The Department of Art offers several degrees with distinct purposes and objectives. The Bachelor of Arts in Art is a liberal arts degree providing an opportunity to study a broad range of topics in Visual Art as part of a liberal arts education and to pursue a minor in a different field. Students wishing to pursue a professional degree will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The art department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, or the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design. Those students wishing to study the history, theory, and criticism of art will pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism. All students entering the department will be admitted under either the B.A. in Art or the B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism. After completion of the foundation courses and one other course in ART, CDES or ARTH, those wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Art, the B.F.A. in Art Education, or the B.F.A. in Communication Design will be required to pass a formal portfolio review for admittance into those programs. The department also offers the minor in Studio Art, minor in Art History, Theory and Criticism, and the interdisciplinary Digital Media minor. Coursework leading to licensure in art education is available for those with an approved Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The art department’s programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Note: Art students will be expected to purchase tools and supplies appropriate to the media in which they are working. In addition, all art courses have a program fee for consumable materials and/or modeling fees.
Note: Art majors may not apply ART 1212 - Non-Majors Ceramics: Handbuilding, ART 1213 - Non-Majors Ceramics: Wheelthrowing, ART 1251 - Jewelry and Metals for Non-Art Majors, ART 1261 - Painting for Non-Art Majors, ART 1271 - Film Photography for Non-Majors, ART 1273 - Digital Photography for Non-Art Majors, or ARTH 1500 - Art and Visual Literacy to their degree requirements.