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A Vibrant Arts Education
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.
The Know How
What you will know with a Visual Art concentration from AUM
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.
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.
Through art you will better understand the human experience. You will succeed in gaining a career path that’s rewarding and flexible.
Know how a combination of skills in visual analysis and written communication is valuable in many careers—even those that are not considered “creative.”
Points of Pride
Customize Your Concentration
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
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.
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 Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Archivist, Curator, and Museum Worker||Bachelor’s Degree||19% (Much faster than average)||$52,140|
|High School Art Teacher||Bachelor’s degree (plus certification)||8% (As fast as average)||$62,870|
|Art Director||Bachelor’s degree||11% (Faster than average)||$97,270|
|Museum Technician/Conservator||Bachelor’s degree||19% (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.
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.
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 Number||Course Name||What you will know…|
|VISU 1102||Two-Dimensional Design||Know the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design, with emphasis on composition, color theory, media and individual concepts.|
|VISU 1132||3-D Design||Know the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design using various media.|
|VISU 1112||Beginning Drawing||Know how to draw from observation, with an emphasis on composition, line, perspective and value, using various dry and aqueous monochromatic media.|
|VISU 2030||Art History 1||Know the basics of visual arts in the West from Prehistory through Medieval.|