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2D/3D Art Major/Minor

The art program curriculum at CMU meets the requirements for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers a variety of art courses that help students master artistic skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, or photography.


This art major consists of 57 semester hours arranged in consultation with a department advisor. Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.3 for all art courses counted toward the major. Students must complete ART 106, 119, and 125 before enrolling in any 300+ studio course. ART 117 is a pre-/corequisite to all 300+ studio courses, so must be taken prior to or during the same semester as the first 300+ stu​dio course. Students should seek advising assistance from the department upon arrival at the university and should select a major advisor in their freshman year.​ 
After the completion of 20 credit hours in ART, including ART 125, a digital portfolio must be submitted for faculty review. Enrollment in future ART classes is contingent on this submission. 

Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements for the art major or minor.
​ART 106​Intro to Drawing 3(0-6)
​ART 117​Intro to Contemporary Issues in Art 3(3-0)
​ART 119​Design Foundations 3(0-6)
​ART 125​Digital Design 3(0-6)
​ART 283​Intro to Western Art, Part I 3(3-0)​
​ART 285Intro to Western Art, P​art II 3(3-0)
You may choose to take ART 341, 363, and 366, but may only count one of these courses toward the Core III requirement.

Select from the following:​​
​ART 28​7​Fiber Structures and Weaving 3(0-6)​
​ART 319​Intro to Ceramics 3(2-3)
​ART 341​Intro to Figure Drawing 3(0-6)​​​
​ART 363​History of Design: 1750-2010 3(3-0)​
​ART 366​Contemporary Design Issues 3(3-0)
​ART 380​Greek Art and Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 381​Early Christian and Byzantine Art 3(3-0)
​ART 382/
WST 382
​Gender and Art 3(3-0)
​ART 383​Modern Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 385​European Art from 1890-1940 3(3-0)
​ART 386​American Art 3(3-0)
​ART 387​Baroque Art 3(3-0)
​ART 388​Eighteenth-Century Art 3(3-0)
​ART 389​Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt 3(3-0)
​ART 480​Roman Art and Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 481​Western Medieval Art 3(3-0)​
​ART 482​Italian Renaissance Art 3(3-0)
​ART 483​Nineteenth Century European Art 3(3-0)
​ART 485​Art After 1945 3(3-0)
​ART 486​Independent Study in Art History 1-6(Spec)
​ART 488​Northern Renaissance Art 3(3-0)
​ART 489​ Islamic Art 3(3-0)
​ART 580​Seminar in Ancient/Medieval Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 581​Seminar in Early Modern Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 582​Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 586​Special Topics Seminar in Art History 3-9(3-0)
​ART 589​Research Seminar in Art History 3(3-0)​
​ART 175Fiber Structures and Weaving 3(0-6)
​ART 214Intro to Ceramics 3(2-3)
​ART 314Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing 3(0-6)
​ART 334 Watercolor Painting 3(0-6)
​ART 499BAA Senior Seminar 3(3-0)
Select any ART course except ART 114 or ART 126
This degree program, which requires 78 hours in art, offers art majors a firm foundation in basic courses such as drawing, design, and art history. This foundation not only provides a strong base for all specialized studio areas, but also prepares students to qualify for advanced degree programs. 

Students must complete ART 106, 117, 119, and 125 before enrolling in any 300+ studio course. Students should seek advising assistance from the department upon arrival to the university and should select a major advisor in their area of concentration at the beginning of their junior year, once they have been accepted into the program. 

Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.3 for all art courses counted toward the major. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements for the art major or minor. 

 

Studio Concentration Requirements

Acceptance into the B.F.A. degree program in the Studio Concentration may be applied for when the student has completed or is currently enrolled in ART 106, 117, 119, 125; two courses in art history; and three studio courses. 

Students whose applications fail to be accepted to the B.F.A. program are welcome to reapply the following semester. 

In addition to the general curricula, the candidate for the B.F.A. degree must complete the following requirements: 

1. Sign B.F.A. degree with advisor in student's area of concentration. This professor serves as the student's Thesis Advisor. 

2. Participate in faculty critiques for three consecutive semesters before graduation. The B.F.A. Committee will schedule the student's faculty critiques. 

3. Exhibit a cohesive thesis body of creative work and all responsibilities that are included in the exhibition. 

4. Conduct a public artist's talk in support of thesis exhibition work. ​

5. Submit a final portfolio to the Art Department including a resume, artist's statement, visual documentation of thesis work, visual documentation list, and any other supporting materials.


​ART 106​Intro to Drawing 3(0-6)
​ART 117​Intro to Contemporary Issues in Art 3(3-0)
​ART 119​Design Foundations 3(0-6)
​ART 125​Digital Design 3(0-6)
​ART 283​Intro to Western Art, Part I 3(3-0)​
​ART 285Intro to Western Art, P​art II 3(3-0)
You may choose to take ART 341, 363, and 366, but may only count one of these courses toward the Core III requirement.

Select from the following:​​
​ART 28​7​Fiber Structures and Weaving 3(0-6)​
​ART 319​Intro to Ceramics 3(2-3)
​ART 341​Intro to Figure Drawing 3(0-6)​​​
​ART 363​History of Design: 1750-2010 3(3-0)​
​ART 366​Contemporary Design Issues 3(3-0)
​ART 380​Greek Art and Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 381​Early Christian and Byzantine Art 3(3-0)
​ART 382/
WST 382
​Gender and Art 3(3-0)
​ART 383​Modern Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 385​European Art from 1890-1940 3(3-0)
​ART 386​American Art 3(3-0)
​ART 387​Baroque Art 3(3-0)
​ART 388​Eighteenth-Century Art 3(3-0)
​ART 389​Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt 3(3-0)
​ART 480​Roman Art and Architecture 3(3-0)
​ART 481​Western Medieval Art 3(3-0)​
​ART 482​Italian Renaissance Art 3(3-0)
​ART 483​Nineteenth Century European Art 3(3-0)
​ART 485​Art After 1945 3(3-0)
​ART 486​Independent Study in Art History 1-6(Spec)
​ART 488​Northern Renaissance Art 3(3-0)
​ART 489​ Islamic Art 3(3-0)
​ART 580​Seminar in Ancient/Medieval Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 581​Seminar in Early Modern Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 582​Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art History 3-6(3-0)
​ART 586​Special Topics Seminar in Art History 3-9(3-0)
​ART 589​Research Seminar in Art History 3(3-0)​
​ART 175Fiber Structures and Weaving 3(0-6)
​ART 214Intro to Ceramics 3(2-3)
​ART 314Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing 3(0-6)
​ART 334 Watercolor Painting 3(0-6)
​ART 499BAA Senior Seminar 3(3-0)
Select any ART course except ART 114 or ART 126​
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Career Outlook
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Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow 12 percent through 2018.  Competition for jobs is expected to be keen for both salaried and freelance jobs in all specialties because the number of people with creative ability and an interest in this career is expected to continue to exceed the number of available openings.

Salary

Nationally studio art majors with bachelor's degrees reported starting salaries of $32,097 in 2010.  In the Midwest, the starting salary for an artist was $30,000.  The starting salary for a secondary education teacher was $37,701.​​​​​​







John Grogan

​BCA​​  

  
 

Keith Sintay

​'91 BFA​​  

  
 

Laure Meloy

​BA School of Music​  

  
 

Laure Meloy

​BA School of Music​  

  
 

John Grogan

​BCA​​  

  
 
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​​​​​​ ​John Grogan
'89 BCA

Author of Marley and Me
​​​Keith Sintay
BFA

Animation for Disney and Sony
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'89 BCA

Author of Marley and Me
​​Laure Meloy
School of Music

Opera Singer​​​
Keith Sintay
BFA
Animation for Disney and Sony
​​​​John Grogan
'89 BCA

Author of Marley and Me​​​

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​• Intro to Western Art II​​
• American Art
• Art After 1​945
​• Nineteenth Century Art​​
​• European Art from 1890-1​940
• Gender & Art
• Modern Architecture​

• Seminar in Modern & Contemporary Art


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