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Degree Requirements

The bachelor's degree in Art provides a program that leads toward the development of artistic awareness, aesthetic judgment, critical analysis, technical competence and artistic quality. The broad based program prepares students for immediate goals in studio art, art education or graphic design, and a long term goal of continuing personal and creative growth. Consequently, the Art Department embraces the following objectives:

  1. to develop visual as well as spoken and written communication skills;
  2. to develop a capacity for critical thinking, imagination and innovation;
  3. to instill a sense of personal and social responsibility;
  4. to develop competence in the student's preferred field of emphasis;
  5. to familiarize the student with the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists in the past and present; and
  6. to assist the student in achieving greater understanding of the creative process.

Art majors are required to participate in a Sophomore Portfolio Review as a way to assess their progress in the foundation courses and to help them decide their area of emphasis. Portfolios are reviewed at the end of the spring semester during the sophomore year, or when foundation courses are finished.

Drive Towards a Career with a Chose Emphasis

The choice between a BFA and a BA degree is an individual choice that comes down to a student's educational and career goals. With the BFA you'll focus intensively in foundational arts and, then, graphic design or studio art. The focus of an emphasis in the BFA program is designed to help students hone very specific skills in order to launch a career or jump into graduate school.

Focused on a Sold Foundation

Our department places a heavy focus on the foundations of art. The principles of art and design help trigger imagination, explore variations, increase problem solving and create efficiencies. Additionally, they are the literal foundation of all our upper level classes.

  • Foundation and Capstone Courses (33 hours): ART 116, 117, 118, 215, 216, 231, 248, 312, 321, 416, 481, 482
  • Art History (12 hours): ART 251, 252, 353, 3 hours Art History elective
  • Experiential Learning: ART248
  • Concentration - 18 hours in one of the following areas:
    • Studio Art: ART 311, 315, 316, 322 and one of the following Art electives: 119, 121, 231, 241, 322, 325, 366, 421
    • Sculpture: ART 121, 122, 312, 412, 423, 3 hours additional ART elective
    • Graphic Design: ART 265, 266, 360, 361, 366, 451, 461
  • Foundation and Capstone Courses (23 hours): ART 116, 117, 215, 216, 248, 311, 321, 416
  • Art History (9 hours): ART 251, 252, 353
  • Art Electives (12 hours from the following): ART 118, 121, 122, 265, 266, 270, 312, 315, 316, 322, 325, 331, 360, 361, 366, 370, 412, 421, 422, 423, 451, 470
  • Experiential Learning: ART248
  • Art majors complete the computer literacy core requirement through ART 248
  • Foundation Courses: ART 101 or ART 215, 117; at least one Art History course
  • Area of Concentration selected from:
    • Studio Art (9 hours): any art studio courses
    • Graphic Design (9 hours): ART 266, 269 and either ART 160 or 366
  • ART 125, 251, 252 and 9 hours of electives in Art History. Students also pursuing the BA in ART must complete 12 hours of electives in addition to the B.A. requirement in Art History. The Art History degree also requires completion of a research paper of sizable length either as a course or as an Independent Study project.

When a studio course is offered as an evening class, generally the course is offered for two credit hours. However, students may earn three credit hours for an evening class by completing additional assignments and with the permission of the instructor. Such courses are indicated with an asterisk beside the number of credits available.