B.A. with a Major in Art
Mission Statement: The goal of the Art curriculum is to provide art students with a clear working knowledge of the visual arts as a form of communication, specifically enhanced through an understanding of formal elements and principles, creative visual problem solving, critical thinking skills, and an adept investigation of current tools and materials appropriate to each discipline. Graduating students will receive essential preparation to foster success in the professional fields, further their education at the graduate level, or continue independent creative production. The Art program is committed to providing the University community with direct exposure to artwork, emphasizing the study of art and art history in its historical and contemporary forms in order to broaden the intellectual contexts in which art is experienced.
The gateway into all concentrations in the Art Major is the freshman foundations sequence - ART 105 and ART 106 . A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the Art Major. Students who have been accepted into the University but do not meet this minimum standard may enroll in art courses only if their cumulative GPA is at least a 2.5 following their first semester at Anderson University.
In some circumstances, contractual acceptance into the Art Major may be given upon review of a portfolio by the Department of Art and Design Chair. If granted, the student must show proficiency during the first semester in art courses by obtaining a 3.0 GPA.
Transfer Student Application Process
Transfer students must have a 2.5 cumulative college GPA to enroll in art courses. This applies to those transferring in from other institutions, as well as those changing majors within Anderson University.
Even if they are already accepted into the University, all transfer art students must apply for acceptance into the art program by submitting a portfolio and scheduling an application interview with a member of the art department. The department is responsible for determining which courses that are transferred in count as equivalent to required courses within the major.
Academic scholarship awards are available to art students based upon artistic merit and academic standards such as GPA and SAT scores. Incoming students wishing to apply for a scholarship must submit 15 - 20 portfolio pieces and schedule an interview with a member of the art faculty. Annual awards typically range from $500 to $2,500, and are renewable on a yearly basis provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA in all art courses. All students enrolled in art courses are required to pay lab fees, which cover the cost of shared consumable materials provided by the Department of Art and Design. Fees vary in amount from course to course, and are included on the student’s tuition bill.
All students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art degree must submit work for review during the sophomore year. All students who plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Art must participate in a senior review and exhibition. Senior Reviews and exhibitions are scheduled twice a year at the end of the fall and spring semesters.