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The Art degrees offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History prepare students to pursue the professional production and exhibition of their own art or more in-depth study at the graduate school level.

The art major allows students to develop visual vocabulary, foster a deeper understanding of the formal visual relationships present in the art and design process, enhance their aesthetic awareness of art forms, and to promote the competency to independently seek further professional growth.

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The major is parth of the School of Art, Design and Art History, an academic unit within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Art major requires 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses.

The art faculty is made up of practicing artists who work closely with the students, and students also work closely with each other as they develop their studio practice. Visiting artists and scholars, workshops, field trips and frequent on-campus exhibitions of professional artwork enhance student engagement with contemporary art. Additionally, students have opportunities to exhibit and present their artwork, to assist in running on-campus galleries and studio art labs and to partake in other hands-on art experiences.

Art:
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A.
    • B.F.A.
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations (B.F.A.):
    • Ceramics
    • Fibers
    • Integrated 3D
    • Metals and Jewelry
    • Painting and Drawing
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
  • Minors:
    • Art

Declaring the Major

First-Year, Transfer and Change-of-Major Students
All prospective first-year, transfer or change-of-major students intending to major in Art must meet JMU admission requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to meeting JMU admission requirements, all students who intend to pursue the B.F.A. in Art are required to submit a SADAH admission portfolio to the school’s SlideRoom account to be artistically admitted to the school. There is a $10 charge for this submission. Students must submit a second portfolio upon completion of their Foundations courses to be admitted to the Art major.

Students applying to the Art B.A. or B.S. do not need to submit a portfolio at any time.

Portfolio feedback days are an opportunity to meet with faculty, receive information about the Art major and concentrations and take a tour of the school’s facilities. Students must participate in a Portfolio Feedback Day to be considered for any SADAH merit scholarships, which vary in amount up to the full cost of tuition. Portfolios should be submitted as early as possible for scholarship consideration.

Please contact SADAH’s Recruitment & Records Specialist Michael Penney if you would like a faculty member in the Art major to critique your portfolio before submitting it to SlideRoom.

Admission to the Major

Admission to the Art B.F.A. program is selective and competitive for a limited number of seats. Completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the Art B.F.A. program is based upon completion of all prerequisite courses and individual merit as determined by a faculty assessment of your art portfolio.

Progressing in the Major

Art B.A. and B.S. majors must remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Art B.F.A. majors must be a declared Art major and have completed all the prerequisite Foundations courses and introductory Art courses.

Portfolios are assessed during a student’s second year in spring semester, prior to pre-registration. Students should contact area coordinator to determine the exact time and location for each semester’s portfolio reviews.

Students not accepted to the Art B.F.A. program will have one opportunity to reapply in the following semester or may choose other majors within the School of Art, Design and Art History.


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