The Department of Art offers the bachelor of fine arts and the bachelor of science in studio art, the bachelor
of arts in art history, and the bachelor of science in art education. Candidates for any of these degrees must
successfully complete the University requirement of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit, including General
Education course work, as well as the requirements for the departmental major. Candidates for the bachelor of
arts in art history must also complete two years, or the equivalent, of a foreign language.
The bachelor of science in art education prepares students to become licensed as teachers of the visual arts.
The 52-hour program provides for licensure to teach kindergarten-12 and to supervise art programs at these
levels. Students should be thoroughly familiar with the teaching curriculum and the requirements for admission
to the Teacher Education Program, which are detailed in the School of Education and the Department of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Media Technology sections in this Catalog. All art education majors must obtain a grade of C or
better in the core classes to advance in the teacher certification program.
In the studio art degree programs, areas of emphasis include: 2-D, 3-D, Graphic Design, Art Education, and Art
History. Course work in art history, theory, and criticism are major components of these degree programs, which
encourages students to think and speak about the visual arts in an articulate and informed way. Drawing is a
vital part of all studio degrees, providing students with basic perceptual and technical skills.
The graduate programs of the Department of Art are designed to prepare students for professional practice in
the art disciplines served by their respective creative fields.
The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) and the master of arts (M.A.) degrees are recognized and accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design and by the College Art Association of America.
Candidates for the M.F.A. degree must successfully complete 60 hours of major and departmental requirements,
including the culminating experiencewhich is a public presentation of an extensive body of artwork, constituting
a cohesive visual statement. Theoretical documentation in the form of a creative research paper that addresses
primary topics of concern in the exhibited work must accompany the visual exhibition.
Candidates for the M.A. degree must successfully complete 32 hours of major and departmental requirements,
including a culminating experience that may be either a research paper, creative presentation, or final visual
In the degree programs, areas of emphasis include: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography,
printmaking, sculpture, and sculpture--wood/studio furniture.