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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, B.F.A.

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Contact Information

Phone:  (470) 578-6139

Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major 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) art education (2) art history, (3) ceramics, (4) drawing and painting, (5) graphic communications, (6) illustration, (7) photography and video, (8) printmaking, (9) sculpture, (10) sequential art and (11) textile and surface design.

School of Art and Design Admission Requirements

Each program of study is a sequentially based curriculum beginning the first semester of freshman year.  Students who delay entering the major until completion of the General Education Core Curriculum may prolong their academic careers.  All prospective art majors are required to complete an application form and submit a portfolio of their artwork.

Study in visual arts studio courses may not be initiated until the student has been fully accepted by Kennesaw State University and the School of Art and Design as an art major.

Admission to the School of Art and Design is contingent upon portfolio review and acceptance by the school.  Applications and portfolios will be reviewed by the School of Art and Design Portfolio Review Committee.

Students may only apply twice for admission into any degree program in the School of Art and Design.  If the student fails to gain acceptance after two attempts, they will be advised by SOAAD or supporting university advising services on how to proceed in a new degree program outside of the School of Art and Design.

Concentration Review Requirements

Any B.F.A. student with a major in art must submit a portfolio of work in the concentration area for review and consideration of acceptance to a concentration.  Please see School of Art and Design website and the respective concentration coordinator for additional information and instructions.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to transfer into the School of Art and Design from another institution follow the same admission procedures as all new students. Transfer credits for courses in studio art are evaluated by portfolio review.  Certain courses that are equivalent to those in the foundation core with a grade of “C” or higher are accepted for transfer students from a USG accredited art program.  Beyond these courses, other credits will be reviewed by area concentration faculty.

Admission for Second Bachelor Degree, Change of Major or Dual-Degree Students

These applicants are also required to submit an entry portfolio.

Direct any additional questions about admission requirements by calling the SOAAD Main office at 470-578-6139.

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 School of Art and Design holds the exclusive authority to determine appropriate admission level placement, credit evaluation of art courses in studio, art history, and art education.

Continuation in Program

All art students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 to remain in the program.* Students falling below a 2.25 may have one semester to improve their GPA and continue; if they do not, they are permanently dismissed from the program.  Students may not fall below a 2.25 twice; a second incidence will result in immediate and permanent dismissal from the program.  BFA in Studio Art majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their concentration areas.  Falling below a 3.0 in the concentration or making one grade of “F” in the concentration area will result in dismissal from the concentration.  Students dismissed from two concentrations may not continue in the BFA program.  All students must make timely and reasonable progress toward the degree.  Non-enrollment or withdrawal from all classes for two or more consecutive semesters will require reapplication to the School of Art and Design.

*Art Education concentration students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in alignment with requirements of the Teacher Education Program.

Art Education Concentration Additional Requirements

Admission to Teacher Education serves as admission to the art education concentration.  Students should apply to concentration fall of sophomore year while taking EDUC 2110  (see program map of concentration on website).

Admission to Teacher Education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University.  Students must meet the program requirements to pursue this degree program, outlined below.

Candidates typically apply for admission to Teacher Education as sophomores after having completed most of their general education requirements.  Applications for admission to Teacher Education should be submitted online through Owl Express under the “Student Services” menu.

A criminal history background check will be performed prior to admission to Teacher Education.  In addition, if determined by the background check that a student is a multi-state offender, the student will be required to pay a fee and be fingerprinted.  Results of either the criminal history background check and/or fingerprinting may preclude admission to teacher education.  For more information on the criminal history process, students should contact the Center for Education Placements and Partnerships (CEPP).

In order to be considered for admission to teacher education programs, candidates must have completed the following requirements:

  • Coursework:
    • At least 36 semester hours of accredited college coursework. ENGL 1101  and ENGL 1102   with grades of “C” or higher.
    • EDUC 2110 * with a grade of “C” or higher, a satisfactory field experience evaluation, *or provide proof of credit from an approved Georgia Pathways Program
  •  GPA requirements:
    • Achieved a minimum, adjusted, or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University. However, only candidates who have earned a KSU adjusted or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met. Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
    • Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA (as used by KSU Admissions) may be considered for teacher education admission their first semester at KSU. Only candidates who have achieved a transfer cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met. After their first semester at KSU without teacher education admission, transfer students will be required to earn a cumulative or adjusted KSU GPA as explained above.
    • No grade lower than “C” in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in teacher education.
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to obtain a MyPSC account and PSC identification number.
  • Entrance exams requirements:
    • Pass or exempt* the GACE Program Admission Assessment Tests (test code 210, 211 & 212 or combined test 710)
    • Complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (test code 360)

Some degree programs in teacher education have additional admissions requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult those departments and program advisors.

* The GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are comprehensive exams covering reading, writing, and mathematics.  Regardless of matriculation date, the GACE Program Admission Assessments are a requirement for entrance into the Teacher Education Program at Kennesaw State University. Candidates should plan to take the tests prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program. Students with the following minimum scores on Collegiate SAT, ACT, or GRE examinations may exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment by submitting proof of scores to the Certification Officer at teapp@kennesaw.edu:

  • SAT: at least 1000 “Critical Reading” + “Math” on tests before March 1, 2016; OR 1000 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” March 1, 2016-June 30, 2019; OR 1080 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” July 1, 2019 & after
  • ACT: at least 43 “English” + “Math”
  • GRE: at least 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) OR 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) 08/01/2011 and after

Applicants will be reviewed by the Admission and Academic Standing Committee of the applicant’s proposed degree program.  All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission.  Only candidates who have achieved an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed a place in their teacher education program of choice.

Candidates will be informed of their admission status by email to their Kennesaw State University Student email account.  Notification dates will vary depending upon many variables. Candidates must enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted, or their admission is nullified, and they must re-apply and meet the admission requirements for a subsequent semester.  KSU will request that teacher education candidates be issued a Pre-Service Certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).  To be eligible for the Pre-Service Certificate, candidates must:

  • Submit a complete PSC Pre-Service Certification application packet.
  • Be enrolled in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.
  • Have a successful background check (conducted as part of the application process).  The GaPSC will NOT award a Pre-Service Certificate to anyone who is currently on probation, regardless of the crime.  The GaPSC requires a copy of the Final Disposition, signed by a judge, in order to consider the issuance of a Pre-Service Certificate.
  • Pass or exempt GACE Program Admission Assessments.
  • Pass Georgia Educator Ethics Examp (test code 360).
  • Verify enrollment in a KSU educator preparation program through personal MyPSC account.

A Pre-Service Certificate is required to participate in field experiences associated with courses required in teacher education programs.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures outlined in the Academic Policies  section of the Catalog.

Double Owl Pathway

This program offers a Double Owl Pathway. The Double Owl Pathway is an advising pathway for high-potential KSU undergraduate students who want to accelerate the attainment of a Master’s degree at KSU. For pathway options and to learn if you qualify, visit https://doubleowl.kennesaw.edu

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements. 

Entrance Portfolio

All prospective art majors are required to complete an application form and submit a portfolio of their artwork. Admission to degree programs in the School of Art and Design is contingent upon portfolio review and acceptance by the school. Portfolio submission and review must take place before a student can enroll in courses.

Major Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Distribution Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Select four from the following outside the concentration area. At least one 2-D and one 3-D area must be represented.

Art History (12 Credit Hours)

Both courses required for all art majors.

Fine Arts Concentrations (30 Credit Hours)

 Select one of the concentration options below:

Art History Concentration


ART Electives

Select any three courses ART 3000- or 4000-level for a total of 9 credit hours.

Art History Electives

Select six courses from the lists below, including at least one from each area (18 credit hours):

Concentration Electives

Select one course (3 credit hours):

ART Electives

Select three courses (9 credit hours): Any ART or ARH 3000- or 4000-Level elective

ART Electives

Select two courses (6 credit hours): Any ART or ARH 3000- or 4000-Level elective

ART Electives

Select three courses (9 credit hours): Any ART or ARH 3000- or 4000-level elective choice

Free Electives (3 Credit Hours)

Any course in university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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