Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art (BA)

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Program Description


Special Requirements

Advanced standing as a major in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History is achieved by faculty evaluation of a portfolio of the student's studio coursework. This evaluation is usually done during the second semester of the sophomore year or after a student has successfully completed 45 credit hours of study, providing the student has completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of studio coursework.

Following portfolio evaluation, students are formally advised of admittance to the department as candidates for the BA program or are advised to resubmit their portfolios the following semester. Students whose portfolios do not receive a favorable evaluation when resubmitted are advised to seek another department for their major. The department notifies students of portfolio review dates.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 48 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • ART 1010 Creative Strategies (3 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2200 Current Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Introduction to the History of Western Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art (3 hours)
    (or an approved substitution in art history)
  • ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review (0 hours)
  • ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar (3 hours)
  • ART 4910 BA Senior Overview/Exhibition (0 hours)

Other Program Requirements

In addition to the above, students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework selected from at least five of the following studio areas: alternative media, ceramics, graphic design, painting, papermaking, printmaking, photography, or sculpture. At least one course must be at the 3000 level or above.

Senior Overview

In order to graduate with a BA with a studio emphasis, students must successfully complete a senior overview and participate in the senior show held at the end of the spring semester in the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery. The senior overview usually consists of work done during the final semester of the senior year in one of the indicated studio areas. The work to be shown can be either a part of a regular studio course or a studio-related independent study. Students are sent Senior Overview forms immediately prior to the beginning of the last semester of their senior year. Students designate on their form the studio course in which they intend to do their senior overview. The instructor for that course becomes the student's senior overview advisor. Work submitted is subject to approval by the senior overview advisor and the director for the senior show. Students graduating at the completion of a summer are expected to exhibit in the show prior to completion of coursework.

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