Art (Art Studies), BA

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Explore a broad range of visual arts, performing arts and art history in this comprehensive and personalized degree program.

The BA in art with a concentration in art studies is a multidisciplinary program with a broad educational foundation in the arts and General Studies with a curriculum unparalleled in its scope of course offerings from across the university.

This concentration offers students a great deal of flexibility in planning coursework. Students, in consultation with faculty advisors, can design a course of study focused on their individual aspirations. This uniquely open degree program features coursework in art history, studio art, and a range of arts-related topics, including performing arts and the history of performance, and fields such as African and African American studies, American Indian studies, history, languages and literature, and women's studies.

At A Glance

Art (Art Studies), BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Specific Degree Requirments
An overall ASU GPA of 2.5 is required to pursue this degree.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Students meeting the university requirements for admission may matriculate in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Separate admission procedures and approvals are required for some programs within the college. Students must contact specific departments or schools for details.

Freshmen may apply directly to the art studies program; there is no portfolio review for this major.

Career outlook

This program prepares students to initiate creative careers as visual artists or as professionals in the public and private spheres. Among many others, the wide range of options include:

  • art dealer
  • independent artist
  • college professor
  • commission artist
  • community-based artist (in health care settings, nonprofit agencies, and local and national public arts)
  • creative art director
  • museum or gallery professional
  • private school teacher

Career opportunities are also available with employers who seek graduates with a well-rounded humanities education.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Craft Artists-1%$35,180
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators1%$52,340
Graphic Designers-3.8%$53,380
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Museum Technicians and Conservators 11.6%$45,710
Artists and Related Workers, All Other-0.2%$65,800
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.8%$75,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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