Undergraduate Program Overview

Department Head: Professor Laura Gelfand

Specializations: Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), Bachelor of Art (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS)



The Department of Art and Design's primary goal is to prepare undergraduate students for careers in either teaching or the applied and fine arts. Requirements in eight different emphasis areas address the specific needs of each career. The Department of Art and Design also serves the University community by offering courses in the University Studies program and by offering training in applied art areas for students in related degree programs. In addition to these undergraduate objectives the department offers courses that lead to a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)

The BS degree is a studio Art degree which does not limit the student to only one area of emphasis. This degree requires 50 semester credits in Art, 30 in University Studies, and allows 40 elective credits. A GPA of 2.5 in foundation and emphasis courses is required for the BS degree. No grade less than C is acceptable in any art class. Art courses may be retaken for a higher grade. This degree does not fulfill the requirements for entrance into Graduate Schools of Art.

Click here to view the requirements sheet for a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

This degree is available to students who are primarily selecting an emphasis in Art History at USU. BA degree candidates should complete the majority of University Studies lower-division requirements, the modern language requirement, and the foundation curriculum by the end of the sophomore year. This will allow concentration in an area of specialization during the junior and senior years.

In addition, BA candidates must either complete requirements for the Art History emphasis as listed below, or the studio art requirements as listed under the BS degree. The major professor may also prescribe other courses to serve the particular needs of different students. A minimum of 50 semester hours in art is necessary for this degree.

Click here to view the requirements sheet for a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA)

The BFA is a professional art degree requiring above-average accomplishment in art. Only students demonstrating considerable promise will be accepted for this more demanding professional degree.Students interested in the BFA degree program should have a GPA of at least 2.75. Application to the BFA program should be made during the Spring semester in which the Art Foundation courses will be completed. For most students this will occur at the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students may make application during Spring semester prior to their entrance to USU.

A minimum 2.75 grade point average in the foundation and basic core and minimum grade of B- in each emphasis class is required. Emphasis classes can be retaken for a higher grade. A minimum of 78 semester hours in Art, including 12 semester hours of Art History; and 2 credits in BFA exhibition (spring semester), must be completed for the BFA degree. The standard University Studies requirement of 30 hours and 20 semester hours of electives also apply.


Department of Art and Design Curriculum

Students in the BS and BFA degree programs (BA foundation courses described under Art History) need to complete the following foundation curriculum.

These courses should be taken during the first semester, freshman year:

These courses should be taken during the second semester, freshman year:

During the student's sophomore year they should select courses from the following core classes:

Subsequent curriculum requirements are specific to individual emphasis areas:

* Check with the art department office for specific information or the links listed below.


Art Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor in art are flexible and can be completed in most areas of specialization. Generally, the minimum requirements include ART 1020 or ART 1110 Drawing I, ART 1120 or ART 1150 and ART 1130 or ART 1160, plus three semester hours from the art history group (ART 1010 Exploring Art, ARTH 2710 Survey of Western Art I, ARTH 2720 Survey of Western Art II), and 12-15 credits of additional art classes. To plan a minor in Art students should meet with an advisor.

USU does not offer an art teaching minor for secondary teachers. Students choosing to train for teaching art in secondary schools must complete the art education major listed under art specialties and must comply with all requirements listed by the Department of Secondary Education.


Art History Minor Requirements

A minor in art history requires ARTH 2710 Survey of Western Art I, ARTH 2720 Survey of Western Art II, plus 18 credits from the art history group.


Requirement Changes

Graduation requirements shown are subject to change. Students should check with the department and advisor concerning possible changes.


Art Work

The Department of Art and Design faculty reserves the right to retain any student works of their choice for purpose of display, exhibition, and addition to the permanent collection.



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