Shapemaximize playTriangle

This guide is meant to be used as a guide for advising and planning. It is NOT meant to substitute meeting with your Faculty Advisor. It is subject to change.

Major & Minor Sheets (pdf downloads)

Contract Course Form (Fillable text fields) – needed for Focused Studies, Internships, Directed Courses, etc.

Registration Considerations

Your advisor is there to help make the best decisions about your registration and curricular progress. She/He will be your advisor through out your college career unless you change majors or emphases. Meeting with them prior to registering helps you make good registering decisions. The best preparation for your advising meeting is to chart out a plan of what courses you’ll take when. Try making a chart by folding a piece of paper in half, then again, so you have four sections. Label them for each of your four years in college – Freshman, Sophomore, and so on. Then plan out what you’ll take when. The course listings below will help with the process.

To start, here are some basic but important guidelines to consider: 

  • 100–200 level courses are best taken in Freshman and Sophomore years. 
  • You will not be permitted to register for 300–400 level courses until you’re at least a Junior. You’ll need special permission to enroll sooner. 
  • As an Art Major, you will not be required to take ART100 Art Appreciation or FA100 Music and Art AppreciationTake ART251 Art History Survey 1 instead.
  • If a Registration HOLDs shows up on the Portal, contact your advisor. These are placed on advisees so that they will go to their advisor first. This is especially important in your first years of college. Contact the respective office if you have other holds on your registration, such as Financial Aid, etc. 
  • Focused Studies, Internships and other non-classroom credits will require a contract (look for “contract” in the course description). When it comes time to enroll in one of these courses, get a contract from the Registrar or from the Art Office, and bring it with you to meet with your Advisor.
  • ART P–12 Majors may not take ANY courses while student teaching (usually in your last semester). 
  • And ART MAJOR cannot declare any of the ART minors.

Once you have your courses figured out, and you’ve met with your Advisor, you can Register for your classes.

Recommended ART Core Course Sequence Toward Completing a Major in Art* (See credit hours below in course listing.)

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
ART 111
2-D Design 
ART 231
Color Theory 

ART 300
Theory & Criticism  
(Fall only – Even-numbered years)

ART 475
Senior Seminar
(Online Offering)
(Fall Only!)
ART 112
3-D Design 
ART 251
Art History Survey I 

ART 456
Advanced Topics in Art History 
(Spring ONLY)

ART 300 (If not yet taken)
ART 456 (if not yet taken)
ART 123
Intro to Drawing
ART 252
Art History Survey 2
ART 489*
Focused Studies
ART 489*
Focused Studies
ART 231
Color Theory 
ART 292
Working in the Visual Arts

Aesthetics (Typically Spring)

(strongly recommended course)

ART 476*+ ART 477
Senior Exhibit 
(six credits total)
  ART 396
Contemporary Art Seminar


Note: ART476 and 477 should 
be taken concurrently—
except for art history 
emphasis students
    *needs contract  

* These are the Art courses best taken in a certain sequence. There are many other courses you need as a part of the Art Major studies—see them listed on the Major sheets (links above). Your curricular needs may vary based on Advanced Placement courses and many other factors. Please see your Advisor or the Regstrar’s Office for more information and further details. 

Paris Semester

(Every other Fall semester [odd-numbered years] – Fall of 2019, 2021, etc.)

Paris Semester students earn 15 credits while overseas fall semester. Open to all Majors. 

Paris Semester students select from among the following courses for Fall semester credits:

  • Internship in your major (3 to 6 credits)
  • FRN 393 French language (3 or 6 credits, multi-level)
  • HIS 393 History of France  (3)
  • ICS 330, The Church in Context (3)
  • ART 252, Art History (3)
  • ART 489 Art History Focused Study (prerequisites)
  • ART 489 Studio Art credit (3 or 6 credits) (Art majors)
  • ART 475 Senior Seminar (1) (Art majors)
  • PE 122 Fitness Walking (1)
  • Online course options (e.g. Business, Communication, Bible and Theology, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, English) (3)

See Paris Semester Website, or contact Dr Linda Stratford for more information


ART Course Offerings – frequency and typical Fall/Spring specific offering sequences are indicated at the end of course listings below. 

  • ART 100 (3) Understanding Art—Exposure to elements, principles and periods in art. Exposure to studio components, through guided exercises and gallery visits are an integral part of the course. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 111 (3) Introduction to 2D Form and Design—The introduction to the fundamental principles and elements of two- dimensional design and the technical skills required to apply them in various media. The student learns how to structure intelligent and creative solutions to specific design problems and to evaluate those solutions according to critical standards. The nature and meaning of the creative process and the expressive potential of visual form are addressed. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 112 (3) Introduction to 3D Form & Design—Explores spatial principles through a series of projects involving concept generation, technical construction, and expressive intent with a variety of materials. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 123 (3) Introduction to Drawing—An introduction to drawing as a means of seeing and formulating ideas in visual form. Explores the basic concepts and formal devices of drawing. Working in various drawing media builds a practical understanding of drawing as the foundation for all visual thinking. Three hours of laboratory per week. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 212 (3) Stained Glass—Five works in stained glass using mosaic, copper foil, and lead construction. Concern for good design and construction. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee. (Typically Every Other Fall)
  • ART 222 (3) Ceramics—An introduction to the complete ceramics process. Techniques in clay formation, decoration, firing, and potter’s wheel are taught with an emphasis on the expressive potential of utility. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 231 (3) Intermediate Design & Color Theory—Further exploration of the principles and elements of design. Develops awareness of the theoretical and expressive significance of color in pictorial space. Pre-requisite: ART 111 is strongly recommended. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 233 (3) Figure Drawing—Further develops lessons introduced in ART 123 by addressing the classical subject of the live model in an intensive studio context. Various media. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre-requisite: ART 123. Fee. (Typically Spring [Wilmore campus], and offered in Fall Paris Semester Program)
  • ART 242 (3) Watercolor—Introduces the basic techniques of traditional watercolor. While the emphasis is on the handling of the media, principles of form and composition are also addressed. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee. (Occasional Offering)
  • ART 251 (3) Art History Survey I—Examination of major developments in art and architecture from prehistory through the 14th century, with consideration given to the dominant political, religious, and social concerns of each period. Fee. (Typically Fall)
  • ART 252 (3) Art History Survey II—Broad survey of the principal innovations in art and architecture in the West from the Renaissance to the present. Fee. (Typically Spring [Wilmore Campus], and Fall as part of Paris Semester)
  • ART 266 (3) Intro to Photography— Introduction to seeing photographically. Emphasizes critical thinking, photography’s history, and thoughtful evaluation of photographs. Methods and practice are also covered, including equipment, history, basic digital imaging, and presentation, culminating in a final portfolio. Requires an SLR camera (film or digital) with manual functions. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 292 (3) Working In The Visual Arts—Prepares student for advanced study in their chosen emphasis. Combines faculty mentorship with a chance to learn the principles and practice of presenting, exhibiting, curating, and documenting artwork. Students learn to identify areas of interest and begin the process of self-propelled art creation and/or research. Ideally taken in sophomore year. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 300 (3) Art Theory & Criticism—Historical survey of critical methods and theories by which “art” and the “artist” have been defined and assessed. Theological perspectives on the visual arts are addressed. Fee. (Typically every other Fall-even years)
  • ART 322 (3) Ceramics II—Intermediate studio course building on the foundations on Ceramics I. Design, concept development, sculptural application and surface considerations will be explored. Emphasis on contemporary ceramic practices and the development of one’s own creative expression within the medium. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre- requisite: ART 222. Fee. (Typically every Other Spring)
  • ART 340 (3) Traditional Black & White Photography— Intermediate studio course that introduces black and white darkroom craft as a form of artistic expression. Students learn traditional silver-based light sensitive processes and darkroom techniques, and medium- and large-format camera equipment usage. Students will also study the medium’s history from the early twentieth century to present times. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre-requisite: ART 266. Fee. (Typically Fall)
  • ART 354 (3) Graphic Design I—Fundamental design principles within the context of graphic design, using industry-standard page-layout and digital image-editing software. Two- dimensional visual communication is reinforced, along with typographic principles and a survey of graphic design processes, through problem solving projects and exercises. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 372 (3) Sculpture—Investigation of the major issues and techniques of contemporary sculptural practice including materials choice, formation process, and idea development. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre-requisite: ART 112. Fee. (Typically every Other Spring)
  • ART 381 (3) Painting—This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of representational painting in acrylics and oils. The emphasis lies in developing technical proficiency and visual acuity as the foundation for imaginative formal expression in paint. Three hours of laboratory per week required. ART 123 or ART 111 are strongly suggested as pre- requisite, or taken concurrently. Fee. (Typically Fall)
  • ART 389 (1-3) Art Medium Focus (non-majors)— (formerly ART 392) Independent work in an art medium chosen in consultation with the supervising professor. Repeatable. Pre- requisite: 12 hours in ART. Fee. (Contract course)
  • ART 390 (3) Printmaking—Students learn the procedures, techniques, vocabulary and implications of using relief and screen-printing processes. Three hours of laboratory per week required. ART 123 is strongly recommended as pre-requisite. Course includes studio work hours. Fee (Typically Fall)
  • ART 396 (2) Contemporary Art Seminar—Students engage the ideas, practices and broader context of art produced today. The course includes traveling to New York City to view art, research and discuss of current art exhibitions and publications. Repeatable. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 403 (3) Studies in Painting & Drawing—This studio course continues the practice, study, and craft of painting and/or drawing laid out by ART 381 and ART 233 with additional attention given to research skills and focused expression of the disciplines through a studio classroom setting. Course will prepare the student for painting or drawing focus classes (depending on student’s choice of emphasis). This course may (with professor’s permission) be repeated as a substitute for a focus class. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Repeatable. Pre-requisites: ART 381. ART 231 and 233 are strongly recommended as pre-requisite or taken concurrently. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 406 (3) Digital Darkroom & Imaging— Covers digital imaging techniques from capture to print. This course is designed to prepare the student for both commercial and fine arts applications. Various methods, tools, and techniques of digital imaging and efficient post-production workflow are covered, along with editing, manipulation, file management and preparation, and scanning. Access to DSLR required. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre-requisite: ART 266. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 435 (3) Internship—Students work under joint supervision of professor and on-the-job supervisor in appropriate setting. Requires prior approval of work setting, and minimum of 120 hours of documented field work. Pre-requisites: junior standing and departmental approval. Fee. (Contract course, also part of Paris Semester)
  • ART 452 (3) Graphic Design II—-Builds on ART 354 in considering critical analyses in graphic design and its larger cultural impact. Introduces vector graphics software and further study of page layout and digital image-editing tools. Three hours of laboratory per week required. Pre-requisite: ART 354. Fee. (Typically Fall & Spring)
  • ART 456 (3) Advanced Topics in Art History—This course aimed at juniors and seniors provides in-depth exposure to and examination of a specific art historical topic such as 20th- century Art; Renaissance Art; Asian, African or Latin American Art; or Christianity and Art. Topics change yearly. In addition to exposure to course content students develop an independent, major research project culminating in a paper and oral presentation. Repeatable. Fee. (Typically Spring)
  • ART 475 (1) Senior Seminar—Capstone Seminar dealing with what it means to have a liberal arts degree in Art, as well as making plans for relevant graduate education and career opportunities. Senior Seminar is normally taken in the fall semester of the year in which the student will carry out their senior exhibit, or senior art historical research. Pre-requisite: senior status. Fee. (Typically Fall)
  • ART 476 (3) Senior Exhibit/Presentation Focus— Specialization in chosen discipline (painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, or art history) in consultation with professor. This course is the final Focus an Art Major will complete and supports the creation of artwork or research culminating in the Senior Exhibit/Presentation. Pre- requisites: completion of ART 489 (or 492) as required by chosen area of specialization. Co-requisites: ART 477. Fee. (Contract course)
  • ART 477 (3) Senior Exhibit/Art History Presentation—A student in studio art mounts a professional-quality exhibition of a body of work created for the Art major in the University gallery or other designated space. The exhibit must meet faculty approval both as proposed and as installed. The student completing an art history emphasis presents research at the public annual art history symposium or independently curates a show on or off campus. Prerequisite: senior status and recommendation of department following junior review. Co- requisite: ART 476. Fee. (Contract course)
  • ART 489 (1-3) Art Medium Focus—(formerly ART 492) Specialization in chosen discipline (painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, or art history) in consultation with professor. Pre-requisites: Introductory level course in chosen area of specialization. Repeatable. Fee. (Contract course, also part of Paris Semester) 

Special & Occasional Course Situations to note

Spring Semester offering: ART393 Aesthetics  Seminar – strongly recommended for all majors, especially in the Humanities.

FALL/OCCASIONAL: ART 212 (3) Stained Glass—Five works in stained glass using mosaic, copper foil, and lead construction.  Concern for good design and construction.  Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee.

Occasional: ART242 Watercolor

Note: ART 454 (3) Renaissance Art & ART455 (3) 20TH Century Art have been replaced by ART456 Advanced Topics in Art History. 

Courses for Your Consideration

Here are courses offered in other departments that may be of interest to you to widen your experience in your pursuit of an Art degree. 
MC225 Interactive Media
JRN342 Photojournalism
MC370 Animation Design

All course offerings are subject to change without notice.