Art Bachelor of Arts in Art (B.A.)

About Bachelor of Arts in Art

Expand your visual literacy and make an impact with your art.

Develop the key skills and artistic sensitivities necessary for a top career in the arts or art education with a bachelor's degree in art from California University of Pennsylvania. This program will give you a solid technical foundation in a broad range of studio art areas, while expanding your knowledge of contemporary and traditional culture, and the role of art in history.

Cal U's small class sizes ensure you'll get a top education with plenty of individual attention from your art professors - all of whom are practicing artists.                                                                                  

Explore a world of possibilities.                                                 

  • Take hands-on studio courses in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing and jewelry/metals in a collaborative environment without needing to concentrate in any one area.
  • Discover new forms of communication through art and use art as a lens to understand cultural trends in diversity, sustainability, identity and more.


Education Beyond the Classroom: Cal U's undergraduate art program takes students on trips to some of the country's best museums, art venues and galleries, both here in Pennsylvania and out of state to cities like Cleveland, New York and Washington, D.C. Trips have even been offered to countries such as Italy, Spain, France and Japan.

Top Accreditation: Cal U's bachelor's degree program in art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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of Cal U art instructors are practicing artists.
Our professors are members of top regional, national and international art associations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, College Arts Association (CAA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and more.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's art program revolves around hands-on courses that cover a variety of artistic tools, materials, concepts and new technologies. 

  • Hone your craftsmanship in studio classes in a wide range of media.
  • Learn about the major artists, styles, and movements throughout art.
  • Develop lifelong critical thinking, analytical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Take a personal initiative and responsibility in projects you're passionate about.
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Graduate Outcomes

The creativity and collaborative thinking of Cal U art program graduates are in-demand skills in many job sectors. This degree can lead to careers in museums, art galleries and freelance illustration, as well as graduate programs in art. A minor or second major can expand career options to roles in art preservation, art therapy, law, business and even government. Cal U alumni:

  • Teach in Pennsylvania schools and throughout the United States.
  • Open their own art-related businesses or freelance in creative roles.
  • Work in art outreach programs.
  • Are employed by various arts organizations.


Art: Bachelor of Arts in Art Degree
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Dedicated Facilities

Cal U's bachelor of fine arts students work in dedicated facilities such as a two-story painting studio; fully equipped ceramic, jewelry/metals, drawing and printmaking studios; and state-of-the-art computer labs.

Ceramic mugs.

What can I do with an art degree?

Meet Jamie Porter '11. After graduating from Cal U with a bachelor's degree in art, Jamie went on to complete a graduate bench jeweler program. She now has a rewarding career as a jeweler at MarBill Diamonds and Jewelry in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.

A student sells art on campus.

Expand your Options at Cal U

At Cal U, you can seamlessly transfer the credits you earn at a Pennsylvania community college or any institution in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. And once at Cal U, you can expand your career options by earning a minor in arts administration or business.

Art - Bachelor of Arts in Art Degree Courses

This 4-year undergraduate degree program provides a solid foundation in studio art, artistic concepts and art history, as well as a well-rounded liberal arts education. Courses prepare students for a rewarding career as an artist or art professional.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ART 110  Drawing I 3
ART 119  Design 2-D 3
ENG 101  English Composition I or HON 150 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
Second Semester 15
ART 120  Design 3-D 3
Art History Course 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses 6
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
Art Studio Courses 6
General Education Courses
Fourth Semester 15
Art Studio Course 3
Art History Course 3
Laboratory Component Course 3
General Education Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
Art Studio Courses 6
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses 6
Sixth Semester 15
ART 388  Critical Writing in Art
Art Studio Course 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis 3
Free Electives 12
Eighth Semester 15
Free Electives 15
Total 120

Program Notes:

35 percent of the required 120 credits must include upper division course (300-400 level).

All art studio courses 300 level and above are repeatable.

Required Major Courses (33 credits)

  • ART 110  Drawing I (3 credits)
  • ART 119  Design 2-D (3 credits)
  • ART 120  Design 3-D (3 credits)
  • ART 310  Advanced Drawing OR ART 438  Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 376  Jewelry/Metals: Casting OR ART 377  Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication (3 credits)
  • ART 382  Ceramics Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 383  Painting Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 385  Sculpture Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 388  Critical Writing in Art (3 credits)
  • ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis (3 credits)

Choose one from the following list (3 credits):

  • ART 350  Printmaking: Relief
  • ART 351  Printmaking: Intaglio
  • ART 295  Surface Design
  • ART 352  Printmaking Processes

Required Art History Courses (6 credits)

Choose one from the following list (3 credits):

  • ART 212  Art History I
  • ART 214  Art History II
  • ART 106  Art Appreciation
  • ART 109  Landmarks of World Art 

Choose one from the following list (3 credits):

  • ART 109  Landmarks of World Art
  • ART 118  History of Making
  • ART 212  Art History I
  • ART 214  Art History II
  • ART 243  Introduction to Asian Art
  • ART 308  Art History: Ancient to Medieval
  • ART 311  Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ART 316  Art History: Renaissance Through Rococo
  • ART 317  Art History: Neoclassicism Through the Present
  • ART 319  Ancient Greek and Roman Art
  • ART 323  Women in Art
  • ART 324  Modern Art
  • ART 326  Contemporary Art
  • ART 328  Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 333  American Art: European Settlement through 1918
  • ART 345  Methods of Art History
  • ART 420  Contemporary Issues in Art 
  • ART 422  Art History: The Art World After Modernism
  • ARB 343  Images of Islam: From Spain to Iran


24 Hours
  • Studio Art Minor in Drawing
  • Studio Art Minor in Ceramics
  • Studio Art Minor in Jewelry/Metals
  • Studio Art Minor in Painting
  • Studio Art Minor in Printmaking
  • Studio Art Minor in Sculpture
  • General Art Minor

Art Faculty

Maggy D. Aston
Associate Professor

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James B. Bove
Assistant Professor

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Laura DeFazio

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Dr. R. Scott Lloyd
Associate Professor

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Richard "Duke" Miecznikowski

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Suzan Mohney

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Dr. Cindy Persinger
Associate Professor

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Todd Pinkham
Associate Professor

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