Throughout history, art has been a fundamental language of the human spirit. Visual arts express human experience through an ever-widening range of media and materials, some of which include: oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, clay, plaster, steel, bronze, wood, copper, litho stones, and computers. Visual artists create abstract works and images of objects, people, nature, topography, and events. The Department of Art and Art History offers several options of study. The B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree in studio art and the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree in art history, art education, or studio art are all professional degrees, leading to related art careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Fundamental knowledge and mastery of media and processes necessary to communicate meaning in a work of art.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about their own art and the art of others.
  • Knowledge about contemporary art and motivation to view and discuss current local, regional, and national exhibitions. Students well versed on contemporary art would:
    1. regularly read reviews of exhibitions in local and national newspapers;
    2. regularly read art periodicals;
    3. attend multiple exhibitions; and
    4. be knowledgeable about contemporary artists in their discipline (i.e., nationally known painters, sculptors, etc.).

Potential Occupations

Art graduates possess a number of transferable communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills, and as a result find positions in academia, in addition to roles as freelance artists, graphic designers, art educators, art historians, studio fine artists and as “creatives” in government and industry. Many employers appreciate art majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Participation in internships, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

Depending on student interests, the electives taken, or the concentration selected, available career choices include, but are not limited to: art appraiser, art director, art therapist, exhibit designer, art critic, jeweler, gallery director, graphic design artist, free lance artist, sculptor, woodworker, welder, foundry worker, studio photographer, technical illustrator, painter, textile designer, weaver, art educator, art historian, art curator, art librarian, art museum educator, web page designer, photo lab technician, art restorer, and master printer.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. degree is a professional program for careers in studio art. Students have an opportunity to concentrate in one of ten studio fields: Drawing, Electronic Art, Graphic Design, Fibers, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photo Image Making, Pottery, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The curriculum progression in the department is similar within the concentrations and some concentrations may have restrictions. Freshmen study foundation courses in the fine arts, which include drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history. Sophomores explore various concentration courses and become familiar with the studio practices for the concentration studios housed in separate wings that feature large, well-equipped studio spaces designed for exploration of work in a specific media. Juniors and seniors focus on advanced topics in their chosen concentration by taking one upper-division course in their chosen field each semester.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Core Courses

Effective Spring 2016

A minimum grade of C (2.000) must be achieved in each upper-division art course in the student's concentration. The minimum scholastic average acceptable for graduation is 2.000 computed only for courses attempted at CSU.

In addition to the following, students must complete a concentration in this major.

ART 105Issues and Practices in Art 1
ART 110Art History I 3
ART 111Art History II 3
ART 135Introduction to Drawing 3
ART 136Introduction to Figure Drawing 3
ART 160Two-Dimensional Visual Fundamentals 3
ART 170Three-Dimensional Visual Fundamentals 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Arts and Humanities13B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 31
ART 212Art History III 3
Select three courses from the following:2 9
Photo Image Making I  
Pottery I  
Metalsmithing and Jewelry I  
Fibers I  
Introduction to Graphic Design  
Introduction to Electronic Art  
Painting I  
Printmaking I-Intaglio and Relief  
Sculpture I  
ART 235Intermediate Drawing I 3
Upper-Division Art History34A,4B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 31
Concentration required course selection 8
Art Electives 4
Upper-Division Art History34A,4B3
Upper-Division Art Elective 4
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities13B3
Upper-Division Non-Art Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 31
Concentration required course selection4C8
Upper-Division Art Elective 4
Non-art electives4 15
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

Upper-Division Art History Courses3 

Code Title AUCC Credits
In order to complete category 4A and 4B of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC), at least three credits must be from the Upper-Division Art History list.
History of American Art to 1945 4A,4B
Art of Africa 4A,4B
History of Pre-Columbian Art 4A,4B
Women in Art History 4A,4B
United States Art 1945-1980 4A,4B
Art of the Pacific 4A,4B
Native North American Art 4A,4B
Greek Art 4A,4B
History of Medieval Art 4A,4B
History of Renaissance Art 4A,4B
History of Baroque and Rococo Art 4A,4B
History of 19th Century European Art 4A,4B
History of European Art, 1900 to 1945 4A,4B
Roman Art 4A,4B
Contemporary Artists and Art Critics 4A,4B

Select from the list of courses (other than ART 100) in category 3B in the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC). Only 3 of the 6 credits required for Arts and Humanities may come from intermediate (L*** 200 and L*** 201) foreign language courses.


Students in the Drawing Concentration may select any three courses from this list. Students in any other concentration must select the course appropriate to their concentration as one of the three courses (ART 256 for Electronic Art, ART 250 for Fibers, ART 255 for Graphic Design; ART 245 for Metalsmithing; ART 260 for Painting, ART 230 for Photo Image Making, ART 240 for Pottery, ART 265 for Printmaking, and ART 270 for Sculpture). 


Select six credits of upper-division art history. In order to complete category 4A and 4B of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC), at least three credits must be from the Upper-Division Art History list.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

In order to complete the degree, a student must also complete one of the following concentrations: drawing, electronic art, fibers, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photo image making, pottery, printmaking, or sculpture.