Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all visual arts courses. For one possible breakdown of the visual arts major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Visual Arts 45
      VA 111. Drawing I
      VA 211. Drawing II
      VA 121. Painting I: Introduction
      VA 221. Painting II: Intermediate
      VA 131. Sculpture I
      VA 231. Sculpture II
      VA 161. Two-Dimensional Design Studio
      VA 162. Three-Dimensional Design Studio
      VA 411. Senior Seminar/Exhibition
      Visual arts electives
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
9
 Art History  9
      ARTH 101. Survey of Western Art 1 (formerly VA 201)
      ARTH 102. Survey of Western Art I (formerly VA 202)
      ARTH 322. Contemporary Issues in Art (formerly VA 301)
3
3
3
 Foreign Language 3
     One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 37
     
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

 General Electives 35
   
 Total 120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Note: Upon completion of two semesters as a visual arts major, a portfolio review will take place with the student and the visual arts faculty to determine the student’s ability to complete the visual arts program.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

Changes in the sequence of the program listed below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
VA 111 3 VA 211 3
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
FS/THEO 101 3 Foreign Language 202* 3
VA 161 3 VA 162 3
    General Education Requirement 3
Total 14 Total 16
Note: Upon completion of two semesters as a visual arts major, a portfolio
review will take place with the student and the visual arts faculty to determine
the student's ability to complete the visual arts program.
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ARTH 101  3 ARTH 102  3
VA 121 or VA 131 3 VA 221 or VA 231 3
Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Gen. Ed (Quantitative Literacy) 3 General Electives 6
General Elective 3  
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ARTH 322  3 Visual Arts Elective 3
VA 121 or VA 131 3 VA 221 or VA 231 3
Visual Arts Elective 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 General Electives 6
General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
VA 411 3 Visual Arts Elective 3
Visual Arts Elective 3 General Electives 6
Gen. Ed. Requirement 4 Visual Arts Elective 6
General Electives 5
Total 15 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Visual Arts

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in visual arts. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all visual arts courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.