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Art + Design

About the B.A. in Art + Design

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design allows students to explore an alternative and/or broader approach to Art & Design Studies. Taking advantage of this curriculum allows students to cross disciplines and techniques from the entire department. This degree requires fewer credit hours than the BFA degrees and allows for a more tailored educational experience. Students may investigate a broader range of interests or focus in one area at a slightly quicker pace.

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For Orientation

On Campus Freshmen Students

If you are attending New Student Orientation as a freshman you do not need to bring a portfolio.  We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshmen.  All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.

On Campus Transfer Students

Students should expect to see the results of applying to transfer course credit in the following classes no later than 4 weeks after transcripts have been evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation:

  • • Art History II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design & 3-D Design (unless course is otherwise named, then clarification of course content may be needed)

Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in the following disciplines should plan to bring a portfolio, as well as syllabi and course descriptions for those transfer classes.  In addition, you may want to bring an additional copy of your transcripts: 

  • • Graphic Design
  • • Advertising Art Direction
  • • Illustration
  • • Interior Architecture
  • • Fine Art
  • • Product Design

Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in Art History should plan to bring course descriptions and syllabi for those courses.

2nd BA students who took art and design classes as part of their undergraduate degree should bring a copy of their transcripts along with a portfolio of their work.

We regret that we are unable to register any transfer student for upper level courses without a portfolio review.

For more information regarding our transfer credit policies please visit:
Art + Design Transfer Credit Policies

Distance Freshmen Students

We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshmen.  All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.

For information regarding registration and major specific class selection please refer to your Orientation Guide.

Distance Transfer Students

Students should expect to see the results of applying to transfer course credit in the following classes:

  • • Art History II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design & 3-D Design(unless course is otherwise named, then clarification of course content may be needed)

For more information regarding our transfer credit policies please visit:
Art + Design Transfer Credit Policies


Recommended First-Semester Classes

We recommend you try and take 2-3 of the following classes in your first semester as an Art + Design major:

  • • 22-1102 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • OR 22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture

  • • 22-1220 Fundamentals of 2D Design
  • OR 22-1230 Fundamentals of 3D Design 

  • • 22-1210 Drawing I 
  • • 23-1111 Foundations of Photography

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