Prior to selecting an art major, students should consult with their advisor and the chair of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is appropriate for students who are primarily seeking a post-BA career in commercial photography, design arts or graphic design. It is also appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate studies in these areas to consider a second major in art history or fine arts. This major is required for students who intend to pursue the special program in visual communication.

Please note that ARTZ 111 Foundations of Studio and Design is offered in the fall semester only. ARTZ 496 Apex Studio is to be taken in the spring semester of the year the student graduates.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

  • Foundations of Studio Design
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design I
  • Praxis Studio
  • Apex Studio

Choose one of the following:

  • Photography I
  • Digital Photography I

Choose one of the following (3 hours):

  • History of Art & Architecture I
  • History of Art & Architecture II
  • History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art

Choose five of the following electives (15 hours):

Three must be 300 level or above; only one can be an art history course.

  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • History of Photography
  • The Printed Book as Art and Artifact, 1450 to 1850
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Design II
  • Publication Design
  • Concept and Design
  • Posters: A Shout to the Eye
  • Photography II
  • Alternative Photographic Processes
  • Commercial Photography
  • Digital Photography II
  • Field Studies: Design and Fine Art
  • Advanced Studio
  • Selected Topics
  • Internship
  • Multimedia Production I
  • Web Communication

Courses used as electives for one art or art history major or minor may not also satisfy requirements for another art or art history major or minor.

Only one advanced studio in each medium can count toward a major. When a student has taken all the advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402) in a studio area, no more advanced studios can be taken in that area. Advanced studios cannot be used as electives in any minor offered by the department of art and art history.

Students are required to complete a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework’ form to enroll in advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402), Portfolio (ARTZ 395), or ARTZ 496 Apex Studio

Program taught in:
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