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Visual Art

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The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art is a Liberal Arts Degree with elective flexibility. This degree has a larger percentage of general education and liberal arts elective classes in a relation to studio requirements. This allows students to consider an emphasis, a minor or a double major.

Students who pursue the Visual Art Studio degree will have 23 hours of electives which can be used for a minor or double major. After Foundation and Core studio classes (first level of painting, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and sculpture), students can take multiple level studio classes in any discipline.



Students graduating from Lander University with a degree in visual art demonstrate a general knowledge of art concepts and the ability to apply art techniques in a range of media as outlined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design standards, including:

  1. familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both in the Western and non-Western worlds;
  2. knowledge about the nature of contemporary thinking on art and design and the nature of quality in design projects and works of art;
  3. the ability to make workable connections between concept and media through a variety of art making methods;
  4. the technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of principles of visual organization sufficient to achieve basic visual communication and expression in an art medium; and
  5. the experience to compile a portfolio showing the development of visual sensitivity.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2

United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events (Temporarily suspended)


Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R


ART 103 Drawing I 3
ART 104 Drawing II 3
ART 105 Basic Design I 3
ART 106 Basic Design II 3
ART 111 Art History I 3
ART 112 Art History II 3
ART 202 Sculpture I 3
ART 203 Photography I 3
ART 204 Graphic Design I 3
ART 205 Painting I 3
ART 207 Ceramics I 3
ART 298 Professional Practices 0
ART 299 Professional Practices 0
ART 398 Professional Practices 0
ART 399 Professional Practices 0
ART 498 Professional Practices 0
ART 499 Professional Practices 0



Art Studio (select 4)
ART 302, ART 303ART 305ART 306ART 307ART 320ART 321ART 322ART 323ART 350, ART 352*, ART 402ART 403ART 405, ART 406, ART 407
*only 1 summer travel course may be included

Art Studio 400-level
ART 402ART 403ART 405, ART 406, ART 407, ART 422, ART 423, ART 425ART 427, ART 432, ART 433, ART 435, ART 437

Art History (select 3)
ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 317ART 318ART 319ART 324ART 371ART 372*

*only 1 summer travel course may be included

Total Major Program Requirements 60
Additional Electives 25


  • Students must earn a "C" or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses.
  • Students must earn a "C" or better in all program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses