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Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a concentration in Visual Art

The BA in Fine Art with a concentration in Visual Art produces practicing artists with versatile backgrounds, ready to enter a broad range of creative professions such as production design, multimedia design, curation, education, and more.

At AUM, studio courses are centered around cultivating the artist as an individual. Smaller classes foster long-term relationships with your professors and peers. Internships, peer mentorships, and study abroad opportunities are available to you throughout your development in our program to enrich not only your educational background but your artistic perspective. Your first year is spent within our Foundations and Core courses as a BA student, focusing on a solid introduction to the elements and principles of visual art. Equipped with essential conceptual and practical training, your degree path forward becomes a studio-centered experience with multiple visual art disciplines from which to choose.

A wide range of courses in Digital Photography, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Typography, and 3D Printing will introduce and reinforce traditional and contemporary methods and techniques. The student pursuing a BA with a concentration in Visual Art gains expertise in studio practices, exhibiting, working in a team, and the production of a well-rounded portfolio for the career ahead.

Whether your path is to apply to graduate school, work within a design studio, or enter the realm of exhibiting as a practicing artist, the BA in Fine Art with a concentration in Visual Art is structured to develop your passion for the arts into creative expression and practical career preparation.

Another concentration choice for you to consider is the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a concentration in Art History.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Visual Art concentration from AUM

We Prepare You For Life

You’ll learn how to assess problems and think critically in order to create solutions, a skill that will help you to succeed not only in your career but also in life.

We Encourage You To Think

Know that your passion and expertise changes our view of the world. You reveal what the untrained eye cannot see, thereby illuminating the human experience in new ways.

We Set The Bar Success

Through art you will better understand the human experience. You will succeed in gaining a career path that’s rewarding and flexible.

We Develop Valuable Skills

Know how a combination of skills in visual analysis and written communication is valuable in many careers—even those that are not considered “creative.”

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Game Plan for Success

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Points of Pride

  • An on-campus gallery provides hands-on curatorial experience for art history classes
  • Students have held prestigious summer internships with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield (Massachusetts), the National Parks Service, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia
  • Annual guest lectures by visiting art historians augment class offerings and introduce students to key scholars in the field
  • Summer Study Abroad to destinations such as Belgium and England allows you to study significant works of art and architecture in person

Soaring Warhawks

  • Art History alum Chloe Brown won first place in the oral presentation in Creative Scholarship category at an Auburn University competition.
  • Rebecca Teague completed a fully funded MA in Art History from the University of Alabama.
  • Victoria Kenyon was awarded paid internships at Historic Deerfield and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

The Fine Arts faculty have numerous contacts and relationships in the art world and you’ll benefit from this network when seeking internships. The department has an active internship program including relationships with various cultural sites and organizations.

The BFA is a specialized degree with professional instruction in areas such as graphic design, sculpture, painting and photography. The BA is more generalized and provides students with opportunities for interdisciplinary study.

With a Visual Art concentration, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.

Degree Options

Is a Concentration in Visual Art right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Archivist, Curator, and Museum WorkerBachelor’s Degree19% (Much faster than average)$52,140
High School Art TeacherBachelor’s degree (plus certification)8% (As fast as average)$62,870
Art DirectorBachelor’s degree11% (Faster than average)$97,270
Museum Technician/ConservatorBachelor’s degree19% (Much faster than average)$45,710

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Visual Art Concentration

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a concentration in Visual Art


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact the Department of Fine Arts for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
VISU 1102Two-Dimensional DesignKnow the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design, with emphasis on composition, color theory, media and individual concepts.
VISU 11323-D DesignKnow the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design using various media.
VISU 1112Beginning DrawingKnow how to draw from observation, with an emphasis on composition, line, perspective and value, using various dry and aqueous monochromatic media.
VISU 2030Art History 1Know the basics of visual arts in the West from Prehistory through Medieval.
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