Purpose and Focus
The Department of Art offers its students an education in the visual arts as an integral part of a comprehensive educational experience. Our degree programs offer intense, professional education in the aesthetics and theories of the visual arts. Students will be trained in the skills and intellectual awareness that are the basis for a future of creative and professional achievement in the visual arts.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Art History — Bachelor of Arts
Art — Bachelor of Arts
Art — Bachelor of Fine Arts with an area of concentration
BFA Areas of Studio Art Concentrations
Offers the student a program of study in both mainstream graphic design and in new media utilizing current graphic technologies.
Offers the student training in the principles, methods, and materials of painting, drawing and printmaking within the context of subject matter.
Offers the student a comparative study of the skills and theories in contemporary art photography.
Offers the student the techniques and concepts needed for the development of three-dimensional visual objects and situations.
Admission to the Major
Minimum University GPA: 2.0
All declared art majors must satisfactorily complete the following core program of introductory-level courses before declaring an intent to pursue a B.F.A. degree in an area of concentration within the program: ART 101, ART 107, ART 108, ART 156, ART 260, ART 261, ART 266.
Upon completion of the core program courses, the student will declare his or her intention of pursuing the B.F.A. degree program. The student must have a 3.00 GPA in all departmental courses and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all departmental courses if accepted into the program. After completion of 59 to 74 credits, a portfolio review by the full department faculty is required for acceptance into the B.F.A. program. The student must then select a three-member, full-time faculty committee to guide and evaluate progress through the program. Students who are not admitted to the B.F.A. program must maintain a 2.7 GPA in the major and will continue to work toward a B.A. in studio art (general art studies without concentration).
Students who do not meet the minimum GPA may be admitted on a probationary status. Contact the department office.
Studio courses may not be audited. Advancement to upper-division courses is dependent on acceptable performance, as determined by the instructor, in lower-division courses.
Courses must be taken in sequential numerical order in each discipline, starting with lower-division, intermediate, and then advanced level-courses
Students wishing to transfer credits toward a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in art must schedule a meeting with the department chairperson to determine which courses are transferable.
All new students will initially meet with an advisor in the College of Fine Arts’ Advising Center and will subsequently work with an academic advisor from the center during their freshmen and sophomore years. At the beginning of their junior year, students will meet with a faculty mentor who will then assist them with their academic plans through graduation.