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Visual Arts Major

The following is an overview of courses associated with our visual arts major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Visual Art Major Core Courses

  • ART 101 Image and Culture
  • ART 105 Drawing Skills Lab
  • ART 107 Visual Foundations
  • ART 108 Introduction to Graphic Design 
  • ART 205 Portrait Sculpture: Fundamental
  • ART 221 Sculpture: Fundamental
  • ART 231 Printmaking: Fundamental
  • ART 240 History of World Art I
  • ART 241 History of World Art II
  • ART 242 Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • ART 245 Figure Drawing: Fundamental
  • ART 251 Painting: Fundamental
  • ART 271 Biological Illustration: Fundamental

Visual Arts Concentrations

All visual arts majors must select at least one of two visual arts concentrations, as listed below.

Biological Illustration Concentration

Biological illustration is a concentration offered jointly by the Visual Arts Department and biology program. The focus of this program is the specific application of visual/artistic skills towards biological/medical/scientific ends. You are trained to draw realistically and accurately as well as to master a variety of commercial design skills involving the reproduction of graphic materials. These skills, along with biological course work, will prepare you to enter graduate programs leading to a master’s degree in biological/medical/scientific illustration. This highly specialized field of study leads to a rewarding career combining art and biology.

Biological Illustration Concentration Core Courses

  • ART 345 Figure Drawing: Intermediate
  • ART 371 Biological Illustration: Intermediate
  • ART 471 Biological Illustration: Advanced

Recommended Electives:

  • BIO 102 Biological Science
  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 202 Comparative Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 307 Physiology

Studio Arts Concentration

The studio arts concentration is geared toward those who wish to express themselves through visual arts and aspire to build a career through their studio endeavors. This concentration also serves as a foundation for those wishing to attend a master of fine arts graduate program in a specific studio focus with the possible intention of teaching at the college level. All students interested in the studio arts concentration must successfully complete the following courses.

Studio Arts Concentration Core Courses

  • ART 200 Ceramics: Fundamental
  • ART Studio Advanced Level Studio (300–400 level classes in painting, sculpture, graphics, or ceramics; students may choose any combination of upper division courses)
  • ART 490 Advanced Independent Work

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