When it comes to declaring a major in the Department of Art & Design as a Blugold, the biggest hurdle will be undertsanding which of the different degrees is the best fit.
For those students who know that graduate studies and a career as a practicing artist is what they seek, the Bachelor in Fine Arts remains the best fit. For others who may plan to apply art and design to work in design, communications or other fields, the route of the 60-credit comprehensive degree may make the most sense. And let's not forget the truly artistic soul who also has diverse interests and a passion for another academic discipline; for this student a regular or double major in the standard 36-credit degree is often best. These choices are all possible in the Department of Art & design.
Many students also elect to minor in art or art history, which makes an excellent pairing with a wide variety of degrees from humanities and cultural studies to business or education.
With learning opportunities like immersion and field experience trips, internships, and workshops with visiting artists that supplement faculty expertise in studio arts, students will benefit from the abundant ways they can hone their skills and develop their artistic expression. In addition, art students may be interested in an interdisciplinary minor that involves communications, journalism, computer science and design — called multimedia communications.
What I enjoy most about this program is that it requires me to branch out from my artistry and take courses in the communication and journalism and/or computer science departments. With these courses, I feel I am better prepared in understanding communication not only visually, but interpersonally, and how to communicate through organized web design — essential skills for graphic designers looking to stand out.