Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Degree Requirements

The Department of Visual Art offers the B.F.A. in Visual Art, including the areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Expanded Media, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles/Fibers. A total of 120 hours is required for the degree, including 45 junior/senior hours (courses numbered 300 or higher). 30 of these 45 junior/senior hours must be taken in residence at the University of Kansas. In addition to the 13-hour foundations requirement, a minimum of 48 hours in departmental courses is required, including 2 semesters of Directed Study.

The Department of Visual Art reserves the right to retain examples of student work and to use images of student work on internet websites and for university publication purposes.

B.F.A. Major Requirements

General Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core Requirements (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement - ENGL101 and ENGL 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2, Outcome 1 course6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 accepted only for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
BFA General students must choose one of the following to cover Non-Western Art History.
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Painting
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Painting
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History 1900-19453
BFA General students must choose one of the following courses covering Art History from 1900-1945:
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern Korean Art and Culture
American Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
History of Photography
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
European Art, 1900-1945
Contemporary Art
American Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
American Art 1900-1945: Rise of Modernism
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Art History 1945 - Present3
BFA General students must choose one of the following courses covering Art History from 1945-present:
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern Korean Art and Culture
History of Photography
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Art Since 1945
Art From 1945 to the 1980s: Modernism to Post-Modernism
Contemporary Art
American Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
School of the Arts Elective (3)
Satisfied by one course from the Dance (DANC), Film & Media Studies (FMS), Theatre (THR), or Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) department.3

Electives

  • Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - General Option

The general option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 15 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Visual Art Core Courses (15)15
Select one course in 5 of the following areas:
Painting
Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting
or any PNTG course
Printmaking
Fundamentals of Printmaking
or any PRNT course
Sculpture
Fundamentals of Sculpture
or any SCUL course
Expanded Media
Fundamentals of Expanded Media
or any EXM course
Ceramics
Fundamentals of Ceramics
or any CER course
Metalsmithing / Jewelry
Fundamentals of Metalsmithing/Jewelry
or any METL course
Textiles / Fibers
Fundamentals of Fibers
Fundamentals of Fiber Forms
or any TD course
Visual Art Studies (required) (3)
3 additional DRWG credits required. Select one of the following drawing courses.3
Drawing III
Life Drawing I
Special Topics in Drawing: _____
or any DRWG course beyond ART 102
Visual Art Required Electives (12)
Satisfied by 12 hours selected from the Visual Art Department (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE)12
Studio Electives (9)
Satisfied by 9 hours selected from from Visual Art or Design courses9
Senior Studio Requirements (9)
Prerequisite: 30 hours of studio art courses.
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar (this course is recommended in the third year)3
ART 695Directed Study I3
ART 696Directed Study II3

Ceramics Option

General Education Requirements
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
CER 510History of Ceramics3
Art History Elective (Upper Level)3
Select any 300+ level HA course
School of the Arts Elective (3)3
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from the Dance (DANC), Film & Media Studies (FMS), Theatre (THR), or Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) department.

Electives Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - Ceramics Option

The ceramics option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 24 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Ceramics (21)
ART 131Fundamentals of Ceramics3
or CER 208 Ceramics I
CER 301Concepts and Methods: Wheel Throwing3
CER 302Concepts & Methods: Hand Building3
CER 402Mold Making and Slip Casting3
CER 403Advanced Topics in Ceramics3
CER 504Kilns3
CER 505Clay and Glaze Formulation3
Studio Electives (12)
Studio Elective in Visual Art12
Senior/Capstone Requirements (9-15)
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar3
CER 515Advanced Ceramics I3-6
CER 520Advanced Ceramics II3-6

Metalsmithing/Jewelry Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core Requirements (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundation Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History Electives (Upper Level)6
Select 6 hours of 300+ HA coursework. Metalsmithing/Jewelry students ar encouraged to take METL 504: History of Metals.
School of the Arts Elective (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from the Dance (DANC), Film & Media Studies (FMS), Theatre (THR), or Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) department.3

Electives Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - Metalsmithing/Jewelry Option

The metalsmithing/jewelry option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 36 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Metalsmithing/Jewelry (27)
ART 132Fundamentals of Metalsmithing/Jewelry3
or METL 211 Jewelry
METL 301Introduction to Casting for Jewelry3
METL 302Professional Practices3
METL 360Holloware3
METL 362Metalsmithing6
METL 364Enameling6
METL 501Seminar3
Studio Electives (9)
Satisfied by completing 9 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE, PHMD, INTD, ILLU, INDD, BDS, VISC, ADS)9
Senior/Capstone Requirements (12)
METL 515Advanced Metals I6
METL 520Advanced Metals II6

Textiles/Fibers Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
Additional Foundation Requirements (9 hours, not counted toward major) (9)
ART 130Fundamentals of Fiber Forms3
or ART 133 Fundamentals of Fibers
TD 314Introduction to Weaving3
TD 315Textile Handprinting and Resist Processes3
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History Elective (Upper Level)3
Select from any 300+ HA course
TD 504History of Textiles, Lecture3
School of the Arts Elective (6)3
Satisfied by one course from the Dance (DANC), Film & Media Studies (FMS), Theatre (THR), or Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) department.
ART 133Fundamentals of Fibers3

Major Requirements - Textiles/Fibers Option

The textiles/fibers option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 30 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Intermediate Textiles/Fibers Courses (12)
TD 313Fiber Forms3
TD 316Screenprinting Textiles3
Intermediate / Advanced Weaving Electives6
Weave Structures
Techniques in Weaving
Intermediate Textile Printing
Surface Design
Experimental Concepts in Weaving
Advanced Surface Design/Screenprinting
Advanced Techniques in Weaving
Advanced Textiles/Fibers Courses (18-24)12
TD 515Advanced Textiles/Fibers I3-6
TD 520Advanced Textiles/Fibers II3-6
Studio Electives (18)
any Visual Art, Design, or applicable studio courses18
 

First-Year Preparation: Foundations

Students must submit a portfolio to be accepted as a visual art major and to enroll in foundations courses. A minimum of 13 hours in foundations courses is required before a student may enroll in further studio classes for a B.F.A., B.A., or B.A.E. degree:

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1

Additional specified prerequisites must be completed before enrollment in advanced visual art studio courses.

The foundations enrollment should be followed for 2 semesters (15-16 hours each semester):

Foundations (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
History of art (6)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
Mathematics (6)
MATH 101College Algebra3
Second MATH course3

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in visual art. A total of 120 hours is required for the degree, including 45 junior/senior hours (courses numbered 300 or higher). 30 of these 45 junior/senior hours must be taken in residence at the University of Kansas.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements
Completion of KU Core Requirements (see KU Core for specific requirements)
Completion of College BA degree specific requirements (see College BA requirements)
Foundations (13)
Drawing I
Drawing II
Art Concepts and Practice
Art Principles and Practice
Visual Art Seminar
Visual Art Major (35)35
Visual Art Major Studies
(Including a minimum of 15 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major)
Visual Art Concentration: (23 hours)
Any Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) or approved studio course classes.
Professional Activities Seminar
History of Art: (12 hours)
History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval (fall only)
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary (spring only)
HA elective (numbered 300 or higher)
HA elective (numbered 300 or higher)
Total Hours35
 
 

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Visual Art. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
ART 101 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)3ART 102 (Major Requirement)3
ART 103 (Major Requirement)3ART 104 (Major Requirement)3
HA 150 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3HA 151 (Major Requirement)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 2.2 Communication3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
HA (Art History) Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3HA (Art History) Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Studio Art Course (Major Requirement)3Studio Art Course ( Major Requirement)3
 17 15-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
Studio Art Course (Major Requirement)3Studio Art Course 300+ ( Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Studio Art Course 300+ ( Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15-17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Studio Art Course 300+ ( Major Requirement)3Goal 3 Social Science3
Studio Art Course 300+ ( Major Requirement)3ART 599 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.