First-Year Preparation

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
or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.
History of art (6)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3

Bachelor of Fine Arts in History of Art Degree Requirements

A major in the history of art is available to candidates for the B.F.A. degree. This major combines a 30-hour concentration in art history with 18 hours of studio training (beyond the 12 hours of foundation courses). 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. The B.A. and B.G.S. degrees are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for the B.F.A. Degree

1. Major Program Courses (9)9
History of Art Foundations Course:
History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval
History of Western Art : Ancient Through Medieval, Honors
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary, Honors
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
2. Breadth Courses: Complete one course at or above the 300 level in each of the following six categories: (18)18
A. Art between 400-1400: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern
Special Study in Medieval Art: _____
Early Medieval and Romanesque Art
Gothic Art
Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
Late Medieval Art in Italy
Special Study in Medieval Art: _____
B. Art between 1300-1600: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern
Italian Renaissance Art
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Special Study in Renaissance Art: _____
Prints and Printmakers
The Italian Renaissance Home
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 15th Century
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 16th Century
Michelangelo
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Special Study in Renaissance Art: _____
C. Art between 1600 and 1700: European, Medierranean, or Near Eastern
Baroque Art in Europe
Special Study in Baroque Art: _____
Art in the Age of Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer: Northern Baroque
Italian Baroque Art
Southern Baroque Art
West African Art
Special Study in Baroque Art: _____
D. Art between 1700 and 1900: Eruopean or American
Special Study in 18th/19th-Century European or American Art: _____
American Art
European Art 1789-1848: Gender and Revolution
Art in France 1848-1900: Modernisms
Special Study in 18th-19th Century European or American Art: ______
American Art
American Art to 1860: Inventing a Nation
American Art 1860-1900: Gilded Age
E. East Asian Art before 1900
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of Korea
Art and Culture of China
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
Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Painting
Chinese Painting
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Painting
Japanese Sculpture
F. Art after 1900
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern Korean Art and Culture
History of Photography
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
European Art, 1900-1945
Art From 1945 to the 1980s: Modernism to Post-Modernism
Contemporary 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
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
3. Complete an art history course (3 hours) or studio course (3-6 hours) approved for Goal 6 in the KU Core. (The Goal 6 art history course may also fulfill one of the breadth requirements above, in which case an elective couse should be taken for the final 3 required hours of art history. If a Goal 6 studio course is taken, an elective course should be taken for the final 3 required hours of art history. (3)3
4. Art history elective (0-3 hours); see number 3 above (3)3
Electives in applicable studio courses: Satisfied by completing 23 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) (17)17
General Education Courses (0)
Completion of KU Core Requirements. (see KU Core section of the catalog)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Foundational Studies Courses (13)13
Drawing I
Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accepted for students transferring into the deptartment
Drawing II
Art Concepts and Practice
Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
Art Principles and Practice
Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 is only accepted for students transferring into the department
Visual Art Seminar
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.
Foreign language: A fourth-level proficiency in one language, or third-level proficiency in one language and first-level proficiency in another.
 
 

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BFA in History of 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 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BFA Writing 1)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BFA Writing 2)3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy 3Goal 2.2 Communication3
ART 101 (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 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Social Science3
Goal 3 Natural Science32nd Semester Language (HA BFA Second Language)5
1st Semester Language (HA BFA Second Language)5HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)13
HA 165 (Major Requirement)3Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3 
 17 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
3rd Semester Language (HA BFA Second Language)34th Semester Language Course (HA BFA Second Language)3
HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)13HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)13
HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)13Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
HA or Studio Art Course approved to satisfy Goal 6 Integration & Creativity (Major Requirement)23HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)33
HA Breadth Course 300+ (Major Requirement)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)2
Visual Art and Design Elective Course (Major Requirement)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

The History of Art breadth requirement needs one course (3 hours) in History of Art at the 300+ level from each of the following six categories: Art between 400-1400: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern; Art between 1300-1600: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern; Art between 1600 and 1700: European; Art between 1700-1900: European or American; Asian Art before 1900; and Art after 1900. Possible courses are listed under the degree requirements tab. 

2

The department recommends that students take the HA or Studio Art course to satisfy Goal 6 in either the fall or spring semester of their fourth year. HA 498 and HA 550 fulfill a Goal 6 requirement.  

3

A course may double count for a breadth requirement within the major and also for the Goal 6 requirement in the KU Core. If one course is taken to fulfill both requirements, an additional History of Art elective at the 300+ level is required.  

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.

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.