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Welcome to the Department of Expressive Arts

Visual Arts

AA | BA/BA | BFA | Art Minor Art Education Program
Art students enrolled at WNMU have options towards professional careers in the visual arts. The AA degree in Graphic Design leads towards the computer related workforce. The BA or BS degrees may lead toward art education or studio practices. The BFA Program requires an application process and a strong, competitive portfolio for admission and is designed as preparation for graduate study. Art as a discipline provides the facilities and assistance for developing competence in the visual arts, art education, art history, and the graphic arts.

Art Program

The art discipline offers several degree options: Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA), Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA/BS), Associate of Arts (AA) in Graphic Design, and an Art Minor.
  • Lab fees are required in Studio Courses.
  • Lab fees provide studio equipment, their maintenance/repair, and studio materials. Students will provide their own personal tools and supplies.
  • Admission to the BA/BS Art Programs and the AA Graphic Design Program adhere to the University open enrollment policy.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) is a professional undergraduate program that prepares students as artists to exhibit technical competence in the visual arts. Students learn a broad knowledge of art and art history, sensitivity to style, creative and critical thinking, insight into the role of art in the life of humankind, and the ability to solve problems. Students seeking a BFA degree, enter by annual application only. The 83 Credit hours in art will provide professional specialization in studio art. Students will be prepared for graduate school to pursue the MFA Degree and to practice art professionally.

The Bachelor of Arts & Bachelors of Science (BA/BS) degree offers 60 credit hours in art with specialization in studio art. Students will be prepared for graduate school to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching and could pursue a MFA Degree or practice art professionally. No minor requirement.

Associate of Arts in Graphic Design (AA) is an interdisciplinary degree in which the Art Discipline works closely with the Applied Technology Department. The degree enables students to enter the graphic design workforce. The program incorporates a broad art and design curriculum complemented with computer and print production technology.

The Art Minor enables students majoring in other fields to acquire an art proficiency.

Art Education Program: The Art Discipline within the Expressive Arts Department works in conjunction with the School of Education in two ways: :
  1. Students interested in attaining Art Certification are required to complete a BA/BS/BFA in Art and pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching with Art as their qualifying field;
  2. Students interested in the Elementary Education Program take the 26-hour Art Teaching Endorsement in conjunction with the Elementary Education Program.
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