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Courses & Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (24 credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The 36-credit major in Visual Arts includes studio electives in several painting media, calligraphic forms, sculpture, pottery, and photography. Required courses in drawing, world art history, contemplative and studio practice, and professional preparation form the foundation of the degree. Students are mentored in Advanced Studio Practice, Warrior Artist, and Portfolio and Gallery Presentation. The final project includes a digital portfolio, artist’s statement, and an exhibition in the Nalanda Art Galleries.

Visual Arts Degree Requirements

Required Courses


  • ART101 2-D Design: Art Techniques and Experimentation (3)

  • ART125 Introduction to Drawing (3)

  • ART200 The Contemplative Artist (3)

  • ART301 Re-conceptualizing Art History (3)

  • ART340 Contemporary Art History 1945 to Present (3)

Art Genres

Choose 12 Credits

  • ART102 Contemplative Ceramics: Form and Human Contact (3)

  • ART105 Art and Consciousness: Mixed Media and Self-Exploration (3)

  • ART132 3-D Ephemeral Art (3)

  • ART155 Figure Drawing (3)

  • ART180 Sculpture (3)

  • ART215 Watercolor (3)

  • ART245 Introduction to Painting: Realism (3)

  • ART285 New Forms in Ceramics: Advanced Skills in Historical Clay Techniques (3)

  • ART311 Mixed Media (3)

  • ART325 Drawing II: Precision, Perception, and Form (3)

  • ART345 Painter’s Laboratory (3)

  • ART355 Eco-Art (3)

  • ART360 Contemplative Photography (3)

  • ART455  Making Conscious Media (3)

  • ART490 Special Topics in Visual Arts (3)

  • ART499 Independent Study (0.5–4)

  • TRA120 Ikebana/Kado I (3)

  • TRA220 Ikebana/Kado II (3)


  • ART385 Advanced Studio Practice (3)


  • ART440 Warrior Artist: Risk & Revelation in Studio Art (3)

  • COR440 Capstone II (3)

Total Credits: 36

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