Study in a major where you'll work closely with expert faculty to build your portfolio: You’ll do that here.

An art degree prepares you for advanced study or careers in a variety of professions like fine arts entrepreneurship, marketing, fashion merchandising, or psychology.

What You’ll Do

As an art major at Southeast, you’ll gain incredible real-world learning experience through juried exhibitions and the capstone course, Professional Practice in Visual Art.

  • Work closely with faculty to prepare for a formal portfolio evaluation required for all art majors.
  • Learn the history of the discipline of art.
  • Work side by side with expert faculty artists in multiple disciplines.
  • Create works of art in modern studios equipped with traditional and progressive technology.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 95%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Art and Design report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $94k

    Art Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a art director is $94,220.

  • $65k

    Fine Artist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a craft and fine artist is $65,020.

  • $75k

    Special Effects Artist or Animator

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a special effects artists or animator is $75,270.

What You'll Study

As an art major, you’ll develop your artistic skills in several foundational areas and learn the history of the discipline of art. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. A minor is required.

Art – 39 Hours Required

Required Courses:

  • AR001 Foundation Review (0) – Taken after completing all foundation courses, (two attempts only), also applies to transfer students.
  • AH110 Art History Survey I (3)
  • AH210 Art History Survey II (3)
  • AR100 Drawing I (3)
  • AR104 2D Design (3)
  • AR106 3D Design (3)
  • AR201 Color Composition (3)
  • AR202 Drawing II (3)
  • AR399 Professional Practice in Visual Art (3)

Choose 6 hours from*:

  • AR302 Printmaking (3)
  • AR314 Drawing III (3)*
  • AR319 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)*
  • AR323 Introduction to Photography & New Media (3)
  • AR325 Painting (3)
  • AR330 Paper, Book, & Fibers (3)
  • AR332 Sculpture I (3)
  • AR342 Ceramics I (3)

*Students may not use both AR 314 and AR319 to fulfill this requirement.

Choose 6 hours Additional Art History courses (300-500 level)

Choose 3 hours of Art/Art History electives

Every year, when taking student art classes, it is recommended that artwork should be entered in the Juried Student Exhibition.

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AH110 (3) 
  • AR100 (3) 
  • AR104 (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AH210 (3) 
  • AR106 (3) 
  • AR201 (3) 
  • AR202 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AR001 (0) 
  • AR302/319/323/325/330/332/342 (3) 
  • AR302/319/323/325/330/332/342 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AH3XX or UI337 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: Pass Foundation review by end of 1st semester, second year. 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AHXXX (3) 
  • AR/AH Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AR/AH Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Summer Semester 

  • Internship Elective AR318 (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AR399 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2) 

12 hours in final term if summer internship is chosen for 3 hours

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Department Accreditations

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Learn While Doing

We know that it takes countless hours of practice and feedback to be a great artist. In the Department of Art and Design we have the experiences, faculty, and spaces that will transform you from a talented student into a professional. Learn more.

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