Visual Arts, B.A.

Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts

The department’s course of study is divided into three levels.

  • First, the foundation level allows students to differentiate between authentic personal decisions and those dictated by social and cultural conditions.
  • Second, a tutorial level allows students to focus on creative problems connected with their personal decisions and to understand their relation to the decisions of others. as well as their relation to the contemporary cultural context
  • Third, a final critical level enables students to develop a quality control for the formal solutions of the projects and to relate them to the larger professional world.

Requirements (Minimum 48 credits in Visual Arts)

To earn a B.A. Degree in Visual Arts, students must complete the Liberal Education Curriculum requirements and 48 credits in required courses in the Visual Arts department. A total of 120 credits is required for the degree. Credits for experiential learning are considered in satisfying departmental requirements.

A. Liberal Education Curriculum

Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.

B. Major Requirements

1st Level Foundation Courses – 20 cr. (This level must be completed before starting Tutorials.)

  • VA2010 Introduction to Creative Thinking 4 cr.
  • VA2020 Basic Design 4 cr.
  • VA2030 Drawing 4 cr.
  • *VA2045 Introduction to Color 4 cr.
  • VA2500 or VA2510 Art History I: 19th Century Art or Art History II: Modern Art:1900-1945 4 cr.

* (or Introduction to Art-taken before Fall 2008)

2nd Level Courses – 20 cr. (1st Level Courses Prerequisite)

In order to take Tutorials I, an average of 3.0 or better is needed in the first level Foundation Courses. This average has to be maintained in all Visual Arts courses in order to continue with Art Tutorials II and Art Tutorials III.

  • VA3100 Visual Culture – Warhol to Present 4 cr.
  • VA3200 Art Tutorials I 4 cr.
  • VA3400 Digital Imaging 4 cr.
  • VA4200 Art Tutorials II 4 cr.
  • VA5200 Art Tutorials III 4 cr.

Required Art Electives - 8 cr.

  • Art Elective 4 cr.
  • Art Elective 4 cr.

Group Exhibition

  • At the end of Tutorials III, B.A. candidates will be able to participate in a group show and exhibit their work at the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery.