BA in Studio Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts balances creative study with academic work. Fine Arts students are encouraged to cross conventional visual, technical, and conceptual boundaries as well as engage with the history and traditions of art. 


Studio Arts Major Requirements

Major requirements have recently changed. Students who declared the major after September 1, 2015 should meet the following requirements. Students who declared before fall 2015, may elect to follow the new requirements if they wish. Previous major requirements are detailed below.

The Studio Arts major requires 36 credit hours of Studio Arts courses and 9 credit hours of Art History courses. Students work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to customize a course of study.

  • Three courses from the 1000 introductory studio level, in a minimum of three studio areas:  Photography, New Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting, and Drawing;
  • FA 2001 Studio Seminar: Conceptual Propositions, to be taken after completing 9 credits and before completing 18 credits of FA coursework;
  • Three courses at the 2000 or 3000 level, including at least one course in two different studio areas;
  • Two cross-disciplinary courses at the 3900 level, in any combination;
  • Two capstone courses:
    FA 4193  Professional Practices
    FA 4195  Critical Practices
  • Participation in a capstone exhibition concurrent with enrollment in Critical Practices.
  • One elective FA course of any level (beyond the major requirements, students may also elect to take up to 15 additional credit hours of Fine Arts or Art History coursework).

Studio Arts Minor Requirements

Students take 18 hours of course work in Studio Arts. A program of study is customized in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

  • Two courses from the introductory studio level, in a minimum of two studio areas;
  • FA 2001 Studio Seminar: Conceptual Propositions, to be taken after completing 9 credits and before completing 18 credits of FA coursework;
  • Two courses at the 2000 or 3000 level in any studio area;
  • One FA elective at any level. 

Requirements for majors declared before September 1, 2015

The Studio Arts major requires 30 credit hours of Studio Arts courses and 9 credit hours of Art History courses. Students work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to customize a course of study.

Up to twenty-one additional hours may be taken in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History for a maximum of 60 hours. Transfer students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division Studio Arts courses at the University.


Requirements for minors declared before September 1, 2015

Students are required to take 18 hours of course work in fine arts. A program of study is developed in consultation with the undergraduate advisor in Studio Arts.


Special Honors in Studio Arts

For graduation with Special Honors in Studio Arts, students must have attained, by the end of their junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult their advisor regarding eligibility and selection of an area of study and a director of the research or creative arts project. No later than the beginning of the senior year, students should declare in writing their nomination for special honors to the departmental undergraduate studio arts advisor. Once a topic has been determined, the student will work out a schedule with the appropriate faculty member for completion of the honors project either in fall or spring term. The student must register for FA 4195 Critical Practices during the same semester. The student must earn a letter grade of A in order to receive special honors.


Consortium Registration

Students wishing to take limited classes beyond GW have the benefit of registering for courses at the other institutions belonging to the Washington Consortium of Universities. Any undergraduate student interested in these programs must consult with his/her departmental advisor prior to participation.

Who do I contact for more info for BA Fine Arts?

Carmen Montoya
Undergraduate Advisor: Studio Arts

Phone: 202-994-6008
Email: carmen@gwu.edu
Office: Smith Hall 410

Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Undergraduate Advisor: Studio Arts
Phone:
Email: kmk@gwu.edu