The Balanced Curriculum at Whittier College is a hybrid Studio Art + Art History & Visual Culture Track that is primarily for future K-12 art teachers.
The track provides coursework in Studio Art and Art History & Visual Culture, and it aligns with the California requirements for the single-subject art credential. Students take 21 units in studio art and 15 units in Art History & Visual Culture. They can choose to do their senior presentation in either Studio Art or Art History & Visual Culture.
What You'll Learn, See, and Do as Balanced Curriculum Major
- learn the foundational principles of drawing, painting and sculpture
- learn to analyze and interpret works of art, both historical and contemporary
Sample Courses in the Balanced Curriculum
In this class, students learn the fundamentals of observational drawing. From line drawings to gesture drawings, perspective drawings to figure drawings, students learn to transcribe the world around them onto a flat picture plane.
Intro to Visual Culture & Media
Topics include public visual spaces; Visibility, Political Power, and Activism; Art & Feminism; Sports & Visual Culture; Family Pictures; Computer Vision & Networked images; and Surveillance, Mapping, Visibility & Ethics.