The PSU Art Department offers a variety of degree options to meet your needs. A portfolio is a requirement for admission to the Art programs.
- The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History emphasizes skills in critical thinking, advanced writing, and research, and encourages majors to explore interdisciplinary connections with other fields across the curriculum. Distinguished by flexibility of student choice in selecting courses best attuned to meeting academic needs and professional goals, the program also provides opportunities for gallery and museum related experiences and international study.
- The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides broad experience in the visual arts and a foundation for further studies. Students receive a grounding in studio art and art history courses, with options in the following areas:
- The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art is a professional degree providing an intensive foundation in visual arts and art history and concentrated study in either Graphic Design or Visual Art (2D Studio or 3D Studio). Portfolio reviews are required annually. The program culminates in the annual B.F.A. Exhibition of a final project.
- The Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education qualifies you to teach art at the K-12 level in the state of New Hampshire as well as most other states.
- The combined BFA/MAT is a 5 year plan of study combining the BFA degree with the MAT in Teaching for K-12 certification in Art Education graduate degree. Students have the opportunity to plan ahead and select up to 12 credits of required Art Education courses and 6 credits of graduate courses (if they have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average) during their undergraduate BFA degree program. The remaining MAT courses and the student teaching internship are completed within the fifth year following acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. Thus, students achieve these two dynamic degrees within a 5 year program of study.
Credit Hour Information
PSU applies the New England Association of Schools and Colleges policy for calculating credit hours across the institution.
—Lecture based courses: 1 hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks per credit hour.
—Studio based General Education Courses: 1.3 hours of direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours out of class student work each week for approximately 15weeks per credit hour.
—Studio based Art Education Courses: 1.3 hours of direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks per credit hour.
The Art Department applies the National Association of Art and Design standards for calculating credit hours in the Studio and Design Courses: 1.5 hours of faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks per credit hour.