The Department of Art and Art History offers a diverse and comprehensive program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (a professional degree with concentrations in Studio Art or Art Education), a Bachelor of Arts (a liberal arts degree in Studio Art), and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Art are required to select a studio concentration in ceramics, digital media, fibers, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, print media, or sculpture; or an Art Education concentration leading to a K-12 Licensure. Students may also earn a Minor in Art History.
The degree programs are structured upon the following premises:
- Students need a basic level of skill and aesthetic sensitivity in a variety of studio disciplines.
- Students need an awareness of the common core of historical and theoretical knowledge in the arts.
- Students need in-depth knowledge to critically synthesize formal and conceptual aspects of work in a specific area of study.
Studio Art courses are open to Art majors only. Most Art History courses are open to any major.
All transfer courses are automatically reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students seeking to appeal the official transfer designations for ARTx courses must provide the Department Academic Advisor with copies of the official course descriptions and a syllabus for each course requested for consideration. Portfolios of creative work from each of the individual studio courses may also be required.