Departments & Programs

Fine Arts

Major in Studio Art—B.A.

The B.A. Major in Studio Art enables students to see, formulate, and articulate visual concepts through the manipulation of forms and materials. Its basic aim is to develop their awareness of visual expression within the humanist tradition. Creative activity in Studio Art and scholarship in History of Art are enriched by the sophisticated dynamics of learning in a liberal arts context and are challenged by the rigor of knowledge generation in a leading-edge research university.

Required Courses

Students must complete at least 39 credit hours in studio and at least 12 credit hours in art history, including the following:

  1. F100, F101, and F102 (9 cr.).
  2. S200 (3 cr.).
  3. Three additional studio courses at the 200 level, including at least one course in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines. (Note: The two-dimensional studio disciplines are graphic design, painting and drawing, photography, digital art, and printmaking. The three-dimensional disciplines are ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing and jewelry design, and sculpture.)
  4. 18 additional credit hours in studio at the 300–400 level, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines, with at least 3 credit hours (one course) at the 400 level.
  5. A102, and one of the following: A101, A155, and A160.
  6. Two courses in art history: one course at the 200–400 level and one course at the 300–400 level.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Residence Requirement

At least 20 credit hours of studio and 6 credit hours of art history must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus.

Transferred Credit

All art history and studio courses transferred from another institution or campus must be evaluated by an appropriate faculty member in the School of Fine Arts before they may be applied toward a major in fine arts. See Transferred Credit Review.

Limit on Fine Arts Credit Hours

A maximum of 63 credit hours of fine arts will count toward the 120 credit hours required for the B.A. degree.