Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

10200 The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design

117 Arts and Humanities Building

Michael White, Director
Timothy Flowers, Associate Director

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design offers degree programs in studio, art education, and art history. The Bachelor of Fine Arts professional degree is available in studio and art education. Within the studio degree, students may choose from these concentrations: drawing and painting or printmaking, graphic design, interior design, photography and expanded media, textiles, or three-dimensional studies (ceramics or sculpture).

The School of Art & Design offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts education. They may select a concentration in studio or in art history. The B.A. program in Studio covers a range of art courses and a studio concentration. Art history is an academic liberal arts program devoted to preparing future scholars and curators.

The School of Art & Design seeks to provide an educational environment that encourages the creation and presentation of the visual arts, the study of visual culture, the creation and enhancement of our interior environments, and the promotion of the visual arts to the larger community. Graduates of the school carry their knowledge forward and contribute to the cultural conscience of the community. A strong corps of the school’s graduates are found in prominent art centers and schools. Others hold positions with regional, national, and international design firms. Faculty, student artists, and alumni frequently exhibit in national and international galleries and competitions. Their works are in numerous private and corporate collections.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) through Georgia State University. 

Program Admission

Please see program section for admission and degree requirements.

Program Degree Requirements

Art students should seek regular advisement from the Office of Academic Assistance or the University Advisement Center. Once accepted into a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration, students should seek advisement from the Area Coordinator for that concentration. Students in the B.F.A. degree program should declare their intention to pursue a B.F.A. degree to the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of the Arts or the University Advisement Center when they initiate their Field of Study requirements. Students intending to pursue the B.F.A. should enroll in two Field of Study courses during their first semester and should continue taking two Field of Study courses each semester until those courses are completed. Upon completion of the Field of Study requirements and prior to completion of 15 additional hours in art, students who intend to pursue the B.F.A. degree program must submit an application and portfolio to the concentration faculty for review and approval. In order to facilitate advisement, students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program should declare their major and area of concentration (studio or art history) prior to completion of their Field of Study courses.

A grade of C- or higher is required for all Studio and Art History courses in the Major area. Bachelor of Art Studio majors must satisfy the world language requirement to the 1002 level with a passing grade of D or higher. For Art Education a grade of B and a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in all art content courses.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of the Arts Degree Requirements (see section 10030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Program Academic Regulations

Evaluation of transfer credits should be completed during the first semester of attendance at the university by the School of Art and Design.

Graduation with Distinction

The Welch School of Art and Design offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the School of Art & Design for the specific criteria for this honor.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. For more information, please feel free to contact the school or review GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.


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