Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

With the emergence of opportunities for employment in the art market through new technologies, including e-commence, web page design and computer graphics, artists are in demand for their design skills and creative abilities. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art combined with a minor in Business Administration, Marketing Communication, or Computer Science, will allow students to compete for jobs in the global market.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Visual Art program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a blend of technical knowledge and principles with various art media; 
  • Apply aesthetic principles and theories in the creation of works of art; 
  • Apply knowledge of styles and characteristics of eras of art history in the creation of individual works of art; 
  • Synthesize the technical, aesthetic, and historical aspects of visual arts in the creation and analysis of works of art; and 
  • Demonstrate appropriate language in expressing creative ideas in written and verbal forms.

Program Requirements 

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 31 credits
  • Collateral Requirements: 32 credits

  • Electives: 8 credits

Major Course Requirements (31 credits):

Required Two-Dimensional Studio Art Courses (18 credits):
ART 103 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ART 105 Drawing I (3 credits)
ART 207 Painting I (3 credits)
ART 215 Computer Art I (3 credits)
ART 220 Printmaking I (3 credits)
ART 225 Photography I (3 credits)

Required Three-Dimensional Studio Art Course (3 credits):
ART 204 Three Dimensional Design (3 credits) OR
ART 211 Ceramics I (3 credits)

Required Art History Courses (6 credits):
ART 101 Art Appreciation (3 credits)
ART 200/300 Art Appreciation II: Modern Art (3 credits)
Senior Thesis/Project (4 credits):
ART 498 Senior Thesis/Project I (2 credits)
ART 499 Senior Thesis/Project II (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements: Liberal Arts courses beyond General Education (32 credits):

Visual Art and Liberal Arts Requirements (11 credits):
ART 205 Drawing II (3 credits)
ART 307 Painting II (3 credits)
ART 350 Advanced Art Seminar (2 credits)
LIB 304 Fine Arts Seminar (3 credits)

Choose two courses (6 credits) from the following:
LIB 309 Interdisciplinary Topics in the Liberal Arts (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 311 The Human Quest for Personal Freedom:
Art, Music, & Literature of the Romantic Era (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 315 The Environment & the Human Spirit (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 325 The Civil War in American Culture (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 327 World Music (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 330 The Renaissance (INTD) (3 credits)

Choose 15 credits of Elective Studio Courses, 9 of which must be 300-level:
ART 204 Three-Dimensional Design/Sculpture (3 credits)
ART 217 Watercolor (3 credits)
ART 309 Special Topics (1-3 credits)
ART 311 Ceramics II (3 credits)
ART 315 Computer Art II (3 credits)
ART 320 Printmaking II (3 credits)
ART 325 Photography II (3 credits)
ART 340 Figure Drawing (3 credits)
CGD 217 Survey of Graphic Communications (3 credits)
CGD 220 Storytelling & Storyboarding (3 credits)
CGD 221 2-D Computer Animation (3 credits)
CGD 331 Digital Video & Audio (3 credits)
CGD 253 Web Publishing (3 credits)
CGD 303 Publication Design (3 credits)
BUS 317 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
CGD 330 Digital Still Imaging (3 credits)
CGD 340 Print Production (3 credits)
CGD 353 Dynamic Publishing (3 credits)

Other program requirements for Visual Art Majors:

Students must earn an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher in art courses taken to complete the program.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of 300-400 level courses.
Students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" for ART 498 and ART 499.
Students must mount an exhibition of their artwork in the Cortona Art Gallery as part of the senior thesis/project requirement.

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