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Degrees Offered

 

Undergraduate

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 120 credits of credit, including Foundations 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 57-credit-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 the University 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, and Intermedia Studio, 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.

Graduate

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 (NASAD) and by the College Art Association (CAA).

Candidates for the M.F.A. degree must successfully complete 60 hours of major and departmental requirements, including the culminating experience which 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 project.

In the degree programs, areas of emphasis include: ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and sculpture.