Art (B.A.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
(239) 590-7196

2019-2020 Catalog Year

The B.A. in Art combines rigorous traditional art studio experiences with intellectually demanding academic coursework to educate students and the community in the creation and appreciation of art and design.  The curriculum emphasizes the importance of context in art history and contemporary culture; provides students with a clear sense of direction towards a career in the creative industries; and teaches art with a lively awareness of both global perspectives and local responsibilities.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.

Program Requirements

    1. FGCU General Education Program (
      To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.
    1. Common Prerequisites
      A minimum grade of C is required in each course

      FGCU Course: ARH 2050 History of Visual Arts I (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARHX050

      FGCU Course: ARH 2051 History of Visual Arts II (3)
      Acceptable Substitute:  ARHX051

      FGCU Course: ART 1201 Methods & Concepts I (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARTX201

      FGCU Course: ART 1203 Methods & Concepts II (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARTX203 or ARTX202C or ARTX203C or ARTX701C

      FGCU Course: ART 1300 Drawing I (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARTX300 or ARTX300C

      FGCU Course: ART 1301 Drawing II (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARTX301 or ARTX330C or ARTX205 or ARTX310C  or ARTX305C or ARTX200C or ARTX353C or ARTX310C or ARTX312C or ARTX500 or ARTX500C

      FGCU Course: ART XXXX Any introductory media courses (6)
      Acceptable Substitute: ARTXXXX
    1. Required Courses in the Major (6 credits)
      A minimum grade of C is required.

      ART 4955 Senior Project (3)
      IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
    1. Restricted Electives in the Major (36 credits)
      A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

      Select 3 credits from the following:
      Any IDS 3000-4999 course; IDS 3920 and IDS 3300 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

      Select 3 credits from the following:
      ART 4382 Drawing Workshop (3)
      ART 4921 Painting Workshop (3)
      ART 4922 Sculpture Workshop (3)
      ART 4925 Digital Media Workshop (3)
      ART 4928 Ceramics Workshop (3)

      Select 6 credits from the following:
      Any ARH 3000 - 4999 level courses

      Select 24 credits from the following with a minimum of 15 hours at the 3000-4999 level:
      ARH 2000 Art Appreciation (3)
      ARH 2500 Survey of Non-western Art (3)
      ARH 3115 Anc Egyptian & Nr Eastern Art (3)+
      ARH 3170 Greek and Roman Art (3)+
      ARH 3200 Medieval Art (3)+
      ARH 3301 Renaissance and Baroque Art (3)+
      ARH 3430 Nineteenth Century Art (3)+
      ARH 3450 Twentieth Century Art (3)+
      ARH 3456 History of Dada and Surrealism (3)+
      ARH 3670 Caribbean Art (3)+
      ARH 3880 History of Art and Ecology (3)+
      ARH 4560 Chinese Contemporary Art (3)+
      ARH 4905 Directed Independent Study (3)*+
      ARH 4930 Special Topics in Art History (3)*+
      ART 2500 Painting I (3)
      ART 2600 Digital Media Design I (3)
      ART 2701 Sculpture I (3)
      ART 2750 Ceramics I (3)
      ART 2759 Introduction to Ceramics (3)
      ART 3332 Figure Drawing (3)
      ART 3443 Relief Printmaking (3)
      ART 3463 Alternative Printmaking (3)
      ART 3505 Painting II (3)
      ART 3614 Digital Media Design II (3)**
      ART 3633 Web Design (3)**
      ART 3640 Video Game Design (3)**
      ART 3664 Interactive Design (3)**
      ART 3710 Sculpture Techniques (3)
      ART 3738 Casting and Mold Making (3)
      ART 3762 Wheel Throwing (3)
      ART 3768 Clay Sculpture (3)
      ART 3781 Raku Ceramics (3)
      ART 3782 Contemporary Ceramics (3)
      ART 3838 Professional Practice in Art (3)
      ART 3840 Environmental Art (3)
      ART 4382 Drawing Workshop (3)*
      ART 4907 Directed Independent Study (3)*
      ART 4921 Painting Workshop (3)*
      ART 4922 Sculpture Workshop (3)*
      ART 4925 Digital Media Workshop (3)*and **
      ART 4928 Ceramics Workshop (3)*
      ART 4930 Special Topics in Art (3)*
      ART 4940 Art Internship (1-3)*
      GRA 2190 Graphic Design I (3)
      GRA 2206 Principles of Typography (3)
      GRA 3219 Advanced Typography (3)**
      GRA 3193 Graphic Design II (3)**
      GRA 4194 Advanced Graphic Design (3)**
      PGY 2801 Photography I (3)
      PGY 3205 Photography II (3)

      *The course prefix/number may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours and may be used to fulfill elective requirements in the major.

      **Upper level (3000-4999) courses taken to complete requirements in the Digital Media Design Minor cannot also be used to fulfill requirements for the B.A. Art program.

      +Courses taken in one elective category cannot be used to satisfy another elective category.

    2. University Requirements (3 credits)
      IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

    3. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


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