Art Department Programs

The Art Department offers a means of enriching visual experiences and visual awareness for the university and the community. For the art major, it also offers basic professional training through broad studio experiences, assisting the individual to find and build upon his/her own strengths. Personal and creative growth is fostered not only through course programs, but through exposure to the art of others, including constant interaction with faculty actively involved with creative work, and through on-going participation in the enhancement of the visual environment.

Two programs are available to the art major -- the B.A. Program in Art and the B.A. Program in Art Education. The first broadens career opportunities in visual arts, specifically in sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design, and printmaking. The Program in Art Education certifies the prospective art teacher for primary and secondary schools.

Freshmen entering the Department as majors are required to give some evidence of special ability in the field prior to admission. Admission to sophomore level and above art classes is dependent on approval of the majority of the art faculty, based on the student's demonstration during the preceding year in the areas of drawing, sense of design, consistent growth, and professional attitudes. Each major will participate in an annual review with the faculty in order to assess the student’s demonstrated skills. Students will be required to maintain a journal/sketchbook. This book should contain all materials given to students in and out of art classes as well as information students find important.

Entering freshmen may compete for scholarships in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • The student must have completed an application for admission and have been accepted by the university before any scholarship is considered.
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  • Three original works, each representing a different medium, are to be presented to the department by May 1 prior to the fall the student plans to enter. Works are sent and returned at the student's expense and risk.

Transfer and unique major students are referred to the pertinent section of the catalog. The Art Department reserves the right either to accept studio art credits from other institutions or to require the student to take further courses in the XU Art Department. The decision will be based on the quality of the work submitted by the student.

At least one work of each graduating senior may be retained by the Department, and each graduating senior must present to the Department twelve color slides representing his/her best work. Majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination, and regular attendance at all departmental meetings is required. Also, in order for any of the departmental offerings to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a "C" or better.

Art majors in the B.A. in Art Program are required to take 54 semester hours in art courses of which twelve (9) hours are electives in a chosen media or other art courses. The following are required in the B.A. in Art Program: Art 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, 1060, 1090, 2020, 2030, 2040, 2070, 2080, 2110, 2120, and 2130.

Majors in Art Education are required to take 51 semester hours in art. The following are required in the B.A. in Art Education Program: Art 1010, 1020, 1030, 1050, 1060, 1090, 2020, 2070, 2080, 2110, 2120, and 3000.