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Academic Program Guide

Art, Studio (BA)

College: Fine Arts
Degree: BA
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: June Dollar
Address: 530 W. Call St., FSU P.O. Box 3061150 Tallahassee, FL
Phone: (850) 644-8252

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Department of Art offers diverse opportunities for creative development and expression, provides instruction in the skills necessary for artistic creation, and guides students to an understanding of contemporary issues in the visual arts in an academically challenging environment. The department is committed to excellence in all programs and strives to combine curricular flexibility and a rigorous mix of experiences with opportunities for serious, focused study in art and design. The department benefits from the Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA) for student and faculty exhibitions. Additionally, the department serves as a resource to the rest of the University, providing exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and foundation courses for related programs.

Courses with in the major encompass history, theory, and practice. Studies may include ceramics, digital media, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Depending upon personal development, students may choose to work in a variety of media or concentrate in an area of interest. Each degree program mandates specific entry requirements, a certain sequence of courses, and graduation requirements. Students should refer to Studio Art’s Focus Area templates, located on the website, for recommendations on course selections.

Prerequisite Coursework

All of the following courses, except the ARH courses must be completed with a final grade of C or higher. These courses may also be used to meet General Education and major course requirements.

Studio/Fine Arts
ART X201 (3) or ART XXXX (3) 2 D
ART X202 (3) or ART X203 (3) or ART XXXX (3) Design II, 3D
ART X300 (3) Drawing Foundations
ART X301 (3) Drawing II or acceptable alternative
ARH X050 (3) History and Criticism of Art I
ARH X051 (3) History and Criticism of Art II
6 additional hours with ART prefix

Though students may be admitted before completing all of these courses, all must be completed prior to graduation.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

The BA degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level.


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00, at least half the required General Education hours including English and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Academic Performance and Retention
The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art major students at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made. Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, D+) in art courses taken for college credit at Florida State University or elsewhere will not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a major in studio art. Courses in which a grade below the minimum is received may only be repeated once. Repeated courses designated as non-repeatable (such as foundations courses) will not be counted toward overall credit hours per University requirements. BA students must maintain a 2.00 minimum GPA per University requirements. If a BA student falls below these standards, s/he is placed on departmental probation for the following semester. If the student’s course grade or GPA remains below the minimum standards at the end of the probationary semester, s/he is will not be permitted to continue in the Department of Art. The Department of Art retains the right to refuse admission or terminate enrollment at any time if a student fails to maintain the standards of the program.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (52-67 hours)

Foundations requirements for all degrees (16 hours) may be taken at community college or in lower division. All Foundations courses must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.

ART 1000 (1) Success Strategies in Art and Design
ART 1201C (3) Two-Dimensional Foundations
ART 1203 (3) Three-Dimensional Foundations
ART 1300C (3) Drawing Foundations
ART 2204C (3) Contemporary Art Foundations
ART 1602C (3) Digital Foundations

Additional requirements for BA Degree:
- Art History: 9 hours (Offered through the Art History department or approved courses offered through the Department of Art)
- Minimum Studio Requirements: 27 hours and completion of one Studio Art Focus Area; selected in consultation with an advisor.
- Foreign Language through the 2220 level or equivalent: 0-12 hours depending on proficiency.

Digital Literacy: 0 hours beyond major.
ART 1602C (3) meets this requirement.

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0* beyond other requirements
Major Coursework 52-67
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond major requirements
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*ARH2050 and ARH 2051 may be applied toward General Education and also count toward the 9 hours of Art History requirement.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors.


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours and one Studio Art Focus Area must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job titles Related to this Major: Bachelor's level: Studio artist(photographer, printmaker, painter, sculptor), Art critic, Arts Agency administrator, Art teacher(K-12), Commercial or freelance photographer, Art director, Creative director, Book/magazine illustrator, Children's book illustrator, Corporate or institutional illustrator, Medical/Scientific illustrator, Digital media artist, 3D modeling animator, Charater designer, Interactive media designer, Game designer, Animator, Video Editor, Video game artist, Print/ Web designer, Graphic designer, Graphic novelist, Concept artist, Furniture or jewelry designer, Conservator, Gallery manager, Exhibition designer, Muralist, Portrait Painter, Photo editor, Photo retoucher, Art Handler, Book designer, Fabric Designer, Audio Visual Specialist, Picture Framer, Arts Council Director.

Representative Employers: Publishing Houses, Display Firms, Advertising Agencies, Design Studios, Magazines, Architectural Firms, Corporate Design, Universities & Colleges, Museums, Art Centers, Art Galleries, Electronic Media.

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