College of Communication and the Arts

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

The study of art within the department provides a special avenue of liberal education for knowledge discovery and cultural engagement, creative skills that you can apply toward a range of career goals or going on to graduate study in art. If you’re interested in becoming a professional artist or a designer, you may apply to the special program in New Media Design Practices or to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program where you’ll intensify your study in your chosen studio areas.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Arts program in visual art provides the student with a solid foundation in art through introductory courses in drawing, design and the history of art, and it offers study three areas of studio art as well as advanced work in art history. The major components of the curriculum are:
Foundational Art Studies – 15 credit hours
Core Art Studies – 12 credit hours
Advanced Art Studies – 15 credit hours
Required Support courses (including BA Thesis Project) – 6 credit hours
Related Requirements & Art History – 18 credit hours
General Education Requirements – 58 credit hours
Total – 124 credit hours
Degree requirements checksheet

Student Learning Outcomes in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Art

1. Aesthetic abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to create artworks with an aesthetic order that expresses meaning and furthers cognitive growth.

2. Technique and the comprehension of a medium's potential: Students demonstrate skill and craft when using tools and art/design materials.

3. Presentation/career preparedness: Students conceptualize, plan, and prepare effective artistic projects in an exhibition, portfolio, and/or publication format.

4. Writing and communication skills: Students convey, interpret and summarize complex ideas effectively through written, oral, and visual rhetoric.

5. Research skills: Students demonstrate effective use of multiple global resources in the arts, humanities, and sciences for developing creative projects.

 

Bachelor of Arts in New Media Design Practices 

The Bachelor of New Media Design Practices (NMDP) program provides a unique degree track, incorporating the new media curriculum and adding externship and internship components to provide hands-on experiential and practice learning, in combination with the creative and theoretical new media course offerings of the department.
The major components of the curriculum are:
Foundational Art Studies – 15 credit hours
NMDP Core Studies – 12 credit hours
Advanced Art Studies – 12 credit hours
NMDP Courses (externship, etc.) – 11 credit hours
Technical Related Courses – 12 credit hours
Related Requirements & Art History – 18 credit hours
General Education Requirements – 49 credit hours
Total – 129 (124?) credit hours
Degree requirements checksheet 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media Design Practices 

NOTE: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in New Media Design Practices Degree Requirements Sheet will be posted soon. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes in the Bachelor of Arts in New Media Design Practices

1. Aesthetic abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to design graphic works that express their creative vision together with the communicative needs of clients.

2. Technique and the comprehension of a medium's potential: Students demonstrate skill and craft in using digital tools and for print, screen, and emerging media.

3.  Presentation/career preparedness: Students prepare a professional graphic design portfolio consisting of print, screen, and emerging media.

4.  Writing and communication skills: Students convey, interpret and summarize complex ideas effectively through written, oral, and visual rhetoric.

5.  Research skills: Students demonstrate effective use of multiple global resources in gathering information for the development of professional projects.

Last Updated: 3/23/15