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Mark Holmes

Associate Professor & Chair of Art

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Pre-Professional Program

The liberal arts curriculum provides a strong foundation for professional study in architecture.

The Program
Knox offers several courses in the art and art history departments which specifically involve the study of architecture. Some courses -- such as Site-Specific Art and Interpreting Landscape, as well as a half-dozen more in the field of sculpture -- help students develop skills that professional architects use in their careers.

All courses in the Art and Art History department are extremely relevant to developing visual literacy, learning creative problem-solving, and building a portfolio. In particular, future architects should learn to draw with great control and be familiar with three-dimensional issues of design and construction. It is also crucial to take courses in art history that survey developments in architectural design and urban planning.

Much of the specialized education and training in architecture design skills will be acquired by students through off-campus study opportunities. the program advisor will mentor and assist students with applying for intensive off-campus architecture programs and courses, which will expose students to fundamentals of mechanical drawing, computer-aided design and model construction. As a further means to prepare students for graduate training in architecture, the program advisor and the Bastian Family Career Center will also assist students in applying for architectural internships.

Preparation for architectural work requires a background in other fields for which Knox is highly regarded -- especially mathematics, physics and art history. The result is that Knox students who apply to architecture schools are very well prepared, are accepted into prestigious programs, and excel in their subsequent careers.

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