Fine Arts Major

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers three majors in the art and art history program.  Students in that program can major in art history, fine arts, or graphic and digital design.

The fine arts major is for students who:

  • Wish to pursue a general major in fine arts;
  • 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
  • Plan to seek admittance into a graduate program in fine arts, in which additional Advanced Studio coursework and a second major in art history or design arts is highly recommended.

Choose Your Passion

Students in the fine arts program focus their coursework on one of six areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing

  • Fibers
  • Painting

  • Photography
  • Sculpture

The Fine Arts major requires 36 credit hours of coursework.

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.

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).