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Studio Art (BA)

Offered by the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires satisfactory completion (grades of C or better) of 12 credit hours of studio courses and departmental approval.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better
  • Areas of Specialization: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Media, or Photography

Course Requirements

Required (6 credit hours)

Introductory Studio (9 credit hours)

Complete 3 courses from the following:

Advanced Studio (18 credit hours)

Complete 18 credit hours, from at least 5 of the following courses, with a minimum of 15 credit hours at or above 300-level, from the following:

Cultural Content (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours from ANTH, ARTH, COMM, HIST, LIT, or PHIL with permission of advisor and course instructor

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

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