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Department Art
College Arts & Humanities
Program Website
Degree Type(s) BA, BS, BFA
Program Description

The department offers programs that serve the needs of individuals interested in careers as artists or scholars, teachers of art, or those whose varied interests include art. Degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Art, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, the Bachelor of Science in Art Education and the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program presents an opportunity to pursue a “professional” degree that allows concentration in an area of art or design sustained by a program of general studies. Studio specializations are offered in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The faculty who teach in these areas are specialists in their respective creative disciplines.

The B.A. is defined as a "liberal arts" degree that offers a focus in studio art or art history within a program that provides a broad foundation of knowledge and skills.

Our comprehensive program in art history may lead to a career in museum or gallery work, education, administration, publishing and other art-related fields. The B.S. in Art Education is available for those seeking teacher licensure for a career as a K-12 teacher. The department also offers minors in art studio and art history.

Our undergraduate curriculum is structured so that an individual need not immediately declare which type of art degree they intend to pursue. The courses taken during the first year are foundation or basic courses that are applicable to all our art degrees. A concern for the proper development of fundamental knowledge and skills is a strong feature of our philosophy concerning undergraduate art training.

Admission Requirements Admission to major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements Students pursuing a B.A. must earn 8 credits in a foreign language and complete 18-24 credits in a minor subject area as part of their degree program. Students pursuing a B.F.A. must have a 2.5 GPA and pass ART 391, Portfolio Review.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Art
136 Nelson Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-6412
Fax: 507-389-2816
College Advising College of Arts & Humanities Advising
Gina Maahs-Zurbey, Student Relations Coordinator
226B Armstrong Hall

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