Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Areas of Study

The Department of Art and Art History offers three degree programs: the BA in Art History, the BA in Studio Art, and the BFA in Studio Art. Studio disciplines include: Ceramics, Fabric Design, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Minors are available in both art history and studio art. 

Art History: BA

Baylor’s Art History program is focused on training students towards a sophisticated level of visual literacy and critical thought for today’s highly visual world. Emphases are placed on understanding the artistic technique, the historical and cultural frameworks of their creation and reception, and the ability to analyze works in their historical, cultural, social, and political contexts.

Studio Art: BFA or BA?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is the professional degree in the visual arts. This option is for students who wish to gain as much experience and skill in studio/fine art as possible and to gain expertise in a specific concentration area. If a student wishes to pursue a graduate degree in studio art (MFA), the BFA is the undergraduate degree typically expected by graduate schools. The BFA in Graphic Design is the standard degree for those who wish to become professional designers.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is less focused, but still contains essential studio art courses. This option is for students with a strong interest in studio art and a desire to study several mediums.

B.F.A. Application Process

All studio art students begin as BA candidates. Upon completion of 21 hours from the Foundation Core, students have the option to apply to become BFA candidates. The Foundation Core includes 1310 (Drawing I), 1311 (Drawing II), 1314 (2D Design), 1316 (3D Design), 2302 (History of Art I), 2303 (History of Art II), and 2310 (Figure Drawing I).   Additionally, students will submit an essay on a topic indicated by the Department. Students must have an average of a 3.0 or higher GPA in all Art and Art History courses to be eligible for BFA candidacy and must also have 3.0 or higher GPA in all Art and Art History courses at the time of graduation.  

Capstone Requirements

Capstone components are designed to represent a culminating undergraduate experience and provide valuable information for program assessment through student achievement. Two capstone requirements are expected of all art majors:

Exam Component
  • discipline-specific exit exam (BFA/Studio majors);
  • core curriculum exam (BA/Studio & BA/Art History majors)
Research Component
  1. senior exhibition (BFA/Studio majors);
  2. senior exhibition & portfolio (BFA/Graphic Design majors);
  3. senior portfolio (BA/Studio majors);
  4. 12-15 page senior research paper (BA/Art History majors)

Degrees & Requirements

Studio Art BFA

The BFA in Studio Art provides a strong foundation in the creative, technical and historical aspects of the visual arts. Click on the area below for the BFA degree plan.

Art History BA

The art history program at Baylor offers undergraduates a specialization in art history as well as an academic minor in the field. There are also graduate level courses for those students working on a masters' degrees in other areas.

Requirements for a Major in Art History: 36 semester hours including the following:

18 semester hours of required courses:

  • ART 1310, Drawing I
  • ART 1314, Design IA (Two-dimensional Design)
  • ART 1316, Design IB (Three-dimensional Design)
  • ART 2302, History of Art I
  • ART 2303, History of Art II
  • ART 3375, Art History Methods and Theory

Nine semester hours of art history requirements:

  • Three semester hours of "3000-4000" level art history from Greek to Roman.
  • Three semester hours of "3000-4000" level art history from Renaissance to Baroque
  • Three semester hours of "3000-4000" level art history from 1800 to Present.
  • Nine semester hours of additional "3000-4000" level art history electives.

Required course in other fields:

  • ANT 1305, Intro to Anthropology

Recommended course in other fields:

  • PHI 3322, Philosophy and the Arts (cross-listed with ART 3390)

It is recommended that students fulfill the language requirement in a single language. ART 4399 is recommended for those planning to pursue graduate studies.

Studio Art BA

A general liberal arts degree providing exposure to each of the seven studio areas offered by the Department of Art. This foundation degree is desirable to:

  • a student certain of his/her interest in art but not yet decided on a field of concentration;
  • a student wishing a general background for a more advanced degree.
Art History Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Art History, 18 semester hours:

Nine semester hours of required courses:

  • ART 1314, Design IA (Two-dimensional Design)
  • ART 2302, History of Art I
  • ART 2303, History of Art II

Nine semester hours of "3000" or "4000" level art history electives.

Studio Art Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Studio Art, 18 semester hours:

Nine semester hours of required courses:

  • ART 1310, Drawing I
  • ART 1314, Design 1A (Two-dimensional Design)
  • ART 2302, History of Art I or ART 2303, History of Art II

Nine semester hours of "3000" or "4000" level studio art electives. There is no guarantee for the Studio Art Minor of enrollment into the upper level studio art classes.

All degree plans are subject to change.
Always consult with a Department of Art and Art History faculty advisor for authenticity.