Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Art Major (BA)

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Art Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the Department of Art web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at, and

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Program Accreditation - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate functional levels of drawing skills with varied media.
  2. Recognize and be able to interpret major works of art pertaining to the art history courses taken.
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of the elements and principles of students’ chosen area of concentration
  4. Articulate and critically respond to both familiar and unfamiliar works of art through critical dialogue.
  5. Understand the function of presentation and/or the exhibition process of personal works in public gallery or other cultural venue.

University Graduation Requirements

Art Degree Requirements - Total 120 Credits

(See note 1 below)

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits
    • Two courses from Life and Physical Science;  at least one course must have a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Major Degree Requirements - BA in Art - Painting/Drawing/Printmaking Concentration - Subtotal 40 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 16-29

Total Credits: 120

General Electives - Credits: 23-26

Total Credits: 120

Electives - Credits: 26-29

Total Credits: 120


  1. Of the 120 credits required, 42 of these credits must be in upper-division course work (300-400), including courses taken in the major.
  2.    may be taken only after completing at least one 400-level art history course with a B or better.
  3.    may not be taken for Art History credit by Studio Majors.

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