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Art & Design

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts, Education, and Culture

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art & Design is designed to meet a variety of student needs through courses in art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. 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 the visual arts and graphic design. The degree is particularly well suited for those students interested in complementing an additional major and/or minor(s). Students interested in the Arts Management option must declare a B.A. in either the Studio or Graphic Design Option.

Studio Art Option

The Studio Art option introduces and fosters the individual development of seven major areas of study: art history, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. 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.

Arts Management Specialization

The Arts Management Specialization provides students with the skills necessary to provide quality leadership in the business aspects of arts organizations. Utilizing an interdisciplinary curricular approach students gain a broad perspective, discipline specific knowledge, and practical hands-on experience in arts management. Students interested in the Arts Management option must declare a B.A in either the Studio or Graphic Design Option.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

While the Bachelor of Arts is a strong liberal arts degree that can accommodate a double major and one or more minors, 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 majors. The stipend is for one academic year and requires some service to the Art & 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, student artwork left behind will be disposed of at the end of the semester in which it was completed (unless arrangements have been made between the individual instructor and the student).

Admissions Criteria

All students can be admitted directly into the Bachelor of Arts program in either the Studio Art or Graphic Design option by indicating their intention upon acceptance to Keene State College. Otherwise, students are asked to declare their major in Art & Design preferably by the first semester of the sophomore year to ensure timely completion of degree requirements.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

52 credits – Graphic Design Option
56 credits – Studio Art Option
Additional 28 credits - Arts Management Specialization

An Art & Design major (B.A. degree) 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 Drawing I

100-level course

8 credits

IAART 105 Graphic Design Process or ART 106 Graphic Design Foundation
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

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 211 Topics in Ancient Art
  • ART 213 Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 312 Topics in Medieval Art
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar

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

56 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 Drawing I

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 253 Digital Imaging

Art History Courses

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 211 Topics in Ancient Art
  • ART 213 Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 312 Topics in Medieval Art
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar

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

8 credits

ART 495 Senior Studio/Exhibit Practice

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

Arts Management Specialization

28 credits

100-level courses

A grade of C or higher is required in MGT 140.

  • ISECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics¹
  • MGT 140 Quantitative Decision-Making¹

200-level courses

  • MGT 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business

300-level courses

  • IATAD 372 Arts Management: Organizations and Entrepreneurship¹
  • IATAD 374 Arts Management: Marketing, Development, and Communication¹
  • IATAD 375 Arts Management: The Regional Creative Economy¹
  • ART 497 Graphic Design/Studio Internship

¹ Indicates courses potentially eligible to satisfy Integrative Studies requirements.

Electives

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

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

Students in the Graphic Design option are encouraged to take additional 200- and 300-level Studio Art and Graphic Design courses.

Degree Requirements

120 credits