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.
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 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
52 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.