Curriculum & Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Visual Arts

The major consists of eleven courses, which must include Visual Arts 1101 (150); two of three of the following courses: Visual Arts 1201 (170), 1401 (180), or 1601 (195); Visual Arts 3902 (395), and another 3000 level visual arts elective. Four additional additional visual arts electives must be taken, no more than one of which may be an independent study course. Two courses in art history are also required.

Requirements for the Minor in Visual Arts

The minor consists of six courses, which must include Visual Arts 1101 (150) and one of 1201 (170), 1401 (180), or 1601 (195). Three additional visual arts electives must be taken, no more than one of which may be an independent study course. One course in art history is also required. 

Courses that will count toward the major and minor must be taken on a graded basis (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

Visual arts courses without prerequisites are frequently oversubscribed; preference in enrollment is then given to first- and second-year students, as well as to juniors and seniors fulfilling requirements of the visual arts major or minor.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in an interdisciplinary program in art history and visual arts, as well as a coordinate major with environmental studies. Please see the sections on Interdisciplinary Majors and ES Coordinate Majors.

Visual Arts Major/Minor Checksheet

The PDF Worksheets below are intended to be filled out by the student prior to meeting with his/her advisor. The advisor will then verify the courses on the worksheet during the advising meeting.

Students: Please note that there are two different advising worksheets, depending on your graduation year. To ensure that you meet the requirments for graduation, please choose the worksheet specific to your graduation year, as the requirements for each may vary!

Worksheet for graduation years up to and including Class of 2016, click HERE.

Worksheet for graduation years of Class of 2017 and beyond, click HERE.

Up to Class of 2016Class 2017 and after