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Jo-Anna J. Moore, Ed.D.
Marilyn Holsing, MA, Undergraduate Contact: 
Professor of Art, Undergraduate Advisor
311 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-7191

The Art and Art Education Department (AAE), located at Temple University, Main Campus, offers the Bachelor of Arts in Art degree with three different concentrations: the BA in Art, Studio Concentration; the BA in Art, Digital Media Concentration; and the BA in Art, Visual Studies Concentration. Our studio courses offer the chance to study art within a liberal arts context, basing course content and pedagogical approach on a view of studio experience as part of education in a broad sense rather than primarily as training for a profession.  We offer the Bachelor of Science in Art Education, an accredited program leading to Pennsylvania Certification in Art, K-12.  Newly expanded offerings in the Community Arts have developed courses with outreach to the Philadelphia community.  Graduates from our Art programs have gone on to graduate study, field work in art galleries, studios, and a wide variety of art-related occupations.  We have a 92% placement rate for Art Education in K-12 schools and also in community sites.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

(Studio, Digital Media, or Visual Studies Concentration)

The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Studio concentration offers students a strong focus in visual art practice within a liberal arts context. The curriculum is devised to offer students a rich range of choices in other academic disciplines to augment their studio studies. The faculty approaches the teaching of studio art from the viewpoint of its connection to a wide sphere of interests, such as psychology, literature, philosophy, mathematics, biology, and physics. Students graduating with this major are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in the fine arts, work as professional artists, or work in galleries or museums. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Digital Media concentration enables students to focus on the use of computer technologies as offered in courses throughout the University, including those in the programs of Art, Architecture, Film and Media Arts, Music, Theater, Dance, etc.  This wide range of courses fosters the development of an interdisciplinary approach to image-making that considers both the aesthetic and technical sides of this genre.  Students graduating with this concentration are able to pursue graduate studies in the fine arts, work as professional artists, find employment in the numerous computer-based fields of art and communication, or work in galleries or museums. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Visual Studies concentration enables students to organize multiple approaches to visual thinking that cut across various disciplines into a logical whole. Students will analyze visual communication from a variety of aesthetic, theoretical, scientific, sociological, and historical viewpoints. Analysis will include the consideration of the medium, its impact on the image and message, and its social and cultural context. While the majority of their course work is in academic disciplines, students take studio courses in part because the  making of images is closely aligned to their analysis . This major provides a sound basis for pursuing graduate study in art history, art theory and criticism, or visual anthropology.  

Bachelor of Arts candidates must complete the University Core requirements with the following: For the Core Language or International Studies requirement, candidates for the BA degree are required to complete both an International Studies and a Language requirement; complete the third semester of a language (course number C061, except in Critical Languages) and one international studies course; or complete the second semester of a language (course number 0052, except in Critical Languages) and two international studies courses, at least one of which must be "Third World/Non-Western."  

Students must complete at least 45 semester hours in upper-level Liberal Arts courses. Courses taken in the major count toward the requirement.

The Bachelor of Arts degree for all concentrations may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

To receive transfer credit for studio credits taken at other institutions, a student must present a portfolio for each course. An evaluation will determine whether equivalent, elective, or no credit is to be awarded. The department will accept a maximum of 24 s.h. of transfer studio credits toward the major. 

Bachelor of Arts in Art Major Requirements

Students must also satisfy all requirements of one of the following three concentrations:

Studio Concentration Requirements

Digital Media Concentration Requirements

Visual Studies Concentration Requirements

Art Minor Requirements

Note: The department will accept a maximum of 9 s.h. of transfer studio credits towards the minor. A portfolio of work must be submitted for review by Department faculty.


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