About the Program
The art program provides students with the opportunity to study a wide variety of visual arts media. Together with basic instruction in drawing, design, and art history, students, under advisement, select 24 credit hours in electives in fine arts and/or design.
The Fine Arts Department reserves the right to retain artwork for official purposes, such as exhibits, catalogs, or teaching aids.
Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in their courses. All studio courses may have an additional instructional charge for materials used in class.
Art students are prepared for positions that require a well-rounded bachelor's degree in the liberal arts. Students also may attend graduate school. Graduates have been hired as director's assistants, studio assistants, preparators, artists, and managers by museums and galleries, businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Students who choose graduate school typically pursue studio specialty areas or related humanities disciplines.
Art history students are prepared to study art history, art conservation, and art administration in graduate school, or to begin careers as museum curators, consultants, and professionals in fields such as historic preservation, tourism, and cultural affairs. Graduates have been hired as curators, preparators, writers, and managers. Typical hiring firms include museums, galleries, auctioneers, publishers, art dealerships, public and cultural agencies, and universities.
Fine arts students become professional artists in their major (painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture). Some also may pursue commercial work in related vocations requiring their expertise, such as advertising, photography, photojournalism, art printing, pattern and model making, illustration, and restoration. Graduates have been hired as artists, graphic artists, photographers, illustrators, printers, directors, managers, and professors. Typical hiring firms include museums, public and cultural agencies, advertising agencies, galleries, businesses, and universities.
Students also may attend graduate school to further develop their abilities and to earn the advanced degree necessary to become a college professor.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements: 39–66 credits
Total Required Credit Hours in Art: 42 credits
A. Required Courses (18 credits)
DES 101 Introductory Design 2D I
DES 103 Introductory Design 3D I
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 102 Drawing II
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
B. Electives in Fine Arts and/or Design: 21 credits
All College Electives: 12–39 credits
Total Required Credit Hours: 120 credits