Art (B.A.)

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Art must complete a minimum of 120 credits including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements and a minimum of forty-eight credits in art courses, including the Course Requirements Sections A, B, and C as cited below. No grade lower than a 'C-' in a major course may be applied toward the completion of the degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

48 credits total – courses in sections A, B, and C

Section A
ACO 1200Surface Studio3
ACO 1230Space Studio3
ACO 1270Time Studio3
ADR 1050Drawing I3
Section B
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval
Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern
Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa
Section C
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
ADR 2070Beginning Life Drawing3
APA 2000Oil Painting I3
ASL 2150Beginning Sculpture3
APH 2400Introduction to Photography3
or APR 2300 Printmaking
Two Art History electives (AH 3000-level or above)6
PHI 3700Philosophy of Art3
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics and Pottery Design I
Beginning Weaving
Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Total Credits48

Art Honors Curriculum (B.F.A. and B.A. Programs)

(15 Credits required)

Honors Option
Select two of the following:6
Beginning Ceramics
Fashion Design: Basic Construction
Clothing and Culture
Beginning Weaving
Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Oil Painting I
Oil Painting II
Oil Painting III
Introduction to Photography
Beginning Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture
Required Courses
Honors option of an advanced studio elective3
Honors project in Studio Art, Directed Project course (e.g. ADR 5800)3
One honors seminar from among HON 4200 through HON 42803
Total Credits15