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BA in Art

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Art prepares adults for career change or advancement, or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program focuses on the fundamental elements and principles of art, explores the techniques of various art media and creates an awareness of the value of art by presenting the proper historical and cultural background.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in art.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of art, including classical and folk art traditions throughout the world
  • Compare and contrast various techniques of artistic expression, including painting, sculpture and new media
  • Analyze and interpret works of art and communicate effectively about art in writing and in speech

BA in Art Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Art 33
A. Required Courses 15
  • Art History Survey I & II
At least one courses in each of the following is required:  
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Art Electives* 15
Studio Art Electives:
  • Advanced Color
  • Advanced Drawing/Painting
  • Advertising Design (Required to be taught from an art department)
  • Ceramics
  • Computer Graphics/ Computer Illustration
    (Required to be taught from an art department)
  • Desktop Publishing (Required to be taught from an art department)
  • Electronic Layout (Required to be taught from an art department)
  • Figure Drawing/Painting
  • Graphics (Required to be taught from an art department)
  • Landscape Painting/Drawing
  • Major Studio Project
  • Metalwork (e.g., Jewelry; Enameling)
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Portrait Painting
  • Printmaking / Woodcut / Lithography / Etching / Engraving / Silkscreen / Sculpture (in various media)
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Watercolor
  • Weaving
Art History Electives:
  • Art Criticism: 1800 to the Present
  • Art History of Specific Period/Century/Locale
  • Calligraphy/Lettering/Typography (e.g., Renaissance; l9th Century; Japan)
  • Celtic and Early Irish Art
  • Cubism and Abstract Art
  • Myth and Legend in Art
  • Native Arts of North America
  • The Age of Giotto
  • The History of Modern Crafts and Design
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This is a guide. Other Art courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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