Felician College is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan College founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition.  Its mission is to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts.  The enduring purpose of Felician College is to promote a love for learning, a desire for God, self-knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.

The mission of the Division of Arts and Sciences is to implement and manifest the Mission of Felician College in the Programs of the Division, the General Education Program, the Developmental Education Program and the Core by providing the highest quality of instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate level, encouraging students to develop to their fullest potential, to gain skills for life-long learning, and to produce graduates well-equipped to contribute to society. The Division achieves the stated mission by using processes of continual improvement, based upon assessment of student learning at all levels, as well as the assessment of the administrative processes and mechanisms.

The Art Program at Felician College produces artists with the skills, knowledge, and critical sensibility to effectively communicate ideas through individual forms of expression. Offering a variety of courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and New Media, the Department's objective is to emphasize the teaching of technique in concert with the critical study of different historical forms of art production, providing a life-long reference of cultural understanding.

Through a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, graduates of the Art Program will be able to implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles; critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought; recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking; understand the importance of the arts in society; assess their personal strengths and interests; and create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication. Ultimately, graduates will be able to integrate and synthesize their skills, knowledge, and experience into a powerful career strategy.

3 credits, undergraduate, traditional
Fall 2013
W 2:35-5:10, Obal Hall 304

Michael J. Nyklewicz, M.A.
Assistant Professor

Office Hours


Updated: 03/22/13

Object, Meret Oppenheim, 1936

Surrealism was one of the most influential art movements of the last century, with practitioners working in all mediums from painting and sculpture to photography and film. Through a close study of the Surrealists and their work, this course will analyze the development of the movement and consider the evidence of its ongoing influence in today’s society. Emphasis will be placed on research of source material and study of art works; as such, a museum field trip will be planned. Prerequisites: none.

In this course, students will:




Week One ()
That is so ...

Week Two ()
Foundations of Surrealism: Symbolism and de Chirico

Week Three ()
Foundations of Surrealism: Dada

Week Four ()
Foundations of Surrealism: Dada

Week Five ()
Andre Breton, the Great Sleep, Sigmund Freud

Week Six ()
Manifesto fo Surrealism

Week Seven ()
Surrealist Painters

Week Eight ()

Week Nine ()
Surrealist Photographers

Week Ten ()
Field Trip

Week Eleven ()
Surrealist Sculptors

Week Twelve ()
Georges Bataille

Week Thirteen ()
Individual Reviews

Week Fourteen ()
That is so ... surreal

Week Fifteen ()


RESEARCH PAPER 8 pts. 6 pts. 4 pts.
Ideas are clearly defined with cogent arguments and well-chosen supporting material. Ideas are satisfactorily defined with adequate arguments and supporting materials.
Ideas are not clearly defined, lacking convincing arguments and appropriate supporting materials.
Paper is well organized, progressing from thesis to conclusion in a logical and understandable manner. Paper progresses from thesis to conclusion, but is poorly organized. Paper is unorganzied, lacking a clearly defined thesis and conclusion.
Interpretation of the research topic shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the research project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the research topic does not go beyond the obvious.
Citations Accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Somewhat accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Improper use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin.
Spelling and grammar No mistakes. No points given otherwise. No points given otherwise.



Total percentage is 100, which is translated into a letter grade using the standards published in the Felician College Catalog.  There will be no grading “curve.”

Felician College operates on the 4.00 grading system and determines the academic standing of students according to the following scale:

Grade Description Numerical Equivalent Quality Points
A Outstanding 100-95 4.000
A- Excellent 94-90 3.670
B+ Very Good 89-87 3.333
B Good 86-83 3.000
B- Above Average 82-80 2.670
C+ Average 79-77 2.333
C Acceptable 76-70 2.000
D Poor 69-65 1.000
F Failure 64 or below 0.000
FA Failure due to non-attendance 64 or below