The Bachelor of Art degree allows persons with a strong interest in art to major in art and also to take significant courses in another subject that they are interested in.

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A Bachelor of Arts in Art will develop your artistic skills and abilities, celebrate your growth as an individual and broaden your understanding of the history, creation, exhibition and business of art.

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As an art major, you will expand your knowledge of creative expression and its history through the exposure, education and understanding of Western and non-Western artistic and cultural heritage, while also developing your own artistic abilities in a variety of mediums. Gardner-Webb will offer you concentrations in two-dimensional art such as drawing and painting or three-dimensional work in ceramics and sculpture.


During your senior year, you will exhibit work demonstrating a concentrated focus in technique, style and content, while also developing your critical thinking and communication skills by presenting a thesis defending your work.

Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in art pursue a variety of careers in creation, exhibition, education, and more. Common employers include


  • studios
  • museums
  • design firms
  • museums and historic sites
  • libraries
  • schools
  • advertising firms
  • publishing and illustration companies


In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Arts in Art requires 50 credit hours of coursework, including 14 hours of history, exhibition and topics courses and 24 hours of foundation studio classes. A total of 12 elective hours must completed in courses at the 300 level or above. Nine of those hours must be taken in one studio sequence. ARTS 225 is suggested to meet a three-hour core requirement in the Dimensions of Self, but it cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the major.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The University offers minor options in art history and studio arts. Both of those minors require 18 credit hours of coursework. The minor in studio art requires the exhibit of a body of the strongest work that the student produces during studio classes.


The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.

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