Art (Art Studies), BA

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If you enjoy exploring creative media in the visual arts, performing arts and across the university while gaining a strong background in the history of art, you'll appreciate the flexibility of this arts program.

The art studies curriculum offers students a broad educational foundation in the arts and general studies. The BA in art with a concentration in art studies is a multidisciplinary program featuring coursework in art history, studio art, performing arts and a range of arts-related courses across the university.

This concentration offers students a great deal of flexibility in planning coursework. The scope of offerings in art is unparalleled and the ability to combine art classes with offerings from other disciplines at ASU makes this a uniquely open degree. Art studies students can design a course of study focused on their individual aspirations in consultation with faculty advisors.

At A Glance

Art (Art Studies), BA

Required Courses

A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.

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. The wide range of options include independent artist, commission artist, museum or gallery professional, art dealer, creative art director, private school teacher, college professor, community-based artist (in health care settings, nonprofit agencies, and local and national public arts) and many others. 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 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Photographers-5.6%$32,490
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* 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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