Art Curriculum – B.A. Program

B.A. in Art program at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

 B.A. in Art Curriculum at Marylhurst

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As a Marylhurst art student, you have the opportunity to hone your fundamental art skills and dive into concepts of contemporary art.  Marylhurst’s art curriculum offers in-depth coursework focused on the history of art and architecture and incorporates practical skills related to the business management of art.  Marylhurst art students graduate with confidence in their art and critical discussion skills, necessary for networking and discussing art within the context of our dynamically changing society.

  The B.A. in Art program accepts students each term (fall, winter, spring and summer) and is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017. 

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Art Curriculum & B.A. Degree Requirements

To earn your B.A. in Art from Marylhurst, you will complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Major requirements (64 credits)
Course topics include (but are not limited to) two- and three-dimensional design, art & architectural history, drawing, video and sound, digital tools, and the intersection of art, aesthetics and politics.  The curriculum prepares all art students for a career in the visual arts through the curation of a resume, portfolio, presentation skills and internship experience.

Focus your degree to support your individually defined art goals by selecting a B.A. in Art concentration:

  • Contemporary Painting Concentration: Students may elect to focus their education within a contemporary painting concentration to receive instruction in vocabulary, color, medium techniques and period styles. Classroom discussion will compliment individual studio work to expand your technical abilities and invite you to consider the inner connection of contemporary painting with other art forms, including photography, printmaking, video, sculpture and performance practices.
  • Interdisciplinary Studio Art Concentration: Choose to complete sequenced study in painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Marylhurst’s Interdisciplinary Studio Art concentration offers a studio-based arts education, featuring coursework in painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. As a student, you will focus your studies within two of these art forms and you will be considered for experiential internship opportunities with Marylhurst’s renowned Art Gym, art organizations or apprenticeship programs.

Marylhurst core requirements (40 credits)
Complete fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

General electives (76 credits)
Choose courses outside of art from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to further support your individual career focus.

Art Therapy Prep Track

Student at Marylhurst UniversityInterested in combining your art skills with the field of therapy? Marylhurst offers a master’s program in Art Therapy Counseling. As an art student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst, you can take a select group of courses in psychology and art therapy to prepare for admissions into the master’s program.

Transfer in Your Previous College Credit

Most of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and many students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed.

Degree Completion

student marylhurst circle iconThe average time to complete the B.A. in Art program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit, reducing the investment of time and financial resources necessary to earn their degree.

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Art program that shows you classes in the program and how  (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

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