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Undergraduate Program - Art Major

Degrees Offered

The School of Art offers BA and BFA degrees in Art. Initially, all students enter as Bachelor of Arts (BA) candidates. Students can choose to apply for the BFA degrees. Please see the School of Advising Sheets under Undergraduate forms.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art must complete 57 credits in art: art fundamentals, 9; beginning art history, 6; photography, 3; ceramics, 3; printmaking 3; sculpture, 3; painting, 3; drawing, 3; introductory art criticism, 3; upper-division art history, 6; upper-division (300- and 400-level) art studio courses, 12; upper-division art criticism, 3.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Art

For the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, areas of specialization are Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. This is a professional degree requiring 75 credits in Art distributed as follows: art fundamentals, 9; beginning art history, 6; photography, 3; ceramics, 3; printmaking, 3; sculpture, 3; painting, 3; drawing, 3; introductory art criticism, 3; upper-division art history, 6; upper-division art criticism, 3; upper-division studio courses outside area of specialization, 12; upper-division studio courses in the area of specialization, 12; professional practices/senior thesis, 6.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art, specialization in Art Education

Art education is an area of specialization designed for the student seeking licensure (K-12) in the extended major teaching field of art. A student must complete ART 105A, 106A, 108A, 200H, 201H, 203L, 284A, 211, 231A, 251, 221A, 311, 407, 408, one course chosen from ART 271A or DANC 497, nine credits in upper-division studio courses, six credits in upper-division art history courses, 3 credits in upper-division art criticism. For licensure to teach Art K-12, a student must gain admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching and meet the requirements for teacher certification (see the College of Education and Human Sciences section of this catalog).

The University requires a minimum of 120 credits, of which 39 must be at the upper-division level, in order to graduate.

Special Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog. See index.
Students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degrees with a major in Art must earn a “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade or better in all Art courses fulfilling degree requirements in order to graduate.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Review Process

All students enter as Bachelor of Arts (BA) candidates. Students interested in earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) must comply with the following:

  1. Must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average in Art and a 2.5 overall GPA.
  2. Students apply for the BFA program once they have completed 33 – 45 Art credits. BFA portfolio review takes place once each semester. A transfer student who enters with more than 45 earned credits must be reviewed the first semester of their residency.
  3. The following course selections are review prerequisites; ART 200H, 201H, 105A, 106A, 108A, four 200-level studio courses, and two 300-level studio courses. Completion of prerequisite courses and the BFA portfolio review may take place the same semester.
  4. Should a student not be admitted to the BFA program in their first application, a second and final application the following semester is encouraged.
  5. Applications for the BFA program must include: the application form with the division faculty signature, statement of purpose, and portfolio. Applications are reviewed each semester prior to registration. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.