Students in art develop insight, sensitivity, and perception toward all aspects of nature while building individual expressive responses. Aesthetic and functional values, creative ideas, and media skills are developed through instructional guidance and applied experience in the studio and classroom. Some of the courses listed here may involve field trips to Memphis Brooks Museum, The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, or other regional art collections.
The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a liberal arts-fine arts education, allowing students to pursue their art interest without the additional demands and course work required by the professional BFA degree options. The BA with an art history emphasis is a suitable beginning for a student planning to work toward an advanced degree in art history.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are designed to prepare students for professional careers as a classroom art teacher, graphic designer, or studio artist. The BFA in Graphic Design or the BFA in Art (with emphasis in Studio Art or Art Education) is the initial professional degree, and it is the requisite degree for the student who plans to pursue a studio-oriented post-baccalaureate degree. A minimum 2.75 GPA in all courses with an ART/ARTH/ARED prefix is required for the BFA degree.
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Art Education provides academic preparation and practicum experience for students planning to teach art in the public schools. Graduates are prepared for certification at K-12 levels. (See College of Education section for details on professional education requirements.)
The degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.