B.A. in Art + Design

Art + Design provides students with a dynamic and comprehensive instructional program in the visual arts with concentrations in studio art or graphic design. As an Art + Design major, you’ll gain solid grounding in fundamentals of color, art history, photography, and other foundational core courses to develop your skills and focus your work. Our on-campus studios, gallery, and museum-quality installations let you connect with visual art every day. As an art major at NSU, you're also a member of Fort Lauderdale’s NSU Art Museum and are encouraged to visit the latest international exhibit, attend art talks, and show openings. 

Art + Design prepares you for careers as freelance artists or for employment with public and private organizations in various industries. Internships and volunteer opportunities include the NSU Art Museum, Girls Club, Heart2Art, Small Press Fair, and more.  Whether you aim to be a multimedia artist, illustrator, photographer, art educator, or critic, the B.A. in Art + Design can help you uncover your passion, refine your skills, and define your brand as a creative professional. 

The successful Art + Design graduate is expected to:

  • Effectively apply visual design and composition concepts to produce original work in area of concentration.
  • Examine major historical art/design movements and artists.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the exhibition of works.

 

B.A. in Art + Design Requirements

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Art Major Requirements Students are required to complete 46 credit hours as part of the Art+Design Program. See the curriculum below for details. 
Core Courses (19 credits)
Credits
ARTS 1200
Introduction to Drawing (ARTS 1200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 1700
Fundamentals of Color (ARTS 1700 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 1800
Two-Dimensional Design (ARTS 1800 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2200
Digital Photography (ARTS 2200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3800
Art History I (ARTS 3800 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3850
Art History II (ARTS 3850 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 4995
Senior Project (ARTS 4995 / Credits: 1 )
1
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
ARTS 2410
Graphic Design I (ARTS 2410 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2450
Graphic Design II (ARTS 2450 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3450
Graphic Design III (ARTS 3450 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3650
Typography (ARTS 3650 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Courses (select 9 credits from the following courses)
Credits
ARTS 3200
Digital Photographic Design (ARTS 3200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3750
Printmaking (ARTS 3750 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 4500
Professional Print Design (ARTS 4500 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 4900
Special Topics in the Arts (ARTS 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3900
Web, Mobile, and Interactive Design for Communication (COMM 3900 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
ARTS 1250
Life Drawing (ARTS 1250 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2100
Painting I (ARTS 2100 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2900
Three-Dimensional Design/Sculpture (ARTS 2900 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3700
Methods and Materials (ARTS 3700 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Courses (select 9 credits from the following courses)
Credits
ARTS 2410
Graphic Design I (ARTS 2410 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3100
Painting II (ARTS 3100 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3550
Ceramics I (ARTS 3550 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3750
Printmaking (ARTS 3750 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 4900
Special Topics in the Arts (ARTS 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
Electives (select 6 credits from the following courses))
Credits
ARTS 2600
Introduction to Arts Administration (ARTS 2600 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3020
Women in the Arts (ARTS 3020 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3040
Museum Studies and Gallery Practices (ARTS 3040 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 4950
Internship in the Arts (ARTS 4950 / Credits: 3 )
3

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Graduates of DCMA's Art+Design program become leaders in a variety of industries and professions, including:
Sample Careers
Advertising Designer Cartoonist Multimedia Artist
Animator Curator Museum Educator
Art Critic Exhibition Designer Photographer
Art Director Graphic Designer Scenic Artist
Art Teacher Illustrator Web Designer
Artist-in-Residence Interactive Media Designer

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