This liberal arts degree with a major in art enables students to develop the range of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected of those holding a liberal arts baccalaureate degree in art. This degree differs from the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in that it allows the flexibility to design a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that may include a minor outside of art.

Candidates for this degree must meet all requirements set by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of the Arts, including a foreign language sequence (6 hours or 2 courses, see catalog requirements). In addition to the required art studio and art history requirements (57 total hours), the BA degree offers flexibility in course work with 6-18 hours of electives in art studio or art history and 6-18 hours in guided electives outside of art (6 of the hours outside of art must be comprised of course work at the 3000 or 4000 level). These two areas should total 24 hours of credit.

Ultimately, the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art is a versatile degree for art students interested in foreign languages and in investigating subjects outside of art.

The BA with a major in art may be an appropriate selection for students who want to craft an interdisciplinary path in order to create unique perspectives into making, presenting, and engaging with visual culture. This degree may also be an appropriate selection for a transfer student or a change of major, as the interest that motivated the earlier course of study can be used to enhance this versatile degree.

The BA degree is also an appropriate degree choice for students who are interested in preparing for advanced specialized degree programs. This is a 120-hour degree program.

Selected Educational Outcomes and Competencies

Students pursuing a BA degree with a major in art will:

  1. demonstrate a developed visual sensitivity.
  2. demonstrate the technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of principles of visual organization sufficient to achieve basic visual communication and expression in one or more media.
  3. develop the ability to make workable connections between concept and media.
  4. demonstrate some familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, in both the Western and the non-Western worlds.
  5. show evidence of an understanding of the nature of contemporary thinking on art and design and have gained at least a rudimentary discernment of quality in design projects and works of art.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Assessment and evaluation of art works produced.
  2. Senior exhibition and presentation review by committee using a criterion-based rubric.
  3. Departmental review of student competition exhibition using a criterion-based rubric.
  4. Comparisons of transcript audit results with accreditation curriculum requirements.
  5. Review of selected artists’ statements and art history research papers.
  6. Review of program make-up (variety of courses) based on the liberal arts degree concept.

Requirements for B.A. Degree with a Major in Art

Core Curriculum60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Core Curriculum Area F
ART 1010Drawing I3
ART 1020Two Dimensional Design3
ARTH 2121Art History Survey I3
ART 10303-Dimensional Design3
ART 1011Drawing II3
ART 2030Computers in Art3
Major Curriculum60
Major Core Studio Sequence 18
Select three course sequences from the following:
Select two of the following:
Figure Drawing
Advanced Drawing
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Painting I
Painting II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Printmaking I
Printmaking II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Black and White Photography
Digital Photography
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II
Graphic Design III
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Jewelry and Metalsmithing I
Jewelry and Metalsmithing II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
Select two of the following:
Aqueous Media I
Aqueous Media II
ART (3xxx-4xxx course in content area)
ARTH 2122Art History Suvery II3
Art History (ARTH) Electives 6
Studio and/or Art History and Criticism Electives 16-18
Guided Electives or Minor 26-18
Foreign Language (two courses in sequence)6
Preparation/Capstone Courses3
Professional Preparation
Senior Exhibition Seminar
Senior Portfolio Presentation
Total hours required for the degree120

Students pursing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art should refer to the “Specific Requirements for the Degree...” information listed for the College of Arts and Sciences and the information related to declaring a minor in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.