Department of Art

First-Year Foundation Program

All undergraduate art majors are admitted to a common first-year program of study in the School of Art. Required courses introduce theory and skills pertinent to all disciplines, along with discipline-specific issues.
Students specializing in any art program must have received grades of C or higher in all foundation core courses (ADS 101, 102; AFA 101, 202) before enrolling in advanced level courses.
Art students who meet the grade requirements at the end of their first year may select an area of specialization for their second through fourth years of study. Specializations involve a three-year sequence of courses beyond the first-year core.
Some areas, such as visual communication and animation, require students to undergo an additional review after successful completion of the foundation core.
Students wanting to pursue a teaching major in visual arts education must meet all teacher certification and GPA requirements in the first year.
Learn more about our specialization areas, degree options, and degree requirements on our program areas page.
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