Thomas More College
About Thomas More College
Thomas More College is located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The city offers abundant public and private recreation including Big Bone State Park and General Butler State Park. Boating is available on the Ohio River, as well as on area lakes. Crestview Hills is in the Northern Kentucky region, just minutes from the larger metropolitan area of Cincinnati, Ohio. Metropolitan attractions include the Symphony Orchestra, the Summer Opera, the Cincinnati Ballet, Kings Island Amusement Park, and the Cincinnati Zoo. Area museums include the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Carnegie Arts Center. Broadway shows are presented at the Taft Theatre and the Arnoff Center.
Thomas More College is a private Catholic liberal arts college. The Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky originally founded the school as a teachers college for women in 1921. The sisters named the school Villa Madonna College. The Commonwealth of Kentucky chartered the college in 1923. Although the college was founded as an institution for women, men attended many of the same classes through St. Thomas More College, a school affiliated with Villa Madonna. In 1945, Villa Madonna became coeducational and St. Thomas More College was abolished. An increasing enrollment called for relocation of the college from downtown Covington to what is now Crestview Hills. The new complex was renamed Thomas More College and was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. Today Thomas More College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Thomas More College offers both a two-year AA degree and a four-year BA degree in art. The AA degree program includes foundational art courses including drawing, design foundations, and at least one art history course. Students then choose an area of concentration in either studio art or graphic design. Studio art students may choose any art studio courses to complete the degree. Graphic design students must complete courses in text and type and production methods for the graphic designer, and finish the program with either a course in visual communications in culture or illustration through computer graphics. The BA degree in art is a program intended to prepare students for immediate goals in either studio art or graphic design. Program highlights include an annual art trip to New York City to visit major museums and galleries and an annual juried student exhibition in the college's art gallery. Art majors are required to participate in a Sophomore Portfolio Review as a way to assess progress in the foundation courses and choose an area of emphasis. Seniors are expected to participate in the annual student exhibition with a showing of work at the end of the senior year as part of the required senior seminar and thesis project course. The foundation of the program includes work in drawing, painting, and two and three-dimensional design, plus courses in art history. Students then choose an area of emphasis in which to continue their studies. Studio art students complete courses in sculpture and advanced drawing and painting, then choose an additional elective art course. The elective may be in figure drawing, ceramics, printmaking, computer graphics, or painting. Graphic design students complete courses in text and type, production methods for the graphic designer, design systems, and advanced design problems, plus an art elective in visual communications, photography, history of design, or computer graphics.
Thomas More College also offers a two-year AA degree program in Web design. The degree is multi-disciplinary, incorporating theory, technical knowledge and hands-on experience and emphasizing the relationship between art and computer information systems. Core courses include an introduction to computer information systems or computer applications and hardware, an introduction to Web page design, programming and databases or database management, a course in developing and using multimedia, advanced graphic techniques, two levels of Web programming, and a Web design project capstone course. Students must also complete art courses in drawing, color theory, and illustration through computer graphics.
Academic scholarships at Thomas More may be awarded to entering students on the basis of high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores and principal or counselor's recommendation. Academic scholarships may be awarded to currently enrolled and returning students are based on the college grade point average. A variety of other scholarships may be available based on such factors as academic achievement, major, geographic location and financial need. A listing of specific scholarships is available upon request from the college's financial aid office. A few of the scholarships include the James Graham Brown Honors Scholarship, the Trustee Scholarship, the Chancellor Scholarship, endowment scholarships, the Presidential Scholarship, the Leadership Award, the Service Fellowship Award, and departmental scholarships.