The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides a broad liberal education with an emphasis in interdisciplinary studio art and design. In addition, this major enables the student to select (with department advising) a minor area of study which best fits with their career objectives. Our program will encourage you to think critically and speak about issues related to arts education and design. You will develop a range of technical skills that can be used to organize materials into objects that express the aesthetic qualities and design concepts that you wish to communicate through your work. You will be exposed to professional standards in your discipline through course work and internship opportunities in the community. Your energetic involvement in the Visual Art department at Stritch will foster a desire for lifelong learning and an active visual participation in your chosen career.

The faculty are working artists, designers, photographers and educators who will guide and prepare students for a variety of careers in the visual arts and design profession. The Visual Art department offers two-degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The Bachelor of Arts degree has two majors: Art and Art Education with licensure in grades PK-12. A concentration is available in Photography or Interdisciplinary Studio Art for the BA in Art.

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Bachelor of Arts in Art (36 credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Art is a liberal arts degree appropriate for students who wish to develop studio art knowledge and design skills, but desire the flexibility to take courses and minor in another academic area that best fits with their career objectives. This degree prepares the student for a broad range of professional pursuits, including work as a studio artist, as a foundation for a related field of work (curatorial work, museum studies, visual communications, design studies), or for further study in Art Education or Art Therapy.
For more information regarding a minor speak with your art department advisor. Several options are available and include a minor in business, communication art, computer science, psychology, theater or other programs of interest.
Visual Art Core:                     (18 cr.) ART 101,115, 123, 131,147, and 150
Studio Art courses:              (9 cr.) Choose three courses from ART 111, 125, 129, 133, 223
Art History:                              (6 cr.) Choose two courses from ART 141, 142, 344, or 415
Senior Seminar:                   (3 cr.) ART 447
Exhibit:                                     Required
The Bachelor of Arts candidate in Art can add a concentration of courses in the area of Photography or Interdisciplinary Studio Art. 
A concentration in Photography will provide you with knowledge and skills in a broad range of photographic media that include film techniques, digital photography and image management, studio and location lighting methods and best business practices. You will be introduced to career options in photography through hands-on course work that will connect you to the professional photography and design community.

Photography Concentration (17 credits)

ART 202 (3 cr.)
ART 210 (3 cr.)
ART 211 (3 cr.)
ART 311 (3 cr.)
ART 402 (2 cr.)
ART 411 (3 cr.)

Interdisciplinary Studio Art Concentration (17 credits)

This concentration provides the candidate the opportunity to take additional intermediate-level courses in drawing, sculpture, painting, digital imaging or ceramics.  Your concentration will be designed based on your areas of interest and the availability of course offerings on the schedule. ART 402 Gallery Internship (2cr) would be the only requirement and the remainder of your credits will be selected through your art advisor.

B.A./B.F.A. Visual Art Core Portfolio Review

The purpose of the Visual Art Core (VAC) portfolio review is to provide aesthetic feedback and career guidance for all art department undergraduate majors. All students enrolled in a B.A. or B.F.A. program in the Visual Art Department participate in the VAC portfolio review.
The Art department will conduct a portfolio review as needed each fall semester. The portfolio must represent art and design work completed in the Visual Art Core (15-18 cr.) while at Cardinal Stritch University. In addition to their portfolio of selected works, the students must submit a written statement of intent regarding the anticipated major they will follow while at Stritch. Upon successful completion of the VAC portfolio review the student is formally admitted into a BA or BFA major. A transfer student must have completed a minimum of 9 credits of studio coursework in the Visual Art Department of Cardinal Stritch University before participating in the portfolio review process.  Detailed information on the VAC portfolio review is available in the Visual Art Department office, CFA 110.

Art Minor Requirements

The Art minor offered through the Visual Art Department is a great opportunity for any students in the University to engage and explore their creative energies.  An art minor is well suited for majors in Communication, Theatre, English, Business, Religious Studies, Sports Management and Math/Computer Science as well as other majors.
A minor in Art is 24 credits of art and design courses that can include a variety of drawing, design, digital photography, ceramics and painting classes. We will work with you in order to build an interdisciplinary minor that best fits your area of interest.
If you are interested in a minor with a specific emphasis in Photography, Digital Media, Graphic Design or Studio Art, we can help you select a sequence of classes in your area of interest. A minor in Art History requires 24 credits in art with a minimum of 15 of those credits in art history courses.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 18 credits can be transferred to a B.A. degree or 36 credits toward a B.F.A. at the discretion of the department upon transcript and portfolio review.
PLO 1  The student demonstrates visual literacy and creative problem solving within a variety of artistic, technological, social and cultural contexts.  
PLO 2  The student demonstrates an understanding and competence in the making of art and design objects.
PLO 3  The student demonstrates ability to critically evaluate contemporary thinking about art and design within the context of the major achievements in the history of art.
PLO 4  The student is able to assess quality and effectiveness in art and design projects especially their own work, using verbal and written critiques.
Stritch’s Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery provides exceptional educational opportunities for art students by exhibiting the works of local and regional contemporary artists. The NM Art Gallery also provides exhibition opportunities for all art majors and minors through the annual juried student exhibition. Our internship program connects our students with real work experiences in gallery management, graphic design, photography, communication design and art education experiences for those students seeking on-the-job experiences. 

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Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


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The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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