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Art Degree (B.A.), Fine Arts

Why Choose a Concentration in Fine Arts?

For the art major who is interested in a career in fine arts or preparation for graduate school in studio art (MFA), the Fine Arts major concentration draws influence from various studio courses, drawing, and other art electives.

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Requirements for the Fine Arts Major Concentration

Requirements for Art Majors

  • ART 0101 - First-Year Seminar
  • ART 0103 - Drawing I
  • ART 0104 - Design Fundamentals
  • ART 0105 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 0106 - Art Survey: Prehistoric to Middle Ages
  • ART 0107 - Art Survey: Renaissance to Present
  • ART 0109 - Writing for Art and the Artist
  • ART 0201 - Printmaking I
  • ART 0204 - Pottery I
  • ART 0205 - Sculpture I
  • ART 0209 - Color Theory and Practice
  • ART 0214 - Drawing II
  • ART 0216 - Painting I
  • ART 0311 - Painting II
  • One Art elective Credits: 3 Two 300-level Art History Courses Credits: 6

One of the following:

  • ART 0303 - Printmaking II
  • ART 0304 - Pottery II
  • ART 0305 - Sculpture II


** Students completing Art Teacher Licensure Programs must take ART 0108 Introduction to Computer Graphics as their art elective.

Art majors are required to take ART 0106 and ART 0107, to satisfy the Appreciation of the Arts requirement of the common core.

Art majors must complete a minimum of 27 credits of course work within the Art Department at Westfield State. Students are advised to consult their advisors for information on course sequencing and general core requirements.

Art majors intending to pursue graduate work beyond their major are advised to take additionally recommended studio courses of their choice. It is also advisable to include more than the minimum requirements in Art History.

    Additional Graduation Requirements

    All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

      Fine Arts Concentration

      For the art major who is interested in a career in fine arts or preparation for graduate school in studio art (MFA), an additional 18 credits of art classes are required beyond the Art Major requirements to fulfill this program.  Select from the following options to complete this concentration:   

      • 300 - Level Art Studio Courses, Credits 3 -9
      • ART 0309 - Advanced Drawing, Credits: 3
      • 200-300 - Level Art Studio/ Art History Elective, Credits: 3
      • ART 0320 - Thesis, Credits 3 - 6

      Clubs & Organizations

      Art Club

      The purpose of this club is to enrich the educational experience of all students interested in art by providing trips to art museums.