The visual art major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the history of art, basic skills with traditional and digital media, and advanced study in art history or art studio. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take up to 42 credit hours in art to build their portfolios, expand their research, and prepare for the senior thesis course. Students with an emphasis in art studio will finish their program of study with a portfolio. Students with an emphasis in art history will prepare a research paper that utilizes primary research.

The visual art minor is designed to provide an introduction to art history and a variety of media and may be augmented to suit particular student interest and career goals. It also allows ample opportunity to pursue interests in other fields or in combination with a major in another academic area.

The undergraduate program in art history and art studio prepares the student for graduate study. Certification in art education (P-12) is also available. When selecting the P-12 Art Certification program, students fulfill their major and minor requirements through Art and Education. For a copy of the curriculum contract, click here: Art-P-12 and visit this page for more info.

Requirements for a Major: 36 Hours

  • 9 hours in art history foundations
  • 9 hours in studio foundations
  • 9 hours in area of emphasis
  • 5 hours elective
  • 4 hours Senior Thesis ART 455
  • Note: 12 hours must be at 300 level or above

Requirements for a Minor: 21 Hours

  • 6 hours art history
  • 6 hours foundations
  • 6 hours in area of emphasis
  • 3 hours elective

Art History Foundations

  • 216. Survey of Art History I. (3 hours) Art 216 is the first half of a year-long introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and stylistic analysis and a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture and other art forms from prehistoric and ancient cultures to circa 1450 CE. The course is taught from the Western perspective with at least 25 % content from beyond the Western tradition. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 217. Survey of Art History II. (3 hours) Art 217 is the second half of a year-long introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and stylistic analysis and a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from 1450 CE to the present day. The course is taught from the Western perspective with at least 25% content from beyond the Western tradition. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 414. Modern Art History. (3 hours) This course surveys developments in nineteenth and twentieth-century art and architecture, beginning with the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 and concluding around 1970, with the advent of color-field painting and minimalism. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues in addition to the historical, intellectual, and socioeconomic changes that are reflected or addressed in the works of artists and architects. Prerequisite: ART 216 or 217 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 416. Contemporary Art History. (3 hours) This course is a continuation of issues and ideas of art history and criticism presented in ART 414 Modern Art History. In ART 416, students survey developments in twentieth and twenty-first century art and architecture (1970-present). Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues in addition to the historical, intellectual, and socioeconomic changes that are reflected or addressed in the works of artists and architects. Prerequisite: one course in art history or permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 470. Special Topics in Art History. (3 hours) The rotating topics cover one or several themes that explore aesthetics, subjects of art, the producers of art, art theory, and criticism. Topics include: Harlots, Mothers, and Saints: Women and Art; Public Art; Public Sculpture; The End of Impressionism; The History of the Museum; Art Theory and Art Criticism. This course may be repeated. Prerequisite: One course in art history or permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring

Studio Foundations

  • 115. Drawing. (3 hours) Basic problems in drawing in various media such as pencil, pen, brush and charcoal and experimental techniques. Both representational and experimental approaches to drawing will be studied. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 117. Design Basics and Color. (3 hours) Basic problems in composition, the elements of design, materials and design concepts. Special emphasis on color theory. This course is also an introduction to painting. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 118. Introduction to Three Dimensional Design and Ceramics. (3 hours) This studio course addresses the fundamental concepts of sculpture and other three-dimensional works. Working with a variety of materials including paper, wire, and clay, students will have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the formal elements of three-dimensional forms through hands-on personal experience. In this course students will observe the work of others in the studio environment; explore a broad repertoire of media possibilities; and critically analyze produced works. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 234. Intro to Digital Imaging… (3 hours) An introductory study in the aesthetics, creative, and technical aspects of graphic design and digital imaging. Although no one area will be mastered in this course, students will gain a basic understanding of Adobe’s Creative Suite with emphasis in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This course is a prerequisite for upper level digital courses. It is recommended for all art majors and minors and fulfills the higher-level requirement in the Fine Arts Foundations and Core. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring