2007
COD, Benedictine partner to offer new academic program in fine arts

COD, Benedictine partner to offer new academic program in fine arts
September 26, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Throughout the centuries, art and artists have reflected the values of society. Through a partnership with the College of DuPage (COD), Benedictine University will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Fine Arts which will seek to provide a visual arts education rooted in the liberal arts with an emphasis on the Benedictine values of a balanced life, the stewardship of intellectual and artistic gifts, and an appreciation for the artist’s role in society. “The program will utilize the assets of both Benedictine University and College of DuPage to provide a seamless educational experience for developing artists,” said William Scarlato, M.F.A., professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine University. “The program combines the professional training of the visual arts with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.” The program is designed for students who have completed two years of study and received an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree at COD. Upon completion of their A.F.A. requirements, students will then have the opportunity to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the completion of an additional two years of study at Benedictine University. Students will complete some humanities, math and sciences courses along with Art History and Studio courses at the College of DuPage. Students will complete core courses and advanced art courses at Benedictine, although several of the required upper level Benedictine courses will be completed on the COD campus. Students must complete three courses from sculpture, painting, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, photography and graphic design as part of their A.F.A. requirements, then complete three courses from the remaining four areas to earn their B.F.A. The program will allow students to engage in the intellectual and spiritual discovery of the self through a chosen medium and benefit from the knowledge and experiences of both Benedictine University and College of DuPage faculty. “The program will be taught from a variety of philosophical and stylistic approaches to contemporary art,” Scarlato said. “Students will be prepared for either continued study in a Master of Fine Arts program of their choosing or an exhibition career and the life of an artist.” For more information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts program at Benedictine University, contact the College of Liberal Arts at (630) 829-6247.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.