Fine Arts Major

Prior to selecting a 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:

  1. Wish to pursue a general major in fine arts;
  2. Plan to complete a second major in education leading to certification to teach art at the elementary or secondary level, in which case students must consult with the school of education concerning the state requirements for the art education teaching certificate; or
  3. Plan to seek admittance into a graduate program in fine arts, in which case a second major in art history or design arts is highly recommended.

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

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

Core Courses (12 hours):
ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
ARTZ 123: Drawing
ARTZ 303: Praxis Studio
ARTZ 496: Apex Studio

Choose one of the following:
ARTH 151: History of Art & Architecture I
ARTH 152: History of Art & Architecture II

Choose one three-dimensional course from the following:
ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
ARTZ 250: Sculpture I

Choose one two-dimensional course from the following:
ARTZ 230: Painting I
ARTZ 260: Photography I
ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I

Choose one course from the following:
ARTZ 330: Painting II
ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
ARTZ 360: Photography II
ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II

Choose three courses from the following (only one can be an art history course):
ARCH 356 History of Modern Architecture
ARTH 350: Modern Art
ARTH 356: Contemporary Art
ARTH 360: History of Photography
ARTZ 200: Printmaking
ARTZ 205: Weaving
ARTZ 210: Graphic Design I
ARTZ 230: Painting I
ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
ARTZ 250: Sculpture I
ARTZ 260: Photography I
ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I
ARTZ 304: Praxis Studio
ARTZ 310: Graphic Design II
ARTZ 311: Publication Design
ARTZ 312: Illustration
ARTZ 313: Concept and Design
ARTZ 315: Posters: A Shout to the Eye
ARTZ 323: Figure Drawing
ARTZ 330: Painting II
ARTZ 331: Advanced Painting
ARTZ 332: Painting Practice and Theory
ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
ARTZ 341: Ceramic Mold-Making and Slip Casting
ARTZ 342: Ceramic Hand Building
ARTZ 343: Ceramic Wheel Throwing
ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
ARTZ 351: Contemporary Sculpture I
ARTZ 352: Contemporary Sculpture II
ARTZ 360: Photography II
ARTZ 361: Alternative Photographic Processes
ARTZ 364: Commercial Photography
ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II
ARTZ 374: The Art and Craft of Fine Woodworking
ARTZ 380: Field Studies: Design and Fine Art
ARTZ 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
ARTZ 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402: Advanced Studio (1-3 hrs)
ARTZ 403: Praxis Studio

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.