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.

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

A minor is offered for students who have an interest in art but wish to major in another area.

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 three course senior level assessment. These classes are one credit hour each. The classes are, Senior Comprehensives, Portfolio, and Senior Exhibition. During a student’s last year in school, the senior may elect to take these classes in any combination, except the Senior Exhibition which must be completed the last semester prior to graduation. The only exception to this rule is if the student is completing course work during the summer in which case, the student would enroll in their Senior Exhibition the spring semester prior to completing course work. Currently these classes are not offered during the summer.

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).



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 meet with their art adviser PRIOR to meeting with their advisement center or athletic adviser. The Art Advisor will be up to date on any changes that may not be published.

Once your official file has been passed on the Art Department, your Art Advisor will be your primary advisor. With limited enrollments 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.


Explore this program’s concentrations:

Graphic Design

Fine Arts


Minor in Art

Add a minor in art to your theatre, music or other degree.


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