Tyler’s move to Main Campus has resulted in more changes than the art school’s address – it has provided brand new facilities and opportunities for the school’s students. But starting this summer, the move will be beneficial to students of all disciplines, with new classes available for non-art majors.
The classes being offered are introductory level courses for students who may not be working toward an art degree.
“Since the move to Main Campus, we have more ability to offer courses to more students,” said Tyler School of Art’s Associate Dean Brigitte Knowles.
The classes available to those studying for a bachelor’s of fine arts require students to have a portfolio prepared before admittance into the school, but a different class format and curriculum will enable non-BFA majors to self-register for classes with no previous art background.
“After switching my major out of Tyler, I thought I still wanted to pursue my interest in art but didn’t think that I’d have the chance,” freshman Tanya Oliver said. “I’m excited that I’ll be able to take classes in the art school that won’t be overly challenging.”
Classes will be offered mainly from the craft department, which includes fibers, ceramics, glassblowing and jewelry making.
“Though most of the classes will be first offered from the craft department, we are hoping to be able to expand the program if there is a large interest in the summer and fall semesters.” Knowles said.
While the popularity of the classes is yet to be known, some feel the art school’s attempt to expand will not yield successful results.
Sophomore art history major John Souter said he believes the classes won’t be as advantageous to non-majors.
“Art professors teach to help students individually advance and expand their talent,” Souter said. “Students who aren’t serious and just looking for an easy ‘A’ will take up space and resources from those who are trying to progress.”
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