The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. Our goal is to train and graduate students who are empowered artists, focused on excellence in creative activity, learning, teaching, and who are essential to the continued development of our vibrant culture. The department also maintains the Kimura Gallery and the Arc Gallery that provide opportunities for campus and community members to see the exhibitions of international, national, and local artists. Students are encouraged to engage directly with art in these exhibitions through talks by the artists, curators, and art faculty.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Some courses do not apply to the degree program.
- Some courses may be taken for repeat credit.
- Many Art courses require completion of certain prerequisite Art courses. Non-Art majors who wish to enroll in an Art class without first having completed the recommended prerequisites are free to do so with instructor permission, but may find the classroom experience difficult or unrewarding.
- Obtain pre-registration approval from Art faculty for upper-division Art coursework undertaken each semester.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- A maximum of 60 credits in ART may be applied toward the degree.
- Complete the following major requirements:
|History of Western Art I|
|History of Western Art II|
|Choose one two-dimensional course, one three-dimensional course, and one course from either list:||9|
|Beginning Graphic Design|
|Beginning Handbuilt Ceramics|
|Beginning Wheelthrown Ceramics|
|Beginning Alaska Native Art|
|Upper-Division Studio Art|
|Complete a total of 15 credits from the studio areas listed below, with a minimum of 9 credits from any one area:||15|
Alaska Native Art
|Upper-Division Art History|
|Complete 6 credits from the following:||6|
|History of Modern Art|
|History of Contemporary Art|
|Italian Renaissance Art|
|History of Photography|
|Art History Seminar|
|ART A203||Introduction to Art Education||3|
|ART A491||Senior Seminar||3|
|Upper-division general electives 1||12|
At least 6 of the 12 elective credits must have a prefix other than ART.
A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 39 credits must be upper-division.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art will:
- Understand the multiple ways in which creative thinking may be applied to a variety of intellectual, social, and professional circumstances
- Possess a broad knowledge of contemporary and historical contexts in the visual arts
- Utilize critical thinking, writing, and research skills leading to creative problem solving
- Apply techniques, composition, and materials to express ideas through a variety of media