Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art requires fewer credits in studio courses than what is required for the BFA degree in Studio Art. The BA in Studio Art allows students to pursue a liberal arts degree with emphasis on Studio Art or an additional major and/or minor in another field.  The student pursuing a BA in Studio Art is not required to take part in the final Senior BFA exhibition. The BA in Studio also enables students to convert to the BFA in their second year, as the first year requirements of both the BFA and BA in Studio Art are the same.  Conversely, a student pursuing the BFA in Studio Art may change to the BA during the course of their studies as long as they have completed the required credits for the BA upon graduation.

University Requirements

Undergraduate degree (124 hour minimum)
Upper-level coursework taken at TCU (42 hour minimum)
TCU Core Curriculum (39 hour minimum)
TCU Core Curriculum requirements can range from 39 to 63 hours depending on the choice of courses. Some courses may count in more than one area.
Minor (18 hour minimum)

Foreign Language Requirement

All students pursuing the BA degree must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to the completion of one of the following:

CHIN 20063
FREN 20063
GRMN 20063
GREE 20063
ITAL 20063
JAPN 20063
SPAN 20202
SPAN 20213
Intermediate Chinese II
Fourth Semester College French
Intermendiate German
Fourth Semester College Greek (Hellenistic)
Fourth Semester College Italian
Fourth Semester College Japanese
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish 2

This requirement may be satisfied by either satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (i.e., AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests may be found in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admission. For languages not currently taught at TCU, six semester hours at the sophomore-level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution, may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

Major Requirements: 39 hours

Foundation Courses (12 hours)

Semester Hours
Drawing I (10103) 3
Drawing II (10113) 3
Design and Color (10123) 3
3D Design (10133) 3

Art History (9 hours) Courses must be taken in sequence

Semester Hours
Survey of Art History (10043) 3
20000 Level Art History 3
30000 Level Art History 3

Studio Art (9 hours) Choose 3 Classes

Semester Hours
Life Studies (20100) 3
Painting (20143) 3
Printmaking (20163/73/83) 3
Sculpture (20243) 3
Ceramics (20213) 3
Photography (20743) 3

Upper Level Studio Art (9 Hours) in Area of Concentration

Semester Hours
Upper Level Studio Art 3
Upper Level Studio Art 3
Upper Level Studio Art 3

General Electives (to equal 124 hours)

“Studio Art opened up many doors for me both personally and professionally ... When people see TCU on my resume it generates a positive response--I'm proud to have been a student there and I am continually reminded of the benefits it has brought my career.”

– Rachel Blackburn Cozad, B.A. '89