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Degrees offered in the Art Program at Tarleton State

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

University General Education Requirements - 42 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Core Courses

Core Requirements
  • ARTS 1311 Design 1
  • ARTS 1312 Design 2
  • ARTS 1316 Drawing 1
  • ARTS 1317 Drawing 2
  • ARTS 1303 Art History 1
  • ARTS 1304 Art History 2
  • ARTS 2348 Digital Art 1
  • ARTS 2316 Painting 1
  • ARTS 3321 Painting Studio
  • ARTS 3331 Art History in America
  • ARTS 4341 Advanced Studio
  • ARTS 4390 Portfolio Capstone 
  • Electives (3 semester hours)
  • Advanced English Elective (3 semester hours)

Additional Emphasis Requirements (must choose one)

Studio Art Emphasis 

  • ARTS 3341 Life Drawing
  • ARTS 3342 Watercolor
  • ARTS 3351 Sculpture Studio
  • ARTS 3371 Printmaking
  • Advanced ART Electives (9 semester hours)
  • FINA 4301 Arts in Contemporary Society
  • Electives (9 semester hours, including 6 advanced)

Digital Media Emphasis

  • ARTS 2356 Photography 1 or ARTS 2350 Game Design
  • ARTS 3361 Digital Imaging 1
  • ARTS 3364 Animation 1
  • ARTS 4370 Interaction Design
  • Advanced ART Electives (9 semester hours)
  • FINA 4301 Art in Contemporary Society 
  • BCIS 3315 Web Site Development and Design
  • COMM 3308 Digital Video Production
  • Advanced Electives (9 semester hours)

Teaching Certification Emphasis

  • ARTS 3311 Experimental Media Studio
  • ARTS 3341 Painting Studio
  • ARTS 3351 Sculpture Studio
  • HIST 2321 World Civilizations 1 or HIST 2322 World Civilizations 2
  • Advanced ART Electives (9 semester hours)
  • PSYC 2308 Child Psychology or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology or FACS 3300 Child Development
  • RDG 3351 Content Area Reading
  • EDUC 3320 Professional Development I: Understanding Learners
  • EDUC 3330 Professional Development II: Effective Instruction
  • EDUC 4330 Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices
  • EDUC 4335 Professional Development IV: Issues in Professional Development
  • EDUC 4690 Teaching Practicum

Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Media Studies


Additional Information

What is the difference between a BFA with Digital Media Emphasis and a BS in Digital Media Studies?

Whereas both degrees contain a comprehensive digital design curriculum, the BS in Digital Media Studies leans more toward commercial client-based and team oriented digital design study, whereas the BFA leans more toward self-expression in digital fine arts and design. While both degrees offer the interdisciplinary degree plan as opposed to the specialized training a "technical school" would offer, students are advised to focus their interests in a particular digital medium near graduation once they have acquired the base of digital media design skills Tarleton offers. We believe that a program like ours enables students to develop that broad base in digital media design, which will prepare them for the intellectual and technical challenges in the ever-evolving digital marketplace.