Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Arts and Letters Department of Art, Art History, and Design Undergraduate Programs Studio Art - Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in Studio Art is a liberal arts program. Emphasis is on breadth of study, and the number of required Studio Art courses is limited so that students may complete college and university requirements and electives.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Studio Art major is met by completing Studio Art 492. That course is referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The completion of requirement 3. b. referenced below satisfies one of the cognates that the College requires. The second cognate must be in a field outside the student's major.
The following requirements for the major:
The following Studio Art courses (36 to 40 credits):
All of the following courses: Studio Art 110, 112, 113, 114, 492 (14 credits).
The completion of Studio Art 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Studio Art major.
Four of the following distribution courses including at least one course from each of the following three areas and one course from each of 4 subdisciplines (identified by the middle digit of the course number) (12 credits):
Electronic Art and Intermedia, and Design Area: Studio Art 360, 365, 370, 380.
Two–dimensional Area: Studio Art 320, 330, 335.
Three–dimensional Area: Studio Art 340, 345, 350, 351, 354, 355.
A concentration of at least 3 courses, including at least one 400–level course, in one of the following subdisciplines (8 to 12 credits):
Ceramics: Studio Art 340, 345, 440, 491C.
Electronic Art and Intermedia: Studio Art 380, 384, 385, 480, 491I.
Graphic Design: Studio Art 360, 365, 460, 462, 465, 466, 467, 468, 491E, 494.
Painting: Studio Art 320, 325, 420, 491A.
Photography: Studio Art 370, 375, 472, 474, 475, 491F.
Printmaking: Studio Art 330, 335, 439, 491B.
Sculpture: Studio Art 350, 351, 354, 355, 450, 491D.
Studio Art electives: Additional credits in 300–400 level Studio Art courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.
A course that is listed in requirements 3. a. (2) and (3) may be counted toward both of those requirements.
Art History and Visual Culture Cognate: Four courses including the following (12 to 14 credits):
History of Art 101 and 102 (6 credits).
At least one course that includes the post World War II period. History of Art 240, 252, 261, 450, 452, 474 or other applicable History of Art courses approved by the advisor (3 or 4 credits).
One additional course in History of Art at the 200 or 400-level (3 or 4 credits).
Electronic Art and Intermedia, and Design Area: Electronic Art and Intermedia, and Design Area -STA380, STA384, STA385, STA480, STA491I
Requirement 19: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 36 credits from Studio Art courses.
Requirement 20: College - Arts and Letters - History of Art Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - History of Art Cognate: A total 4 courses
At least 2 courses from HA101, HA102
At least 1 course from HA240, HA261, HA450, HA452, HA474, HA252
At least 1 course from 400 Level History of Art Courses
Requirement 21: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Requirement 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 23: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.
Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.