Jul 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog (Draft) 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog (Draft)

Art, B.F.A.

Coordinator: Greg Stewart
Phone: (540) 568-6816
Email: stewargk@jmu.edu

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art offers concentrations in ceramics, fibers, integrated 3D, metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. It is designed for students who aspire to develop a professional art practice as expansively defined in today’s world. Students are prepared to produce and exhibit art and to pursue further study at the graduate level.

The art faculty is made up of practicing artists who work closely with the students, and students also work closely with each other as they develop their studio practice. Visiting artists and scholars, workshops, field trips and frequent on-campus exhibitions of professional artwork enhance student engagement with contemporary art. Additionally, students have opportunities to exhibit and present their artwork, to assist in running on-campus galleries and studio art labs and to partake in other hands-on art experiences.

Students graduating with a major in art will:

  • Display technical command of at least one medium and display fluency in a range of media
  • Effectively analyze and apply two- and three-dimensional design principles and devices
  • Develop an independent line of creative inquiry that embraces risk-taking and inventive solutions
  • Knowledgeably critique and contextualize their artwork to cultivate expressive ideas and meaningful content
  • Demonstrate awareness of contemporary art and art history within a global context

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  courses 41 Credit Hours 1
  • University elective 1 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 78 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major and Concentration Requirements

The general fine arts concentration requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art related courses.

Required Art Courses

Studio Concentration (choose one of the following): 15 Credit Hours

Credits taken to fulfill the studio concentration must be taken in a single studio area.

Metals and Jewelry

Painting and Drawing


Integrated 3D

For information on the Integrated 3D concentration, see this catalog page: Art, Integrated 3D Concentration, B.F.A.  

Art History electives (300-400 level): 6 Credit Hours

Excludes ARTH 490 , ARTH 495  and ARTH 499 .

Art and art-related electives: 21 Credit Hours

Art and art-related electives may include courses from graphic design, architectural design, art education independent study, industrial design, internships and study abroad studio courses but excludes courses taken to fulfill the studio concentration.

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Second Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

  • Art history elective (300-400 level) 3 Credit Hours
  • Required two- and three-dimensional studio art electives 9 Credit Hours
  • Studio concentration 6 Credit Hours
  • General or art electives (any level) 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education: The Human Community  courses 6 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Art history elective (300-400 level) 3 Credit Hours
  • Studio concentration 6 Credit Hours
  • General or art electives 9 Credit Hours
  • General Education: The Human Community  courses 12 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours