Art, B.S.

Mission

The Department of Art is a vibrant community of artists and scholars who integrate faith and creative practice. Through an innovative and rigorous curriculum, we cultivate a student’s ability to create and critically evaluate complex works of art in a mentoring environment. We foster curiosity through established and experimental mediums, methods, and theoretical perspectives.

Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Art is offered for individuals who desire a liberal arts degree providing a broad foundation experience in art. There are two concentrations offered: Art Therapy (pending NASAD approval) and Studio Art. 

Concentrations

The Studio Art concentration provides students with a broad foundation experience in art, and is specifically designed for students who want to graduate with a double major or an art major with a minor in another academic discipline.

The Art Therapy concentration (pending NASAD approval) is a pre-professional preparation program for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree program in art therapy. Our program is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements of nearly all graduate art therapy programs in the US. This degree program also prepares students to be hired in some post-bachelors level jobs that are social-services related.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Studio Art, 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 and Program 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.

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 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- must be repeated.

In art and design studio classes, 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 three 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.

It is recommended that all Art majors own a Macintosh laptop. Contact the Department of Art office for recommended specifications.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Art must conform to the University standards for B.S. degrees. All B.S. in Art majors are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in fine arts. All B.S. in Art majors are required to take the following courses:
Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics
Integration Seminar (Should be taken as: "Contemporary Art and Theology")
Human Anatomy (Art Therapy concentration only)
Introduction to Sociology (Art Therapy concentration only)
Cultural Anthropology
Program Courses
ARTS 107Drawing I3
ARTS 1102-D Design3
ARTS 1113-D Design3
ARTS 116History of Western Art I: Prehistoric Through Renaissance3
ARTS 126History of Western Art II: Baroque through Modernism3
Select a Concentration detailed below36-43
Total Credits51-58

Concentrations 

Art Therapy (pending NASAD approval)

Concentration Courses
ARTS 210Sculpture I3
ARTS 211Ceramics I3
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 315Contemporary Art Trends3
ARTS 356Art Therapy I3
ARTS 433Global Art Paradigms3
ARTS 482Art Therapy II3
PSYC 200Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 209Statistics with Computer Applications3
PSYC 211Statistics with Computer Applications Lab1
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 320Developmental Psychology: Lifespan (preferred)3
or PSYC 325 Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
PSYC 411Theories of Personality3
Electives
Select two ARTS courses 6
Total Credits43

Studio Art

Concentration Courses
ARTS 109Digital Tools3
ARTS 1124-D Design3
ARTS 220Professional Practices3
Select one upper-division art history course from the following:3
Contemporary Art Trends
Global Art Paradigms
Select two courses from the following:6
Figure Studies I
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Typography I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Electives
Select six upper-division ARTS courses18
Total Credits36

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.

      Art, B.S. Studio Art (ARSU)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103ARTS 1123
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021 
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1163ARTS 1263
ARTS 2203ARTS Elective3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211PHIL 216 (required)3
KNES 1071 
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 315 or 433 (Art History Elective)3ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
ARTS Elective 3ARTS Elective (upper division)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
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 Elective (upper-division)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
General Elective2 
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Art, B.S. Art Therapy (ARTP)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
PSYC 2003BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1073ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103ARTS 2113
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021 
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1163ARTS 1263
ARTS 2103ARTS 2133
BIOS 254 (required)4Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211PHIL 216 (required)3
KNES 1071 
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153ARTS 3563
PSYC 3093Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
SOCI 220 (required)3PSYC 2093
MATH 1221PSYC 2111
KNES Activitiy (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency RequirementPSYC 320 or 325 (preferred)3
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 4333BBST 306, 316, or 3263
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4823
ENGL 3133PSYC 4113
MATH 1231ARTS Elective3
ARTS Elective3 
 16 15
Total Credits 31