Design, B.S.

Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Design contains a broad range of liberal arts general education courses, and allows students the option of choosing a wide range of general electives while providing them with a strong foundation in general design. It requires the completion of 48 credits in core and elective courses, and gives students the flexibility to complete a double major or a minor in another academic discipline.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Design, students will be able to:

  1. Conceive, design and create works of art in one or more specific fine arts fields that are technically and conceptually sophisticated (ULO 1).
  2. Recognize, analyze, compare and evaluate historical and contemporary art movements and aesthetic philosophies, including both Western and Global material (ULO 1).
  3. Recognize and identify a variety of professional practices, career/employment and graduate education opportunities and apply that knowledge by developing a personalized career plan (ULO 3).
  4. Articulate a clear rationale for the production and evaluation of contemporary visual art that reflects an orthodox Christian value system (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admissions Requirements

The Department of Art has an open admissions policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students from other institutions may declare an art major when they apply for admission to Biola University. Because of the rigorous schedule and amount of work required in the B.F.A. degree program, transfer students and Torrey Honors Institute students may need an additional semester to complete all of their requirements.

Program Requirements

The Department of Art offers three degree programs. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a professional degree program focusing on intensive studio practice and requiring an area of concentration; the B.F.A. is the preferred degree for students who anticipate having an art-related career, or who are planning to attend graduate school. The Bachelor of Science Degrees in Studio Art and in Design contain a broader range of liberal arts general education courses, and allow students the option of choosing a wide range of general electives. The two B.S. degrees also allow greater flexibility for students completing a double major or a minor in another academic discipline.

Every year, all art majors participate in formal reviews to evaluate their progress in the department. Student portfolios are appraised using a variety of criteria, such as technical achievement, creative problem solving, and aesthetic/artistic development. Reviews are conducted at the end of the freshman, sophomore and junior years. Graduating seniors in the B.F.A. program are evaluated the semester before their thesis exhibitions.

All art majors are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA in the program. Any grade below a "C-" (1.67) must be repeated.

In art and design studio courses, contact hours define the meaning of a credit hour. In these courses, one semester hour of credit equals two hours of class instruction with at least one additional hour of unsupervised laboratory work each week. Studio courses receiving 3 credits typically meet six hours a week for class instruction with the expectation that students complete an additional three hours of assigned laboratory work. Students taking ARTS 462 or ARTS 464, and independent studies, must complete a minimum of three hours of research/laboratory work each week during the semester for one hour of credit.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Design must conform to the University standards for B.S. degrees. All B.S. in Design majors are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in fine arts. All B.S. in Design majors are required to take the following courses:
Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics
Integration Seminar 1
Program Courses
ARTS 107Drawing I3
ARTS 109Digital Tools3
ARTS 1102-D Design3
ARTS 1113-D Design3
ARTS 1124-D Design3
ARTS 116History of Western Art I: Prehistoric Through Renaissance3
ARTS 126History of Western Art II: Baroque through Modernism3
ARTS 217Typography I3
ARTS 314Integrated Design I3
ARTS 315Contemporary Art Trends3
ARTS 321Historical Development of Design3
ARTS 333Graphic Design Forms I3
ARTS 337Typography II3
ARTS 423Integrated Design II3
ARTS 450Internship3
Select one upper-division Art elective3
Total Credits48

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Design, B.S.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
ENGL 100 or 1123PHIL 216 (required)3
GNST 1021 
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1263
ARTS 1163ARTS 3143
Science (see Core Curriculum)3ARTS 3373
ARTS 2173Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211KNES 1071
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3213Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ARTS 4233HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
MATH 1221General Elective3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 3153BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 3333ARTS 4503
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231General Elective2
 13 14
Total Credits 27