Department of Art & Art History

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Visiting Artists: Clayton Brothers, 2011
Visiting Artists: Clayton Brothers, 2011


Both the BA in Art Practices and BA in Art History allow students to take a wide variety of courses taught by highly-active artists and respected scholars in the Department of Art and Art History. For students interested in pursuing a professional career in the arts, the BFA in Art Practices and the BA/MA in Art History are options that allow students to better explore depth in their coursework with an eye towards entering graduate school, the professional artworld, gallery/museum work, non-profit art centers and agencies, among other art-related careers.

It is extremely important that students talk with an academic advisor as early in matriculation as possible. AAH advisors are Sarah Matsuda and Richard Seydel. Their offices are on the 3rd floor in Visual Arts Complex administrative area. To determine who your advisor is, or to schedule an appointment with your advisor and other advising information please visit:

Portfolio submission is not required to declare art practices or art history as a major or a minor. Portfolios are required for admission into the BFA program. The BFA degree is designed for those students who want to prepare for graduate school. It requires students to complete a minimum of 63 credits in both required and elective courses in studio arts and art history. The BFA is open to all studio arts majors. You must apply after completion of 30 hours of AAH studio credits. Applications are sent to the faculty committee for evaluation and admission into the program in the fall and spring. Applications require the following:

  • Successful completion of at least 30 fine art hours
  • A one page artist’s statement
  • A portfolio of the applicant’s work in an area of emphasis