Bachelor of Arts in Art

Art majors see the world around them differently. In Auburn’s art program, artists are cultivated to create their own artistic inquiries and approaches to make innovative contributions to culture.

The B.A. in art is a studio-based degree that provides students with the theory and skills for photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, and more. Students can concentrate on art while taking courses outside their major in order to enhance their artistic intelligence. The Department of Art & Art History present a diverse and dynamic mixture of stylistic and aesthetic viewpoints that instill intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Excellent facilities, accomplished faculty/artists, and a well-designed curriculum create an ideal setting for the study of art. Beyond the studio and lecture hall, the department offers study abroad, art in the community, career preparation, internship opportunities, and exhibitions and lectures by contemporary artists.

Many art alumni have found successful employment in corporations, design firms, and non-profit organizations. Some choose to pursue graduate study, to become independent artists, or to teach art. Others elect careers in art galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions. An art degree prepares students to think creatively and independently, allowing them to change and adapt to the world around them.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in art from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Art

Art Program Website

Careers in Art

  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Audio Visual Artist/Designer
  • Book Illustrator/Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Costume and Mask Designer
  • Courtroom Sketcher
  • Decorator
  • Engraver/Etcher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fabric/Textile Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Arts Technician/Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Webpage Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Magazine Cover Artist/Designer/ Illustrator
  • Mechanical & Production Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Newspaper Artist/Illustrator
  • Photographer/Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer/Layout Artist
  • Product Designer/Illustrator
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Typographer
  • Trademark Designer
  • Typographical Artist

BA Curriculum in Art

BA Curriculum in Art
Core History13Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
ARTS 1110 Drawing I3ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ARTS 1250 Orientation To Studio Art For The Major2
ARTS 2100 Foundations of Art History I3ARTS 2150 Foundations of Art History II3
Select one of the following:3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
ARTS 1610 Introduction to Art History
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
 15 14
Core Literature13Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art3Electives3
3000/4000 ARTS3ARTS 3110 Figure Drawing3
PHIL 1070 Art, Value, and Society3Select one of the following:3
ARTS 2510 Introduction to Sculpture (3D Area)
ARTS 2810 Ceramics I (3D Area)
ARTS 3820 Ceramics II (3D Area)
 16 15
Core Science I4Core Social Science3
Select one of the following:3Core Science II4
ARTS 2210 Introduction to Photography (2D Area)
 2000-level Studio course23
ARTS 2310 Painting I (2D Area)
 2000/3000-level Studio course23
ARTS 2410 Printmaking: Relief (2D Area)
3000-level Art History course23 
Core Social Science3 
 16 16
Electives43000/4000-level Studio course23
ARTS 4950 BA Studio Art Capstone1Electives5
3000/4000 ARTS 23UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
3000/4000-level Art 23COMM 1000 Public Speaking3
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)3Core Mathematics3
 14 14
Total Hours: 120

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