The Art major consists of 45 credits of required Art courses, including 6 credits of Advanced Studio, and 25 credits of electives, 3 credits of which must be in Mass Communication. Students must also complete 50 credits of Liberal Learning Outcomes for a total of 120 credits. Completion of a minor or a double major in an allied field is strongly encouraged.
View the Art curriculum.
- Liberal Learning Outcomes. Students must meet all Liberal Learning Outcomes required for graduation from the University of Charleston.
- Art supplies. The student is expected to purchase all art supplies necessary to complete coursework, and appropriate portfolios to house his or her work.
- Freshman/Sophomore portfolio. Each student must submit a portfolio of work completed in the freshman and sophomore years to the Art Faculty for review and evaluation prior to enrollment in advanced courses.
There are three possible outcomes of this portfolio review:
- Accept. The work is considered acceptable and the student may advance in the program.
- Defer. Deficiencies must be corrected before the student may advance in the program. The student will develop a plan for improvement under the guidance of program faculty.
- Probation. Deficiencies must be corrected, but the student may enroll in advanced studios while they are being addressed. The student will develop a plan for improvement under the guidance of program faculty.
- Comprehensive exam. Art students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in the final semester of the program with a grade of least 70%.
- Exhibit of work. Student will also be required to plan and hang an exhibit of their work in the Frankenberger Art Gallery during their senior year.
- Community service and art motivations. As part of the course “ART 457 Senior Capstone,” graduating seniors complete 20 hours of community service and write extensively about the underlying influences and motivations of their art work.
In consultation with the student the Art program faculty reserves the privilege of selecting and retaining one example of work from each senior student for the University’s permanent collection.
Completing a Double Major
Students are strongly encouraged to double major in a related field, such as Communications, Psychology, History, Political Science, or complete the independent minor in Business. Consult with program faculty for more information.