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Major Overview
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We believe that creation is a discipline that can be learned only through practice, with mastery implying fluidity of expression and understanding of the world in relation to the self. Our major offers you a unique opportunity to explore your talents and your identity in a city that has captivated artists for centuries. Here, you will develop a foundation in Art History, expand your talents through a rigorously structured art studio program, and learn alternative problem-solving methods, all while developing a critical view of your own work. Access to our Fine Arts Gallery, one of AUP’s centers for cultural activity, will allow you to meet with world-renowned experts and see your own work exhibited. Upon graduation, you will have a complete portfolio and be ready for the next stage of your artistic career.

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Drawing in Paris
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You will receive individualized attention in small, classroom settings, where you will be encouraged to develop your own vision. Paris itself provides the ideal environment in which to study studio art and discover your talents, as you explore new techniques of expression. Your time in the studio, where you will work from still-lifes and live models, will provide you with the skills to explore your visual imagination and learn how to construct complex forms with different mediums. Many of your classes will take place in museums, on forgotten street corners, and around architectural wonders in this historical center of Western art.

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Professor Vanel
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Course Work
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Major Components
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Build Your Degree
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With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

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Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

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Electives

Each elective provides you with entry to a variety of subject areas which you can choose among to further focus your studies. With the help of your academic advisor, you’ll be able to tailor your major so that it most effectively prepares you for the next step in your academic and professional journey.

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The Fine Arts core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Fine Arts will help pave the way for your successful completion of other Fine Arts courses.

 

Choose two of the following introductory-level courses:

AR1010 Intro To Drawing

A studio course, which provides an introduction to basic drawing problems for the beginning student interested in developing his or her drawing skills. Subject matter includes still life, portraiture, landscape, and the nude. Mediums introduced are pencil, charcoal, and ink wash.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR1015 Intro To Painting

For students with little or no previous experience in drawing or painting. First analyzes still life objects in basic plastic terms starting with value. Concentrates during each class session on a new painterly quality until a sufficient visual vocabulary is achieved so that more complicated subjects such as the nude can be approached. Work will be done in oil.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR1061 Digital Photography

This introductory course is an exploration of both technical and aesthetic concerns in photography. Using a digital camera, students will produce original work in response to a series of lectures, assignments, and bi-weekly critique classes. The course will cover the fundamentals of photographing with digital SLR’s, and students will learn a range of digital tools including color correction, making selections, working with layers and inkjet printing. After mastering the basics, students will work towards the completion of a final project and the focus of the remaining classes will be on critiques. Students will be asked to make pictures that are challenging in both content and form and express the complex and poetic nature of the human experience.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >

 

All following project courses:

AR3090 Junior Seminar

The Fine Arts Junior Seminar: concentrates on problems of contemporary art and how the student’s work relates to that. The seminar will be a study of the current art galleries, journals and online resources. Visits to galleries, museums and artists’ studios will be essential components as well as guest speakers, artists and professionals in the field. Class discussions should include analysis of contemporary art themes with each student expected to support their conclusions citing critical writings on art and statements and work of contemporary artists. Students are responsible to come to class prepared, having read the required reading and ready to discuss the material. Class participation is essential and will be taken into account for the final grade.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR4075 Portfolio

Under the supervision of the major advisor, students prepare a portfolio of their work to be presented to a jury of all of the AUP Fine Arts Professors, plus one outside guest artist. The student puts together a dossier of all of his/her works, along with an artist’s statement, and makes a presentation, to the panel of professors. It should include the original work, plus a professional looking catalogue of photographs that could be presented to a gallery. The student should be prepared to answer questions from the panel defending their work.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR4095 Senior Project
 
ART HISTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR FINE ARTS MAJORS (8 CREDITS)
AH1000 Intro To Western Art I

Teaches the skills needed for an informed approach to art and architecture by introducing the salient concepts, techniques, and developments of Western Art. Studies works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages in their K19 historical, social, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to museums and monuments in and around Paris.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH1020 Intro To Western Art II

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >

One of the above courses can be replaced by any AH course 2000 level or above.

 

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Major Overview

We believe that creation is a discipline that can be learned only through practice, with mastery implying fluidity of expression and understanding of the world in relation to the self. Our major offers you a unique opportunity to explore your talents and your identity in a city that has captivated artists for centuries. Here, you will develop a foundation in Art History, expand your talents through a rigorously structured art studio program, and learn alternative problem-solving methods, all while developing a critical view of your own work. Access to our Fine Arts Gallery, one of AUP’s centers for cultural activity, will allow you to meet with world-renowned experts and see your own work exhibited. Upon graduation, you will have a complete portfolio and be ready for the next stage of your artistic career.

Featured Course

Drawing in Paris

Still life, on-site drawing in Paris, visits to museums, portrait drawing and more...

Learning Environment

You will receive individualized attention in small, classroom settings, where you will be encouraged to develop your own vision. Paris itself provides the ideal environment in which to study studio art and discover your talents, as you explore new techniques of expression. Your time in the studio, where you will work from still-lifes and live models, will provide you with the skills to explore your visual imagination and learn how to construct complex forms with different mediums. Many of your classes will take place in museums, on forgotten street corners, and around architectural wonders in this historical center of Western art.

Professor Vanel

Faculty Spotlight

I curated the Andy Warhol exhibition that took place in 2015-2016 because...

The Louvre

Course Work

Students enter into dialogue with museum visitors around a work of art,...

Major Components
Build Your Degree

With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

Core Courses

Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

Scroll to Core Courses

Electives

Electives

Each elective provides you with entry to a variety of subject areas which you can choose among to further focus your studies. With the help of your academic advisor, you’ll be able to tailor your major so that it most effectively prepares you for the next step in your academic and professional journey.

See all Major Electives

Core Curriculum

The Fine Arts core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Fine Arts will help pave the way for your successful completion of other Fine Arts courses.

 

Choose two of the following introductory-level courses:

AR1010 Intro To Drawing

A studio course, which provides an introduction to basic drawing problems for the beginning student interested in developing his or her drawing skills. Subject matter includes still life, portraiture, landscape, and the nude. Mediums introduced are pencil, charcoal, and ink wash.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR1015 Intro To Painting

For students with little or no previous experience in drawing or painting. First analyzes still life objects in basic plastic terms starting with value. Concentrates during each class session on a new painterly quality until a sufficient visual vocabulary is achieved so that more complicated subjects such as the nude can be approached. Work will be done in oil.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR1061 Digital Photography

This introductory course is an exploration of both technical and aesthetic concerns in photography. Using a digital camera, students will produce original work in response to a series of lectures, assignments, and bi-weekly critique classes. The course will cover the fundamentals of photographing with digital SLR’s, and students will learn a range of digital tools including color correction, making selections, working with layers and inkjet printing. After mastering the basics, students will work towards the completion of a final project and the focus of the remaining classes will be on critiques. Students will be asked to make pictures that are challenging in both content and form and express the complex and poetic nature of the human experience.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >

 

All following project courses:

AR3090 Junior Seminar

The Fine Arts Junior Seminar: concentrates on problems of contemporary art and how the student’s work relates to that. The seminar will be a study of the current art galleries, journals and online resources. Visits to galleries, museums and artists’ studios will be essential components as well as guest speakers, artists and professionals in the field. Class discussions should include analysis of contemporary art themes with each student expected to support their conclusions citing critical writings on art and statements and work of contemporary artists. Students are responsible to come to class prepared, having read the required reading and ready to discuss the material. Class participation is essential and will be taken into account for the final grade.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR4075 Portfolio

Under the supervision of the major advisor, students prepare a portfolio of their work to be presented to a jury of all of the AUP Fine Arts Professors, plus one outside guest artist. The student puts together a dossier of all of his/her works, along with an artist’s statement, and makes a presentation, to the panel of professors. It should include the original work, plus a professional looking catalogue of photographs that could be presented to a gallery. The student should be prepared to answer questions from the panel defending their work.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AR4095 Senior Project
 
ART HISTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR FINE ARTS MAJORS (8 CREDITS)
AH1000 Intro To Western Art I

Teaches the skills needed for an informed approach to art and architecture by introducing the salient concepts, techniques, and developments of Western Art. Studies works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages in their K19 historical, social, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to museums and monuments in and around Paris.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH1020 Intro To Western Art II

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >

One of the above courses can be replaced by any AH course 2000 level or above.