Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
The objectives of the art major are that students completing the major will:
- develop skill and understanding in the various media, techniques, and histories of visual art (Academic);
- cultivate professional communication skills in writing, speaking, critiquing, teaching, and developing a portfolio in the visual arts, and develop the ancillary skills necessary for the creation and exhibition of fine artwork (Vocational);
- nurture their human creativity as a mandated and blessed “potential given by God” and to demonstrate how created forms are meanings, ends, and doxologies to God in themselves (Christian);
- develop a solemn appreciation for and understanding of the cost of our foundational liberties, especially the freedom of speech, and an understanding of how we exercise our free speech with a sense of responsibility towards others (Patriotic);
- encounter the greatest achievements in human creativity, and appreciate their roles as culture-makers (Cultural).
The art major provides students with a choice of a studio art emphasis in ceramics, graphic design, painting, computer art, or an art education emphasis.
Admission to the art major program requires an art faculty review upon the completion of twelve semester hours in art and the passing of ART 200 - Professional Assistance Review.
Non-course requirements for majors and minors: majors must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all art, art history, and art education courses. Art Education Majors must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA. Fifteen art (ART), art history (ARH), and/or art education (AED) credit hours must be upper division. In each semester that a student is classified as a studio art major or minor, he or she must receive a passing grade in ART 101 or ART 201, and a passing grade of C- or better in ART 301 and ART 401. Art majors and minors in their last semester are required to present a brief slide lecture about their art.
Transfer students: A minimum of 24 semester hours in art must be taken at the College. The discipline recognizes courses taken at other accredited institutions, but courses transferred do not necessarily satisfy the specific course requirements of the major.
All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their fourth semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed and at least one (1) consecutive semester at College of the Ozarks; 3) ACT score on file.
Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in content and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of “C-“ in all professional education and content field courses required; 4) Successful completion of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) is required prior to student teaching.
NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.
College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2017-2018.