Minors provide students the flexibility to customize their course of study as a means to explore personal interests and expand one’s skill set as a means to best prepare for a career in their chosen field.
Moore offers 11 minors that complement the major courses of study. Most majors are available as minors as well as Business, Creative Writing and Textiles.
To graduate with a minor, students must complete a specified number of credits in a focused area of study outside their chosen major. To explore the benefits of adding a minor, we recommend that students speak with the academic advisor or a department chair. Minor offerings include:
Designed for students whose passion for art fosters historical curiosity and critical reflection, the Art History minor allows art and design majors to complement their studio experience with an intensive academic investigation of the rich and diverse history and cultural relevance of art. Moore's Art History classes are intellectually challenging and emphasize research, writing, and conversation about specialized art historical topics and issues related to aesthetics and critical theory. Over the course of their stay at Moore, students completing an Art History minor take 15 credit hours (5 courses) of upper level Art History electives of their choosing.
ANIMATION & GAME ARTS
The minor is for students who are curious self-learners and problem-solvers, have the desire to be part of a creative team or community, and thrive with the challenge of working within frameworks and prescribed limitations. It teaches a variety of industry-relevant knowledge including: hand and digital drawing, animation and storyboarding, development of 2D character design and 3D environments, history, theory, gaming strategies, proficiency in the use of art-making software and critical analysis of interactive culture.
What essential skills and knowledge are required for emerging artists and designers to manage their careers successfully in a twenty-first century world? The Business minor introduces students to the fundamentals of professional practice through a 12 credit, non-sequential minor comprised of four courses that focus on business experience: Marketing, Principles and Practices, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship.
The minor in Creative Writing is designed for students who are interested in pursuing writing as a creative art form, both in itself and in tandem with other art and design fields. In addition to learning the craft of writing in a range of genres from experienced professional writers, students in the Creative Writing minor will enhance their own development as writers with the study of literature and literary theory. The 12-credit curriculum requires two creative writing workshops, one literature course, and an advanced capstone course in which each student completes an in-depth creative writing project in the genre of her choice. The Creative Writing minor curriculum is supported by co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and events offered by The Writer’s Studio.
A minor in Curatorial Studies offers students the opportunity for serious examination of contemporary curatorial practice. Studying with professionals who are working actively in the field, students become familiar with the ideas and methods that shape the creation and presentation of exhibitions in a wide range of institutions. Off-campus visits include trips to museums, galleries, commercial and non-profit spaces.
The Fashion Design minor focuses on fashion skills relating to drawing, design, pattern making, draping and clothing construction. Students explore the history of the costume and computer applications for fashion and apparel fabrics.
A Fine Arts minor allows students in professional and applied majors to explore multiple approaches to art-making. This course of study can provide a rich influence on their major work. Students investigate contemporary and historic strategies for navigating innovative relationships among form, content, and material. The Fine Arts minor includes tracks in 3D Media, Drawing, Printmaking, and Painting, as well as a more general track that allows students to explore Fine Arts more broadly. All of the minor tracks have great flexibility, allowing students to create a program of study that best suits their interests.
Graphic Design is the visual communication of information using a skillful combination of elements including images, typography, color and layout. In addition to hand techniques, Graphic Designers use cutting edge digital technology not only as a tool to create visual form but as a medium though which communication takes place. Print, packaging, digital media, and websites are just a few examples of the wide variety of media that are used. Students may choose between two graphic design minor tracks: Communication Design, with a print emphasis, and Interactive Design. A 3 credit Digital Image Making course is required for both minor tracks.
From editorial illustration in newspapers and magazines, to book publishing, to illustration for advertising, music, fashion or websites, the aim of illustration is to elucidate information through evocative, visual representation. Because Illustration is a skill that can apply any discipline, this minor enables you to develop new skills to enhance your work. Illustration Concepts and Practices I and II are required for all Illustration minors. An additional nine credit hours, selected from other Illustration courses, complete the fifteen credit hour requirement for the minor
A minor in Interior Design gives you the opportunity to increase the breadth of your design and 3D experience. Courses are required in Interior Design process, design drawing and history of interiors. Two other courses may be selected from the areas of design, hand or digital drawing techniques, materials and construction, design history or furniture design.
Photography & Digital Arts
Students can select from two minor tracks in PDA: Photography or Digital Arts. A 3 credit Digital Photo I course is required for both minor tracks.
Textile Design minors may be focused in Surface & Fabric Design, Fabric & Knit Construction and Material Studies. These programs introduce students to the vocabulary, techniques, materials and design skills necessary in the field of textile design.