Within Ball State’s outstanding facilities, you will find a range of studio and academic opportunities aimed at developing professional artists. The School of Art is united by a commitment to promote craft, advance technical skills, and mature scholarship, and provide a strong foundation for teaching studio arts.

In the School of Art, you can choose from 12 artistic specializations. Each of these areas offers a challenging and rewarding experience working with both traditional and contemporary art forms, experienced and dedicated faculty, and new and spacious facilities.

Undergraduate

You can choose from 12 artistic specializations, with a wide range of studio specializations as well as art history and art education.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Types of Degrees

As an undergraduate art student, you can earn a bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA), or bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Graduate students may earn a master of fine arts (MFA) degree.

Each of these degrees have different requirements with their own benefits and limitations.

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires 49 credits of School of Art courses from foundations through art history.

  • This degree does not require an entrance portfolio.
  • This degree does require a senior thesis or senior project for graduation.
  • Students earning a bachelor of arts may not choose animation or visual communication as an emphasis.
  • This degree program requires two years (or the equivalent) of study in one foreign language, normally courses through the 202 level.

Art students who fulfill the grade requirements at the end of their first year meet with the primary School of Art advisor to select an area of specialization. BA students are assigned an advisor within their specialization on completing 30 credits of course work. Students in the BA in studio art program are required to meet with their advisor to declare a single area of studio emphasis.

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The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires 49 credits of School of Art courses, 30 of which will be in art history.

  • This degree does not require an entrance portfolio.
  • This degree does require a senior thesis for graduation.
  • Students earning a BA may not take animation or visual communication courses as electives.

BA students are assigned an advisor within the art history area on completing 30 credits of course work. Students in the BA in Studio Art program are required to meet with their advisor to declare a single area of studio emphasis.

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You may earn the bachelor of science (BS) degree within the visual arts education major. The BS requires 68 credits of art studio, art history, art education, and general education courses.

  • This degree requires completion of the student teaching capstone experience for graduation.
  • Students in this degree must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA at the university and a 3.0 GPA in all education and art education courses.
  • Students earn a K-12 license in visual arts education (all grade license).
  • Students are required to pass the CASA exam by the end of the freshman year and the Pearson Pedagogy and Art Content exams in the senior year. (Students with a combined SAT score in reading and mathematics of 1100 can receive a waiver for the CASA exam.)

We assign freshman BS students with an advisor in the art education area. Students are required to meet with their advisor to develop a plan of study as soon as possible after starting their first semester.

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Bachelor of Arts Option

You can choose to earn a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in visual arts education by adding 12 credits of foreign language onto the requirements of the regular BS degree. If you’re interested in this option, meet with your advisor for more information.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) is the primary degree earned by students wanting to study studio art. The BFA requires 85 credits of art courses with an emphasis in studio art. This degree requires:

  • an entrance portfolio, which must be accepted by the School of Art Admissions Committee
  • completion of a senior thesis, senior project, and/or an exit portfolio evaluation for graduation
  • students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all art core 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. Students are assigned an advisor within their specialization upon completing 30 credits of course work. Some areas, such as visual communication and animation, require students to undergo an additional portfolio review after successful completion of the foundation core in order to take courses in those areas.

The School of Art offers the MFA with an emphasis in animation and an emphasis in glass.

MFA students complete 60 credits comprising 33 credits of core requirements, 9 credits of studio electives, and 18 hours in a single studio emphasis area.

The degree can be completed in six semesters.