Bachelors (BA) in Art

The art major offers a 45- to 48-semester-hour course of study in which students concentrate in studio and/or commercial applications encompassing a wide variety of media. Graduates pursue careers in education, graphic design, communications, ministry and the visual arts. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

More information about the art major can be found on the art major admissions page.

Major Requirements

Art Core (18 hours)
ARTS 101 Basic Design 2-D 3
ARTS 102 Basic Design 3-D 3
ARTS 111 Drawing I 3
ARTS 112 Drawing II 3
ARTS 460 Art and Christ 3
ARTS 491 Senior Thesis I 1.5
ARTS 492 Senior Thesis II 1.5

Concentrations

Students must choose one of the following two concentrations:
Graphic Design (30 hours)
Required
ARTS 250 Graphic Design I: Foundations 3
ARTS 350 Graphic Design II: Typography 3
ARTS 360 Illustration 3
ARTS 370 Design Applications I: Photoshop/Illustrator 3
ARTS 383 History of Visual Communications 3
ARTS 450 Design Applications II: InDesign/Maya 3
ARTS 451 Packaging, Public Graphics and Signage 3
ARTS 452 Design Applications III: Flash/AfterEffects 3
ARTS 455 Portfolio Development 3
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia Production 3

Suggested Optional Electives
ARTS 201 Beginning Painting 3
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography 3
ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking 3
ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography 3
BUSN 110 Introduction to Business 3
MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 420 Marketing Communications 3
MKTG 450 Marketing Research and Decision Making 3
Studio Arts (27 hours)
Required
ARTS 216 Art History Survey to 1450 3
ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 3
ARTS 355 Topics in Art History 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
ARTS 382 Twentieth-Century Art 3
ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms 3

Electives
Students must choose 15 semester hours from the following courses (must include courses from three separate studio disciplines):
ARTS 201 Beginning Painting 3
ARTS 221 Beginning Sculpture 3
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography 3
ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking 3
ARTS 240 Beginning Mixed Media 3
ARTS 241 Beginning Ceramics 3
ARTS 245/345/455 Selected Studio Media 3
ARTS 250 Graphic Design I: Foundations 3
ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTS 310 Watercolor I 3
ARTS 311 Figure Drawing I 3
ARTS 321 Intermediate Sculpture 3
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography 3
ARTS 331 Intermediate Printmaking 3
ARTS 340 Intermediate Mixed Media 3
ARTS 341 Intermediate Ceramics 3
ARTS 350 Graphic Design II: Typography 3
ARTS 401 Advanced Painting 3
ARTS 410 Watercolor II 3
ARTS 411 Figure Drawing II 3
ARTS 421 Advanced Sculpture 3
ARTS 430 Advanced Photography 3
ARTS 431 Advanced Printmaking 3
ARTS 440 Advanced Mixed Media 3
ARTS 441 Advanced Ceramics 3
ARTS 455 Portfolio Development 3
PHIL 270 Philosophy of the Arts 3
THEA 125/325C Theatre Laboratory 1-3

Students must also choose one of the following options:
  1. Submit artworks for juried GFU Art Student Exhibition
  2. Present a portfolio for review and petition for an alternative exhibition venue.
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