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LSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. Through the College of Art & Design, the School of Art offers the professional BFA degree in Studio Art with concentrations in digital art, graphic design, and studio art (with areas of emphasis in Photography (Track A); Printmaking and Book Arts (Track B); Painting and Drawing (Track C); or 3-D: Ceramics and Sculpture (Track D). In addition, students concentrating in these areas may minor in art history, ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and visual communications. All studio art classes meet for two class hours per semester hour of credit. Outside of regular class time, students are expected to engage in a minimum of one additional hour of studio work per hour of credit.
Certain courses offered by the school require fees to defray the cost of consumable materials used by students. This information is included in the individual course syllabus.
Enrollment in certain required art courses may be restricted to “majors and minors only” early in the registration process.
Registration for all multiple credit courses taken for more than three credits in a given semester will require prior permission of the instructor.
Personal Computer Requirement
Students accepted into the Digital Art and Graphic Design curricula are required to have their own wireless Internet access laptop computer prior to entering the second year of study. Likewise, students admitted to the Visual Communications Minor are required to have their own laptop computer. Information regarding the type, specifications, and software may be obtained in room 123 Art Building or on the School of Art website.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree provides the liberal education and specialized instruction needed for a professional career in the visual arts.
Admission into the program for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a selective two-part process. The first phase occurs when a student who is admitted by the Office of Enrollment Management indicates a preference for studio art, where the primary tools for selecting candidates are high school academic GPA and ACT or SAT scores. However, students who think they would be better represented with an existing portfolio should contact the School of Art office to schedule an on-campus interview. Students who have completed AP art courses with a portfolio score of three or better will be considered for credit toward studio art foundation courses.
Students who are approved for admission into the Foundations Program will be notified in writing. Students who are not approved may choose to pursue a Minor in Fine Art.
The second phase of the admission process takes place upon conclusion of the first year with the completion of: ART 1011 , ART 1012 , ART 1847 , and a course from the student’s intended concentration, listed below. Students will submit a portfolio of creative work specified by their prospective area of concentration based on art work produced in the required first-year foundation courses. The remaining foundation courses must be completed in the fourth semester. Students who pass the portfolio review may pursue their concentration and any studio art minor listed in the LSU General Catalog.
Transfer students from other institutions will be considered for admission to the Studio Art program and/or Foundations Program on a space-available basis. The same applies to students already enrolled at LSU who wish to transfer into the Studio Art program. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission by February 15 for entry in the fall semester.
Substitution credit for art courses taken elsewhere will be considered if they are equivalent to courses required for the curriculum in Studio Art. Consideration will also be given to courses taken through an art program accredited by NASAD. Additionally, transferring students are expected to submit a portfolio of work completed in relevant courses for evaluation by faculty within the chosen concentration.
“D” Grades and Repetition of Courses
Studio Art majors must pass all required art and art history courses with a grade of “C” or better. A student who earns a “D” or “F” must retake the course.
Students majoring in Art in the College of Art & Design will select from one of three concentrations: Studio Art, Graphic Design; and Digital Art. Please review the foundation requirements for the intended concentration.
Students pursuing the Studio Art concentration are required to select from the following four tracks:
Photography (Track A);
Printmaking and Book Arts (Track B);
Painting and Drawing (Track C);
or 3D: Ceramics; or Sculpture (Track D).
Specific courses for each track may be found on the School of Art website. Foundation and recommended elective courses must be selected with the advice and approval of the advisor in the School of Art.
Studio Art Foundations (30 Credits) – Foundation courses are comprised of ART 1011 , ART 1012 , ART 1847 , ART 1360 , ART 1661 or ART 1662 , ART 1762 , ART 1848 , ART 1849 , ART 2050 or ART 2055 , ART 2995 . Foundation courses must be completed by the end of the fourth semester. Critical course sequence should be selected based on the intended track (see School of Art advisor).
Digital Art and Graphic Design Foundations (24 credits) - Foundation courses are comprised of a total of eight courses (24 credits). Four of these courses are required for all students in the School of Art: ART 1011 , ART 1012 , ART 1360 , and ART 1847 . Another four courses should be selected from the following, with the student’s future concentration in mind: ART 1661 , ART 1762 , ART 1848 1+2, ART 1849 , ART 2050 1+2, ART 2655 , ART 2995 1+2. Please find course descriptions in the General Catalog under **COURSE SEARCH** – ART; and review the degree path for each concentration you are considering.
1 – Required for the graphic design concentration
2 – Required for the digital art concentration.
Studio Art Electives (6-9 credits):
Art History Requirements (15 credits) – Three credits of ARTH 2470 470, six credits from ARTH 1440 or ARTH 1441 or 2000 level, and six credit hours above 4000-level.
General Electives (3 credits)
General Education Requirements – See “Degree Requirements of the College ”. Thirty-nine hours of general education courses must be completed as required by the university.
Art Curricula Outside the School of Art
Other undergraduate degree programs in art are offered by academic divisions outside the College of Art & Design. The College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in art history. General requirements for this degree may be found in the sections, “Degree Requirements of the College ,” and “Liberal Arts ,” in the “College of Humanities & Social Sciences ” section of this catalog.
Students interested in pursuing this degree should confer with a counselor in the School of Art and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The art history area offers a wide range of courses in all major historical eras. Students graduating from the program are prepared to continue their education in graduate school or to enter a variety of related fields without additional training beyond the college level.