2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog


School of Art

The School of Art administers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a major in studio art, art education, as well as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in art history and studio art.

The BFA is available in studio art with concentration in ceramics, new media, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture and art education. A minimum of 78 semester hours in art is required for studio majors; art education majors must complete a minimum of 66 hours of art. The degree plans are outlined below.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): Art History and Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): Art Education and Studio Art
  • Minors: Art History and Studio Art

Minimum Grade Requirement

All are courses take in the major or minor sequences must be passed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill graduation requirements.

Departmental Requirements

The School of Art requires a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA as a prerequisite to junior and senior-level studio art and art education courses. After entrance into upper-division courses, a minimum of 2.5 GPA must be maintained as a prerequisite to further advanced enrollment.

Field Trips

Field trips may be required by instructors as a part of the content of any course. Every effort will be made to ensure that these trips do not conflict with other portions of the student's schedule.

Honors College

School of Art majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in ARED, ARHI or ARST 30003 during their junior year and ARED, ARHI or ARST 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA in art and present a portfolio or photographs/slides of their work for evaluation by the School of Art at least one week prior to registration or at the time of advisement.

Declaration of a Major

The school requires students to declare a major during or before the second semester of their sophomore year. Students majoring in studio art must also declare a concentration in ceramics, new media, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Once a concentration is declared, a faculty adviser from that area will be assigned, and a sequence of courses to be taken will be formulated.

Major/Minor Shared Requirements

Students majoring in studio art (BFA or BA) must complete an additional 12.0 credit hours of art history courses to complete the requirements for an Art History Minor.

Students majoring in art education (BFA) must complete an additional 12.0 credit hours of art history courses to complete the requirements for an Art History Minor.

Students majoring in art history (BA) must complete an additional 9.0 credit hours of art history courses to complete the requirements for a Studio Art Minor.

Student Exhibitions

Both graduate and undergraduate student exhibitions take place at various times during the year in the Art Galleries at TCU. No work may be removed from exhibitions without school approval. Students must claim their work at the end of each exhibition. The school cannot accept responsibility for the care, storage or distribution of student work.