Schools, Departments & Programs

Fine Arts—Studio

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.


Students must complete at least 39 credit hours in studio and at least 12 credit hours in art history, including the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements and the following:

  1. Creative Core. Complete a–c below:
    1. SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
    2. SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color or  FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio—2D
    3. SOAD-A 111 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops (any topic)
  2. Fundamental Skills. Complete a–c below:
    1. FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio—Drawing
    2. FINA-F 101 Fundamental Studio—3D
    3. Two (2) additional courses selected from the following:
      • SOAD-A 111 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops (in addition to requirement 1c above)
      • Any studio course at the 200 level
  3. Advanced Studio. Complete 18 additional credit hours in studio courses at the 300--400 level, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines, with at least 3 credit hours at the 400 level.
  4. Art History. Complete a–d below:
    1. ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
    2. One (1) course selected from the following:
      • ARTH-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
      • ARTH-A 155 Introduction to African Art
      • ARTH-A 160 Introduction to East Asian Art
    3. One (1) ARTH course at the 200–400 level
    4. One (1) ARTH course at the 300–400 level in addition to 4c above
  5. Residency. At least 20 credit hours of studio and 6 credit hours of art history must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus.

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

Transferred Credit

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