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Art

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art is designed to meet a variety of student needs through courses in art history, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, photography, and graphic design. Through the program's flexibility and rich variety, students are encouraged to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge in courses that can lead to graduate school or a variety of careers in visual art and graphic design. The degree is particularly well suited for those students interested in complementing an additional major and/or minor(s).

Studio Art Option

The Studio Art option introduces and fosters the individual development of six major areas of study: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, and Ceramics. Throughout introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses, a balance of theoretical and technical knowledge is emphasized. The Studio Art option is designed to enable each student to focus on one of these areas.

Graphic Design Option

Graphic designers transform communication concepts into visual language using images and typography. The Graphic Design option provides students with a foundation in the theory and practice of graphic design. Graduates from the Graphic Design option are prepared for design-related careers such as web design, advertising, illustration, publishing, animation, and more.

Admissions Criteria

All students can be admitted directly into the Bachelor of Arts program in Studio Art or Graphic Design by indicating their intention upon acceptance to Keene State College. All B.F.A. applications in Studio Art, Graphic Design or Art & Design must first be declared into the B.A. program.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

While the Bachelor of Arts is a strong liberal arts degree that can accommodate a minor or double major, students looking for a more professionally-oriented program or who have interest in graduate school in the visual arts should consider the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Art and Design Department Fellowships

The Art and Design Department offers five fellowships for outstanding junior and senior Art majors. The stipend is for one academic year and requires some service to the Art and Design Department on a weekly basis. The application process is conducted annually during the spring semester.

Use and Return of Student Artwork

Due to space limitations, 2-D student artwork left behind will be held for one semester and then disposed of; 3-D student artwork must be removed at the end of the semester in which it was completed or it will be disposed of (unless arrangements have been made between the individual instructor and the student).

Language Requirement

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

52 credits – Studio Art Option
52 credits – Graphic Design Option

An Art major must select one of the following options:

Graphic Design Option

52 credits

Foundation Core

12 credits

  • ART 101 Foundation Experience or IAART 100 Foundations of Design
  • IAART 110 Introduction to Art History
  • ART 125 Drawing I or IAART 120

100-level course

8 credits

  • IAART 105 Graphic Design Process
  • ART 160 Typographic Form & Function

200-level courses

12 credits

  • ART 253 Digital Imaging
  • ART 260 Graphic Design Thinking
  • ART 264 Web Design

Art Studio 200-level

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 208 Ceramics I
  • ART 224 Photography I
  • ART 226 Painting I
  • ART 225 Drawing II
  • ART 244 Sculpture I

Art History Course 200-400 level

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 211 Ancient Art
  • ART 212 Medieval Art
  • ART 213 Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives

300-level courses

8 credits

ART 361 Graphic Design History
ART 366 Motion Design I

400-level courses

4 credits

Intensive Graphic Design Studio
Select one of the following:

  • ART 464 Design for Mobile Media
  • ART 465 Graphic Design Topics
  • ART 466 Motion Design II

Studio Art Option

52 credits

Foundation Core

12 credits

  • ART 101 Foundation Experience or IAART 100 Foundations of Design
  • IAART 110 Introduction to Art History
  • ART 125 Drawing I or IAART 120

200-level courses

22 credits

  • ART 208 Ceramics I
  • ART 224 Photography I
  • ART 226 Painting I
  • ART 225 Drawing II
  • ART 244 Sculpture I
  • ART 295 Sophomore Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)

Art History Course

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 211 Ancient Art
  • ART 212 Medieval Art
  • ART 213 Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives

300-level courses

8 credits

ART 333 Printmaking I

Select one from the following:

  • ART 308 Ceramics II
  • ART 324 Photography II
  • ART 325 Drawing III
  • ART 326 Painting II
  • ART 334 Printmaking II
  • ART 344 Sculpture II

400-level courses

6 credits

ART 495 Senior Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)

Select one from the following:

  • ART 408 Ceramics III
  • ART 424 Photography III
  • ART 426 Painting III
  • ART 434 Printmaking III
  • ART 444 Sculpture III
  • ART 490 Advanced Studio Topics

Electives

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

It is recommended that students in the B.A. program in Studio Art take additional studio art courses at the 300- and 400-level as well as additional Art History courses.

Students in the Graphic Design B.A. option are encouraged to take additional 200- and 300-level Studio Art courses. Students who plan to apply to graduate programs in the visual arts should consider the B.F.A. program.

Degree Requirements

120 credits