B.A. of Art



The Department of Visual Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with concentrations in either Fine Arts or Graphic Design. All Art Studio classes meet for 6 contact hours per week - Students are expected to match these hours outside of class on their own. Each faculty member maintains ten office hours per week to assist students with projects and offer tutorial assistance. Students in studio classes should use this time to supplement time spent in class.

All art majors start enrolling in art classes their first semester. Those who do not follow the required freshman and sophomore class offerings may hinder a four-year graduation schedule.


Explore the Department of Visual Arts Concentrations:

Art majors can choose to add a concentration to their degree in Art. Concentrations provide an opportunity for more advanced study in the areas of graphic design and fine arts.

Graphic Design

Fine Arts

All majors are required to participate in a variety of activities, not only attending class, but attendance at departmental functions and exhibitions are part of the graduation requirements.

Majors will participate in a four course senior level assessment. These classes are, Art Studio, Senior Comprehensives, Portfolio, and Senior Exhibition. During a student’s last year in school they will be guided through the process of creating a unique body of work, exhibiting and  discussing it with peers and instructors, developing a portfolio, researching graduate schools and career options, and successfully completing comprehensive exams that ensure a firm foundation in art and art history has been established. 

All majors will participate in a sophomore portfolio review and sophomore comprehensive exams. This review and exam will be administrated during the second semester of their sophomore year. Students must have taken the following classes: ART 121, 122, 123, 209 to participate in this activity. Students that do not pass the sophomore review must attend mandatory tutorial sessions and retake the comprehensive test and resubmit a portfolio by the beginning of their Junior year.

Students are also responsible for attending 32 visual art events during their tenure at Alabama State University. Records for these events are turned in to the students’ advisor and the advisor will place and record them in the student's official file (more information is given in the Art Department Student Handbook. Please make sure you secure a copy and read it).


Minors in Art

A minor is offered for students who have an interest in art but wish to major in another area. Students can add a minor in art to their degree in any other area.



All graduating art majors will be able to address the following competencies upon completion of the program:  Competencies are listed alphabetically.

a.   Understand basic design principles, concepts, media, and formats in the various visual arts disciples. Development of this sensitivity continues throughout the degree program.

b.   Ability to apply principles of design and color and competency in drawing in work specific to visual arts specializations.

c.   The ability to conceive, design and create works in one or more specific visual art fields.

d.   Working knowledge of various aesthetic issues, processes, and media and their relationship to the conceptualization, development and completion of works of arts.

e.   Understanding of the similarities, differences, and relationship among the various visual arts areas.

f.    Experiences that encourage familiarity with a broad variety of work in various specializations and media, including broad exposure to works of art.

g.   Opportunities to develop an area of emphasis in at least one of the visual arts areas.

h.   The ability to create and develop visual forms in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.

i.    An understanding of the tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include but are not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).

j.    An understanding of basic business practices, including the ability to organize design projects and to work productively as a member of teams.

k.   The capacity to apply, explain and defend the critical analysis of works of art.



All declared art majors will be given an art adviser during their first semester enrolled. This adviser will help them select the proper classes throughout their college career. While declared art majors who are still in University College or college athletes will use the advisement center or their athletic advisor for official advisement, they must also meet with their Art Adviser. The Art Advisor will be up to date on curriculum requirements  and courses that need to be completed in sequence for timely graduation. Students can seek advising from any faculty member as needed. 

Once students are officially  registered as Art Majors their Art Advisor will be their primary advisor. With limited enrolment in some art classes, it is essential that students use early registration to secure space in required classes. Students not being able to enroll due to full classes or missing a sequentially numbered class may delay their graduation by one or two semesters. REMEMBER, not all classes are offered every semester.

Please make sure you inform Admissions and the Advisement Center during freshman orientation that you are an Art Major so they will assign you to someone who is aware of the current art curriculum. It is essentially the student’s responsibility to make sure they follow the guidelines set forth by the Department and the University in order to graduate on time.


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