Degree Requirements

First-Year Course Requirements - all Art Majors

Fall
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
WRT-0110 Writing 3 credits
FYS-0100 First Year Connection Seminar 3 credits
  General Education Requirements 3 to 6 credits
Spring
ARS-0200 Drawing II (or other required Art course) 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
  General Education Requirements 9 to 12 credits

The first year is the same for all art students in both the BA and BFA programs. First year art requirements are designed to provide experience and theoretical foundations in a range of media and techniques with particular emphasis on drawing and design skills. The nature of the visual arts demands that students take studio classes each semester starting in the first year. It is important that students balance their general education requirements and elective courses with their studio art requirement throughout their four years at Rosemont.


BA, Studio Art and Design

The Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and Design provides a thorough fine arts education within a liberal arts context. Students are able to pursue a BA in Studio Art and Design without a formal portfolio evaluation for entrance. The program starts with foundation courses common to all art students and continues with major requirements, upper-lever course work, and electives. At the culmination of four years of study, students present their senior project in a two or three-person exhibition in Lawrence Gallery.

The BA in Studio Art and Design gives students a number of elective classes that can be used to take courses in graphic design, interior design, or upper level studio art courses. BA students also have the opportunity to follow the art certification or art therapy preparation program. 120 credits are required for the completion of this degree.

In addition to meeting the course requirements for each respective major, all students must also fulfill the general education requirements that are listed under the heading, General Education Requirements.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

6 credits from the Studio Art and Design major can be applied to General Education requirements.

Studio Art and Design Requirements 57 credits
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
ARS-0200 Drawing II 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
ARS-0205 Painting I 3 credits
ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I 3 credits
ARS-0255 Typography 3 credits
ARS-0260 Printmaking I 3 credits
ARS-0290 Photography 3 credits
ARS-0295 Options in Art 3 credits
ARS-0360 Printmaking II 3 credits
ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I 3 credits
ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II 3 credits
Three Studio Art Electives chosen from:
ARS-0275 Graphic Design I 3 credits
ARS-0202 Interior Design I 3 credits
ARS-0350 Computer Graphics II 3 credits
ARS-0302 Interior Design II 3 credits
ARS-0350 Computer Graphics II 3 credits
OR    
ARS-0312 Computer-Aided Design: Interiors 3 credits
OR    
  An upper division (300 or 400 level) Interior Design course 3 credits
  Three additional electives in Studio Art 9 credits
OR    
  Art History 9 credits
Required Supporting Courses 14 credits
ARH-0175 Visual Culture of the West I 3 credits
ARH-0175L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
ARH-0176 Visual Culture/West II 3 credits
ARH-0176L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
  Two History of Art Elective 6 credits

Electives 12 to 13 credits

General electives can also be used to take fashion design, graphic design, interior design, or upper-division studio art courses but cannot be limited to only art courses.


BA in Studio Art and Design, Art Therapy Preparation

The Art Therapy Preparation program is designed to prepare students for graduate study in the field.

In addition to meeting the course requirements for each respective major, all students must also fulfill the general education requirements that are listed under the heading, General Education Requirements.

Requirements for the BA in Studio Art and Design, Art Therapy Preparation

Students seeking this degree follow a modified general education curriculum, the details of which follow:

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

6 credits from the Studio Art and Design major can be applied to General Education requirements.

Studio Art and Design Requirements 45 credits*
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
ARS-0110 Introduction to Studio Technique 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
ARS-0205 Painting I 3 credits
ARS-0215 Ceramics 3 credits
ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I 3 credits
ARS-0260 Printmaking I 3 credits
ARS-0295 Options in Art 3 credits
ARS-0360 Printmaking II 3 credits
  A 3-D course which can include: ceramics, sculpture, multi media, papermaking, special projects 3 credits
  Studio Art Elective 3 credits
ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I 3 credits
ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II 3 credits
  Field Experience 3 credits

*One required 100-level Studio Art course counts towards the General Education requirement in Creative Expression.

History of Art Requirements 14 credits
ARH-0175 Visual Culture of the West I 3 credits
ARH-0175L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
ARH-0176 Visual Culture/West II 3 credits
ARH-0176L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
  History of Art Elective 3 credits
  History of Art Elective, non western 3 credits
Psychology Requirements 15 credits
PSY-0200 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PSY-0340 Psychology of Personality 3 credits
PSY-0380 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY-0410 Theories of Counseling 3 credits
  Psychology Elective 3 credits

Note:

PSY-0100 is a prerequisite for all subsequent psychology courses and should be taken as part of a student’s General Education Program.

Electives 3 to 7 credits

General electives can also be used to take fashion design, graphic design, interior design, or upper-division studio art courses but cannot be limited to only art courses.


BA in Studio Art and Design with Art Certification

The Art Teacher Certification Program in secondary education is based on the philosophy of “artist/educator.” The potential teacher must be a competent artist that can educate others in creative activity and related fields.

The Art Certification program is open to all art majors; however, to be certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, students must pass all three sections of the PRAXIS I test (reading, mathematics, and writing), the PRAXIS Fundamental Knowledge Test, PRAXIS II, Art Content Knowledge, and obtain a minimum cumulative overall 3.000 GPA. Students should plan carefully from the first year and note the specific requirements for Art Certification. 126 credits are required for the completion of this degree.

Students are reminded that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania modifies and updates certification standards from time to time and therefore students are responsible for maintaining close contact with both their art and education mentors in order to be certain that their individual program and performance continually conforms to Pennsylvania standards

In addition to meeting the course requirements for the studio art major, all students must also fulfill the College’s general education requirements, including courses that are specifically relevant to certification.

General Education and Certification Requirements 57 to 58 credits

Students must take some courses as part of their General Education program that also meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements for certification. Please see your Education mentor to make sure you are taking the correct courses.

Art Requirements 39 credits
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
ARS-0205 Painting I 3 credits
ARS-0215 Ceramics 3 credits
ARS-0230 Papermaking I 3 credits
ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I 3 credits
ARS-0260 Printmaking I 3 credits
ARH-0295 Options in Art 3 credits
  A 3-D course which can include: ceramics, sculpture, multi media, papermaking, special projects 3 credits
  Art Elective 3 credits
ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I 3 credits
ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II 3 credits
History of Art Requirements 14 credits
ARH-0175 Visual Culture of the West I 3 credits
ARH-0175L

Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component

1 credit
ARH-0176 Visual Culture/West II 3 credits
ARH-0176L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
  History of Art Elective 3 credits
  History of Art Elective, non-Western 3 credits

 

Education Requirements 21 credits

 

General Electives

General electives can also be used to take fashion design, graphic design, interior design, or upper-division studio art courses but cannot be limited to only art courses. Students are strongly encouraged to include the following courses in their general education program:

EDU-0200 Development of Education 3 credits
EDU-0201 Observation and Analysis 3 credits
EDU-0220 Teaching Strategies K-12 3 credits
EDU-0240 Topics in Learning 3 credits
EDU-0270 Classroom and Behavior Management 3 credits
EDU-0280 Foundations of Special Education 3 credits
EDU-0401 Teaching Art K-12 3 credits
EDU-0455 Student Teaching/Seminar 6 credits
PSY-0100 Basic Concepts in Psychology 3 credits
PHI-0272 Ethics and Social Values 3 credits

Post-Baccalaureate Art Certification

College graduates with a BFA or BA in Art can apply to Rosemont College to complete Art Certification requirements. Rosemont College art teachers have positions in school districts throughout the region. Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis to determine which courses and field experiences are required.


BFA with Art Certification

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Design can be completed with Art Certification. This program of study usually requires more than eight semesters to complete. Candidates for a BFA with certification must choose their courses carefully to avoid duplication of requirements.


BFA

*Please note: Students failing to meet commonly held criteria for the BFA degree will receive the BA degree in Studio Art and Design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a four-year professional degree that focuses on intensive work in art or design. The primary emphasis of the program is on the development of skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional artist or designer. BFA students can choose from the following BFA programs: fine arts or graphic design. At the culmination of four years of study, students present their senior project in a two-person exhibition in Lawrence Gallery.


The expectations of BFA students are extensive. In order to be accepted into the BFA program, students must successfully complete a portfolio review. BFA candidates are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA in all major classes.

Portfolio Evaluation

Acceptance into the BFA program is based on a portfolio review that shows evidence of visual arts ability, academic capacity, and, particularly, a strong sense of commitment that extends beyond classroom requirements. The portfolio evaluation can take place upon acceptance to the college but must occur no later then the end of the student’s second year at Rosemont.

The portfolio should include strong work in a variety of media, including figure drawings and a recent self-portrait drawn from life (using a mirror rather than a photograph of yourself).

Requirements for the BFA in Studio Art and Design

Students accepted into the BFA must complete all General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. General Education requirements range from 57 to 58 credits with up to 9 credits from the major able to count towards General Education requirements.

The BFA degree requires a total of 126 credits for graduation.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

9 credits from the BFA Studio Art and Design major can be applied to General Education requirements.

Required Courses 63 credits
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
ARS-0200 Drawing II 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
ARS-0205 Painting I 3 credits
ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I 3 credits
ARS-0260 Printmaking I 3 credits
ARS-0295 Options in Art 3 credits
ARS-0300 Drawing III 3 credits
ARS-0305 Painting II 3 credits
ARS-0360 Printmaking II 3 credits
ARS-0405 Painting III 3 credits
ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I 3 credits
ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II 3 credits
One course chosen from:
ARS-0120 Digital Photography 3 credits
ARS-0215 Ceramics 3 credits
ARS-0230 Papermaking 3 credits
ARS-0270 Sculpture I 3 credits
ARS-0370 Multimedia 3 credits
  Two courses at the upper-division in a specific area 6 credits
  Four Studio Art Electives 12 credits
Required Supporting Courses 14 credits
ARH-0175 Visual Culture of the West I 3 credits
ARH-0175L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
ARH-0176 Visual Culture/West II 3 credits
ARH-0176L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
  History of Art Electives 6 credits

 

BFA in Studio Art and Design, Graphic Design Track

Students accepted into the BFA, Studio Art and Design, Graphic Design track must complete all General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. General Education Requirements range from 57 to 58 credits with up to 9 credits from the major able to count towards GE requirements.

The BFA degree requires a total of 126 credits for graduation.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

9 credits from the BFA Studio Art and Design, Graphic Design track major can be applied to General Education requirements.

Required Courses 63 credits:
ARS-0100 Drawing I 3 credits
ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I 3 credits
ARS-0200 Drawing II 3 credits
ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II 3 credits
ARS-0205 Painting I 3 credits
ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I 3 credits
ARS-0255 Typography 3 credits
ARS-0260 Printmaking I 3 credits
ARS-0275 Graphic Design I 3 credits
ARS-0280 Illustration 3 credits
ARS-0295 Options in Art 3 credits
ARS-0350 Computer Graphics II 3 credits
ARS-0360 Printmaking II 3 credits
ARS-0375 Graphic Design II 3 credits
ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I 3 credits
ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II 3 credits
  Three Studio Art Electives 9 credits
  Two courses at the upper-division in a specific area 6 credits
Required Supporting Courses 14 credits
ARH-0175 Visual Culture of the West I 3 credits
ARH-0175L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
ARH-0176 Visual Culture/West II 3 credits
ARH-0176L Visual Culture of the West Experiential Learning Component 1 credit
  History of Art Electives 6 credits

 

Transfer Students in Art

Transfer students are required to take at least half of their art courses at Rosemont in order to receive a degree from the college. Transfer students will have a program designed to meet individual circumstances.