Develop and Strengthen Your Skills, Exhibit Work and Help Manage an Art Gallery 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

Whatever medium of self-expression you choose, College of Saint Mary’s bachelor's degree in art will help you hone your skills and understand the value of the various media in which artists work. Whether you prefer oil painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking or any of our other options, you will practice your craft daily.

You will also have the opportunity to participate with the renowned Hillmer Art Gallery — our professional exhibit space. In the gallery, you’ll experience the works of distinguished artists and get the chance to share some of your own work. We also offer a unique gallery management minor with a business background that prepares you to work in a gallery, museum or arts organization.

Required Courses in Your Major

Art History

This class provides a survey of the development of the visual arts from the Pre-historic period to the 15th century and in the early 20th century.

Color and Design

You’ll have a basic introduction to the elements and principles of visual expression both for designing and developing an understanding of art.

Basic Drawing

This course is designed to expand your conceptual range and capacity for critical and personal vision. Basic problems are designed to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Beginning Painting

You’ll experience an introduction to basic techniques of painting with acrylic with an emphasis on representational subject matter, primarily landscapes and still life.

Ceramics

You’ll learn techniques in hand-building, wheel throwing, glazing and decoration with an emphasis on functional and aesthetic design.

Printmaking

You’ll explore the study of materials and techniques involved in the fundamental processes of silk-screening and relief printmaking.

Jewelry

In this course, you’ll learn techniques of metal work adapted to three-dimensional design. Cutting, soldering and casting techniques are explored as you work with silver, bronze and copper metals.

Sculpture

You’ll be exposed to an exploration of different materials, such as wood, clay, plaster and plastics. Emphasis is placed on learning various casting techniques and use of tools.

Photography

This course provides you with an introduction to basic concepts, processes and techniques of black and white photography including camera use, exposure, darkroom procedures and lighting and its controlled application.

Senior Thesis

In this directed study in a major area, you will have the opportunity to culminate with an art exhibit on campus.

Electives

You will also need one Art elective (three credit hours).

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor of art degree in art. 36 credit hours comprise required art courses, 18 credit hours in a minor of your choice and completion of the English and mathematics competence requirements.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)

  • Your completed College of Saint Mary application

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 

  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher

  • Personal interview (if applicable)

  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students (students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers)

  • $30 application fee

 

Academic Description

Develop and Strengthen Your Skills, Exhibit Work and Help Manage an Art Gallery 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

Whatever medium of self-expression you choose, College of Saint Mary’s bachelor's degree in art will help you hone your skills and understand the value of the various media in which artists work. Whether you prefer oil painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking or any of our other options, you will practice your craft daily.

You will also have the opportunity to participate with the renowned Hillmer Art Gallery — our professional exhibit space. In the gallery, you’ll experience the works of distinguished artists and get the chance to share some of your own work. We also offer a unique gallery management minor with a business background that prepares you to work in a gallery, museum or arts organization.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)

  • Your completed College of Saint Mary application

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 

  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher

  • Personal interview (if applicable)

  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students (students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers)

  • $30 application fee

 

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Art History

This class provides a survey of the development of the visual arts from the Pre-historic period to the 15th century and in the early 20th century.

Color and Design

You’ll have a basic introduction to the elements and principles of visual expression both for designing and developing an understanding of art.

Basic Drawing

This course is designed to expand your conceptual range and capacity for critical and personal vision. Basic problems are designed to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Beginning Painting

You’ll experience an introduction to basic techniques of painting with acrylic with an emphasis on representational subject matter, primarily landscapes and still life.

Ceramics

You’ll learn techniques in hand-building, wheel throwing, glazing and decoration with an emphasis on functional and aesthetic design.

Printmaking

You’ll explore the study of materials and techniques involved in the fundamental processes of silk-screening and relief printmaking.

Jewelry

In this course, you’ll learn techniques of metal work adapted to three-dimensional design. Cutting, soldering and casting techniques are explored as you work with silver, bronze and copper metals.

Sculpture

You’ll be exposed to an exploration of different materials, such as wood, clay, plaster and plastics. Emphasis is placed on learning various casting techniques and use of tools.

Photography

This course provides you with an introduction to basic concepts, processes and techniques of black and white photography including camera use, exposure, darkroom procedures and lighting and its controlled application.

Senior Thesis

In this directed study in a major area, you will have the opportunity to culminate with an art exhibit on campus.

Electives

You will also need one Art elective (three credit hours).

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor of art degree in art. 36 credit hours comprise required art courses, 18 credit hours in a minor of your choice and completion of the English and mathematics competence requirements.