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Art Department Philosophy

    Arts programs at every level strive to impart the fundamental skills necessary for students to solve problems, think critically, engage each other creatively, and feel a sense of accomplishment as individuals and as part of a community. Students develop technical skills and engage with technologies that range from the traditional, to the modern and contemporary. Course offerings increase in sophistication and specificity to include more formal and focused work in, digital media, sculpture and ceramics, and drawing and painting. Through instruction and discussion, students are challenged to sharpen their critical, analytical, and perceptual skills. They are also encouraged to develop standards for appreciating and evaluating the history of Islamic art, both in the world immediately around them and the aesthetic achievements of the past and present.