Art + Design Minor

The Art + Design Minor provides students with the opportunity to integrate creative art and design practices with other academic or research pursuits. Students selecting the Art + Design Minor do not necessarily wish to pursue a career as a practicing artist or designer but do want the chance to work creatively in the visual arts and design and develop related skills.


Students must meet the following course requirements for a total of 18 hours.

  • Distribution of Courses
    • a minimum of 2 courses from the academic course menu
    • one academic course must be chosen from the following: ARTH 110, ART 100, or ART 140
    • a minimum of 3 courses from the studio course menu
    • at least 1 additional course in either an academic or studio course
    • a minimum of 6 hours must be completed at the 300 or 400 level
  • 6-9 hours; Sample Approved Academic Courses:
    • ART 100 – Understanding Visual Culture
    • ART 140 – Introduction to Art
    • ARTH 211 – Design History Survey
    • ARTE 260 – Museums in Action
    • ARTE 475 – Museum and Exhibition Practice
    • ARTE 480 – Popular Visual Culture
    • ARTF 401 – Art + Design Matters
  • 9-12 hours; Sample Approved Studio Courses
    • ART 102 – Drawing for Non-Majors
    • ART 103 – Painting for Non-Majors
    • ART 104 – Sculpture for Non-Majors
    • ARTD 209 – Chado (The Way of Tea)
    • ARTD 260 – Basic Photography
    • ARTD 261 – Photography II
    • ARTS 210 – Ceramics Sculpture I
    • ARTS 230 – Jewelry/Metals I
    • ARTS 231 – Jewelry/Metals II
    • ARTS 280 – Sculpture I
    • ARTS 281 – Sculpture II
    • ARTS 299 – Special Topics in Studio Art


Students will be required to have passed one of the approved courses for non-majors (ART 102-104, 140) for entry into the Minor. The curricular structure offers a “menu” of approved courses, many of which have no prerequisites. Some upper level studio courses do carry prerequisites for other courses on the approved list. There are numerous upper level art history courses with no prerequisites. The Minor Advisor will work with students to identify upper level courses of interest and to integrate prerequisites as a part of their program of study in the Minor.


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Art + Design Minor Advisor, will monitor the admission process.

All applicants for admission to the Minor will be required to submit a 1-page personal essay that explains their interest in art and design and their goals and motivation for pursuing a Minor.

Additional information about declaring a minor is available on the Office of the Provost's site. Students will need to download and print the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor (PDF). Students will also need to complete the Minor's Modification Form (PDF) if they are going to cancel their minor or if a class needs to be substituted.

Submit an updated copy of your DARS report along with Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor (PDF) to Guen Montgomery for approval and signature. Submit the signed Statement of Intent form to the student's College office.

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