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.
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.
Entrance into the Art major is highly competitive. It is anticipated that most students who enter the B.A. degree or the more intensive Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) will do so directly from high school and will submit a portfolio of work before they begin classes at Keene State College. All B.F.A. applications must first be accepted into the B.A. program.
To become a B.A. or B.F.A. Art major in the Studio Art or Graphic Design options, a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces of art or design work must be submitted and accepted (see below). Upon acceptance, students will be assigned an Art faculty advisor and within their first year must officially declare their major. Due to the selective nature of the Art program, the number of available openings is limited. All students are accepted to the Art major through the portfolio approval process.
Applicants Already Enrolled at KSC
Students who are already enrolled at Keene State College with another major or who have not declared a major must also submit a portfolio to be accepted into the Art major. The portfolio for enrolled students must include work from a minimum of two Keene State College art courses. The portfolio acceptance process for enrolled students is conducted at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. It is highly recommended that enrolled students submit their portfolios by the beginning of their sophomore year at Keene State College.
Transfer students are also required to submit a portfolio to the Art Department as part of the application process. Based on a favorable assessment of their artwork produced at other accredited institutions, transfer students may request a waiver of some requirements.
- Ten to 15 pieces of original artwork, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, animation, video, and other media.
- Criteria used in evaluation include skill with design, drawing, materials, and creativity.
- The portfolio should include original artwork in digital format compatible with Macintosh operating system (jpeg or PDF preferred).
- Any discs submitted must be clearly labeled with your name and be numbered.
- A sheet numbered with each work's title, medium, dimensions, and level of completion (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior). If the work was completed independently, be sure to clearly state your concept.
- Please include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
- Please write a narrative of 300-400 words that includes the following information:
- Indicate your area of interest with regard to Graphic Design, Studio Art, or both, in relation to your career goals.
- List the number and description of all art courses taken on the high school or college level.
- List extracurricular activities and interests.
- Please send portfolio to:
Art Department Portfolio Review Committee
Art Department Office
Keene State College
229 Main St
Keene NH 03435-2405
- Application deadline is April 1.
Applicants submitting portfolios without all of the above information will be automatically placed on a waiting list while all other portfolios are reviewed. After this time, if there are any remaining openings, incomplete portfolios will then be considered. All applicants will be accepted, refused, or put on a wait list by May 1.
Graphic Design Transfer Students
Graphic Design transfer students must have taken IAART 105, ART 160, and ART 264 to apply to the B.A. Graphic Design degree. IAART 105 and/or ART 264 may be substituted for equivalent courses from an accredited institution; however, ART 160 and ART 260 must be taken at Keene State College.
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 Department Fellowships
The Art 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 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).
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
48 credits – Studio Art Option
52 credits – Graphic Design Option
An Art major must select one of the following options:
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.