Jun 01, 2020  
2017-2019 Academic Catalog 
2017-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts, B.A.


The mission of the Visual Arts Program is to prepare our students for rewarding careers in the visual arts through a dynamic visual arts curriculum and a comprehensive liberal arts education. The Visual Arts program provides individualized studio-arts training for the student who plans on becoming a practicing studio artist, curator, designer, photographer, art historian, or teacher. The program also prepares students to enter graduate programs in studio art, art history, museum studies, or art therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in major aspects, techniques and directions in chosen medium or media.
  • Analyze works of art perceptively and valuate them critically by using a comprehensive knowledge of the history of art.
  • Achieve highest level of technical ability in chosen media and its expressive possibilities.
  • Exhibit and promote evidence of development of studio-art practices within the facilities of the art gallery and to have their artwork critiqued and discussed.


  • Art Gallery
  • The Dillard Review (a journal of arts and letters)

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

Complete a total of 122 credit hours of coursework for graduation.

General Education Core - 41 credit hours
Major Requirements - 54 credit hours
Additional Coursework - 27 credit hours

Additional Coursework

Includes minor in another discipline.

Visual Arts Curriculum

First Year

Second Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Total: 15

Third Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

Fourth Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 12

Total Required Hours: 122

* Service Learning: Students will earn a total of 30 service learning hours after successful completion of FYS 101  & FYS 102 .

** Community Service: Students must contact the Office of Student Affairs for pre-approved community service project to earn a total of 90 hours of community service by the end of their junior year.

*** Writing Proficiency Examination: Students must complete ENG 111  and ENG 112  with a minimum grade of ‘C’ to register for ENG 199 - Writing Proficiency Examination . Students who fail to take or do not pass ENG 199  must take ENG 200 - Review of Writing Strategies  (3 credit hours).