Bachelor of Art (B.A.) in Art
Marylhurst B.A. in Art majors take a number of elective general education courses while focusing their studies in the visual arts. Your required coursework will provide a solid foundation in professional art business practices, the history of art in western civilization, and teach the skills and concepts to produce and engage in critical art discussion.
Through our faculty, professional artists themselves, you will be introduced to art dealers, art critics, museum curators and other art professionals who make up the regional art network.
Most students transfer in their lower-division, general education credits and complete their major requirements at Marylhurst. Required coursework within the art major makeup 84 credits:
- Art core courses (54 credits)
Courses provide you with cross-disciplinary exposure to varying art forms including drawing and photography. You will study basic, color and three-dimensional design, learn the fundamentals of digital art and acquire a deep knowledge of art history. The curriculum will orient you to the visual art community through discussions, field trips and presentations by some of the Northwest's most respected industry professionals.
- Art major electives (30 credits)
The art major elective courses provide you with studio art experience throughout your degree program.
Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) in Art
The BFA in Art program will prepare you for a hands-on career in art. Study includes not only studio practice, but the context of history and thought that informs the making of art. Two-thirds of the credits required to complete the BFA come from art courses, including a fourth-year pre-professional thesis project. Concentrations within the curriculum (painting, drawing, photography and sculpture) are designed to match contemporary professional practice.
Students with a BFA in Art will be able to:
- Produce artworks in the area of concentration that reflects a clear understanding of the concepts, concerns and techniques of the contemporary artist.
- Critically discuss their artwork and the art of others.
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the history of art and art theory in Western civilization.
Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of professional business practices in art.
Preparing you for success
Art degree leads to rewarding career
Our B.F.A. graduates who complete a significant amount of studio work in their program are prepared to work as studio artists and develop careers through regular exhibitions in commercial galleries, public or private commissions and consultation work. Those B.A. in Art graduates who alternatively incorporate business coursework and internships in their degree plan, find themselves prepared for careers in galleries and museums as an art dealer, art critic or museum curator.
Designed for students with multiple priorities
Marylhurst students are working professionals, parents or military personnel who are all juggling multiple priorities in addition to being students. Our courses are designed to meet their needs. We offer daytime, evening, weekend and online courses, and we even have an annual schedule of classes so our students can plan their coursework a year in advance.
Transfer credit accepted
You may be closer to earning your bachelor's than you think. Marylhurst is one of the leaders in the nation working with transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions.
Admission requirements for this program
- Minimum GPA of 2.25 and successful academic progress in all college and university coursework OR a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 or average GED score of 500.
- A high school diploma or GED or 45-quarter college credits from a regionally accredited college.
The Marylhurst advantage
Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Marylhurst's beautiful campus is conveniently located just 10 minutes south of Portland (and we even have free parking).
Small class sizes with experienced, world-class faculty who provide individual attention to students.
Credit for prior learning. Receive credit for documented learning (like job experience), reduce the time to finish your degree, and decrease the cost of a bachelor's degree.
Marylhurst University is a small, private, nonprofit liberal arts and business school in Oregon. We have been serving the Northwest for more than 122 years with exceptional education programs.
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