Fine Arts/Studio

The Fine Arts/Studio component of the Humanities credit is dedicated to an academic agenda and an academic profile that addresses the following challenges and academic concerns. All Fine Arts courses at Ferris concentrate class content to address craftsmanship, creative thinking skills, problem solving and at some level art appreciation. Evolving levels of craftsmanship addresses an international concern that has impact on all professions from the medical area to engineering to business. Craftsmanship is best evolved, evaluated and studied at the practical hands-on level.

All Fine Arts/Studio classes dedicate considerable class time to developing better hand-eye coordination skills through drawing, painting and sculpting challenges. Evolving creating thinking skills and problem solving stand as this department’s top priority. In a future job market in which it is predicted that labor and industry will prove a difficult future in the United States, it is critical that the creative fine arts at Ferris dedicate the majority of class problems to evolving creative thinking skills and for providing better thinking and practical tools for problem solving.

The University's Fine Arts/Studio courses currently offer entry-level studio courses in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional arts as Humanities and as Cultural Enrichment credit.

There is a new growth area in Fine Arts studio classes on this campus that is under the broad definition of Aesthetic Engineering. Aesthetic Engineering is currently focused as academic studio content in the ARTS 220: Three Dimensional Design classes but has content and discussion ground in ARTS 101 and ARTS 102, and at some level in the ARTS 130: Experiments in Painting course. Aesthetic Engineering is designed as a campus-wide academic bridge concept that will partner with other programs in other Ferris schools. Aesthetic Engineering is an academic studio concept with a priority on evolving creative thinking skills and creative problem solving to better tool the student to face the future job market. Aesthetic Engineering attempts at some level to bring real-world creative challenges into the classroom that present creative opportunities that move beyond mere discussion or the hypothetical and challenge the student to solve design, concept, engineering, fabrication, marketing and architectural concerns at a high level. Aesthetic Engineering is a creative and contemporary twenty-first century concept paving new ground for the role and priority for the fine arts on the university campus.