Fine Arts, BA

The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program combines studio practices, seminar courses, and interactions with visiting artists and professionals to provide an open intellectual framework in order to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research and learning. The Fine Arts Department offers a diverse range of studio courses in the areas of animation and 3D modeling, ceramics, design, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. The dynamic curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to thoroughly examine contemporary art, creative research, interactive design, and public art through seminar-based instruction.

A goal of the Undergraduate Fine Arts program is to facilitate an environment where the potentialities of art are considered in relation to the real life conditions of our students. Encouraged to test themselves against the rigors of divergent artistic approaches and their histories, our students develop a more complex set of skills to creatively and critically negotiate the turbulent shifts taking place globally in terms of human experiences.

The Fine Arts major is available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, and the minor is available for undergraduate students across the university. The Fine Arts program works in conjunction with three interdisciplinary degree programs in Cinema Studies, Digital Media Design, and Visual Studies.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirements 2
FNAR 123Drawing I1
FNAR 145Sculpture Practices1
FNAR 150Photography Practices1
FNAR 231Painting Practices1
FNAR 264Art, Design and Digital Culture1
Senior Seminar Project 3
FNAR 488Senior Seminar and Project (Fall Semester)1
FNAR 489Senior Seminar Project (Spring Semester)1
Art History Requirement
Select 3 course units of Art History courses3
Studio Electives
Select 6 course units of Fine Arts Studio Electives 46
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Core studio requirements may be taken as early as freshman year and in any order as long as prerequisites are met.


Majors must take the Senior Seminar Project in consecutive semesters of their senior year.


Studio electives can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.