Visual Arts Major (B.A.)

The Visual Arts Major is most suited for students seeking a diversified academic experience combined with a focus in art. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is based in studio courses and two-thirds in general education subjects, allowing students to explore their studio concentration within the context of a broad liberal arts education. The program is based in the Department of Art and Design. For further information, go to: Visual Arts, (BA).

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

 

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements33
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements72
Free Electives12-9
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
ARFD 100Perceptual Drawing3
ARFD 101Surface3
ARFD 102Drawing as Research3
ARFD 103Color and Light3
ARFD 104Space3
Program Core Requirements
ARFD 106Digital Literacy3
ARFD 200Time3
ARST 4123
VIST 102Visual Culture3
VIST 105Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture3
VIST 106Modern Visions 1400-19453
VIST 109Special Topics in Global Art Cultures3
Choose 5 courses from the following:15
Major Electives
Objects in Clay
3D and Extended Media
Accessory Design
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Creating Your Startup Business Model
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Cooperative Education Experience II
Visual Arts Studio
ENTR 201The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation3
ARST 301Integrative Studio I3
ARST 3113
ARST 4013
ARST 411Integrative Studio IV3
COED 401Cooperative Education Experience I3
VIST 305Theories of Looking: Critical Theory and Visual Culture3
Total Credits72

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Perceptual Drawing (Fulfilled in the major.)
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture (Fulfilled in the major.)
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits33

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Culture and Appearance
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
ARFD 100 Perceptual Drawing 3
ARFD 101 Surface 3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
VIST 105 Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
ARFD 102 Drawing as Research 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
ARFD 106 Digital Literacy 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Cultures 3
ARFD 104 Space 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ARFD 200 Time 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
ARST 301 Integrative Studio I 3
ENTR 201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
World Language 2 3
ARST 311 3
VIST 305 Theories of Looking: Critical Theory and Visual Culture 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
ARST 401 3
ARST 412 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
ARST 411 Integrative Studio IV 3
COED 401 Cooperative Education Experience I 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120