, such as orientalism, subcultures,

provides a practical introduction to the day-to-day

art spaces in both the Twin Cities and Paris.

postmodernism and anti-fashion, and unpacks fashion in relation to its socio-cultural environment,

operations of the museum or gallery, including collection management, exhibit planning and design,

AH399: Urban Studies: Reading the City

issues of social identity and body ideals. By

museum education, administration, and conservation.


emphasizing contemporary fashion’s historical rag

Survey of the geographic, cultural, social, and

picking, the course explores the connection between

AH390: Art in New York City

architectural history of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

past and present fashions. It provides a visual culture


The emphasis is on studying the cities empirically to

of the history of fashion and will be delivered in the

Every other year, CVA offers a summer session

understand why and how they evolved into the urban

form of lectures, seminar discussions, and visits.

studying the art in New York City. Students and CVA

center we know today. The class includes walking and

faculty spend a week in New York City experiencing

bike tours.

numerous world-renowned galleries, museums, and art and design studios. The course prepares students for an immersion of the culture of the city, including visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum

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English Courses EN110b: College Expository Writing [3 CREDITS]

The course introduces effective paragraph and essay development. Focus is on expository forms for organizing essays to help writers present both informational and abstract ideas to an audience. Students engage in varied forms of writing and in reading and analyzing model essays. A workshop atmosphere permits students to develop their own writing processes and guides them to the production of accomplished papers.

EN111b: Academic Research and Writing [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE EN110B

Further practice in the skills and methods learned in EN110. The course introduces the conventions for writing critical research papers, with emphasis on research methods. Students select individual topics and then find, analyze, and synthesize information from library resources, the world around them, interviews, the Internet, and other sources. They produce well-reasoned, detailed critical papers.

Confucianism, and Shintoism are reviewed in order

course charts a progression of stories designed to

to understand the rich and remarkable works of art

raise goose-bumps and cause nightmares. Authors

created. The class is lecture and discussion, with field

read will include Anne Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Mary

trips and a research paper.

Shelley, Wilkie Collins, A. Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and H.G. Wells. Students consider contemporary

HU303: The Artist in Literature and Literature in the Arts

interpretations of Gothicism in comic books, graphic


study of visual representations of classic Gothic works

This course explores important “conversations” that

in a variety of media.

have taken place between creative writers and visual artists in the past two hundred years. First, using

HU307: Spectacle and Revolution

works of poetry and fiction from Romanticism to the


present day, students examine how the visual artist

This course explores performance art of the 1960s

has been portrayed in English literature. Second,

and 1970s, a revolutionary time that prompted

students examine how painters, sculptors, illustrators,

artists to respond with works that crossed disciplines

and filmmakers have interpreted famous characters,

and broke taboos of all kinds. This course focuses

important scenes, and even entire texts from English

on the era’s politically engaged performance art—

literature. Students explore how these on-going

street theater, conceptual activities, intermedia,

conversations between written word and visual

happenings, action music, institutional critique, and

media may inform their own creative output. Course

feminist performance. A wide variety of artists and

activities include discussions of readings, visual

movements are covered. Fluxus, Arte Povera (Italy),

images, and videos.

Vienna Actionism (Austria), Nouveau Réalisme

HU304: The Gothic in British Literature [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE AH215

Humanities Courses

This course explores one of the darker offspring of the

HU302: Asian Art and Culture

Anglo-European Enlightenment: an unquenchable


fascination on the part of artists, poets, philosophers,

This course examines the major art and architecture

and novelists in exploring the wild and dangerous

of India, China, and Japan within the context of major religious, social, and political institutions. The origins of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Daoism,

novels, movies, and television series with on-going

corners of both the natural world and the human mind. From Gothic novels set in decaying abbeys to murder mysteries cloaked in London fog, this

(France), Aktual Art (Czechoslovakia), Group Zero (Germany), Joseph Beuys, Valie Export, Marina Abramovic, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, and others. In the course, students explore the strategies and tactics with which these artists deployed art as a political weapon for change and debate the success of their projects.

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HU308: Philosophy and Literature of Postmodernism

early Christian and Jewish art, Byzantine art, Islamic

HU391: Art in Paris

art with special attention on Andalusia, as well as the



Carolingian, Ottonian, Viking, Celtic, Romanesque,


“The Age of Uncertainty” pursues the twin goals of

and Gothic traditions, and conclude with the 14

Every other year CVA offers a semester-long, in-

th century.

introducing students to philosophy and of exposing

depth study of the artistic tradition and art history

students to contemporary postmodern literature.

HU342: Studies in Philosophy

of France. Students and CVA faculty travel to Paris

Ranging from epistemology to phenomenology,


over spring break. The curriculum introduces

from the philosophy of language to semiotics,

Students are introduced to the main problems of

students to the cultural heritage of France through

from aesthetics to ethics, “The Age of Uncertainty”

philosophy—the nature of reality, valuing, and

its art, architecture, literature, and history. Students

combines philosophical inquiry with contemporary

knowing—through study of selected important

investigate the influence of the French tradition on

literature. For example, how do we know what

philosophic works. The course also considers

contemporary art and design through critical readings

we claim to know in this day and age? How do

questions of artistic truth, meaning, beauty, and

and visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other

postmodern writers experiment with narrative

critical value for all artistic media.

art spaces in both the Twin Cities and Paris.

us, for instance, in a poem composed entirely of two

HU343: Introduction to Film Studies

letters? By alternating creative and philosophical


LA312: Professional Writing and Rhetoric

readings, the course aims to show how and why

This course develops critical viewing skills of film


philosophy is crucial for artistic endeavors.

and introduces film theory. Through viewing films,

Introduces students of all majors to the basic genres

then discussing and writing about them from

of professional writing, including cover and query

HU309: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Art and Culture of the Middle Ages

various points of view (emotional, intellectual,

letters, artist and design statements, resumes,

social, economic, and artistic), students gain an

thank you notes, and project proposals. Writing


understanding of the ways that films affect our lives.

strategies for graduate school applications, including

uncertainty? How do we read the signs that surround

This course is an examination of the arts – sculpture,

writing samples, and grant applications will also be

painting, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, and other

HU356: Twentieth-Century Literature

discussed. The course also aims to develop student’s

forms of visual expression – that developed out of


public speaking skills from gallery talks, design and

the traditions of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish

This course is a survey of the literature of various

portfolio presentations, and academic speeches to

faiths during the Middle Ages. We will examine not

countries with an emphasis on particular genres or

the two-minute “elevator talk.” The course also

only the works of art themselves but, importantly, the

traditions. Recent courses have dealt with the short

prepares, supports, and monitors students’ internship

ways in which these faith traditions intersected with

story, poetry, and multicultural literature of the

applications and addresses interview skills and

each other, the cultural context in which the art was

United States.

professional etiquette.

created, and the vibrant visual culture that was an outcome of those interactions. The course will cover

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LA400: Seminar Thesis [3 CREDITS] FINAL SEMESTER

This is a capstone class in which students use their own artwork as a starting point for a semester of intellectual inquiry, culminating in a written paper and a public oral presentation. This process involves critical reflection on the content, medium, process, purpose, and significance of the work; the exploration and analysis of its symbolic language; and, finally, the contextualization of the work in terms of theory and the artistic, historical, and cultural tradition. Students are expected to use sound research methodology for acquiring and using relevant information from many sources and to collectively discuss each other’s work.

Mathematics Courses

Sciences Courses

Social Sciences Courses

NS210: Science of Art Conservation [3 CREDITS]

SS301a: Teaching Artist: Theory and Methods

Introduction to the scientific processes related to


conservation, maintenance, and repair of art works

This course engages students in the theory and

in various media, including painting, works on paper,

practice of the Teaching Artist in the schools and

photography, textiles, and other objects. Topics

community. Students explore teaching and learning

include the chemical composition of materials, effects

in a historical and contemporary context, applying

of light and the environment, and analysis of fakes

theory in both arts-infused peer presentations and

and forgeries.

direct team teaching in the classroom. Teaching artists, arts administrators, and leaders in the art

NS320: Botany Through Art

education community present models of teacher artist


collaborations, inquiry based learning, arts-infused

Examination of the diversity of form, structure,

curriculum, classroom management strategies, and

and function in plants and fungi, with emphasis

school culture. The course provides the opportunity

on flowering plants. Plants from a variety of plant

for classroom observation and participation and

MA214: Visual Geometry

groups are examined in detail, emphasizing their

introduces students to teaching artist residency


basic structures and adaptations for survival and


A general introduction to mathematical modeling,

reproduction. Biogeography and the connection

abstraction, and generalization. Drawing and

to humans are discussed. Drawing is used for

SS310: Cultural Anthropology

three-dimensional models are used to simulate the

documentation and analysis of plant structures.


language and structure of mathematical systems

This course deals in depth with the fundamental

used in the visual arts. The interrelationship between

elements of culture, including subsistence strategies,

mathematics, art, and culture is explored. The

kinship, marriage and gender, social stratification,

course explores such topics as linear perspective, an

politics and law, religion, and ritual. Case studies of

introduction to the principles of geometry through

cultures existing in the modern world are the primary

drawing, and both traditional and non-traditional

focus for the course.

methods of representation.

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SS321: U.S. History

Advertising will address the non-personal, persuasive

SS351: Art and the Law


communication of information about goods, services,


Survey of the major social, political, and economic

and ideas of identified sponsors to defined audiences

Law and the world of visual artists and designers

developments in the United States from its founding

through a variety of media.

intersect in many ways. This course examines

to the present.

contemporary legal issues, including intellectual

SS330: Introduction to East Asian Civilization

property rights in works of art and design (copyright,


censorship; legal issues involving art collectors,


Examination of the cultures of China, Japan, and

museums, and galleries; and international law

This course is an introduction to the study of

Korea from earliest times to the present day. Students

and the fate of works of art during wartime. The

European history focusing on a selected period.

consider a variety of social, political, economic, and

relationship between ethics and law will be a

religious themes.

recurring theme in examination of the codes of

SS325: Introduction to European History

SS328: Introduction to Marketing

appropriation, and resale); artistic freedom and

ethics of professional art and design organizations.


SS340: Introduction to World History

Course activities will include readings, research,

This course examines marketing goods and services


class presentations, discussion and debate about case

and the strategic marketing process. Topics include

An introductory survey treating selected periods,

studies in legal and ethical issues, and the mock trial

consumer behavior, demographics, and the four

regions, and peoples, focusing on contact, and

of an intellectual property case.

critical components of marketing: promotion,

exchange between empires, civilizations and cultures.

to develop marketing strategies, explain various

SS350: General Psychology

SS399: History and Social Sciences Topics

factors affecting branding and design, and recognize



the significance of the Internet in today’s business

Introduction to the theories and methods of the

Special topics courses in history and social sciences


science of psychology, covering such topics as

are announced each year. Recent courses include Art,

perception, learning and memory, the development of

Architecture, and Cultures of the Pacific Northwest;

SS329: Advertising

personality, and motivation and emotions. Students

Art, Architecture and Cultures of the American


examine the application of these topics to issues in

Southwest; Maya Art and Architecture; and Native

Introduction to the basic principles of advertising,

contemporary society such as pathological behavior

American Art and Cultures.

planning, and creative processes as they relate

and the various models for its treatment, individual

to strategic marketing. This course will explore

and group differences, and various social processes.

placing, pricing, and production. Students learn how

the evolution of advertising as well as strategies influenced by the analysis of market research, consumer behavior, and the creative process.

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SS399i: Human Origins

ID350: Installation Art


ID321: Advanced Interactive Applications

Exploration of world prehistory from an


Students explore art as a spatial experience that

anthropological viewpoint. Subjects include

Expands on applications and techniques learned in

brings together a variety of visual skills and media

evolutionary theory, primate studies, hominid

Interdisciplinary Digital Applications for use both on

to create installations. Working both collaboratively

evolution, and the development of human culture.

and off the web. Emphasizes individual exploration

and on individual projects, students study issues such

of styles, techniques, expression, and collaboration as

as site-specificity, temporality, scale and context, and

well as efficient, technical and conceptual execution.

interdisciplinary artistic practice. The course looks at

Explores the history and the current state of

the history of installation art and contemporary issues

interactive media and uses this knowledge to produce

that include the dynamics of «place» and how context

portfolio quality project work.

informs content. Students are expected to do research


In this course, students incorporate hand lettering into their illustration process. They explore lettering as free gestural expression, outside of the confines of the computer, made by hand using a variety of traditional media. Students gain appreciation for hand lettering as art as well as learn how to incorporate hand lettering into their illustrations. Hand lettering is the synthesis of typography and illustration.

ID320: Interdisciplinary Digital Applications [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE GD221

Advanced digital studies in sequence, animation, sound, interactivity, scripting, and three-dimensional form. This course explores the possibilities of creating interactive content for use on the internet or other media through efficient, technical, and conceptual execution. Students explore the history, as well as the current state of interactive media and use this knowledge as a basis for advanced projects.


on current installation artists and keep a process

ID330: The Book

journal used for the development of ideas.


“The Book” exposes students to the book format

ID355: Digital Imagery

through various structures, media, and techniques.


Critical, historical, and theoretical issues are

Exploration of expression and style utilizing advanced

discussed as they pertain to contemporary book

digital applications. This course explores the

art and emphasis is placed on the application and

possibilities of creating and manipulating imagery

incorporation of previously mastered skills and

on the computer. It strives for an understanding

techniques. The essential question: “why use the book

of the current theories of the role of the digital in

format?” will drive investigations of traditional book

the creative process. In addition, students examine

elements, linearity, image/text relationships, and the

alternative methods of output and presentation.

nature of narrative.

Emphasis is placed on conceptual and artistic development. Final presentations and exhibitions stress professionalism.

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ID360: Public Art

FA219 Non-Traditional Drawing

visiting artists, and field trips to relevant exhibitions.



An understanding of contemporary issues, historical

This combination studio and lecture course covers

This course explores the idea of drawing as an

approaches, and technical/formal concerns inform

contemporary and historical issues pertaining

analog to activity. Emphasis is on process and

the student’s exploration. Artists’ statements are

to art in public places vs. public art, community

experimentation as students explore a broad range

developed in conjunction with work completed during

based work, public process, collaboration among

of materials, tools, media, and contexts for drawing.

the semester.

disciplines, and funding. Public art works include a

Concept and content are explored through the act of

wide range of methods such as sculpture, wall murals,

drawing which may take the form of representation,

Painting Courses

landscape art, and architecturally integrated pieces.

abstraction, installation, and performance.

FA222: Introduction to Painting

Individual and collaborative course projects include scale model building, site planning, and finished

FA300: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing

works. The course includes field trips to public art


sites and discussions with public art administrators.

Building upon previous skills, this course is a

architecturally integrated pieces, drawing for design,

further investigation of drawing as a primary


Drawing Courses

mode of expression. A strong focus is placed on concept development as students respond to specific assignments that engage a broad range of cultural

FA218: Figure Drawing

issues and ideas. Individual aesthetic and expression


are developed. Students continue to hone their ability

Students work from the figure using drawing to

to articulate their ideas through critique presentation

arbitrate between rigorous observation and pictorial

and the development of artists’ statements.

necessity. Skills developed in Drawing I and II extend into working exclusively from the figure, focusing

FA301: Advanced Works on Paper

on anatomical understanding and overall expressive


concerns. Awareness of the figure in art is expanded

The goal of this course is to facilitate challenging,

from historical to contemporary contexts.

individual directions in drawing and a critical involvement in the creative process. Strong emphasis is placed on the practice of drawing in a postmodern context. Students are engaged in the contemporary dialogue on drawing through reading assignments related to drawing and arts criticism, exposure to


This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of painting principles, methods, and materials. Emphasis in the course is on learning how to develop the convincing illusion of form and space as students work from observation, simultaneously strengthening perceptual abilities and increasing knowledge and use of color pigments. Understanding how formal decisions affect the expressive potential of the artwork underscores not only how to paint, but also awareness of the process of making decisions in the work. A variety of approaches assist students in finding their own language with paint while exploring the expressive possibilities of moving beyond simply creating a picture. The course is supplemented by readings and discussions of historic and contemporary issues as well as individual and group critiques.

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FA223: Figure Painting

FA305: Painting as Abstraction

FA233: Relief/Monotype Printmaking




Using Introduction to Painting as a foundation,

The goal of this course is to facilitate challenging

An exploration of the technical and aesthetic aspects

students study specific problems related to

directions in painting and a critical involvement in

of monotype and relief beyond FA230a and in

representational painting. Working from the

the creative process. Strong emphasis is placed on the

combination with collage and collagraph techniques.

model, students engage in extended observational

practice of painting in a postmodern context. Students

Students will learn multi-layer 4-color printing in

painting, linking their figure drawing skills with

explore the relationship between painting and

monotype and Japanese style woodblock using Akua

painting. Exploration of historical and contemporary

photography, film, digital media, and popular culture.

water-based inks. Students experiment with viscosity

approaches to the figure in art provides a context

Students are engaged in the contemporary dialogue

printing and create unique collages layered with

for exploring concepts of narration and abstraction.

on painting through reading assignments related to

monotype. Both editioning and one-of-a-kind images

Continued emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge

painting, cultural theory, and arts criticism. Visiting

will be created. Good shop practice, craftsmanship,

of materials and techniques used in a variety of

artists and field trips to relevant exhibitions will

and technical skill will be developed along with

approaches to painting.

broaden students’ awareness of current professional

concept and aesthetics.

painting practice. Artists’ statements are developed

FA304: Narrative Painting

in conjunction with work completed during the

FA235: Screenprinting




Students respond to a broad range of problems in representational painting as they explore the relationship between painting as process and concept development. Emphasis is on how to structure a painting to heighten narrative connotations. Experimental and traditional painting techniques are covered in conjunction with readings and discussions on contemporary painting issues. Students work towards broader decision making abilities and individual directions in painting. Artists’ statements are developed in conjunction with final semester work.

Introduction to the versatile screenprinting process

Printmaking Courses FA230a: Introduction to Printmaking [3 CREDITS]

An introduction to engraving techniques such as drypoint and mezzotint on metal, relief, and monotype printmaking, as well as print vocabulary, safer shop practices, and the categorization of prints. This course engenders appreciation for printmaking, presentation, and fine paper, while providing a historical context. Additional workshops and demonstrations are provided in collagraph, collage, and alternative processes, to support the final project.

using water based inks. Students learn about basic equipment, printing techniques, papers, and a variety of stenciling processes, including the photographic stencil. Vocabulary, history and contemporary screenprinting are discussed.

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FA237: Letterpress

FA335a: Lithography

FA243: Additive Processes: Metal/Wood




Letterpress combines printmaking techniques with

Students are introduced to the basic skills of black and

Refining skills learned in Sculpture I, this studio

contemporary digital and photo practices. This

white lithography. Positive litho plates are utilized to

course focuses on advanced techniques in wood

process-oriented course offers an introduction to

create hand drawn, photo related, and combination

and metal, including brazing stick and TIG welding.

hand setting, printed illustrations, and presswork. It

lithographs. Historical and contemporary approaches

Objectives include development of techniques

includes basic designing with metal type, combining

to the lithograph are discussed.

as both an end in themselves and tools for other

text with traditional printing methods, and setting up

sculptural practices. Class discussion and readings

and operating the press. The course will also cover

Sculpture Courses

include critical investigation of concepts relevant to

working directly from digital files of image and text to photopolymer plates. Projects in this course include small books, broadsides, postcards, and business cards as a format to display letterpress skills.

FA330c: Intaglio Printmaking [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE FA230A

This course expands on the engraving techniques introduced in the Introduction to Printmaking course. Students learn advanced techniques in intaglio printing including line and tonal etching techniques such as spray aquatint and lift grounds on copper plate and viscosity methods on zinc. The second half of the semester focuses on photo etching using photopolymer plates. Contemporary intaglio printing is explored through exposure to current printmakers,

FA240b: Introduction to Sculptural Practices [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE FD123

Students are introduced to the basic language of sculpture, spatial concepts and technical procedures. As an introduction to the sculpture shop, this course emphasizes processes based on wood and metal fabrication both exclusively and combined with a wide range of materials. Safety practices with tools and equipment are introduced. Projects review the basic principles of 3D design and push beyond considering sculpture as a means of organizing physical information to communicate an idea, produce a visual effect and create for an expressive purpose.

contemporary sculpture.

FA340g, 441g: Additive Processes: Metal/Wood [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITES FOR FA340G: FA240B AND FA243. PREREQUISITE FOR FA441G: FA340G

Refining skills learned in Intro To Sculptural Practices, this course focuses on advanced techniques using wood and metal construction and fabrication. Objectives include development of techniques as both an end in themselves and tools for other sculptural practices. Class discussion and reading include critical investigation of concepts relevant to contemporary sculpture. Students taking this course at an advanced level propose a plan of work for the semester that includes relevant research on contemporary artists

printmaking journals, and relevant exhibitions.

and issues in sculpture along with the creation of an

Professional practices of studio logs, documentation

artist’s statement.

and entering competitions are encouraged.   

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FA342: Advanced 3-D Projects

FA307: Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts


FA347: Expanded Forms: Interdisciplinary Sculpture



In this course students create a digital portfolio of

This advanced course builds on technical and

Working in the contemporary context of

their work. Projects introduce students to a variety

material skills developed in previous courses.

interdisciplinary sculptural practices, students

of web design methods and will include portfolio

Emphasis includes intensive readings and discussions

are encouraged to cross boundaries, invent hybrid

assessments, categorization and grouping of work,

of critical issues and contemporary artists in

processes, and explore innovative content in the

targeting a website to specific clients, promoting

three-dimension and sculpture. Students focus on

areas of object-making, installation, site-work, time-

through social networking sites and group portfolio

conceptual development, building a body of work, and

based art, and digital forms. Students develop the

sites, client expectations in regards to website

developing a sustained investigation of content and

conceptual content of their work concurrently with

navigation and design, industry trends in website

form. Students must be able to work comfortably with

practical, hands-on knowledge of materials and

design and self-promotion.

a wide range of materials and tools before enrolling in

fabrication techniques, enabling them to produce

this course.

work relevant to their personal vision. Artists

FA490: Fine Arts Internship


statements accompany projects and a research


FA344: Moldmaking/Casting/Carving

component exploring a broad range of conceptual



strategies assist students in developing a critical and

In their junior and senior years (recommended during

Working both additively and subtractively, this

self-analytical awareness of their practice.

the second semester of the junior year), students have

course explores contemporary issues in sculpture based on the multiple, replication and proliferation via the use of the mold. Focus is on casting and mold making processes exploring a broad range of materials. Students refine their technical skills in moldmaking techniques, including piece and waste molds and “low tech” molds for casting traditional and experimental materials. Advanced students work toward developing a body of work from their own proposals, which includes the visual artwork and a research component.

the option of earning a specified number of credits

General Fine Arts Courses FA303: Textile and Fiber Processes [3 CREDITS]

Students will work with a range of materials from textiles to non-woven pulp, investigating their properties and applications. This course will further introduce students to techniques for altering raw fibers and surface treatments that will include a variety of dying applications.

while gaining valuable work experience in an area appropriate to their studies. The internship must be formalized by a written agreement with the student, the workplace, and a faculty advisor.

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FA491a: Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

individual artistic points of view. Visiting artists, guest


and presentations supplement the Studio Thesis

Through exploration and analysis of their recent

experience. Over the course of the semester, students

work, students will identify a point of view and

will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the

articulate it in their visual work and in a position

display of their work in the senior exhibition.

lecturers, pertinent articles, and relevant exhibitions

paper. Students will be expected to research contemporary art issues and establish a context for

FA497c: Professional Practices

their work. This will provide the groundwork for


research and development of a cohesive body of work

As a capstone course, Professional Practices focuses

that culminates with the senior thesis experience.

on a range of topics related to the professional


development of fine artists. Emphasis is on practical

FA494: Studio Thesis

skills that will assist the emerging artist as he or


she embarks on a professional career as a fine artist.

All senior students are required to take this course

Students develop skills in professional writing, such

in conjunction with their seminar thesis course.

as grant proposals and arts criticism, in addition to

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

learning basic business practice, approaches to self-

challenging, individual directions in art and design

promotion, and methods of documenting artwork.

making and critical thinking. Students map out a

Professional presentation of artwork is directed to

plan of study for the semester and work on a series

a broad range of applications including commercial

of related ideas that culminate in a cohesive body

and alternative contexts. Further professional

of work. Research simultaneously developed in

development is considered through looking at

Seminar Thesis is expected to inform and broaden the

graduate schools, artist residencies, posted BFA

context of visual work developed in the Studio Thesis.

internships, and employment opportunities for artists.

Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process, and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently scheduled critiques and the artist statement, emphasis is placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices, and express and defend

G R APHIC D E SIG N CO U RSE S GD205: Introduction to Typography [3 CREDITS]

This course is an introductory study of written communication through the craft and art of letterforms and application of typographic principles. It serves as an introduction to typography as an element in the art and design process. The course is taught as a skill and art form.

GD206: Graphic Imagery [3 CREDITS]

This hands-on introduction to graphic design and illustration is foundation-based and encompasses the fundamentals of communication theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of creative problem-solving skills and processes primarily through the creation of structured iconography. Students also explore visual communications-related professions and practices.

GD221: Introduction to Interactive Media [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE FD114.

Presents the computer as an interactive creative tool and as an expressive medium. Students learn the fundamentals of the interactive process. The course is intensely technically oriented. However, along the way, students begin to investigate the why and wherefore of interactive working methods and engage in a dialogue that expands on the possibilities for computers as tools to exchange thoughts and ideas.

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GD225: Principles of Usability

GD307: Graphic Design Practicum

GD405: Advanced Typography




Focus on the fundamentals of user-centered

GD206 AND GD221

The culmination of all previously taught typographic

design and usability issues surrounding web-

Students learn to fully utilize Macintosh design

competencies, this course focuses on the developing

based interfaces (Internet, PDA, cell, etc.). The

applications to create professional digital art

type skills applicable to the work a designer is

course examines information architecture

compatible with the state of the art production

assigned at recognized design and advertising firms.

models, content/design relationships, user

requirements and accepted standards of printers and

Advanced project work addresses functional as well as

behaviors, and user testing scenarios.

other vendors. Major topics include file assembly,

expressive typography. The class requires students to

optimization, implications of paper and ink selection,

develop concepts, present and explain their work, and

GD305: Intermediate Typography

creation and correction of illustrative and photographic

bring their solutions to life.


art, and understanding prepress and press work. This

Expanding on the skills and knowledge acquired in

course will provide methods and techniques to prepare

GD490: Graphic Design Internship

Introduction to Typography, this course explores the

graphic design for reproduction on a commercial


dynamics of type in context. From the traditions of

printing press. Emphasis will be placed on procedures


book design to the frontier of digital and interactive

used in digital document creation.

In their junior and senior years (recommended

typography, students explore type as a design and

during the second semester, junior year), students

communication tool, investigating these contexts

GD308: The Big Idea

have the option of earning a specified number of

through the lens of historical innovation.


credits while gaining valuable work experience

GD206 AND GD305

in an area appropriate to their studies. Prior

GD306: Graphic Design Systems

An idea is formed through a process. It is a cognitive

approval is required from the department chair,


creation, thought, or concept of the mind. It originates

and the internship must be formalized by a

This course is a continuation and merging of the skills

by mentally combining experience, imagination, and

written agreement between the student, the

and proficiencies developed in Graphic Imagery and

knowledge into an expression that conveys meaning.

workplace, and the internship coordinator.

Introduction to Typography. Emphasis is placed on

In graphic design, this idea becomes the keystone of

process, research, advanced conceptual thinking,

effective message strategy. Often referred to as the

creative development, and design systems. The

“big Idea,” this theme or central creative concept is

student will develop a unified graphic campaign

critical to communication that is relevant, original,

to promote an organization’s brand and mission,

and impactful. This course will explore the big idea

through research, presentation, and a systematic

through creative projects, research, and critical

approach to verbal and visual concept development.

analysis contextualized through a variety of media and graphic design applications. Emphasis will be placed on communication theory, social/civil responsibility, globalization, and demographics.

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GD491: Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis

senior students are required to take this course in

IL212: Illustration Methods & Materials

conjunction with their seminar thesis course.



In this course students explore a variety of media and

The advanced culmination of all previously taught

GD497: Professional Practices

materials including graphite, color pencil, pastel, pen

graphic design skills and proficiencies. Project work


and ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and collage

centers on complex applications incorporating a wide

The preparation and assembly of artwork for

as well as methods for their application. Extensive

spectrum of creative solutions to both practical and

professional presentation, practice, development,

experimentation and hands-on work familiarize

experimental design problems within the context of

and advancement. Emphasis is placed on refining

students with each medium’s inherent properties.

a developing thesis topic. Portfolio development and

previously learned competencies into cohesive,

Historic and contemporary examples of media use are

artistic professionalism are stressed.

multifaceted statements of artistic capability.

discussed. Students continue building strong methods

Concurrently, students are immersed into an array of

for concepting and ideation along with strengthening

GD493: Studio Thesis for Graphic Design

professional issues and situations relating directly to

their drawing and compositional skills.


the development of a graphic designer including self-

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

promotion, documentation, ethics, business practice,

IL218: Figure Drawing

challenging, individual directions in design and

and life-long learning.


critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study

In this course, students study figure drawing as it

for the semester and work on a series of related ideas


relates to their illustration method, working with

that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Seminar

IL211: Illustration Concepts

the figure through observation to inform their final

Thesis research is expected to inform and broaden the context of the visual work developed in the Studio Thesis. Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process, and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently scheduled critiques and a developed artist statement, an emphasis will be placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and express and defend individual aesthetic points of view. Over the course of the semester, students will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the display of their work in the senior exhibition. All


This course introduces students to the field of illustration as an art form, a passion, and a profession. Through lectures, demos, and projects, students focus on the illustration process, through concepting and ideation materials and techniques, message and audience. Drawing and compositional skills acquired during foundation courses are reinforced and aligned with the expectations of illustration. Students will broaden their use of research and observation and begin to develop their own unique and inventive approach to image making.

composition. Skills developed in Drawing I and II are reinforced. Focus is on anatomical understanding and overall expressive concerns. Awareness if the figure in art is studied from historical to contemporary times.

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IL219: Digital Illustration

layout, audience concerns, and presenting to a

IL450: Studio Thesis for Illustration


publisher. Students are introduced to the picture


This course examines the use of the computer as a

book making process, from concepting and ideation,

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

medium and as an additional tool for illustrators.

to constructing a presentation “dummy” book and

challenging, individual directions in illustration

Through projects, discussions, and lectures, a

executing final illustrations.

and critical thinking. Building on their Introduction

variety of digital techniques and working methods

to Studio Thesis class, students map out a plan of

are explored as well as a review of the historical

IL319: Concept Art & Character Design

study for the semester and work on a series of related

development and current directions of digital


concepts that culminate in a cohesive body of work.

illustration. Similar to core illustration studio classes,

This course is an advanced digital illustration class

The research they conduct in their concurrent

assignments will have an emphasis on drawing and

that covers digital painting and character design

Seminar Thesis course is expected to inform and

compositional skills as well as concepts, creativity,

techniques. Students will use digital media to create

broaden the context of the work they develop in

communication, technical achievement, and

concept illustrations and character designs for a

this Studio Thesis course. Students are expected


variety of genre. Emphasis will be on technique,

to refine their understanding of contemporary

concept and character development, drawing skills,

issues and historical approaches related to their

and working from observation and visual reference.

specific concept or process, and bring an advanced

IL313: Applied Illustration

competency to the technical and formal concerns


This course explores a variety of illustration markets

IL402: Digital Portfolio

that inform their work. Through class critiques

including editorial, advertising, and product.


and the creation of an artist statement, students

Each market has its own inherent requirements

In this course students create a digital portfolio of

develop a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual

and histories. Students will be led through the

their illustration work. Projects introduce students

decisions and express and defend their individual

requirements of the professional illustrator in relation

to a variety of web design methods and will include

artistic point of view. Visiting artists, guest lecturers,

to each market, including concepting and ideation,

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

pertinent articles, and relevant exhibitions/

research, sketching and conceptual development,

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

presentations supplement the Studio Thesis

branding, trends and deadline.

promoting through social networking sites and

experience. Over the course of the semester students

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards

will investigate exhibition design and prepare for

IL315: Children’s Book & Graphic Novel

to website navigation and design, industry trends in

the display of their work in the senior exhibition.


website design and self-promotion.

All senior students are required to take this course

In this course, students explore the techniques and skills required to create sequential storytelling illustration for children’s books and graphic novels. Drawing skills are reinforced along with media use, character development, design and page

in conjunction with their Seminar Thesis course.

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IL490: Illustration Internship

Surface Treatments on Fabric 1 + 2


IL497c: Professional Practices for Illustrators



The first semester of this course teaches traditional

In their Junior year, illustration students are

In this class, students will study the business and

techniques such as batik, stenciling, lino-printing,

required to earn a specified number of credits from

professional practices of illustration. Projects will

inks on silk, latex treatments, and machine felting.

an internship where they will gain valuable work

include portfolio assessment and building, targeting

Advanced techniques such as foiling on fabric, latex

experience in an area appropriate to their studies.

work to specific clients, marketing strategies, and

treatments, pleating, and machine felting are taught

Prior approval is required from the Department Chair,

client relationships including communications

in the second semester to enlarge the variety of textile

and the internship must be formalized by a written

and expectations. Students will also study current

treatments in the student’s skill set.

agreement between the student, the workplace, and

industry trends in content, technique, and self-

the internship coordinator.

promotion. Other topics will include usage pricing,

usage rights, invoicing, taxes, licensing, business

Fashion Research & Design Concepts 1 + 2

IL491: Introduction to Illustration Studio Thesis

ethics, and copyright.




In this class, students will begin to identify their own unique point of view in their illustration work and begin the process for developing their thesis topic.

Students are trained to fully explore and exploit

Fashion Design Courses

Through discussions, demonstrations, and projects, students will examine and define their unique and individual voice, refine and strengthen their technique, and begin to explore potential markets for their work. Emphasis is placed on technique, individual expression, and collaboration.


various multi- and interdisciplinary sources in order to creatively apply investigative research to a conceptual design process. The course requires the development of documentary tools like sketchbooks. Market led and inspirational research will provide

Junior Year at Parsons Paris Fashion Drawing 1 + 2 [4 CREDITS PER SEMESTER]

This course teaches basic drawing skills from a live fashion model to help students define movement, proportion, and perspective. Studies of the fashion figure, faces, legs, and hands are taught as they pertain to the more stylized fashion figure. Students then learn through observation how various garments hang in relation to the body. Model drawing is required as a means of solving three-dimensional design problems first on paper.

a substantial fashion and design awareness and will familiarize students with product and market categories, as well as with current issues in international fashion. The second semester includes different methods and conceptual techniques for implementing effective design directions.

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3D Fashion Design 1 + 2

Textile Identification



Studio Elective: Advanced Sewing Technique

This course begins with an introduction to basic

This course increases the knowledge of natural and


garment construction and production. Through

synthetic fibers, fabrics, and materials as well as

Students will be introduced to particular master

the practice of draping muslin on the mannequin,

the range and application of textiles to the special

techniques and will deepen their fundamental

students achieve understanding of how materials fall

requirements of clothing production. Students are

sewing and draping skills. Through various

and the foundation of pattern shapes: bodices, skirts,

given an overview of the textile and fiber markets,

cutting techniques and exercises they will

sleeves, and collars. Essential garment assembly

including fiber identification, knowledge of yarns, and

explore different finishings – both traditional

techniques are introduced. Short project briefs

fabric constructions. Dyeing, printing, and finishing

and contemporary – and achieve an essential

encourage intensive three-dimensional research

methods are introduced to learn characteristics of

understanding of garment technology. Working

and an exploration of a variety of three-dimension

finished cloth for end use. The historical background

to set briefs, students demonstrate their expertise

methods and techniques. The course initiates a

of different textiles is examined as well as

through technical experimentation on details

flexible, experimental and critical approach towards

contemporary developments and the changing values

and final garments. The course is divided into

materials, volumes, and shapes from which design

assigned to different textiles.

three specific modules, each module is taught by

concepts emanate into an individual, personal problem-solving process.

a different professional from the fashion industry,

Textile Elective: Creative Textile Development

Pattern Drafting 1 + 2




Students develop an understanding of professional

This course guides the student through the various

pattern making, metric pattern cutting, and drafting

textile developments and techniques created for

skills. They learn about the architecture of garments

fashion and interior design collections. After a general

and the technical implications of flat construction

introduction of advanced textile treatments including

for the fit. Basic patterns for bodices, skirts, sleeves,

digital print, students are encouraged to define design

and collars are undertaken. In the second semester,

concepts with at least three self-directed research

more advanced methods and techniques are explored.

projects in view of their collection work. They will

Concurrently, students learn to draft many of the

explore specific techniques in depth, or develop various

same patterns on the computer.

mixed media techniques, ranging from hand-painting to felting, innovative smocking, 3D fabric manipulation or digital printing, in small and large scales. Students will be expected to make contribution to the design field by focusing in particular on innovation, and must show ability to undertake a personal creative direction.

allowing students access to a variety of skills and expertise in the technical aspects of sewing.

Courses at CVA IF200: Introduction to Sewing [3 CREDITS]

Students will be introduced to basic sewing methods of garments and three-dimensional forms. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine and apply the various stitches. This is an interdisciplinary course designed to give students the technical skills necessary for basic fabric construction.

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IF402: Digital Portfolio for Fashion

IF490: Internship



In this course students create a digital portfolio of

In their junior and senior years, students have the

their fashion work. Projects introduce students to

option of earning a specified number of credits

a variety of web design methods and will include

while gaining valuable work experience in an area

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

appropriate to their studies. The internship must be

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

formalized by a written agreement with the student,

promoting through social networking sites and

the workplace, and a faculty advisor.

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards to website navigation and design, industry trends in

IF493: Studio Thesis for Fashion

website design and self-promotion.


This course culminates with the creation and

IF404: Introduction To Fashion Thesis

presentation of a complete fashion collection.


Students will develop design ideas and build an

This course guides students through the process of

ensemble of various garments that work together and

developing a fashion collection from concept through

complement one another. The final presentation will

to sample making. Topics to be covered include:

feature show pieces that best represent the student’s

defining a market, sourcing fabrics, planning a

design aesthetic.

collection, and working within the fashion industry.

IF495: Professional Practice IF406: Professional Pattern/ Construction Techniques


The focus of this course is preparing for market.


Students will learn how to create line sheets, work

Students will learn to create production patterns that

with fashion reps and retailers as well as managing

match industry standards as well as apply professional

production preparation for selling their fashion line.

finishing techniques to their designs. In addition, students will further develop their pattern making and sewing techniques in this course.

Photography Courses PH240: Introduction to Photography [3 CREDITS]

This course provides an introduction to the understanding and use of the 35mm film camera and working in the darkroom to produce black and white silver gelatin prints. A short introduction to digital photography will be included. Through lectures, demonstrations and assigned projects, students develop a basic vocabulary for discussing, critiquing, and creating photographs.

PH258: Traditional Color Processes [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE PH240

This course introduces students to traditional film based color photography, manipulation, collage, text addition, collaborative books, fabrication, sequencing, and a more complex photographic language. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the photographic process, both technically and conceptually, and are challenged to articulate their ideas in a concise and creative manner.

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PH306: Advanced Photographic Techniques

PH316: Digital Photography [3 CREDITS] PREREQUISITE PH240

PH340a: Introduction to Video Production


This course is an introduction to working digitally


Students are introduced to medium and large

with photographic images. Course content includes

This course provides a working introduction to

format cameras, studio lighting, and more refined

projects, critiques, and lectures based on both straight

the aesthetic and technical requirements of video

technical uses of both black and white and color

and constructed methods of image making. The

production. Lectures and workshops cover visual/

photography. This course also includes portraiture,

class is also an introduction to color photography as

aural communications, pre-production planning,

history, individual research, exploration of alternative

it relates to the digitized image. Technical lectures

and lighting, sound, camera, and editing practices.

films and chemistry, portfolio building, and visits to

and demonstrations include importing files from

Students will be responsible for the creative and

galleries and stockhouses. Students begin to build

digital media, high resolution film scanning, color

technical aspects of planning, shooting, and editing a

career awareness.

management, editing images in Adobe Photoshop,

substantial video program based on a creative vision.

making high-quality output on inkjet printers, and

NOTE: Students will need access to a video camera for

using service bureaus for large scale output.

use throughout the semester.

Advanced students will research contemporary fine

PH321: Digital Portfolio for Photography

PH341: Video Production

art photographic genres to better understand what



fine art photographers are doing and why, how this

In this course students create a digital portfolio of

Building on skills developed in the PH340a,

may differ from work of the past, and how these

their photography work. Projects introduce students

Introduction to Video Production class, Video

may serve as models and inspiration for their own

to a variety of web design methods and will include

Production will challenge students with longer

work. Readings and short print based assignments

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

and more in depth projects. This will include a

will lead to longer, more in depth projects for the

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

major project that will be the primary activity of

second half of the semester. Experimental approaches

promoting through social networking sites and

the second half of the semester. Class members

are encouraged and students may, for example, not

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards

will produce and present an evening of video late

only generate prints but also produce artist books,

to website navigation and design, industry trends in

in the semester for school and public presentation.

make photo/sculpture hybrids, make photo and

website design and self-promotion.

NOTE: Students will need access to a video

PH308: Advanced Photographic Projects [3 CREDITS]

mixed media installations, work with projections, or combine their prints with other media.

camera for use throughout the semester.Â

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PH459: Independent Study: Photography

PH473: Photo Journalism/Fashion

PH496: Studio Thesis: Photography





The Photographic Applications class is a team-

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

This is an advanced course in photography in which

taught, multi-component experience touching on

challenging, individual directions in photography and

the student works with a faculty mentor in developing

two major professional photographic genres, Fashion

critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study

imagery and appropriate techniques in a particular

and Documentary, and will also offer specific

for the semester and work on a series of related ideas

area of photography. A written, signed contract is

in-depth training in professional studio lighting

that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Seminar

required before registering for this course.

and professional software used by commercial

Thesis research is expected to inform and broaden

photographers to support their practices. Students

the context of the visual work developed in the

PH470: Alternative Photographic Processes

will work with top-notch professionals in these genres

Studio Thesis. Students are expected to refine their

to do exercises and projects and get some hands-on

understanding of contemporary issues and historical


experience in these important areas.

approaches related to their specific concept or process,


This course will be a hands-on exploration of a

PH490: Photography Internship

and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through

number of alternative photographic processes


frequently scheduled critiques and a developed artist

including Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Gum Bichromate,


statement, an emphasis will be placed on developing a

and Platinum/Palladium. Each of these processes involves compounding photosensitive emulsions and sensitizers and hand applying them to various art papers. Students may use view camera negatives as well as pinhole cameras to produce contact negatives for these processes as well as using the computer and inkjet printers to produce desktop negatives from digital files. Students will produce an expansive portfolio of prints containing samples from each process.

In their junior and senior years, students have the option of earning a specified number of credits while gaining valuable work experience in an area appropriate to their studies. The internship must be formalized by a written agreement with the student, the workplace, and a faculty advisor.

PH491: Introduction to Studio Thesis: Photography [3 CREDITS]

The culmination of all previously taught photographic skills and competencies. Work will focus on the individual student identifying within themselves a set of core creative concerns within the context of a developing thesis topic. Portfolio development and artistic professionalism are emphasized. Â

process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and express and defend individual artistic points of view. Visiting artists, guest lecturers, pertinent articles, and relevant exhibitions/presentations supplement the Studio Thesis experience. Over the course of the semester students will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the display of their work in the senior exhibition. All senior students are required to take this course in conjunction with their seminar thesis course.

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PH497c: Professional Practices [3 CREDITS]

Professional Practices engages a variety of topics related to the professional development of photographers. Emphasis is on practical skills that will assist emerging photographers as they move towards a professional career. Students develop skills in professional writing, such as grant proposals and arts criticism, in addition to learning basic business practice, approaches to self-promotion and methods entering the workplace. Each student will create a website. Professional presentation of work is directed to a broad range of applications including commercial and fine art contexts. Further professional development is considered through looking at graduate schools, artist residencies, and employment opportunities for photographers.

Honors Program The Honors Program at CVA offers expanded opportunities for exceptional students who are curious, highly motivated, and interested in deeper and more self-directed study in liberal arts classes.

CVA Symposium

For more information, contact Julie L’Enfant,

chair of liberal arts and director of the honors program, at

Professional Practice

Honors students work with the instructor in regularly

CVA’s professional practice program serves

scheduled courses to create a contract for an honors

as a bridge between college and the art and

component, which supplements or replaces some

design professions, helping students to become

regular course requirements. An honors component

familiar with current professional practices in

requires a self-directed study or research project that

their major fields. The Professional Writing and

is more creative, in-depth, and more independent

Rhetoric course builds students’ professional

than a regular assignment. Students are encouraged

writing and public speaking skills. Each student

to use primary materials and engage in direct

completes an internship in a professional art

learning experiences such as visits to museums

and design setting during the junior year.

and archives or interviews with practicing artists and designers. Assignments may include leading discussions or making a special presentation in class. Honors students are challenged to work at a high level


of critical thinking, writing, and speaking.

Invitations to join the program are extended

to members of the President’s List, which

CVA Symposium features a series of lectures, gallery

recognizes those who have earned a GPA of 3.5

talks, and other events. Each academic department

or above. To graduate with honors, students

coordinates one event per semester. All students,

must successfully complete six honors courses.

faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to

These students receive special recognition at

participate in these events.

commencement, and their CVA transcript states that they have “participated with distinction.”

CVA is a member of the National Collegiate

Honors Council (NCHC). CVA honors students are eligible to participate in study programs offered through NCHC.

Internships The goal of CVA’s internship program is to prepare students for art and design careers by providing meaningful work experiences, professional contacts in the community, and intellectually challenging opportunities. Students are held to high standards of performance in their internships, and have the full support of CVA during the internship experience.

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Career Center

German Exchange Program

Art in Paris

The Career Center supports students in their

The College of Visual Arts offers a student exchange

Every other year, CVA offers a semester-long course

professional development, including assistance

with Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft

with travel to Paris during spring break. The course

with graduate school research, grant application

und Kunst (HAWK), an art and design school in the

offers an in-depth study of the art and architecture,

procedures, job opportunity research, and practice

northern German city of Hildesheim. The duration of

literature, and history of Paris. Students taking the

interview sessions.

the exchange is typically two semesters. Students who

class earn three credits in art history, humanities, or

go to HAWK can take a variety of studio courses and

liberal arts. The curriculum introduces students to the

coordinator at for more information

can also study the German language. This program

cultural heritage of France through its art, literature,

about these services.

is open to all CVA juniors, but is especially suited

and history. Students investigate the influence of the

to graphic design majors. Applications are accepted

French tradition on contemporary art and design

during the fall semester of the sophomore year. See

through critical readings and visits to museums,

the registrar for a program sheet with details.

galleries, studios, and other art spaces in both the

Students should contact the internship


Fashion Design in Paris CVA participates in the Parsons Paris Mobility Program. CVA students who major in the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program and who choose a concentration in Fashion may petition for entrance into the Parsons Paris sophomore level Fashion Design Program. Eligible students must have successfully completed the first year Foundation Program and the second year of the IADS curriculum with a 3.0 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may petition for admission upon the recommendation of two CVA faculty members.

Twin Cities and Paris.

Art in New York City CVA’s summer Art in New York City course

Summer Degree Courses

introduces students to the Big Apple where they

The college offers a limited selection of specialized

will explore the city and rich cultural points of

studio and liberal arts courses in the summer for

interest. They will broaden their visual vocabulary

degree seeking students. These courses include

by engaging in the culture of New York City, the

second semester Foundation courses for spring

major U.S. center of art and design. Students will

admits, upper level studio and liberal arts electives,

visit museums, galleries, and artist and designer

and Art in New York City (see off-campus description

studios. This three-credit elective may be taken

for details).

liberal arts credit and will include journaling, a visual mapping project, and presentation.

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Academic Advising Students are assigned an academic advisor, who is a full time faculty member, to assist them with course selection and planning. Academic advisors, along with the Registrar’s Office, provide guidance regarding academic procedure, guidelines, policy, and other support services as needed. CVA strongly recommends that students remain actively engaged with the academic advisor during their enrollment at the college. It is in the student’s best interest to establish a strong rapport with their academic advisor. The sequencing of the academic programs requires diligence from students in following the program requirements, and academic advisors provide essential guidance and advice about how to remain on

in attendance exceeding three consecutive years

Learning Resource and Writing Center

and the student has filed no Change of Program form. If there is a break in attendance exceeding

The Learning Resource and Writing Center (LRWC)

three consecutive years, the student is bound by

at CVA offers learning enhancement and enrichment services to students. Students may consult with the LRWC staff about all types of academic skills,

any new curricular requirements. 4. Successfully complete a minimum of 128 semester credits. The BFA program comprises 80

including writing, critical reading, research, note-

studio credits and 48 general education credits.

taking, study skills, time management, and test-

All students must complete a minimum of 66

taking strategies. Individual consultation is the usual way that students use the LRWC; academic skills workshops and seminars are also offered periodically. The resources of the LRWC are designed to help students take full advantage of the variety of learning opportunities at CVA and not only to survive, but to thrive as they acquire new knowledge. Contact lrc@ for more information.

track with the major program sequences.

semester credits in residence at CVA. 5. File an Intent to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office. 6. Satisfy all financial obligations to the college. The registrar, in consultation with the department chairs, makes a final review to ensure that all course requirements have been successfully completed in each student’s intended curriculum. Students must be


officially registered in their chosen curriculum for at least two semesters before graduation in order to be

Digital Tutor

Graduation Requirements

A digital tutor offers computer support for CVA

Each student is solely responsible for satisfying

students. A faculty member who is a computer

all degree requirements listed in this catalog and

completing graduation requirements after the spring

specialist is available on a regular schedule each

detailed on each student’s individual program sheet.

semester may participate in the commencement

week during the academic year. Hours, which vary

eligible for a degree in that discipline. Students who are six credits or fewer short of

ceremony only if these courses are not in their major

to meet students’ class schedule needs, are posted on

Each candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must:

concentration. The remaining course(s) must be

the third floor of the Summit Building or can be found

1. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

completed during the summer or the next semester


2. Successfully complete the senior thesis

the courses are taught. Students who are short credits

Support documents on a variety of computer topics are available at digital_tips/.

capstone courses. 3. Successfully complete one of the degree curricula

at the time of the commencement ceremony receive their diplomas at the end of the term in which all

outlined in an official program sheet which was

degree requirements listed above are met. Transcripts

in effect from the year of matriculation, or later,

confirm graduation status when the missing

at CVA. This presumes there has been no break

requirements are completed.

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Completion of Foundation Requirements

Textbook Notification

Common Time at CVA

Students will receive information at the time of

Beginning in September, students are required to be

All Foundation Program courses must be completed

registration each semester about the textbooks that

available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to

successfully by the end of the freshman year in

will be recommended or required for courses, to the

7 p.m. to participate in college events and workshops

order to enroll in sophomore level courses. First year

extent practicable. This information will be provided

such as gallery openings, panel discussions, and

students are required to repeat course failures or

either in written form or by link to an Internet site

student council-related activities. The events will

withdrawals by the end of the next academic year.

containing the information.

be held on these evenings throughout the academic year. Panel discussions, gallery openings, and other

Senior Thesis

Level Reviews

Senior Thesis is the capstone experience at the

First and third year program level reviews consist

College of Visual Arts. All students are required

of two scheduled critiques that are required for all

to successfully complete their thesis studies for

students. The first critique, that takes place at the

graduation. This includes Professional Practices,

conclusion of the first year Foundation Program,

Studio Thesis, and Seminar Thesis. These three

emphasizes critical thinking and presentation skills.

courses have been designed to prepare and launch

The second critique, at the end of the fifth semester,

students for success upon graduation.

serves as an extension of the professional choice

Graduation with Honors The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is conferred with honors upon students who have maintained high academic excellence. Final graduation honors listed on the diploma and the transcript depend on the cumulative GPA at the time of degree completion.

take precedence over any other regularly occurring program or event.


Academic Honor Code I. Principles

program begun in the Foundation year, providing

Every student at the College of Visual Arts must

a check on the student’s choice of major and

adhere to high standards of honorable behavior.

professional direction. Failure to attend a scheduled

Academic work for all liberal arts and studio classes

critique will result in the student being placed on

must be a student’s own, with appropriate credit

academic probation.

given for use of the words, images, and ideas from other sources. If a student uses fraudulent means

Change of Program If a student wants to change his or her program

Summa Cum Laude


of study, a Change of Program form must be filed

Magna Cum Laude


and all requirements of the new program that are

Cum Laude


in effect at the time of the change must be met.

special events that will take place during these times

The Change of Program form is available from the Registrar’s Office. A change of curriculum becomes official when the Change of Program form is filed with the Registrar’s Office.

to obtain grades or other advantages in academic work, he or she has not truly gained in knowledge, understanding, or skill. Grades, honors and other marks of achievement lose their meaning; the reputation of the College of Visual Arts is diminished and the value of its BFA degree reduced. It is therefore essential to the integrity of the college that every member of the community, including students, faculty, staff, and administration, uphold the highest standards of academic integrity.

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II. Definition and Examples of Academic Dishonesty Upholding these standards requires an understanding of what is meant by academic dishonesty. Academic

Plagiarizing 1. Presenting for either a liberal arts or studio class the work of another without acknowledgement, as though it were your own.

dishonesty can be defined as any act whereby

2. Using the “cut and paste” method of constructing

a student seeks to gain grades, credit, or other

a paper from Internet or print sources without

advantage by fraudulent means. It includes, but is

synthesizing the ideas to create your own

not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, making multiple submissions, facilitating academic dishonesty,

independent thesis or identifying the sources. 3. Using information, ideas, or images from any

stealing or defacing materials or other property, using

source (Internet, book, article, a classmate’s

materials in an unauthorized manner, and falsifying

research paper, or artwork) without proper

academic records. The following list provides examples of these kinds of behavior. It is meant to provide illustrations only and is not an exhaustive list.

attribution. 4. Using the exact words of another without using quotation marks and citing the source. 5. Paraphrasing the words of another without citing

Cheating 1. Copying another student’s answers on a quiz or exam. 2. Using notes or other source materials on a quiz or exam without the instructor’s permission. 3. Collaborating on a take-home exam meant to be

the source.

Making Multiple Submissions

computers or calculators during an exam without the instructor’s permission. 5. Copying another student’s homework assignment. 6. Using answers from an instructor’s version of a textbook for a homework assignment meant to be completed individually.

1. T heft or defacement of any materials or property belonging to another student or member of the staff or faculty. 2. T heft or defacement of any materials or property belonging to the college. 3. T heft or defacement of library books or other materials. 4. T heft of proprietary software.

Using Materials in an Unauthorized Manner 1. Unauthorized entry into college property such as classrooms, studios, computer labs, faculty offices, or library. 2. Unauthorized use or manipulation of studio equipment or computer programs.

1.  Submitting, without prior permission, a paper, project, or other assignment completed in one class to fulfill a requirement for another class.

completed individually. 4. Using electronic devices such as phones,

Stealing or Defacing Materials or Other Property

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty 1. A llowing another student to copy answers from your exam paper. 2. Giving or selling another student a completed assignment, project, or paper. 3. Informing students in a later section of a class the questions on an exam.

Falsifying Academic Records 1. Alteration of grade books or files. 2. Use of personal relationships to gain grades or favors. 3. A ny attempt to obtain grades or credit through fraudulent means.

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III. Process for Dealing with Violations of the Honor Code

Attendance Policy

The College of Visual Arts will treat violations of the

and liberal arts courses and is designed to be

honor code with the utmost seriousness. If a student

proactive. Absenteeism and tardiness often are

is accused of academic dishonesty, the student will

indications of extenuating circumstances that

be informed of the alleged violation and the evidence

need attention and support. Faculty are required

on which the allegation is based. If circumstances

to adhere to this policy, track their students’

warrant, the instructor and relevant department

attendance/tardiness, and make the appropriate

chair, in consultation with the chief academic officer,

referral to student support services, e.g., academic

may decide on a penalty such as a failing grade or

advisors and/or the Office for Student Life.

zero on the assignment or exam or a failing grade

in the course. A record of the violation will be filed

by faculty and students will be apprised of this

with the chief academic officer, who will maintain a

attendance policy at orientation.

Students may appeal to the relevant department

chair. If dissatisfied with that decision, the student may appeal to the chief academic officer. The decision from that office will be final. In special circumstances a student may appeal to a standing hearing committee. The chief academic officer will deal with second and subsequent violations of the honor

excused absences for documented religious

CVA’s attendance policy applies to all studio

holidays. Students are required to register the particular times and dates of these holidays at the beginning of each semester with the Office for Student Life. This office will communicate information regarding excused absences to the appropriate faculty. 7. Students are responsible for understanding this policy and tracking their own attendance and tardiness.

This policy will be consistently enforced

Academic Grievance Policy Academic grievances are complaints brought by

permanent record of reported student violations.

6. C VA recognizes all religions and will grant

1. Classes that meet two times per week recognize four absences as grounds for failure. 2. Classes that meet one time per week recognize three absences as grounds for failure. 3. Two tardies are equivalent to one absence. After fifteen minutes, the tardy becomes an absence. 4. A student will forfeit all rights and privileges

students concerning the college’s provision of educational services affecting their role, progress, and status as students. Academic grievances must be based on an alleged violation of a college rule, policy, or established practice. This policy does not limit the college’s right to change rules, policies, or practices.

The Academic Grievance Policy does not apply

code. Students may appeal decisions to the standing

for the course failed due to attendance and/or

to conflicts related to complaints under the Student

committee, the decision of which is final.

tardy absences.

Conduct Code, to academic misconduct allegations,

5. Excused absences are granted only due

IV. Penalties for Violations Penalties for students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty may include: 1. A grade of F or 0 on an assignment, paper, or exam. 2. A grade of F for the course. 3. Suspension from the college. 4. Expulsion from the college.

to sexual harassment complaints, or to any type of

to hospitalization and/or death in the

allegation other than an academic grievance, as

family, or legally mandated activities such

defined above. The Student Conduct Code and other

as military service or court appearances.

college policies are available on the college website.

Students are required to show documentation

of their circumstance to their academic

Procedures is to resolve conflicts through a simple

advisor. The Registrar’s Office will

and expeditious process, through informal resolution

communicate information regarding excused

methods, if possible. Resolutions may include student

absences to the appropriate faculty.

reinstatement or other academic corrective action on

The goal of the Academic Grievance Policy and

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behalf of the student, but may not include monetary

To secure approval for the credit transfer,

Passing Grades

compensation or disciplinary action against any

a student must:




college employee. Grievances involving an instructor’s

1. Obtain specific information about the proposed




judgment in assigning a grade based on academic

course, including the catalog description and



performance may be resolved only through the





Above Average


the Registrar’s Office), stating the reason for the



request and describing the course in detail.









Below Average











Withdraw Passing


informal resolution procedures set forth in this policy.

2. Fill out a Course Substitution form (available in

See the full text of the Student Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures on the college website.

3. Obtain permission from the department chair

Credit Transfer CVA students are expected and encouraged to take all

and registrar. 4. Have the form signed by the department chair and the registrar.

their courses at CVA. A specially designed, integrated, and sequenced curriculum provides a well-rounded education for artists and designers. Once a student has matriculated at CVA, a student may transfer up to 12 credits for courses taken elsewhere, if the student passed with a grade of “C” or better. Any credits transferred are not calculated in a student’s grade point average.

Credit transfer from other institutions is not

automatic. Courses must be approved in advance by both the department chair and the registrar for the area of the course in question. The chair and the registrar will assess the reasons for the request and evaluate the proposed course in terms of a student’s program requirements. To be eligible for the credit transfer, the course must be from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency, must meet the standards of a comparable course at CVA, and the class time should be equivalent to a full semester length class at CVA.


Grading Criteria




Individual faculty evaluate and assign grades for




coursework performed within the structure of each


Attendance Failure


class. Each course has outcome objectives which




students are expected to meet. These objectives and




grading criteria are outlined in a course syllabus, which is given to students during the first week of class. At the end of each semester, students receive a grade for each course.

CVA provides faculty with the following

guidelines for grading and assigning grade point averages (GPA). Please note that in this grading system, “C” represents average work, meaning regular attendance, continued improvement, and successful accomplishment of course objectives.

Incompletes A grade of incomplete is given by an instructor to indicate that a student has been unable to complete his or her academic obligations due to unusual circumstances such as a long illness or a death in the family. A Petition for Incomplete must be completed by the student and instructor and approved by the department chair and chief academic officer before the posting of final grades. Unless a specified time period is given by the instructor, an incomplete must be made up no later than the start of the next semester.

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A student is responsible for making arrangements with the instructor to clear the incomplete.

Grade Change Policy A grade that has been reported by the instructor to the registrar cannot be changed except in the case of clerical error or unless the grade was fraudulently obtained. All grades and credits stand as recorded in the registrar’s official records if changes are not reported in writing within five years of the last day of the semester in which the course was taken. All courses taken before degree completion, with the exception of those numbered below 100, are used toward fulfillment of the specific degree


Good Academic Standing

receives a grade of “S” on the student’s transcript, but does not count in the GPA. Satisfactory work counts towards the number of credits required for graduation.

Students are in good academic standing

Unsatisfactory work receives a grade of “U” and does

if they maintain a cumulative grade point

not count towards graduation.

average of at least 2.0. Students admitted to the college are assumed to be in good standing academically as long as they are not admitted under conditional acceptance conditions. Students should be aware that maintaining good academic standing does not automatically ensure continued financial aid eligibility.

Satisfactory Progress

Probation and Dismissal When reading the rules listed below, the student must keep in mind that conditional acceptance, academic probation, suspension, and dismissal become effective at the end of the semester or term in which the student fails to attain the grade point average required. Although a student will normally receive official notification of such action, such notice

requirements, and the permanent record is closed as

CVA requires that students achieve a minimum

is not a prerequisite to the student being placed on

of the completion date.

cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Students must

probation, suspension, or dismissed. It is the student’s

complete their degree within six academic years

responsibility to ascertain his or her academic status

(twelve semesters) of full time study.

after the close of the semester. All academic actions

described below will appear on a student’s transcript.

President’s List Any student who passes 15 or more semester credits and attains a 3.50 grade point average or better for any one semester is placed on the President’s List. Credits earned from developmental coursework (courses numbered below 100) do not qualify for the 15 credits required for the President’s List. The names of the students making the list are announced by the Registrar’s Office at the end of each semester.

To enroll in any course, a C- or better must

have been achieved in all courses that are published prerequisite courses. A grade of incomplete does not satisfy the standard. Students receiving a D+ or less in a course that is a prerequisite must repeat the course before advancing to the next level of coursework. In special circumstances, permission may be granted by the appropriate departmental chair to waive this rule as long as the grade in question is not an F or I. As a general policy, courses at CVA are graded by letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, etc.). However, in certain courses, satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading may be more appropriate. In this type of grading, satisfactory work

Academic Warning An academic warning is issued to a student whenever the regular-term GPA is below 2.00. The Registrar’s Office will notify a student of his or her academic standing. The purpose of such a warning is to alert a student, even though he or she may currently be in good standing, that special effort be given before he or she falls into academic difficulty.

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suspended or dismissed may be submitted as evidence

Academic Probation

Academic Suspension

Academic probation is intended as a warning to

A student who has been academically suspended from

students who are not making the expected progress

the college will be eligible for readmission after one

towards a degree completion. A student will be placed

calendar year after the close of the term or semester

on academic probation whenever the cumulative

that resulted in the suspension. A student returning

grade point average falls below 2.0. A student may

to the college after a suspension period must apply

be admitted conditionally or continue on probation.

for readmission. A student who has attended another

Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be

institution since last attendance at the college must

academically suspended from the college without

meet the same admission requirements as a transfer

first being placed on probation. Generally, a student

student. A student who returns to the college after an

on probation shall be removed from probation any

academic suspension is continued on probation, and

time the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or

the student must make a semester grade point average

A student who must withdraw during a semester

above. (Students who are admitted on conditional

of at least 2.0 for each semester until the student is

because of personal reasons should apply for college

acceptance are subject to different cumulative credit

removed from probation. Failure to do so will result in

withdrawal in the Registrar’s Office. A student who

requirements in order to achieve good standing.

academic dismissal. Failure to achieve an overall 2.0

withdraws from the college before the eleventh week

by the end of the second semester of enrollment after

and after the first six days of the semester receives

suspension will also result in academic dismissal.

a “W” grade for any courses attempted during the

A student on probation must make a semester

grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first

will be academically suspended. Failure to achieve a cumulative 2.0 by the end of the second semester of probation will result in academic suspension.

Review Committee for readmission. If readmitted, the student may receive degree credit for such course work. A student who has been removed from probation will be subject to new academic action in accordance with the preceding rules exactly as if the student had not been previously placed on probation, suspension, or dismissed.

Withdrawal from the College

semester. Thereafter, and through the last days of

semester and each succeeding semester until the student is removed from probation or the student

of academic competence on a petition to the Academic

Academic Dismissal Academic dismissal usually indicates a level of scholarship so low as to make the completion of a degree unlikely. It can also be used in instances where behavior or aptitude deficiencies merit academic intervention. A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 by the end of his or her third year and throughout the fourth year in order to graduate. A student who fails to maintain this standard will be academically dismissed from the college. A student who has been academically suspended or dismissed may re-enter the college by a favorable action of the Academic Review Committee. Courses completed elsewhere by a student who has been academically

instruction, a grade of “F” is assigned in all courses for which the student is registered unless the registrar indicates on the Withdrawal form that the student is withdrawing due to “extraordinary reasons.” A student withdrawing for extraordinary reasons, such as a death in the immediate family or a critical illness or accident, receives a grade of “ W” in all courses attempted during that semester. Any student who leaves the college without withdrawing his or her registration through regular channels receives the grade earned through the end of the semester in all courses for which he or she is registered.

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the academic transcript. Non-attendance does not

Leave of Absence

Mid-term Evaluation

A leave of absence may be granted to a student who

A student receives a mid-term evaluation from faculty

wishes to interrupt his or her education temporarily

to report the academic progress made in a class. The

but plans to return after one or a maximum of two

evaluation identifies the student’s academic needs

semesters. All requests for a leave of absence must be

and also recognizes the student’s academic success.

submitted in writing. The formal readmission process

Faculty complete a mid-term evaluation for each

is not required for students who have taken an official

student and a Mid-term Deficiency form for any

Students should enroll for at least 15 credits per

leave of absence. Leave of Absence forms are available

student who is not making satisfactory progress at

semester. To complete degree requirements within

in the Registrar’s Office.


four years, students must complete four semesters

constitute a withdrawal from a class and will be recorded as an “F” grade on the student’s academic transcript.

Credit Load

of 15 credits, one semester of 15.5 credits and one semester of 16.5 credits, and two semesters of

Readmission Policy

Adding/Dropping Classes

All former students who have been away from

Students wishing to change their schedules after

the college for one or more semesters must file

registering must fill out an Add/Drop Form. Students

an Application for Readmission. The form can be

may add or drop classes with no notation appearing

obtained through the Admissions Office. A student

on their academic record during the first six days of

will be reinstated if he or she is in good academic

a semester. To add or drop a class during this period,

standing. A student who has been academically

students must obtain the signature of the instructor

At the end of each semester students are classified

suspended may be reinstated only after the Academic

and their academic advisor on the Add/Drop form and

as follows:

Review Committee has granted approval. Applicants

return the form to the Registrar’s Office to process.

Foundation - 0 to 29 credits completed.

upon their return. Certain time-sensitive courses may need to be repeated. All coursework completed over three years before readmission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

(not including developmental courses) are required for graduation.

Classification of Students

Sophomore - 30 to 59 credits completed.

who have been gone longer than three years must meet the degree requirements of the catalog in effect

18 credits each. 128 credits above the 100 level

Withdrawing from a Class A student withdrawing from a class must process an Add/Drop form with the Registrar’s Office before the eleventh week of a semester. A student

Junior - 60 to 89 credits completed. Senior - 90 or more credits completed.

Average/Maximum Class Size

withdrawing from a class any time after the first six

The typical class size for studio courses at the college

days of a semester but before the eleventh week of a

is 10-16 students (16 students maximum) and 18-22

semester receives a “W” grade on his or her academic

students in liberal art classes (24 students maximum).

transcript. No student may withdraw from a class once the eleventh week of the semester begins. Any withdrawal after the start of the eleventh week of the semester will be recorded as an “F” grade on

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Computers with word-processing and Internet


CVA Gallery

Copies of student transcripts are available upon

The CVA gallery program has a comprehensive

written request to the Registrar’s Office. Official

schedule that balances both academic and community

transcripts are $4.00 per copy and unofficial

exhibitions, represents work from all disciplines at the

transcripts are $2.00 per copy. Transcripts may be

college, serves emerging to established artists, and

withheld if a student has not met financial obligations

presents local, regional, and national work.

at the college. Transcripts are sent only at the written

Because of its location at the corner of Western and

request of the student. Transcript Request forms can

Selby avenues, the CVA Gallery creates a nexus among

be obtained both in the Registrar’s Office and from

neighborhood residences, community organizations,

The college’s photography facilities allow both

the CVA website.

small businesses, and the arts.

beginning and advanced students to work in a well-

equipped environment that fosters the exploration of


Technology Computers play a vital role in educating CVA’s

Gallery programming engages students and the

access make the library an ideal spot for researching, writing papers, checking email, and more. The staff is available to assist students with their research, including processing interlibrary loan requests for materials not available at CVA.

Photography Labs

community through exhibitions, public lectures, and

individual photographic vision. These facilities can be

discussions. The schedule include sixteen annual

used for traditional black and white, traditional color,

exhibitions including student, alumni, and faculty

digital, and alternative photographic processes.

shows, as well as three high school exhibitions,

students to be visually, verbally, and technologically

regional invitational’s, two national exhibitions, and

large shooting studio, lighting equipment, seamless

accomplished. The integration of technology into

public art installations.

backdrops, reflectors, tripods, and other gear

the college’s curriculum provides students with the creative and technical skills needed to generate complex visual work. CVA students have access to four networked MacPro computer labs with Internet access through multiple T1 connections, file and print servers, film and flatbed scanners, and high quality laser printers. Adobe Creative Suite is an essential feature of the student lab software, which supports a wide range of CVA coursework. The computer labs also offer extended hours for working on class assignments.

CVA’s Western Building Photo Studio houses a

necessary for studio work. It functions as the photo

CVA Library The library offers students a comfortable setting for research and study. The collection consists of over 9720 books, 33,700 slides, and 290 video recordings. The library currently receives 40 journals, with over 4640 back issues, and has a Special Collection of rare monographs and 165 Artists’ Books. Students have access to over forty online databases, including Alexandria (the CVA Library online catalog), Art Index Full Text, Oxford Art Online, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Proquest Newsstand Complete, and ARTstor (image database).

classroom as well. Also located in the Western Building are the dry mounting, matte cutting, copy camera rooms, and the photo faculty office. Adjacent to the Photo Studio is the Digital Darkroom, housing computers, scanners, and our state of the art Epson inkjet photo printers, allowing printing with archival pigment based inks.

Close by in the Marquette Studios are the

college’s black and white and color darkrooms, film processing area, photo student lounge, and equipment check out counter. Small, medium, and large format cameras, video cameras, darkroom kits, and other equipment can be accessed. Our newest facility is the

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Alternative Process Darkroom located adjacent to

Introduction to Printmaking include photographic

grounds around the Summit Building also offer an

the film processing area. Here students can explore

techniques as part of the curriculum e.g. photo

exquisite exhibition and critique space for sculpture.

the fascinating world of such historical processes as

screen-printing, photo litho plates, intaglio, relief,

The classroom in Grotto provides sculpture students

cyanotype, Van Dyke, gum bichromate, platinum

and letterpress photo-polymer plates such as Solar

with an extended work and critique space.

and palladium, and hand-applied liquid emulsions on

and KM73 and also intaglio ImagOn photo polymer

alternative surfaces.

film. CVA’s Printmaking Shop has well defined safety

classroom, which is fully equipped with a plaster

protocols and the shops are always supervised during

mixing area and additional storage space for work

student access.

in progress. To insure the safety of students working

Printmaking Shop The college’s printmaking shops revolve around an efficient classroom with large work tables for

in the shop and to further assist students, a highly

Sculpture Studio

drawing, carving, and critique and has display walls

CVA’s Sculpture Studio is available to all CVA students

for finished work, light table, and cutting area. This

who have completed the Introduction to Sculpture

area is also used for water-based screen-printing

course. Students who have completed this course

and has a vacuum table with a one-armed squeegee

and gone through our extensive safety training

and a wash-out station. The printmaking office for

sessions have unlimited access during open shop

instructors and the shop technician is easily accessed

hours. Students at all levels of their programs use the

by students and located directly off of this classroom.

facilities to build stretchers for paintings, supports for

The main ventilated shop houses our three stationary

photographs, and alternative surfaces to carve, draw,

etching presses, the largest press can accommodate

and paint on. Printmaking students use the shop to

paper larger than 30 by 40 inches. There is a fourth

cut their metal plates.

portable etching press on wheels, lithography press

and accompanying equipment, tools, and supplies.

with a full metal and wood shop. Students learn

the fundamentals of welding fabrication, surface

The college provides supplies such as consumable

Moldmaking and casting take place in the Grotto

The college’s sculpture facility is furnished

oil-based and water-based inks, newsprint, and

treatments for metal, and how to structure a sturdy

recyclable rags. This area is equipped for intaglio,

metal armature for lasting sculptural pieces. The

lithography, monotype, embossing, collage and

wood area is fully equipped for cutting, sanding, and

collagraph techniques. We have additional smaller

shaping wood through a wide range of equipment

shops devoted to our Vandercook letterpress and

and assorted hand tools. An outdoor work area

type, a book press, and relief/woodblock proofing

immediately adjacent to the shop allows students

presses and also a darkroom with two larger exposure

to explore larger scale approaches and provides

units and two portable units. Our courses beyond the

additional individual workspace. The outdoor

skilled technician, who is also a professional sculptor, is available during all open shop hours.

Institutional Policies

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BAN O N FIR E AR MS CVA prohibits its faculty, staff, students, and guests


from carrying, possessing and/or storing firearms on

The college encourages students to display their

CVA’s premises.

artwork in campus buildings throughout their enrollment. A student must first receive approval

CRIM E AWAR EN ESS AN D CAM PUS SECU RIT Y AC T O F 1 9 9 0 CVA is in compliance with all aspects of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The full text of these policies is available on the college website.


before displaying any work on campus. Department chairs are responsible for the work exhibited in the CVA buildings as follows: Summit Building: Chair, Graphic Design Summit lobby cases: Coordinator, Printmaking and Chair, Photography

The college provides a supportive environment for students with disabilities. The Office for Student Life

Marquette Studios:

coordinates disability services. A student needing

Chair, Photography

accommodations must contact the director for student life for more information.

Western Studios: Chair, Foundation Studies CVA Library: Chair, Fine Arts and Chair, Photography Grotto Studios: Chair, Fine Arts

Any student wishing to display sculpture or an installation involving three-dimensional objects should also consult with the sculpture technician for safety and durability assurances.

The college does not assume any liability,

absent a written agreement between the student and the college to the contrary. It is recommended that a student properly secure and otherwise take appropriate measures to minimize any risk of loss or damage to the work and to the college’s property. It is also the student’s responsibility to take down any work and clean up after the work has been displayed. A student causing damage to property in the course of displaying work may be charged for repairs.

The College of Visual Arts recognizes and values

students’ rights in works of art and design produced by them while enrolled in its academic programs. From time to time, the college may select student work for display on the college’s website or in college publications. Each student is asked to sign a copyright permission form granting CVA permission for these uses of student work. Throughout the year, CVA authorizes the photographing of campus activities for publication in college materials. Any student who does not wish to have a photograph of him or her used by the college must notify the director for student life of this decision at the time of registration.

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires institutions to notify students of their rights regarding confidentiality of their records.

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These rights include: 1. T he right to limit disclosure of a student’s record 2. T he right to inspect and review the educational records that an institution keeps on a student 3. T he right to amend a record or append a statement to the record 4. T he right to file a complaint with the FERPA office in Washington, D.C. CVA protects the privacy of education records,



A student seeking information on the college’s

The College of Visual Arts recognizes and appreciates

grievance procedure, sexual harassment and violence

the important contributions made by our enlisted men

prevention program, crime awareness and campus

and women in the service of our country. It is possible

security program, and drug and alcohol abuse

that some CVA students in the National Guard and

prevention program should consult the college’s

Reserves will be called to active duty. In support of

website for the full text of these and other policies.

these students, CVA has developed procedures that will provide necessary flexibility to each student.


establishes the right of students to inspect and review

While every safety precaution is taken, the production

their education records, and provides guidelines

of art and design involves potentially hazardous

for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data

techniques. All students are required to have some

through formal or informal hearings. Copies of CVA’s

form of comprehensive health insurance. Students

policy regarding FERPA and procedures used by the

may obtain health insurance through their family,

college to comply with the Act can be obtained from

employer, or individual policy. Students must confirm

the Registrar’s Office.

coverage during final validation each semester. A

student may request information from the Office for

Student directory information will be released

at the discretion of the Registrar’s Office unless the

Student Life about medical insurance brokers who

student specifically requests in writing that directory

market student medical insurance coverage. During

information be withheld. Requests to withhold

final validation, students are also required to provide

directory information must be renewed annually with

current emergency contact information.

the Registrar’s Office. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, class level, photo ID picture, dates of attendance at CVA, degree and awards received, major field(s) of study, and participation in organizations and activities approved or otherwise established by the college. All other information is defined as confidential and cannot be released without the student’s written authorization.


Students will have the following options: 1. Withdraw from the entire semester and 100% of the tuition and fees will be reversed. 2. Petition for incompletes will be considered after the 12th week of classes.

a. If arrangements are made for incompletes in courses (to be made up later), the registration would remain and tuition and fees would be assessed in full.

b. If arrangements are made for incompletes in a few courses, the registration for those courses would remain and tuition and fees would be assessed. Courses which incompletes cannot be arranged will be

Minnesota State Law requires students to have certain

dropped and the tuition and fees would be

immunizations in order to be enrolled in most post-


secondary educational institutions. Students may not enroll at the college until a completed immunization

Financial aid is refunded in accordance with existing

form as been submitted. The immunization form is

CVA and Federal policies for each of the situations.

available from the Admissions Office. Immunization

These procedures do not apply to reservists who are

information will be kept in the student’s confidential

fulfilling their annual two-week active duty.

file with the registrar.

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All CVA buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is

Equipment and Materials

permitted outdoors only in designated areas. Care should be taken to properly extinguish and dispose of matches, cigarettes, and other materials.


physical plant and the director for student life should be notified immediately of any student injury or

Safe work habits and the awareness and knowledge of

illness occurring on campus

safety rules and policies are a condition of a student’s enrollment at the college.

college buildings, as noise interferes with classes in

operating of tools and the handling of hazardous

session and the work of the staff and faculty members.

materials. Students are required to attend training

While in any of the campus buildings, students should

sessions and abide by the rules and policies. These

use headphones when listening to music. Students

rules and policies will be enforced and failure to

may listen to music during studio sessions at the

comply can result in reprimand, suspension, or

discretion of the faculty.

expulsion. The technicians or faculty have the final

All students will receive training in the safe

word in safe practices and reserve the right to remove

race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, or veteran status in the administration of its education policies, employment practices, admission policies, scholarships, loans, and other college administered programs.

personnel arrive. The executive director of safety and

dangerous techniques and practices.

The college does not discriminate on the basis of

person should not be moved until trained medical

The production of art and design involves potentially

Loud music and noise should be kept at a minimum in


In the case of a head, neck or spinal injury, the injured

any student from an unsafe situation or who is violating safety protocol.

The college is committed to providing students,

faculty, and staff a safe environment in which to learn, teach, and work. We require the assistance of everyone in our community to have safe habits and prevent accidents.

Accidents and Illnesses

Security on Campus College work-study students will be on duty and answering the phone on the first floor of the Summit Building on Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The college provides a uniformed security officer to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and facilities. During the fall and spring semesters, the officer is on campus Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. During these hours, campus security can be reached at 612.839.3505.

The security officer makes scheduled rounds to

all five buildings during his/her shifts. During his/her rounds, the guard checks to make sure all buildings are secure, all doors functioning properly, and assist students and faculty with any questions they may have.

The college buildings are accessible only by key

Despite continued vigilance towards creating a safe

fob. Students are issued a key fob at registration and

working environment, accidents sometimes happen or

should always carry the key fob to gain access. All

a person may become ill while on campus. If someone

students, faculty, and staff are required to carry a

suffers a life-threatening or serious injury or illness,

college identification card while on campus and may

call 911 immediately and then notify the executive

be asked by the security officer or student monitors to

director of safety and physical plant. During evening

show their CVA ID.

or weekend hours, notify the campus security officer.

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College Identification Card Policy


In an effort to promote a safe and secure learning

The college has a Student Conduct Code that affirms

environment for the College of Visual Arts

certain basic principles and standards of behavior

community, the college has implemented an

that underlie its educational purpose. These include

Identification Card Policy that requires students, staff,

the recognition and preservation of basic human

and faculty to carry the card with them whenever

dignity, the freedom of expression, equal opportunity,

they are on college premises or attending off-campus

and civil discourse, academic integrity, a sustained

events sponsored by CVA. Alumni using college

atmosphere of safety, respect for policies, rules,

facilities are also required to have an ID card. All ID

regulations, and standards set forth by the college,

cards must be validated by the Registrar’s Office with

its academic divisions, and the federal, state, and city

a sticker for the current semester.

governments. Any violation will result in disciplinary action. A copy of the Student Conduct Code is

Wireless Emergency Notification System CVA has a Wireless Emergency Notification System

available on the college’s website.


(CVAlerts!) that will be used to notify students,

The college is in full compliance with the Student

faculty, and staff of emergencies on campus and

Right-to-Know Act, which states that publication

cancellations of classes and closings because of snow

of graduation rates for students entering CVA as

and other weather conditions. Notifications can be

first-time freshmen must be made available upon

delivered by email, by text message, or both. Students

request. The college’s graduation rates are available

should follow the link on the CVA website to register

to all prospective students upon request from the

for the CVAlerts! system.

Registrar’s Office.

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HIG H SCH O O L SU M M ER INTENSIVE The College of Visual Arts’ high school summer classes are designed to challenge the curiosity and interest of young artists and designers of tomorrow. Each course introduces students to an expansive new visual vocabulary, a set of skills, and a way of visual thinking. Like all courses at CVA, cutting edge artists and designers, with engaging and exciting approaches, teach these classes.

AD U LT CO M M U NIT Y EDUCATIO N Adult education at the College of Visual Arts is about seeing and experiencing the visual world. Active professionals within the art and design community introduce new course offerings every semester. Information about upcoming courses can be found on the CVA website.


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Tim Larsen, Chair

President and Chief Academic Officer

President and Founder, Larsen Design

Andrea Specht, Vice-Chair

Susan A. Short, PhD

Executive Director, Bloomington Theatre

Vice President and General Counsel

and Art Centre

Administration and Institutional Research

Ann Ledy

Stephen P. Patrick, Secretary President and CEO, BWBR Architects, Inc.

Ted Johnson Chief Financial Officer, Consultant

James Rubenstein, Treasurer Attorney, Moss and Barnett, A Professional Association

Judith Beck Community Member

Doug Powell Principle, Schwartz Powell

Kit Richardson Principal, Schafer Richardson

John DuFresne Chair, Graphic Design Faculty Representative


John Marshall Associate Professor, Photography Chair, Photography

Lynda Monick-Isenberg Professor, Foundation Drawing Chair, Foundation Studies

James O’Brien Assistant Professor, Illustration Chair, Illustration

John DuFresne

Maria Santiago

Professor, Graphic Design

Professor, Printmaking

Chair, Graphic Design

Coordinator, Printmaking

Julie L’Enfant, PhD

Christina Schmid, PhD

Professor, Art History

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

Chair, Liberal Arts

Coordinator, Senior Thesis

Valerie Jenkins Associate Professor, Drawing and Painting Chair, Fine Arts

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Barb Nei

Pamela Valfer

Foundation Faculty

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

MFA, University of Minnesota

MFA, University of Minnesota

Lynda Monick-Isenberg

BA, Macalester College

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Professor, Foundation Drawing and Chair,

Teaches Orientation to Art and Design

Teaches Drawing 1, Drawing 2, and Advanced

Foundation Studies

Works on Paper

MA, University of Minnesota

Tom Oliphant

BA, College of St. Catherine

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Teaches Drawing 1,  Drawing 3 and Teaching Artist

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art


B. Arch, University of Minnesota

Teaches 3-D Design Elements and 3D Design

Abbi Allan


Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design                                               

Kirsten Peterson

BFA, NY State School of Ceramics, Art and Design,

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Alfred University

MFA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Orientation to Art and Design

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Teaches Drawing 1 and Drawing 2

Pat Benincasa

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Amy Sands

MFA, MA, Wayne State University

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

BFA, Michigan State University

MFA, Pratt Institute

Teaches 3-D Design Elements and 3D Design

BFA, Concordia College


Teaches Drawing 1 and Drawing 2

Michelle McCreery

Steve Stenzel

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

MFA, University of Minnesota

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BFA, Central Missouri State University

BFA, College of Visual Arts

Teaches 2-D Design/Digital and Color and Digital

Teaches 2-D Design/Digital and Color and Digital



Liberal Arts Faculty Julie L’Enfant Professor and Chair, Liberal Arts PhD, University of Minnesota PhD, MA, BA, Louisiana State University MA, University of New Orleans Teaches Renaissance through Modern Art History, Art in Paris, and Art Since 1945

Susan Snyder Austin Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts MA, University of Vermont BA, New York University Teaches College Expository Writing and Academic Research and Writing

Robert Bergad Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts PhD, University of Minnesota BA, West Virginia University Teaches Botany Through Art

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Sarah Campbell

Kelly Hulander

Kolean Pitner

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

MA, BA, University of St. Thomas

BS, Michigan State University

MS, Pratt Institute

Teaches Prehistoric through Gothic Art History and

MA, BA, University of Minnesota

BFA, BS, Kansas State University

Renaissance through Modern Art History

Teaches College Expository Writing, Academic

Teaches History of Graphic Design and History

Research and Writing, and Gothic and British

of Illustration

Chadwick Dayton


Christina Schmid

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts MFA, University of Minnesota

Kathy Jensen

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

MA, University of New Hampshire

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Coordinator, Senior Thesis

BA, Skidmore College

MBA, University of St. Thomas

PhD, University of Minnesota

Teaches Creative Writing

BS, North Dakota State University

BA, Magister Degree, Karl Franzens University,

Teaches Introduction to Marketing

Graz, Austria

Sheila Dickinson

Teaches Writing and Rhetoric, Contemporary Issues

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Paula McCartney

in Art, Philosophy and Literature of Postmodernism,

MPhil, National University of Ireland, Galway

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Seminar Thesis

BA, St. Olaf College

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

Teaches Art Since 1945

BFA, Empire State College

Susan A. Short

Teaches History of Photography

Associate Professor and Vice President

Barbara Horlbeck

PhD, JD, MA, BA, University of Minnesota

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Larry Millett

MA, University of St. Thomas

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

BA, Wheaton College

MA, University of Chicago

Thomas Westbrook

Teaches Asian Art and Culture

BA, St. John’s University

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Teaches Urban Studies: Reading the City

BA, University of Minnesota

Kirk Horsted

Teaches Human Origins and Art and the Law

Teaches Visual Geometry

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Diane Mullin

MA, Hamline University

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

BA, St. Olaf College

PhD, MA, Washington University

Teaches Advertising

BA, Boston University Teaches Museum and Gallery Studies

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Kara ZumBahlen

Valerie Frank

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

MA, University of St. Thomas

MFA, University of New Mexico

BA, University of Minnesota-Duluth

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Teaches Prehistoric through Gothic Art History and

Teaches Introduction to Painting and Figure Painting

Renaissance through Modern Art History


Barbara Kreft

Fine Arts Faculty Valerie Jenkins Associate Professor, Drawing/Painting and Chair, Fine Arts MFA, University of Minnesota BFA, Grand Valley State University Teaches Introduction to Fine Arts and Professional Practices

Edward Charbonneau Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design BFA, College of Visual Arts Teaches Non-Traditional Drawing

Amy DiGennero Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts MFA, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University BFA, Syracuse University Teaches Non-Traditional Drawing and Contemporary Approaches to Drawing

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts MFA, Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Berlin, Germany Teaches Narrative and Painting as Abstraction

Andrew Leicester Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts MFA, Manchester University, Manchester, England BFA, University of Minnesota BA, Portsmouth Polytechnic, Portsmouth, England Teaches Public Art

Maria Santiago Professor, Fine Arts and Coordinator, Printmaking MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology BS, Nazareth College of Rochester Teaches Introduction to Printmaking, Intaglio, Relief/Monotype

Amy Toscani Adjunct Instructor Fine Arts MFA,BFA, Ohio University BFA, Ohio University Teaches Introduction to Sculptural Practices

Graphic Design Faculty John DuFresne Professor, Graphic Design and Chair, Graphic Design MA, Mankato State University BFA, University of Wisconsin-Superior Teaches Graphic Imagery, Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis, Introduction to Typography, and Graphic Design Studio Thesis

Jo Davison Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BED, University of Minnesota Teaches Advanced Typography and Professional Practices

Kenton Hanson Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Introduction to Interactive Media

Liina Lundin Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BFA, University of Wisconsin-Stout Teaches Graphic Design

Patrick Maun Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design MA, University of Applied Art, Vienna, Austria Teaches Digital Imagery

Administration ÂŹ 82

Greg Pickman

Andrew Powell

Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design

Adjunct Instructor, Illustration

BFA, Art Center College of Design

BFA, Washington University

Teaches Graphic Design Systems

Teaches Hand Lettering and Professional Practices

Aaron Purmort

Rick Peterson

Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design

Adjunct Instructor, Illustration

BFA, College of Visual Arts

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Teaches Interdisciplinary Digital Applications

Teaches Illustration Concepts and Hand Lettering

Michael Skjei

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS)

Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Intermediate Typography

Illustration Faculty James O’Brien

Photography Faculty John Marshall Associate Professor, Photography and Chair, Photography MFA, BFA, University of Minnesota Teaches Alternative Photographic Processes and Introduction to Advanced Photographic Techniques

William Clark Adjunct Instructor, Photography Teaches Professional Photo Applications

Ann Ledy

Ellen Skoro

President and Chief Academic Officer and Chair,

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MFA, Pratt Institute

BA, Columbus College of Art and Design

BFA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Introduction to Photography and Introduction to Photo Studio Thesis

Assistant Professor, Illustration and Chair, Illustration

Jessika Madison-Kennedy

MFA, University of Hartford

Adjunct Instructor, IADS

Linda Gammell

MA, Syracuse University

PGC, London College of Fashion

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BS, University of Minnesota

MFA, BA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Introduction to Studio Thesis, Thesis for

Teaches Introduction to Fashion Studio Thesis,

Teaches Traditional Color Processes and Advanced

Illustrators, Digital Illustration, and Digital Portfolio

Professional Pattern/Construction Techniques,

Photographic Techniques

Studio Thesis for Fashion, Professional Practices

Allen Brewer

Terry Gydesen

Adjunct Instructor, Illustration

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

BFA, College of Visual Arts

Teaches Professional Photo Applications

Teaches Illustration Methods & Materials and Applied Illustration

Administration ¬ 83

Business Office


Sibyl Roche, Controller Joe Keegan, Accounting Assistant

Kathryn Heuer, Library Director Jean Curtis-Neitz, Assistant Librarian


Photography Facilities

Justin Newhall

Barbara Szurek, Executive Director

Caroline Houdek, Photography Lab Technician

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

MFA, University of Minnesota BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Jerry Strand, Computer Specialist Carol Zen, Macintosh Support Specialist,

Teaches Digital Photography

Ryan Philippi

External Relations

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

Demeri C. Mullikin, Director of External

Caroline Houdek Adjunct Instructor, Photography MFA, University of Minnesota BFA, College of Visual Arts Teaches Introduction to Photography

MFA, California Institute of the Arts  BA, University of Minnesota Teaches Introduction to Video Production


of Technology


Relations, Alumni Relations

Carmen Harris, Associate Director of Marketing

Financial Aid

Administrative Support

David Woodward, Financial Aid Director Val Youngquist, Assistant Director of

Nancy DeBernardi, Executive Assistant



Elyan Paz, Director of Admissions Deborah Getsug, Admissions Counselor Amanda Olson, Admissions Counselor

Rosemary Kimball, Gallery Director

Financial Aid

and Special Events Coordinator

Physical Plant Shawn Leko, Executive Director of Safety

and Physical Plant

Grant Mason, Maintenance Assistant

Printmaking Shop Colin Bridges, Printmaking Technician

Registrar Lois Caneday, Registrar Sarah Glatzel, Registrar’s Assistant

Sculpture Studio Asa Hoyt, Sculpture Technician

Student Life Anne White, Director for Student Life

Building & Access

Building & Access ¬ 85

LO CATIO NS AN D CO NTAC TS Located in Saint Paul’s historic Summit Avenue and Ramsey Hill neighborhoods, the CVA campus comprises five buildings and offers students access to an architecturally inspiring and efficient learning environment.

The Summit Building houses administrative and faculty offices, graphic design, illustration, sculpture and printmaking studios, computer labs, and liberal arts classrooms. MAILING ADDRESS: 344 Summit Avenue,

Saint Paul, MN 55102

TELEPHONE: 651.757.4000 or 800.224.1536 FAX: 651.757.4010

The CVA Library has the library, a small computer lab, and additional faculty and administrative offices. ADDRESS: 394 Dayton Avenue TELEPHONE: 651.757.4060 FAX: 651.310.0590

The Grotto Studios have additional drawing, painting, and three-dimensional studios. ADDRESS: 760 Selby Avenue TELEPHONE: Faculty 651.757.4076; Student



Emergency College Closings In the event of an emergency college closing due to weather or for other reasons, a text message and/or an email will be sent to all subscribers through the college’s Wireless Emergency Notification System, CVAlerts! Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for CVAlerts! through the link on the college’s website. An announcement will also be made on WCCO radio (AM 830), on WCCO-TV (Channel 4) and also the WCCO-TV website www. schoolclosings. As soon as possible a separate message will be recorded on the main CVA answering machine (651.757.4000) and a message will be displayed on the CVA home page.

If the college closes because of a severe

snowstorm, the school will be closed for the entire

Building hours are posted on each facility and are also

day, even if the weather “emergency” ends during

The Western Building houses the CVA Gallery

listed on the CVA homepage Students

the day. If a snowstorm begins after the start of

and drawing, painting, photography, and foundation

are encouraged to work on their projects in campus

the academic day, the administration may decide

studios, and the student lounge.

buildings after their classes, but should be courteous

conditions warrant canceling afternoon and evening

in regards to noise, as some classes may still be in

classes. An announcement will be made through

ADDRESS: 173 Western Avenue North

session. Students must leave the buildings promptly

CVAlerts! and on WCCO radio, and paper notices of

TELEPHONE: Faculty 651.757.4081; Gallery

at closing time and should anticipate cleaning up or

the early closure will be posted on the entrance doors

651.757.4080; Student Lounge 651.757.4085

ending work well before they are asked to leave.

throughout the CVA campus.

The Marquette Studios are the location of the color and black and white photography labs. ADDRESS: 377 Dayton Avenue TELEPHONE: 651.757.4095

Building & Access ¬ 86

E VACUATIO N PRO CEDU R ES Evacuation of a building may be necessary due to fire, natural gas leak, or other unforeseen circumstances or emergencies. All building occupants must leave if they hear the fire alarm or if they are being verbally

Individuals should remain at the designated area until the all-clear signal is given or until the emergency is over.


MAINTENAN CE O F WO R K AR E AS Students are expected to maintain a neat and clean appearance of all work areas throughout the campus. Students working on projects must remove their materials and dispose of their trash properly.

directed by a staff or faculty member to evacuate the

Conditions that lead to severe weather can occur at

Materials left in any building will be removed at

building. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must

any time during the year. It is important for members

the discretion of the maintenance staff. Students

leave immediately via the nearest exit and proceed to

of the CVA community to know what to do in the case

mistreating or defacing college facilities, furniture, or

the following designated waiting areas.

of a tornado or severe thunderstorm. If threatening

equipment will be responsible for mandatory financial

weather is approaching the CVA campus individuals


should seek shelter in the following areas:

CVA Library •  T he YWCA parking lot at the southwest corner of Dayton and Western.

must cover all surfaces and care must be taken when CVA Library

cutting materials on table tops. Students must supply

•  In the basement bathroom area.

their own paint rags or paper toweling for cleaning brushes, wiping up spilled paint, etc.

Grotto Studios •  T he south side of Selby Avenue at the corner of Selby and Avon (near the liquor store on the

Grotto Studios

•  In an inner room away from windows.

and return of photographic equipment and shop tools.

corner). Marquette Studios Marquette Studios

•  In an inner room away from windows.

•  The south side of Dayton Avenue on the sidewalk in front of the YWCA.

Summit Building •  In the basement.

Summit Building •  On the sidewalk extending west from Summit.

Western Building •  In the basement.

Western Building •  On the sidewalk in front of the CVA Library. In inclement weather individuals should congregate inside the CVA Library.

Students working with pastels, paints, or sprays

Individuals should remain in the shelter area until the CVA administration has announced that “all is clear”.

Students are held responsible for the proper use

Building & Access ÂŹ 87


CVA Library

The college has parking lots only by the Western

There are approximately 12 off-street parking spaces

Building and CVA Library. There is no reserved

available by the CVA Library, including a handicapped

parking at the college. Street parking is permitted,

space that requires a handicap sticker or license plate.

with posted restrictions, by all buildings. Students,

Additional parking can be found on Dayton Avenue.

faculty, and staff should have a CVA parking permit,

No overnight parking is allowed in the CVA lot.

available from the Registrar’s Office, displayed on their vehicle.

The Saint Paul Police enforce parking and traffic

laws in the neighborhood. These laws include no parking within 30 feet of a stop sign, 20 feet from other intersections, 10 feet from a hydrant and 5

Grotto Studios Parking is available on Selby Avenue or on side streets.

Marquette Studios

feet from driveways. U-turns cannot be made within

Parking is available on Dayton and Western avenues

1,000 feet of a moving vehicle and they must be made

and in the CVA parking lots by the Western Building

in a safe manner.

and CVA Library.

Summit Building Parking is available on Summit Avenue or other side streets. Parking in the driveway is prohibited. Students may briefly park in the driveway to load/ unload large or heavy objects, only after checking in with the receptionist.

Western Building There are approximately 25 off-street parking spaces available in the CVA parking lot by the Western Building. Additional parking can be found on side streets. No overnight parking is allowed in the CVA lot.

Disclaimer ÂŹ 88

All information contained in this catalog is subject to change at any time. It is intended to serve only as a general source of information about the College of Visual Arts and is in no way intended to state contractual terms. Accordingly, the college reserves the right to make any alterations, subtractions, and additions it judges to be necessary, or appropriate, from time to time.

Index ¬ 89

A Academic Advising ¬ 60 Academic Calendar ¬ 3 Academic Dismissal ¬ 66 Academic Grievance Policy ¬ 63 Academic Honor Code ¬ 61

Application Process ¬ 9

Classification of Students ¬ 67

Dismissal, Academic ¬ 66

Art in New York City ¬ 59

College Identification Card Policy ¬ 74

Dismissal and Probation ¬ 65

Art in Paris ¬ 41, 53, 59 Attendance Policy ¬ 63 Auditing Courses ¬ 15, 26 Average Class Size ¬ 67 Awards, Financial ¬ 19

Academic Leaders ¬ 78 Academic Probation ¬ 66

College Work-Study ¬ 19 Common Time at CVA ¬ 61

Computer, Digital Tutor ¬ 60 Conditional Acceptance, Admission ¬ 10


Academic Standings ¬ 65

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees ¬ 28

Academic Suspension ¬ 66

Ban on Firearms ¬ 71

Academic Warning ¬ 65

Board of Trustees ¬ 78

Counseling and Referral Services ¬ 24

Acceptance Notification ¬ 10

Buildings and Access ¬ 84

Course Descriptions ¬ 36

Confidentiality of Student Records ¬ 71 Cost of Attendance, Estimated ¬ 18

Credit Load ¬ 67


Credit Load, International Students ¬ 12, 67

Calendar, Academic ¬ 3

Credit Transfer ¬ 64

Adding/Dropping Classes ¬ 67

Campus Location ¬ 6, 85

Administration ¬ 77

Campus Activities ¬ 24

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 ¬ 71

Admission on Conditional Acceptance ¬ 10

Campus Officers ¬ 78

Accreditation ¬ 6 Activities, Student Life Sponsored ¬ 24

Admissions Information ¬ 10 Adult Education ¬ 76 Advising, Academic ¬ 60 Alumni Benefits ¬ 26 Application Form and Fee ¬ 9

Campus Security Act of 1990 ¬ 71 Campus Visit, Workshops and Tours ¬ 10 Career Center ¬ 59 Change of Program ¬ 61 Class Size ¬ 67

Drawing Concentration ¬ 30 Dropping/Adding Classes ¬ 67

Community Outreach ¬ 75

Academic Information ¬ 28, 60

Accidents and Illnesses ¬ 73

Drawing Courses ¬ 30, 45

D Deposit, Tuition ¬ 10 Digital Tutorials ¬ 60 Disability Policy ¬ 71 Disability Services ¬ 25, 71 Disclaimer ¬ 88

E Eligibility Requirements, Financial Aid ¬ 18 Email ¬ 25 Emergency College Closings ¬ 74, 85 Enrichment ¬ 58 Enrollment Options ¬ 10 Equipment and Materials, Safety ¬ 73 Evacuation Procedures ¬ 86 Exhibition and Publication of Work ¬ 71 Expenses ¬ 18

F Facilities ¬ 68 Faculty ¬ 79 Fashion Design Courses ¬ 35, 53 Fashion Concentration Program ¬ 34

Index ¬ 90

Fashion Design in Paris ¬ 34, 53

Grading Criteria ¬ 64

Institutional Policies ¬ 70

Federal Funds Return Policy ¬ 15

Graduation Requirements ¬ 60

Instructional Policies ¬ 61

Fee, Application ¬ 9

Graduation with Honors ¬ 61

Insurance, Health ¬ 72

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records ¬ 71

Grants ¬ 19

Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies (IADS) Courses ¬ 35, 53

Financial Aid, How to Apply ¬ 20 Financial Aid Information ¬ 18 Financial Aid Programs ¬ 19 Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy ¬ 20

Graphic Design Courses ¬ 32, 49

Interdisciplinary Courses 44

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Disclosure ¬ 6

International Students ¬ 11

Mission ¬ 5

Fine Arts Major ¬ 29

Health Insurance ¬ 72

First Year Foundation Courses ¬ 29, 36

High School Students (PSEO) ¬ 12, 76


First Year Foundation Program ¬ 28

Higher Learning Commission ¬ 6

G Gallery ¬ 68 German Exchange Program ¬ 59 Good Academic Standing ¬ 65 Grade Change Policy ¬ 65 Grades ¬ 64

Mid-term Evaluation ¬ 67

Grievance Procedures, Academic ¬ 72


Full Time Students ¬ 10

Maintenance of Work Areas ¬ 86

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) Major ¬ 34

Fine Arts Courses ¬ 30, 45

Foundation Year, Spring/Summer ¬ 11

Mailboxes ¬ 25

Graphic Design Major ¬ 32

Internships ¬ 58

Foundation Requirements, Completion of ¬ 61


Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) ¬ 59 Honor Code, Academic ¬ 61

Key Fob ¬ 25

L Late Fee ¬ 15

Honors Program ¬ 58 Housing ¬ 25

Leave of Absence ¬ 67 Level Reviews ¬ 61

Identification Card Policy ¬ 74 Illustration Courses ¬ 34, 51 Illustration Major ¬ 33 Immunization Law ¬ 72 Incompletes ¬ 64

N Need-Based Gift Aid ¬ 19 New York City, Art in ¬ 59 No Smoking Policy ¬ 73

Learning Resource & Writing Center ¬ 60


Military Service ¬ 72

Liberal Arts Courses ¬ 37 Liberal Arts Program ¬ 29 Library Services ¬ 68 Locations and Contacts ¬ 85 Lockers ¬ 25 Loans ¬ 20

Noise Control ¬ 73 Non-Degree Students ¬ 11 Non-Discrimination Policy ¬ 73

O Off-Campus Studies ¬ 59 Office for Student Life ¬ 24

Index ¬ 91


Probation and Dismissal ¬ 65

Student Conduct Code ¬ 74

Tuition Payment Policy ¬ 15

PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment

Student Council ¬ 24

Tuition Refund Policy ¬ 15

Painting Courses ¬ 30, 45

Options) ¬ 12, 13

Student Life ¬ 24

Painting Concentration ¬ 30 Paris, Art in ¬ 34, 39, 59 Paris, Fashion Design in ¬ 34, 53, 59 Parking ¬ 87 Parsons Paris (IADS) Courses ¬ 35, 53 Parsons Paris (IADS) Program ¬ 34 Part-Time Students ¬ 10 Peer Mentoring Program ¬ 24 Photography Courses ¬ 35, 55 Photography Labs ¬ 68 Photography Major ¬ 35 Portfolio Review ¬ 9 Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) ¬ 12


Summer Degree Courses ¬ 59 Support Services ¬ 24

S Safety on Campus ¬ 73

Suspension, Academic ¬ 66

Satisfactory Progress ¬ 65


Scholarships ¬ 19

Technology Services ¬ 68

Sculpture Courses ¬ 32, 47

Test Scores ¬ 9

Sculpture Concentration ¬ 32

Tornado Warning Procedures ¬ 74, 85, 86

Sculpture Studio ¬ 69 Second Degree Students ¬ 11 Security on Campus ¬ 73

President, Message from the ¬ 6 President’s List ¬ 65

Severe Weather Procedures ¬ 86

Printmaking Courses ¬ 31, 46

Services for Students with Disabilities ¬ 25, 71

Probation, Academic ¬ 66

Visit, Campus ¬ 10

Requirements for Graduation ¬ 60

Senior Thesis ¬ 61

Privacy Rights of Students ¬ 71

Student Right-To-Know ¬ 74 Summer Classes, Pre-College ¬ 76

Self-Help Aid ¬ 19

Printmaking Shop ¬ 69


Readmission Policy ¬ 67

Pre-College Summer Classes ¬ 76

Printmaking Concentration ¬ 31

Student Life Sponsored Activities ¬ 24

Spring/Summer Foundation Year ¬ 11 Staff ¬ 83 Statement of Interest ¬ 9

Tours, Campus ¬ 10 Transfer of Credit for International Students ¬ 12 Transfer Students ¬ 11 Transcripts, for Application ¬ 9 Transcripts, Student Requesting ¬ 68 Trustees ¬ 78 Tuition and Fees ¬ 15 Tuition Deposit ¬ 10 Tuition Information ¬ 15

W Warning, Academic ¬ 65 Weather, Severe ¬ 74, 85, 86 Withdrawal from the College ¬ 15, 66 Withdrawing from a Class ¬ 67 Workshops, Campus ¬ 10 Work-Study Programs ¬ 19

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CVA Course Catalog 2010-11  

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