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 34. 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 Studio Requirements 22
Students are encouraged to take these classes their freshman and sophomore year.
Drawing I
Contemporary Art Studio
Introductory Studio Requirements3
Select 3:
Art, Design and Digital Culture **
Video I **
Introduction to Photography
Digital Photography
Mixed Media Animation
Sculpture I
Intro to Clay
Figure Drawing I
Painting I
Introduction to Printmaking
Art History Requirements3
Select one introductory level art history course, such as:
World Art before 1400
The Artist in History,1400-Now
Architect and History
Undergraduate Methods Seminar
Select two:
ARTH from the 2000-level or above, OR
*ARTH 2940 is highly recommended
The Chinese Body and Spatial Consumption in Chinatown
Public Art and Issues of Spatial Production
Mystics & Visionaries: Arts and Other Ways of Knowing
Is This Really Happening? Performance and Contemporary Political Horizons
Language of Design
Contemporary Theories of Design
Futures for All: Reimagining social equality through art and technology
Feminist Technoscience: Art, Technology, & Gender
Fine Arts Seminar Requirements 22
Fine Arts Senior Seminar Project (Fall)
Fine Arts Senior Seminar Project (Spring)
Art and Design Electives 44
Select any combination of four FNAR and DSGN courses to fulfill this requirement 5
Total Course Units34

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.


Art and Design Electives can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met.


Fine Arts and Design courses can be found on the department website.


 Fulfills Sector.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.