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Undergraduate Programs

Five Undergraduate Concentrations

We offer five undergraduate concentrations in Art Education, Book Arts and Printmaking, Crafts, Painting and Drawing, and Photography. Please tour the individual concentration descriptions and course requirements by way of the menu at left. As you explore the concentrations, you may have questions. If so, we encourage you to send them along to the individual faculty in those concentrations.

Open House at Bedford

We also hold a series of Open Houses through the academic year, and we invite you to attend one. Please contact us at 434-395-2285 or send an email to Janet McQueen for a schedule of our Open Houses.

Course and Grade Requirements

All art majors will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The General Education Requirements will be identical for each concentration.

The Art program also offers tailored programs of study for students who wish to minor in studio art or art history. Students interested in a minor in general art or art history should contact the Department Chair for advising.

To satisfy major and minor graduation requirements within the Art program, Art students must earn a grade no less than C in all Art courses. Art majors who receive less than a C in a required Art course must retake and pass that course in order to receive credit. Plus and minus grades are figured into the student's GPA. A fuller explanation of grades and a GPA calculator can be found at "GPA Calculator" at the Registrar's page.

Additionally, as a graduation requirement, all students majoring in the Art program must participate in, and pass, five annual portfolio assessments. See "Assessments" in the menu at left.

The student bears full responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements.

Every attempt has been made to state the major and minor requirements as clearly as possible. However, it is strongly recommended that every student maintain close communication with the academic advisor assigned in order to plan their program in a fashion best suited to the student’s individual goals and needs. The faculty stands ready to assist any student in this regard.

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Course Rotations and Availability

We cannot offer every course every semester, so we have a published rotation of classes. Students need to be aware of this rotation, and plan their schedules according to this rotation.

Students also need to meet with their academic advisor every semester. This will ensure they understand what courses are being offered, and what courses they should be taking.

Any student entering as a freshman, who has been to their advisor should have little problem graduating in four years. However transfer students, students who change their major, and students who fail courses or take courses out of sequence run the very real risk of not being able to graduate by their schedule.


Course Rotation Table

Students should familiarize themselves with this course rotation table. It shows when classes required for graduation are being offered in the Art Department. Students may use this table to plan when they should take classes required in their major and area of concentration. Students are strongly encouraged to plan their class schedules before they meet with their advisor.

View Course Rotation Table (pdf)