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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Art and Design (B.A.)

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Program: B.A.
Department of Art and Design  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6709

The Bachelors of Art with a major in Art and Design program is appropriate for students interested in a general art degree. This degree also serves as the foundation of our department’s other degree offerings of the B.F.A. and B.A. in Art Education. Students will develop fundamental technical skills in 2D and 3D art media to successfully express ideas and develop an artistic awareness through visual expression.  Students who pursue a B.A. degree commonly explore advanced General Education study in such areas as anthropology, English, languages, and psychology towards future graduate degrees in Art History, Art Management, and Art Therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon completion of their degrees, all B.A. students should be able to:

  • Develop creative ways to solve problems in art and design media and competency in drawing in order to visualize ideas.
  • Develop an ability to enhance their own artwork through an understanding of the major movements in art history.
  • Effectively analyze and critique artwork in spoken and written forms, using sophisticated vocabulary and making appropriate references to contemporary and historical circumstances.
  • Work effectively in an organized and incremental way, managing time and resources in order to successfully complete projects and meet deadlines.
  • Implement 2D design principles in order to create compelling and effective artwork in a variety of media, including black and white, color, and digital imagery. Implement 3D design principles in a variety of media to articulate form and space.
  • Develop verbal and written communication skills
  • Develop fundamental visual literacy skills and gain aptitude in applying those skills

Program Description

Take the next step in your development as an artist. Join our successful alumni who have developed their creativity by graduation from our B.A. program. Our students have the option of choosing multiple studio courses, beginning with our solid and diverse foundation curriculum for the first two years. You’ll be free also to take 21 General Liberal Arts courses in an area which interests you - students have the option to complete a minor in a totally different area!

You will also receive lots of personal attention and experience from our expert faculty and small studio classes. After the first two years, you could also apply for one of our other degree options like the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or Art Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs.


  • The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Program Delivery:

  • Department of Art and Design courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings.

Admission to B.A. Program with a Major in Art and Design

To earn the B.A., you must fulfill the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (Colleges ). Students within the fine arts B.A. must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA within the Content Field (see below). Students who wish to pursue the B.A. Art and Design can declare this major during the admissions process, or inquire within the Department of Art and Design if they wish to change to this major. Additionally, students who wish to pursue the following degrees will enter their program as B.A. students, until successful completion of their Foundation Courses, and passing the Second Year Portfolio Review:

  • B.A. Art Education
  • B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is divided into three parts; 33 credit hours of General Studies, 66 credit hours of Content Field (First Year Foundation Studio (18 CR), Second Year Foundation Studio (18 CR), Advanced Art and Design Studio (18 CR), and Art History (12 CR), also 21 credit hours of General Liberal Arts classes. A total of 120 credit hours of study is required for graduation. Students in the Department of Art and Design B.A. program must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Components Credits
I. General Education       33
II. Content Field       66
III. General Liberal Arts       21
    Total   120

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements  

A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne general education requirements.

B.F.A. students may not take any Art and Design courses for General Education credits; this includes AD 11100, AD 11201, AD 10101, AD 10801, AD 13300, AD 16500,  AD 19600, AD 23900


Future Art Education B.A. students - Please note that AD 11100 - History Of Art I, AD 11201 - History of Art II, and EDU 34001- Education and American Culture will count as both General Education credits and also towards Art History and Education credit requirements.

Careful advising in the General Education area is required in Category B6 (fulfilled by AD 11100), and in the additional A or B Course areas (fulfilled by AD 11201 and EDU 34001).

College of Visual and Performing Arts Requirements

Content Field: Credits 66

Students must complete four (4) classes in Art History (12 cr.) plus 54 credit hours of studio work to fulfill the Content Field.

Art History Requirements: Credits 12

Art and Design B.A. students are required to take 12 credit hours of Art History courses, including AD 11100 History of Art I and AD 11201 History of Art II. This is followed by two additional advanced Art History electives, or 6 credits. AD 11100 and AD 11201 are pre-requisites for advanced Art History courses.

First Year Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint

All students in the Department of Art and Design must submit a portfolio of their first year foundation course work to be reviewed by department faculty at the end of all completed first year foundation courses, usually in the spring semester.  Work from outside of Art and Design foundation classes will not be accepted for consideration, therefore careful storage and documentation of student work is essential for success.  The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the first year of their foundation program.  Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students will continue in the second year foundation courses.

The Department of Art and Design will send out detailed information regarding the portfolio review process.

Second Year Foundation Studio Requirements: Credits 18

Second Year Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint

At the end of sophmore year, or upon completion of all first and second year Art and Design foundation studio courses, students will submit their portfolio for review. Student portfolios should consist of work from the first and second year foundation studio classes, including at least one piece of work from each class.  Work from outside of these classes will not be accepted for consideration, therefore careful storage and documentation of student work is essential for success. Detailed information is available from the Department of Art and Design, and is sent to eligible students each semester.

Advanced Studio Courses: Credits 18

Studio Electives                                                                    

Six studio classes can be taken at the Advanced Studio level. Advanced Studio classes have pre-requisites, therefore students should work with their advisors on course progression.

Art And Design BA Exhibition Requirement

Art and Design Bachelor of Art (B.A.) students must submit work during their final year of course work for the Art and Design B.A./B.A. Art Education Exhibition. The exhibition is curated by the Department Chair and consists of artwork produced by B.A. students in Art and Design junior and senior year studio classes, or at the discretion of the chair of the department.

General Study Electives Courses: Credits 21

Twenty-one (21) credits of liberal arts courses in addition to General Education requirements are needed to fulfill the B.A. requirements.  Liberal Arts classes are defined as any Purdue Fort Wayne class counted towards a degree (does not include remedial courses).  An option of pursuing a minor in an outside field is encouraged within these credits. 

First Year GPA Requirements

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.  Successful students will progress with the second year courses.

GPA Requirements For The Remainder Of Degree

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and maintain this minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA until graduation. Students must also earn a grade of C- or better for all Art and Design and Art History classes after the first year, and for the remainder of the degree.

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must have a minimum grade of C- or better on all AD classes, including Art History, for credit towards their degree.  Classes below a C- grade may be retaken for a qualifying grade as needed.

Credit By Self-Acquired Competency

Credit by Self-Acquired Competency is at the discretion of the department and evaluated on an individual basis.

Repeat Limits

All advanced level studio courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 18 credits, however, financial aid may not cover the cost of a class beyond two enrollments.  

No courses may be repeated in Graphic Design or Imaging and Photography concentrations.

Self-Paced Courses:

Independent study classes are sometimes available and at the discretion of both the course instructor and chair of the department.

Recommendations, Requirements, Transfers, and Policies


Students should schedule classes within the B.A. program under the guidance of the official departmental advisor.

Residence Requirements

 For a bachelor’s degree, registration in and completion of at least 33 credits of resident course credit at the Second Year Studio Foundation level or above, including at least 15 credits at the Junior level or above, in courses applicable to the major.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit 

All studio and art history courses transferred from another institution or former Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne art programs must be evaluated by appropriate faculty in the Department of Art and Design program before they may be applied to a student’s degree requirements. See Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review 

Courses in studio art that have been transferred to Purdue Fort Wayne from another institution or former Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne art programs are not counted as part of the Art and Design major unless they have been reviewed by the Art and Design faculty. For a review of transferred studio credit, the student should provide the viewer with a portfolio consisting of representative work in each area (e.g. painting, sculpture, etc.) for which the transfer credit is desired. The portfolio should include both studies and finished work and be as encompassing as possible.       

Academic Probation/Dismissal Policies

If a student does not meet the university’s GPA standard, they will be notified that they have been placed on academic probation and will be asked to make progress towards meeting campus standards. Department of Art and Design programs have their own academic standards as stated above. If a student is not meeting these standards, they will be notified and placed on departmental academic probation. If a student does not make positive progress towards meeting the academic standards of the department within twelve (12) credit hours of study, they will be subject to dismissal from the Department of Art and Design program.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibilities

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All request for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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