The Department of Visual Arts offers programs of study in studio art, graphic communication and art education (P-12). In addition to a professional emphasis, the program is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. That students should be knowledgeable in a variety of disciplines, including the visual arts, is a key rationale for the activities and programs of the department. General department goals are to assist students in the acquisition of a broad understanding of the visual arts and to recognize art quality in their own personal expressions as well as in the work of others; to provide direct experiences in the visual arts for students, faculty, and the community through quality art exhibitions, lectures, and publications; and to provide professional training for individuals seeking careers in the visual arts.
Both the art and art education programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Cooperative study and internship programs are available through the department for students to gain work experience in conjunction with their academic training. Students are encouraged to expand their educational experience through participation in Visions, The Student Art Guild, and by attending the numerous art exhibitions and lectures held throughout the academic year.
Degrees and Degree Requirements in Visual Arts
The Department of Visual Arts has two comprehensive undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and the Bachelor of Science in Art Education.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art is a professional degree program. The BFA prepares students for a variety of art and art-related careers or graduate school by providing a thorough grounding in fundamental principles and techniques with opportunities for emphasis in one or more arts areas. This degree focuses on intensive work in art or design supported by a program of general studies. The BFA degree offers concentrations in (1) graphic communications, (2) drawing and painting, (3) photography and printmaking, or (4) sculpture and ceramics.
Bachelor of Science in Art Education
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education leads to teacher certification in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12. This program is based on the Discipline-Based Art Education model with a curriculum that includes study in studio, art history, aesthetics and art criticism. The art education program is aligned with the National Standards in Visual Arts, the Quality Core Curriculum of Georgia, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The program provides students with a broad foundation in general education, extensive study in art, and professional education and field experiences. All art and art education majors are required to take art and art history foundation course work in lower-division major requirements before taking upper-division art or art education courses. This degree is listed as Major in Art Education under the Bagwell College of Education and PTEU.
Each program of study is a sequentially based curriculum beginning the first semester of the freshman year. Students who delay entering the major until completion of the General Education Core Curriculum may prolong their academic careers.
DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS ADMITTANCE REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Department of Visual Arts
Study in visual art studio courses may not be initiated until the student has been fully accepted by Kennesaw State University and the Department of Visual Arts as an art major or art interest major. All prospective art majors are required to complete an application form and submit a portfolio of their artwork. Admission to degree programs in the Department of Visual Arts is contingent upon portfolio review and acceptance by the department. See the Department of Visual Arts admission application, portfolio content requirements and portfolio review deadline dates on the KSU Department of Visual Arts web site, www.kennesaw.edu/visual_arts. Applications and portfolios are sent to the College of the Arts Admissions and Enrollment Office. Direct any additional questions about admission requirements to their office by calling 770-423-6614.
Students who do not have portfolios or students whose portfolios are not accepted can begin their art studies as an art interest student. They may take introductory art courses based on available space and resubmit their portfolios for review.
Students who wish to transfer into the Department of Visual Arts from another institution follow the same admissions procedure as all new students. Transfer art course credit is evaluated by portfolio review. Students enrolling at KSU for a second degree in art must also apply and submit a portfolio for review.
Upper-Level Concentration Second Portfolio Acceptance Process
Students must be admitted by an upper level second portfolio review to a BFA concentration area or the BS Art Education program to continue their Visual Arts degree program at KSU. Students are admitted to a BFA concentration or the Art Education Program based on available concentration openings and the quality of the student’s submitted portfolio work.
Change of Concentration
Students who wish to change their studio concentration must resubmit their portfolio to the desired area of concentration and be accepted by that concentration area.
Change of Degree Program
Students who wish to change degree programs in art must reapply and gain admission status to the new degree program.
The Department of Visual Arts holds the exclusive authority to determine appropriate admission level placement, credit evaluation of art courses in studio, art history, and art education.
A lapse of two or more semesters will require reapplication to the Department of Visual Arts.