Students at Valparaiso University may enroll in several art courses without selecting art as a major or minor. Some courses however do require pre-requisites. Many of our students enroll in art courses for the purpose of personal enjoyment and with no vocational plans. Others combine the study of art with psychology, public relations, education, business or literature. This occurs at the level of the minor or major. The Art Minor, in studio art or art history, consists of five courses. Students who wish to major in art may choose one of two degree programs, a Bachelor’s of Art (BA) at 30 credit hours (10 courses in the art major), or the Bachelor’s of Science in the Fine Arts (BSFA) at a minimum of 54 credit hours (18 or more courses in the art major). The first degree is for those students who intend to go into primary or secondary art education, art history, commercial photography or graphic design. The BSFA degree typically is for those students who plan to attend graduate school or who want a much larger concentration in an area of their choice. This degree program requires a special portfolio review for admission and culminates in a senior seminar and exhibition.
Upon graduation, our students in recent years have either attended or been accepted to graduate programs at the following institutions: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Chicago; California Institute of the Arts; Indiana University; University of Maryland; Stanford University; Bard College; Iowa State University; University of Michigan; Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Pratt Institute of Art.