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SADAH Frequently Asked Questions




What classes will I take in my first year? Will I take classes in my major?

All first-year students enrolled in a School of Art, Design and Art History major completed Foundations courses which include ART 102 2D Design, ART 104 Drawing I, ART 106 3D Design, ARTH 289/205 Survey of World Art I, and ARTH 206 Survey of World Art II. All Foundations classes count toward the major. Please look through the SADAH Academic Advising webpage for First Year Students for recommended first year courses by major. https://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/advising/first-year-students.shtml

Can I change majors within SADAH?

Yes, because the Foundations classes are required in all SADAH majors students who change to another SADAH major within the first two years can still complete their degree in four years (for example, changing from Graphic Design to Art Studio or vice versa).

Do I have to pass a portfolio review to be admitted to a SADAH major?

Anyone can declare a major in Art History or Art Studio B.A./B.S. These majors do not have a portfolio review. However, a portfolio review is required to be admitted to the Art Studio B.F.A., Architectural Design B.F.A., Graphic Design B.F.A. and Industrial Design B.S.

More information on SADAH programs is located in the JMU Undergraduate Catalog http://catalog.jmu.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=25&ent_oid=1479&returnto=758

Do I have to pass any additional portfolio reviews once I am admitted to a SADAH major?

All of the design majors (Architectural, Graphic, and Industrial) require a second portfolio review at the end of the second year to be approved for upper level courses. This review is based on your work completed in design courses at JMU. Information on design portfolio reviews:

Architectural Design http://catalog.jmu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=25&poid=7430&returnto=765

Graphic Design http://catalog.jmu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=25&poid=7431&returnto=765

Industrial Design http://catalog.jmu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=25&poid=7435&returnto=765

What do I do if I don’t pass the second review for a design major?

All design majors allow students to re-apply one time in the following semester. Based on faculty feedback from the first design review, the student is expected to make improvements on the work in the portfolio before re-submitting. If you choose not to re-submit of are denied a second time, you can change majors within SADAH.

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial designers blend together art, engineering, business, sociology, and anthropology. They study people, drive consumer behavior, invent, experiment, and improve the objects of our daily lives. Industrial Design degree checklist: https://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/_files/2018-checklists/2018SPJMU_IndustrialDesign_DegreeChecklist.pdf

Will I have an architecture license when I graduate in Architectural Design?

No, but you will be very well prepared to enter a master’s program in Architecture if a license is your goal. Past graduates have been very successful at earning admission and scholarships to top graduate Architecture programs in the nation including; Pratt, University of Illinois, Parson’s, RISD, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Kentucky.

Architectural Design degree checklist: https://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/_files/2018-checklists/ARCD-BFA-checklist18.pdf

Can I major in Art Education?

No. Art education is a professional licensure program that is paired with a SADAH major. Any student who majors in SADAH is eligible for the art education program. Art Education program checklist: https://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/_files/2020-checklists/artedchecklist-2020.pdf

Can I add art education and still finish on time?

Students electing the B.A. or B.S. in Art Studio can complete the courses for art education plus student teaching in four years. It is recommended to declare art education in your second year to be able to finish on time. Students majoring in the Art Studio B.F.A. typically graduate in four years and then student teach the semester after graduation. Students in the Design majors often need one or two semesters after graduation to complete courses and student teaching.

I am an out-of-state student and plan to teach in my home state. Should I still complete art education at JMU?

It is most efficient to complete art teacher licensure in conjunction with a SADAH major, as the classes double count for the major and licensure. It is easy to apply for a license in another state once you have obtained a Virginia license. Please note that you will be required to complete student teaching in Virginia even if you are an out of state student.

Is art education a graduate degree?

No. Visual art licensure is granted in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree. The JMU Master’s in Art Education is for already licensed teachers who wish to specialize in a professional research area.

Are there professional internships for SADAH majors?

Many students complete summer professional internships. Faculty members from each major can assist students in locating and applying for internships within their field.

Do you offer gallery or museum internships?

Yes. Internships for course credit are available every fall and spring at four galleries on campus. For more information on galleries at JMU see: https://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/galleries/galleries-overview.shtml

If I come to JMU undeclared can I take art classes?

Art History classes are available to any student at JMU. Art studio courses offered in May and June are open for enrollment by non-majors. For fall and spring semesters Art and Design courses are limited to majors and minors in SADAH. JMU Student Activities and Involvement offers art activities throughout the year that are free and open to all students.


Contact: Karin Tollefson-Hall tollefkl@jmu.edu
Associate Director, School of Art, Design, and Art History
Art Education Area Coordinator and Associate Professor
First Year Advisor

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