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School of Art, Design and Art History 

Mission Statement

The School of Art, Design and Art History is a collaborative community that fosters independent thought and creativity, embraces the diversity of cultural expression, and cultivates excellence in the making and understanding of visual art.

Goals

The School of Art, Design and Art History discerns the following five distinct goals for the teaching of art at JMU:

  • To prepare future professional artists and designers.
  • To educate future art historians and museum specialists with a global perspective on the visual arts.
  • To develop and license future elementary and secondary art teachers.
  • To enrich the general education of non-art majors.
  • To supply professional instruction in the visual arts for students who wish to enrich their education by studying art as a second major or minor.

To meet these goals, the School of Art, Design and Art History offers three degrees, a choice of five majors and select areas of emphasis. PK-12 Licensure is available to every School of Art, Design and Art History major, regardless of their degree track.  Minors are offered in select areas. All degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours. A full description of degree requirements is listed under degree requirements.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Science

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Art students at JMU have the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of art and art-related career fields. Because the School of Art, Design and Art History educates art students as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, graduates have an enhanced ability to think independently, respond flexibly, work productively and compete successfully for employment in career fields that value original and thoughtful creativity. Some possible careers include:

  • Advertising Designer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Artist
  • Art Critic
  • Art Educator
  • Art Historian
  • Ceramicist
  • Conservator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Museum Curator/Educator
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Textile Designer

To discuss specific career options, students should contact the school and make an appointment with a member of the faculty.

Accreditation

Supplementing JMU's general accreditation, all degrees offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History are professionally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, the Art Education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Special Admission Requirements

Art History Majors

Students intending to major in art history are not required to submit a portfolio, but should follow the regular JMU admissions process. To be considered for departmental scholarships, students must submit a resume, writing sample, and short essay to the department. To enroll in the museum studies concentration in art history, students must have a 3.3 GPA in the major and a minimum of nine credits in Art History (ARTH) and General Education Art History (ARTH) courses.

Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Studio Art Majors

All prospective freshmen, transfer and change of major students intending to major in architectural design, graphic design, industrial design or studio art must meet JMU admission requirements. In addition to meeting JMU admission requirements, all students are required to submit a portfolio to the school’s SlideRoom account. There is a $10 charge for this submission. Additionally, transfer and change of major students will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a statement of intent to the school’s SlideRoom account that explains their educational and artistic goals, articulating the reasons for choosing this area of study. The submission of a portfolio is seen as evidence of a student’s interest and potential for future success in art. Students must attend an on-campus Portfolio Review day or schedule a Skype interview to be considered for a scholarship. All scholarship awards are based on merit and vary in amount, up to the full cost of tuition.

The School of Art, Design and Art History (SADAH) offers students the opportunity for feedback on their portfolio, prior to the digital submission, through several on-campus and off-campus portfolio review days. This portfolio review event will provide an opportunity for feedback on actual artwork, as well as an opportunity to meet with faculty from the school. Tours of facilities and program info sessions will take place at on-campus events. All prospective freshman, transfer and change of major students are strongly encouraged to attend a portfolio review day prior to submitting their portfolio. For these in-person feedback sessions, it is highly recommended that students show actual works of art; however, a portfolio that consists of printed images is acceptable. If time-based media examples are included (video and animation), students will need to bring their own digital device for presentation purposes. Refer to the SADAH website for the dates of the upcoming portfolio feedback days and for additional portfolio requirements.

Students seeking official acceptance into the graphic design major must enroll in GRPH 208 and submit a portfolio representing work completed in GRPH 200, Computer Graphics; GRPH 202, Design Methodology; and GRPH 206, Introduction to Typography. Students not admitted may reapply the following semester.

Students seeking official acceptance into the architectural design major must enroll in ARCD 208 and submit a portfolio representing work completed in ARCD 200. Architectural Design Studio I and ARCD 202. Architectural Design Studio II. Students not admitted may reapply the following year.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Coordinator: Dr. John Ottottjw@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6319

The Bachelor of Arts in art history is intended for students who wish to study the history of the visual arts, including the cultural and social context in which they were created. It is the mission of the art history program to educate students with a global perspective on the arts.

Western art history is emphasized, coupled with opportunities to study the art of select non-Western traditions. Students majoring in art history will develop a general knowledge of the principle monuments and artists of all major historical art periods. Students also will:

  • Become acquainted with the art history of non-Western cultures.
  • Locate unfamiliar works within major style periods and cultures.
  • Describe, analyze and interpret the form and content of individual works of art in relation to the cultures from which they originate.
  • Recognize major art media.
  • Understand at least three major historical periods of art in detail.
  • Become familiar with art history theory and methods of analysis and criticism.
  • Research and write about significant artists, artistic events, periods and artistic concepts.

The art history program encourages majors and minors to participate in internship opportunities at museums, galleries and other art related settings, and it provides up-to-date information about jobs and graduate programs in art history and related fields. Visiting scholars, campus art exhibitions, trips to major museums and the JMU Study Abroad program provide students with opportunities to study and apply their art history knowledge outside the classroom. Upon completion of the art history major, students will have been exposed to a broad background and knowledge of the opportunities for graduate school and employment. The art history program also advocates cross disciplinary education and actively supports students who double major with other disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education1

            41

Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required)2

            0-14

Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)

            3

University electives3

            23-37

Major requirements

            39


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language, Literature and Culture's placement test.

3 Depends on number of hours needed to fulfill the B.A. foreign language requirement. If they are completed in six hours, students should use the larger number of general electives to complete a second major or minor that complements art or art history or, for students intending to pursue graduate degrees, to gain reading knowledge of a second foreign language.

Major Requirements

The major in art history requires 39 credit hours in art history and studio courses, as the following chart shows. At least six of these credit hours must be 400-level art history courses.

Core courses at the 200 level are broad interpretive overviews of art history that combine lecture and discussion to permit students to learn the content and chronology of world art history, to learn how art historians collect, analyze and synthesize evidence and engage in introductory exercises in the discipline. They generally include short formal writing assignments and exams with essay sections.

Distributives at the 300 level also combine lecture and discussion, more narrowly survey specific periods or cultures and address aspects of art historical methodology. These courses require longer formal writing assignments and include student research. Courses at the 400 level are seminars on specialized topics that center on advanced student research. A single course may not fulfill more than one distribution requirement.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

ARTH 300. Art History Seminar1

            3

Non-Western Electives (choose one of the following):

            3

ARTH 312. African Art: Sub-Saharan.

           

ARTH 332. Islamic Art and Architecture

           

ARTH 418. Modern and Contemporary African Art

           

ARTH 419. Topics in African Art

           

ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt

           

ARTH 446. Renaissance Art and the East

           

ARTH 484. Art of the Americas

           

Western Electives

            3

ARTH 322. Ancient Art

           

ARTH 340. Early Medieval Art

           

ARTH 346. Italian Renaissance Art

           

ARTH 360. Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 372. Modern Art from 1900-1945

           

ARTH 380. American Art to 1870

           

ARTH 382. American Art from 1870

           

ARTH 406. Monticello

           

ARTH 439. Topics in Medieval Art

           

ARTH 444. Gothic & Gothic Revival Architecture

           

ARTH 446. Renaissance Art and the East

           

ARTH 449. Topics in Renaissance Art.

           

ARTH 450. Baroque Art

           

ARTH 452. Eighteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 459. Topics in 17th and 18th Century Art

           

ARTH 464. Romanticism and Enlightenment

           

ARTH 466. Art and Nationalism

           

ARTH 469. Topics in Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 471. Public Art in America

           

ARTH 472. Modern Art Since 1945

           

ARTH 479. Topics in Twentieth Century Art

           

ARTH 488. African American Art

           

Pre-Modern Elective (choose one of the following):

           3

ARTH 312. African Art: Sub-Saharan

           

ARTH 322. Ancient Art

           

ARTH 332. Islamic Art and Architecture

           

ARTH 340. Early Medieval Art

           

ARTH 346. Italian Renaissance Art

           

ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt

           

ARTH 439. Topics in Medieval Art

           

ARTH 444. Gothic & Gothic Revival Architecture

           

ARTH 446. Renaissance Art and the East

           

ARTH 449. Topics in Renaissance Art

           

ARTH 450. Baroque Art

           

ARTH 484. Art of the Americas

           

Modern and Contemporary Elective (choose one of the following):

            3

ARTH 360. Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 372. Modern Art from 1900-1945

           

ARTH 380. American Art to 1870

           

ARTH 382. American Art from 1870

           

ARTH 406. Monticello

           

ARTH 418. Modern and Contemporary African Art

           

ARTH 419. Topics in African Art

           

ARTH 452. Eighteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 459. Topics in 17th and 18th Century Art

           

ARTH 464. Romanticism and Enlightenment

           

ARTH 466. Art and Nationalism

           

ARTH 469. Topics in Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 471. Public Art in America

           

ARTH 472. Modern Art Since 1945

           

ARTH 479. Topics in Twentieth Century Art

           

ARTH 488. African American Art

           

Art history electives (300-400 level)1

            12

Studio art electives (any level)

            6


            39

1 ART 305. Seminar in Aesthetics, may count as an art history elective. A maximum of three credits from ARTH 490, ARTH 495 or ARTH 499 may count toward the major.

Recommended Schedule For Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

           

ARTH 206. Survey of World II: Renaissance to Modern

           

Foreign language courses

            6

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

            9

General Education course

            3-6

General electives

            6-9


            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

           

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

           

Choose foreign language (if needed) or general electives

            6

General Education courses

            18

Studio Art Elective

            3


            30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Non-Western art history elective

            3

Western art history electives

            6

ARTH 300. Art History Seminar

            3

General electives

            3

Studio Art elective

            3

General Education courses

            12


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

Art History electives

            12

General electives

            18


            30

Internship/Independent Study Credit

A maximum of three credits of art history internship, independent study, or honors course work may be applied toward the major in art history. A student may petition the art history coordinator to apply six credit hours toward the art history major if the internship or independent study course work is directly relevant to the student's interests and career goals.

Concentration Requirements

Museum Studies Concentration

The museum studies concentration enriches the art history curriculum by offering course work that examines the critical role that museums have played in constructing the discipline and pedagogy of art history. History and theory-oriented classes will introduce students to the role and function of museums in society and the ways in which museums both reflect and perpetuate the values of the cultures that create them. Experiential practica or internship courses will expose students to the wide range of work conducted in museums, including curatorial, collections management, conservation, education, design and installation, media and public relations, publications, development and administration.

While the concentration is academic and not vocational, it offers students valuable hands-on experience beneficial for admission into graduate school and entry into the competitive market of art-related professions. Virginia is a state that boasts a plethora of art museums, house museums, history museums, and historic and archaeological sites. Art history majors who complete the concentration will be well positioned for seeking employment in regional and state museums.

The museum studies concentration consists of five courses (15 credit hours). Students are required to complete three core courses and two elective courses. Students may only count three credit hours toward both the art history major and the museum studies concentration.

A 3.3 GPA in the minimum of nine credits in Art History (ARTH) and General Education Art History (ARTH) courses are required to enroll in the concentration. To apply, students submit an unofficial transcript to the area coordinator. Students may apply to the concentration in the fall or spring semester, but no later than the last day of the course add registration deadline.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

ARTH/HIST 394. Introduction to Museum Work

            3

ARTH/HIST 408. The Museum: History and Controversies

            3

ARTH 495. Internship in Art History

            3

Electives (choose two of the following):

            6

ARTH/HIST 396. Introduction to Public History

           

ARTH/HIST 406. Monticello

           

ARTH 491. Exhibition Seminar

           

ARTH/ANTH/HIST 492. American Material Culture

           

ARTH/HIST 493. Historic Preservation

           

ANTH 494. Field Topics in Archaeology

           

HIST 440. The History Museum

 


            15

Requirements for Art History as a Second Major

Students in any degree program may study art history as a second major by completing the 39 credit art history requirement. Students studying art history as a second major do not need to complete the requirements for the B.A. degree if their first major will complete the requirements for a different baccalaureate degree. However, non-B.A. degree students completing art history as a second major are strongly encouraged to complete the B.A. foreign language requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Coordinator: Corinne Diopdiopcj@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6485

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of art study that promotes lifelong learning with an emphasis on the humanities. The B.A. in studio art is designed for students who seek a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have an interest or background in the humanities. Students majoring in studio art will:

  • Grasp how artworks are created.
  • Understand how the visual arts relate to the culture that influences them.
  • Gain an overview of the sequences of style and meaning evident in the history of art.
  • Improve their ability to articulate their ideas and knowledge about art to others.
  • Learn about career opportunities in art and closely related fields.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education1

            41

Foreign Language courses (intermediate level required) 2

            0-14

Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)

            3

University electives

            17-31

Major requirements (listed below)

            45


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language, Literature and Culture's placement test.

Major Requirements

The studio art major requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in art and art history, as the following chart shows.

Required Art Courses       

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses

           

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

3-D Studio Art courses (choose one of the following):

            3

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

Studio art courses (300-400 level)1

            6

General art electives (any level)2

            15

Art history elective (300-400 level)3

            3


            45

1 The 6 credit hours of studio art electives (300-400 level) must be taken in a single studio area. Graphic design and architectural design course credits cannot count as a concentration area. Studio art credits cannot be double-counted.

2 A minimum of 9 credit hours of general art electives must consist of studio-based courses with an ART prefix (excluding ART 200, 304, 305, 491, 493, and 496). The other 6 credit hours of general art electives must consist of any courses with the prefix ARCD, ARED, ART, ARTH, GRPH, and INDU. 

3 Excludes ARTH 490, ARTH 495 and ARTH 499.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

            9

General Education courses

            9


            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art

            3

Required studio art course

            3

Foreign language courses (if needed)

            6

General Education courses

            12

General art electives (any level)

            3


            30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

General art electives (any level)

            9

General electives

            6

B.A. philosophy requirement

            3

General Education courses

            9


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

Studio art courses (300-400 level)

            6

Art or general electives

            24


            30

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design

Coordinator: Evelyn Tickletickleec@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6696

The B.F.A. in architectural design educates future design leaders. It is an intensive program focused on rigorous design processes. Architectural design is approached holistically– emphasizing investigations into the nature of materials and objects, interior space, ergonomics, history and theory, programmatic invention, functional poetics, and collaboration across disciplines. The curriculum instills purpose, craft, technological competencies and versatile thinking.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.F.A. in architectural design is selective and competitive for a limited number of reserved seats in upper-division (300-400 level) architectural design courses. Declaration of architectural design as a major and completion of lower-division (100-200) prerequisite art courses does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission to upper-division ARCD courses is based on completion of all prerequisite art courses and merit as determined by faculty review of portfolios submitted in satisfaction of the course ARCD 208. Portfolio Review.

ARCD 208 is a 0 credit, pass/fail course that functions as a prerequisite to enrollment in 300-400 level architectural design courses. Students should enroll in ARCD 208 during the semester in which they are enrolled in ARCD 202. ARCD 208 portfolios are reviewed during the spring semester (February) prior to pre-registration. Students should contact the area coordinator of architectural design to determine the exact time and location for the ARCD 208 portfolio review.

Any art major may take ARCD 200 and ARCD 202, but is restricted from taking any 300-400 level architectural design course until ARCD 208 has been taken and passed.

Accepted students who receive a passing grade for ARCD 208 will be able to register for ARCD upper division courses for the following semester. Students not accepted will have one opportunity to reapply the following spring semester or may choose to continue in another major within the School of Art, Design and Art History.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education courses1

            41

University electives

            1

Major requirements (listed below)

            78


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

This major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses; 45 must focus on architectural design.

Required Art Courses         

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses

            18

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

           

ART 104. Drawing I

           

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

           

ART 108. Drawing II

           

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

           

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

           

Required Concentration Courses

            54

ARCD 200. Architectural Design Studio I

           

ARCD 202. Architectural Design Studio II

           

ARCD 208. Portfolio Review

           

ARCD 220. CAD: 3D Modeling

           

ARCD 300. Architectural Design Studio III

           

ARCD 302. Architectural Design Studio IV

           

ARCD 330. Materials and Methods I

           

ARCD 332. Materials and Methods II

           

ARCD 400. Interior Design Studio V

           

ARCD 402. Interior Design Studio VI

           

ARCD 440. Professional Design Practices

           

ARCD 496. Internship in Architectural Design

           

ARTH 370. History of Architectural Design

           

ARTH 376. Modern Architecture

           

Choose two of the following electives:

            6

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes     

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 260. Introductory Photography: Black and White

           

ART 270. ART 272 or ART 274. Printmaking

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

ART 305. Seminar in Aesthetics

           

ART 350. Figure Drawing

           

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics

           

GRPH 202. Design Methodology

           

ARCD 392. Topics in Architectural Design

           

ARCD 470. Contemporary Design Theory

           

ARCD 490. Independent Studies in Architectural Design

           

INDU 390. Independent Studies in Industrial Design

           

INDU 392. Topics in Industrial Design

           


            78  

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

General Education

            12

Art Foundations

            18


            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

ARCD 200. Architectural Design Studio I

            6

ARCD 202. Architectural Design Studio II

            6

ARCD 220. CAD: 3D Modeling

            3

ARTH 370. History of Architectural Design

            3

General Education

            15

ARCD 208. Portfolio Review (spring)

            0


            33

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

ARCD 300. Architectural Design Studio III

            6

ARCD 302. Architectural Design Studio IV

            6

ARCD 330. Materials and Methods I

            3

ARCD 332. Materials and Methods II

            3

ARCD 440. Professional Practices in Architectural Design

            3

ARTH 376. History of Modern Architecture

            3

General Education

            6

ARCD 496. Internship1

            0


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

ARCD 400. Architectural Design Studio V

            6

ARCD 402. Architectural Design Studio VI

            6

ARCD Electives

            6

General Education

            9


            27

1 ARCD 496 is typically completed during the summer.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Coordinator: Trudy Colecoletl@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-3488

The graphic design program provides a professional education with an interdisciplinary approach. Program objectives for the graphic design student are:

  • Articulate ideas and understand the fundamental elements and principles of graphic design while using correct terminology pertinent to the field.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of artistic methods, craft and formal structure as vehicles to enhance a solutions communicative value.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both traditional and digital ways of making.
  • Develop diverse problem-solving methodologies that combine theory, research, analytical skills and conceptualization to create effective graphic design solutions.
  • Develop a professional graphic design portfolio reflective of one’s knowledge and abilities that encompasses the contemporary design market.

The graphic design program objectives are enhanced by frequent field trips to design events, guest speakers, workshops and internship opportunities. Design students have an opportunity to engage with design leaders in the field through field trips, events and participation in a professional design organization.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.F.A. in graphic design is selective and competitive for a limited number of reserved seats in upper-division (300-400 level) graphic design courses. Declaration of graphic design as a major and completion of lower-division (100-200) prerequisite ART and GRPH courses does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission to upper-division GRPH courses is based on completion of all prerequisite GRPH courses and merit as determined by a faculty review of portfolios submitted in satisfaction of GRPH 208. Portfolio Review.

GRPH 208. Portfolio Review is a 0 credit, pass/fail course that functions as a prerequisite to enrollment in all 300-400 level graphic design courses. Students should enroll in GRPH 208 during the semester following completion of GRPH 200, GRPH 202 and GRPH 206 (or concurrently with GRPH 206). GRPH 208 portfolios are reviewed each semester. Students enrolled in GRPH 208 will be emailed at the beginning of the semester and will be informed of the exact time and location of the GRPH 208 portfolio review.

Any art major may take GRPH 200, GRPH 202 and GRPH 206, but is restricted from taking any 300-400 level graphic design course until GRPH 208 has been taken and passed.

Accepted students who receive a passing grade for GRPH 208 will be able to register for upper-division courses GRPH for the following semester and are required to furnish a Macintoch laptop computer. Purchase recommendations can be found at: http://www.jmu.edu/computing/purchase/dept.shtml

Students not accepted will have one opportunity to reapply in the following semester or may choose to continue in another major within the School of Art, Design and Art History.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education courses1

            41

University electives

            1

Major requirements (listed below)

            78


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

This major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses; 36 are graphic design concentration required and elective courses.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses

            18

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

           

ART 104. Drawing I

           

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

           

ART 108. Drawing II

           

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

           

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

           

Required art studio courses (choose four of the following):

            12

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel or

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 252. Introductory Painting

           

ART 260. Introductory Photography: Black and White

           

ART 270. ART 272. or ART 274. Printmaking

           

ART 350. Figure Drawing

           

Major Courses (Required)

            30

ARTH 303. History of Design

           

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics

           

GRPH 202. Design Methodology

           

GRPH 206. Introduction to Typography

           

GRPH 208. Portfolio Review

           

GRPH 306. Intermediate Typography

           

GRPH 312. Web Design

           

GRPH 313. Interactive Media

           

GRPH 406. Advanced Typography

           

GRPH 408. Brand Identity

           

GRPH 410. Graphic Design Portfolio

           

Major Courses (Electives)

            9

GRPH 300. Illustration

           

GRPH 304. Package Design

           

GRPH 340. Poster Design

           

GRPH/ART 375. Letterpress

           

GRPH/ART 376. Intermediate Book Arts: Concept, Content, Form

           

GRPH 390. Independent Studies in Graphic Design

           

GRPH 392. Topics in Graphic Design

           

GRPH 496. Internship in Graphic Design1

           

Art and art-related electives2

            6

Art history electives (300-400 level)3

            6


            78

1 A maximum of six credit hours of practicum or internship may count toward the degree.

2 Studio art and art related electives may include courses from general fine arts, architectural design, graphic design and internships, but excludes courses taken to fulfill the studio concentration.

3 Excludes ARTH 490, ARTH 495 and ARTH 499

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year (first semester)              

Credit Hours

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

            3

General Education courses

            3

First Year (second semester)

           

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 108. Drawing II

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

General Education courses

            6


 

            30

 

Second Year (first semester)         

Credit Hours

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics1

            3

GRPH 202. Design Methodology1

            3

Two-D or Three-D Studio Art Courses

            3

General Education courses

            6

Second Year (second semester)

           

GRPH 206. Introduction to Typography1

            3

GRPH 208. Portfolio Review1

            0

Two-D or Three-D Studio Art Courses

            6

General Education courses

            6


 

            30

 

 

Third Year (first semester)             

Credit Hours

GRPH 306. Intermediate Typography1

            3

GRPH 312. Web Design

            3

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

General Education courses

            6

Third Year (second semester)

           

GRPH 313. Interactive Media

            3

Two-D or Three-D Studio Art Courses

            3

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

General Education courses

            6


 

            30

 

Fourth Year (first semester)          

Credit Hours

GRPH 406. Advanced Typography1

            3

GRPH 408. Brand Identity1

            3

Art and art-related electives

            6

General Education courses

            3

Fourth Year (second semester)

           

GRPH 410. Graphic Design Portfolio1

            3

GRPH Concentration Elective

            9

General Education courses

            2

University Elective (if total credits do not reach 120)

            1


 

            30

1 Part of a sequence of courses that may not be taken in less than a five-semester sequence.

Required Sequence for Graphic Design

Semester 1: GRPH 200 and GRPH 202

Semester 2: GRPH 206 and GRPH 208

Semester 3: GRPH 306

Semester 4: GRPH 406 and GRPH 408

Semester 5: GRPH 410

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Coordinator: Corinne Diopdiopcj@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6485

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art is intended for those students whose goal is the professional production of visual art. Only those students serious about preparing for a studio career in the visual arts and willing to commit the time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their chosen area of studio concentration should enroll.

These areas of concentration within the B.F.A. in studio art degree seek to:

  • Develop students' 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.
  • Promote the competency to independently seek further professional growth.

Students develop competency in several media (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, metals and jewelry, printmaking, photography, glass, mixed-media) and foster a professional command of at least one medium. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to pursue the professional production and exhibition of their own art or more in-depth study at the graduate school level.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education courses1

            41

University elective

            1

Major requirements (listed below)

            78


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major and Concentration Requirements

The general fine arts concentration requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art related courses.

Required Art Courses       

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 108. Drawing II

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art

            3

ART 305. Seminar in Aesthetics

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

Studio art courses (choose six of the following):1

            18

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel or

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 252. Introductory Painting

           

ART 260. Introductory Photography: Black and White

           

ART 270ART 272 or ART 274. Printmaking

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

ART 350. Figure Drawing

           

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics

           

Studio Concentration (choose one of the following):2

            15

Ceramics

           

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 320. Intermediate Ceramics: Molds and Casting

           

ART 322. Intermediate Ceramics: Surface Development

           

ART 420. Advanced Ceramics: Portfolio Development (repeatable to 9 credits)

           

Fiber Arts

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 330. Intermediate Fiber Processes

           

ART 430. Advanced Fiber Processes (repeatable to 9 credits)

           

Metals and Jewelry

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 340. Intermediate Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 440. Advanced Metal and Jewelry

           

An additional 6 credits in ART 340 and/or ART 440

           

Painting and Drawing

           

ART 252. Introductory Painting

           

ART 350. Figure Drawing

           

ART 352. Intermediate Painting

           

ART 452. Advanced Painting (repeat for credit)

           

Photography

           

ART 260. Introductory Photography: Black and White

           

ART 360. Intermediate Photography: Digital

           

Complete three of the following courses:

           

ART 362. Intermediate Photography: Experimental Black and White

           

ART 364. Intermediate Photography: Large Format

           

ART 460. Advanced Photography: Alternative Processes

           

ART 462. Advanced Photography: The Prehistory of Photography, Magic and Illusion

           

ART 464. Advanced Photography: The Photograph as Document

           

ART 466. Advanced Photography: Performance for the Lens

           

ART 468. Advanced Photography: Screen-based Photo/Video

           

ART 469. Advanced Photography: Portfolio Development

           

Printmaking

           

ART 270. Printmaking: Screenprinting

           

ART 272. Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio 

           

ART 274. Printmaking: Lithography

           

ART 470. Advanced Printmaking (repeatable to 6 credits)

           

Sculpture

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

ART 380. Intermediate Sculpture

           

ART 480. Advanced Sculpture (repeatable to 9 credits)

           

Art History electives (300-400 level)3

            6

Art and art-related electives4

            15


            78

1 Courses cannot be double-counted in studio concentration.

2 Credits taken to fulfill the studio concentration must be taken in a single studio area.

3 Excludes ARTH 490, ARTH 495 and ARTH 499.

4 Studio art and art-related electives must consist of courses with the prefix ARCD, ARED, ART, GRPH, and INDU but excludes courses taken to fulfill the studio concentration. 

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 108. Drawing II

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art

            3

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

            9-12

General Education courses

            3-6


            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

Required two- and three-dimensional studio art electives

            9

Studio concentration

            6

General Education courses

            9


            30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

Required two- and three-dimensional studio art electives

            9

Studio concentration

            6

General or art electives (any level)

            3

ART 305. Seminar in Aesthetics

            3

General Education courses

            6


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

Studio concentration

            6

General or art electives

            9

General Education courses

            12


            30

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Coordinator: Audrey Barnesbarnesal@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-7670

The industrial design major seeks to:

  • Integrate knowledge of the visual arts with applied design technology.
  • Enhance problem-solving and communication skills in the creation of design concepts.
  • Develop student knowledge that optimizes the function, value and appearance of manufactured products and systems.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education requirements1

            41

Quantitative requirement2 (in addition to General Education courses)

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education courses)

            3

Major requirements (listed below)

            78


 

            1253

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 Quantitative requirements may be double-counted with elective course work in the major. Check with adviser.

3 Students can double count up to two courses, thus reducing the total credit hours to 119. Students will need to enroll in three additional credit hours to reach the university minimum requirement of 120 credit hours.

Major Requirements

The industrial design major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses. Of these hours, 42 credits must be in INDU courses, as the following list shows.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses (15 credits)

           

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

Art and Design Electives (choose two of the following):

            6

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 260. Introductory Photography: Black and White

           

ART 270, ART 272 or ART 274. Printmaking

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

ART 305. Seminar in Aesthetics

           

ART 350. Figure Drawing

           

GRPH 206. Introduction to Typography

           

ARCD 392. Topics in Interior Architecture

           

Required Concentration Courses (21 credits):

           

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics

            3

INDU/ARCD 200. Introduction to Design

            6

INDU 202. Industrial Design Studio

            6

INDU 208. Portfolio Review

            0

INDU/ARCD 220. CAD 3D Modeling

            3

INDU 380. Materials & Processes

            3

Elective Concentration Courses (24 credits):

           

INDU 300. Product Design

            6

INDU 302. Transportation

            6

INDU 400. Systems & Services

            6

INDU 402. Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

            6

INDU 404. Advanced Special Topics Studio

            6

INDU 406. Senior Thesis Studio (Instructor Permission Required)

            6

Swing-Studio Option

            6

Art History (300 Level)

           

ARTH 303. History of Design (required)

            3

Interdisciplinary Electives

            9

Society and Culture1 (choose one of the following):

            3

ANTH 195. Intro to Cultural Anthropology

           

ANTH 205. Buried Cities, Lost Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Early Human Societies.

           

ANTH 323. Visual Anthropology

           

SOCI 260. Sociology of Culture

           

SOCI 311. Sociology of Environment

           

SOCI 315. Science, Technology and Society

           

SOCI 337. Sociology of Gender

           

Engineering and Technology2

            3

ENGR 231. Engineering Design I (2 credits)

           

ENGR 232. Engineering Design II (2 credits)

           

ENGR 280. Projects in Engineering (1-4 credits)

           

ENGR 498. Innovation (3 credits)

           

ENGR 498. Realization (3 credits)

           

ENGR 498. Human Centered Design (3 credits)

           

ENGR 498. Innovation Exchange (3 credits)

           

ENGR 498. Systems Design and Placemaking (3 credits)

           

ENGR 480. Projects in Engineering (1-4 credits)

           

ISAT 211. Modem Production Issues in Science and Technology (3 credits)

           

ISAT 330. Manufacturing Systems: Technology & Techniques (3 credits)

           

Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (choose one):

            3

COB 218. Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

           

MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing

           

MGT 405. Topics in Management

           

MGT 472. Venture Creation

           


            78

1 May fulfill the B.S. Natural/Social Science requirement.

2 Students selecting ENGR electives must have approval from the course instructor and the INDU adviser.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

General Education

            12

Art Foundations

            15

Elective

            3


            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

INDU 200. Introduction to Design

            6

INDU 202. Industrial Design Studio

            6

INDU 208. Portfolio Review

            0

INDU 220. CAD 3D Modeling

            3

GRPH 200. Computer Graphics

            3

General Education

            14


            32

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Advanced Studio

            6

Advanced Studio

            6

INDU 380. Materials & Processes

            3

ARTH 303. History of Design

            3

Interdisciplinary Elective: Engineering and Technology

            3

Interdisciplinary Elective: Society and Culture

            3

General Education

            6


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

Advanced Studio

            6

Advanced Studio

            6

Art and Design Electives

            6

General Education

            9

Interdisciplinary Elective: Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

            3


            30

Bachelor of Science in Studio Art

Coordinator: Corinne Diopdiopcj@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6485

The Bachelor of Science degree in studio art is designed for students who seek a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have a preferred interest or stronger background preparation in math, the natural sciences or the social sciences. The major of studio art allows students to study in one of two areas: studio art or studio art with an emphasis in industrial design. The studio art major allows students to:

  • Develop students' visual vocabulary.
  • Provide a range of elective options that complement the major in studio art.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education requirements 1

            41

Quantitative requirement2

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement2

            3

University electives

            28

Major requirements (listed below)

            45


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education requirement.

Major Requirements

The studio arts major requires 45 credit hours in art and art history courses, as the following chart shows.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art 

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

3-D Studio Art courses (choose one of the following):

            3

ART 220. Introductory Ceramics: Potter's Wheel

           

ART 222. Introductory Ceramics: Handbuilding

           

ART 230. Introduction to Fiber Processes

           

ART 240. Metal and Jewelry

           

ART 280. Sculpture

           

Studio art electives (300-400 level)1

            6

General art electives (any level)2

            15

Art history elective (300-400 level)3

            3


            45

1 The six credits of studio art electives (300-400 level) must be taken in a single studio area. Graphic design and industrial design course credits cannot count as a concentration area. Studio art credits cannot be double-counted.

2 Must include a minimum of nine credit hours in studio art. Up to six hours in art history may be included.

3 Excludes ARTH 490, ARTH 495 and ARTH 499.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design

            3

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

            9-12

General Education

            6-9


 

            30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

ART 205. Professional Practices in Art

            3

Required studio art elective

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3

General Education course

            9

General art electives (any level)

            6

General elective

            3


 

            30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Art history elective (300-400 level)

            3

General art electives (any level)

            9

General elective

            3

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3

General Education courses

            12


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

Studio art electives (300-400 level)

            6

General electives

            9-12

General Education courses

            12-15


            30

Teaching Licensure

Coordinator: Dr. William Wightmanwightmwh@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-5144

Art education professional PK-12 licensure is available to all studio and design majors. In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, students desiring PreK-12 teaching licensure in art must complete 23 credits of additional course work in art education, education and psychology, and 16 credits of student teaching. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. For a complete description of admission and retention policies and procedures for teacher education, refer to the College of Education.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the program coordinator of art education. The undergraduate degree leading to licensure must include the following minimum requirements in art:

  • Nine credits must be earned in art history and art appreciation.
  • Six credits must be earned in ceramics and crafts, with a minimum of one course in ceramics.
  • Six credits must be earned in three-dimensional media, with one course in sculpture.
  • Twelve credits must be earned in four different two-dimensional media.
  • Twenty-seven studio credits, with a minimum of six credits in each of three separate studio areas.

Course Requirements

The following is a list of the required courses leading to PK-12 art licensure and a suggested sequence of when each may be taken.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

ART 304. Methods of Art Criticism (spring, second year)

            3

ARED 300. Art Activities in the Elementary School (fall, third year)

            3

ARED 302. Secondary Art Education Methods (spring, third year)

            3

ARED 400. Visual Arts Across the Curriculum (fall, fourth year)

            3

ARED 490. Special Studies in Art Education (taken concurrently with ARED 300ARED 302 and ARED 400)

            3


            15

Required Education and Psychology Courses

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development1

            3

EDUC 300. Foundations of American Education

            3

READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12

            2

ARED 480. Student Teaching (spring, fourth year)

            16


            24

1 PSYC 160 may double-count toward General Education Cluster Five

Minor Requirements

Students may select a minor from the following areas. A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for any minor. The art minors attempt to:

  • Broaden students' understandings of the value and role of the visual arts in general culture.
  • Deepen their appreciation for personal artistic production.
  • Enhance their creativity and ability to think independently.

Art Minor

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in art by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in architectural design, art, graphic design or industrial design courses. The student's minor program is subject to approval by the school director.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design

            3

ART 104. Drawing I

            3

Art or art-related courses (any level)1

            12


            18

1 Art and design studio courses are restricted to ARCD, ART, GRPH, and INDU courses, but do not include ART 200, ART 205, ART 305, ART 491, ART 493, ART 496 and ART 499.

Art History Minor

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in art history by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in art history courses, as the following chart shows. At least six of these credit hours must be 400-level art history courses. The student's minor program is subject to approval by the school director.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

            3

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

            3

Art history courses (300-400 level)1

            12


            18

1 For studio art, graphic design and architectural design majors, required ARTH courses in the art emphasis program may count toward the art history minor. Excludes ARTH 390, ARTH 490, ARTH 495 and ARTH 499.

Book Arts Minor

For information on this cross disciplinary minor, refer to the cross disciplinary minors catalog section.