Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Visual Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. 

University Requirements

Students must complete the university's General Education curriculum.

  • Successful completion (minimum grade of C-) in both VS 1151 and ARTH 1156 will waive the GenEd Arts (GA) requirement.
  • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society requirement.

Major Requirements

  • Required Visual Studies courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to apply towards degree requirements.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as part of the major. The writing-intensive courses are identified with (WI) after the titles.
Foundation Requirements
VS 1151Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Drawing3
VS 1351Visual Studies 1 Foundation: 3D3
VS 1651Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging3
TYLE 1071Visual Studies 1 Introduction to Visual Studies: History, Theory, Practice3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design (freshman seminar)1
Studio Requirements
VS 1058Visual Studies 1: Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 13
VS 2058Visual Studies 2: Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 23
One Concept studio from Visual Studies at the 2xxx level3
VS 3058Visual Studies 3 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 33
Two Hybrid studios from Visual Studies at the 3xxx level6
VS 4098Visual Studies 4 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 4 (WI)3
One Interdisciplinary studio from Visual Studies at the 4xxx level3
GAD 3896Art Career Workshop (WI)3
Select 5 studio electives from Visual Studies, Community Arts or 2000 level Crafts, PDS or GAD 115
Art History Requirement
ARTH 1155Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
or ARTH 1955 Honors Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
ARTH 1156Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century3
or ARTH 1956 Honors Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
Academic Requirements
Select 4 Academic Elective courses at any level 2, 313
Select 4 Upper Level Academic electives (2000-level or above) 212
Language Requirement (select one from the following) 44
Arabic Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Introduction to French II
Introduction to German II
Ancient Greek 2
Modern Greek Elements II
Elements II
Hindi Elements II
Italian Language II
Honors Italian Language II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
Latin 2
Basic II
First-Year Russian II
Basic II
Honors Basic II
Vietnamese Elements II
Total Credit Hours90