BA in Art

In APU’s art major, students take courses that provide a broad foundation in the arts and also select an area of specialization, choosing from a variety of courses to streamline their skills.

45 units

The art major provides a solid foundation for those who wish to continue in the creative field. 

To qualify for a solo senior exhibition, students must enroll in ART 431 by the end of their junior year and present a qualifying exhibition proposal.


  • Students must successfully complete a portfolio Review of Artistic Competencies (RAC) before progressing to upper-division courses. The review dates are announced every term and are available in the Department of Art. Special fee applies.
  • Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in major courses to graduate.
Core Courses24
New Genre Art Forms I 1
Photography I
Two-Dimensional Design
Three-Dimensional Design
Drawing I 1
Painting I
Sculpture I 1
Ceramics I
Printmaking: Relief
Printmaking: Serigraph
Portfolio 2
Art History Component9
Select three of the following:
History of Ancient Art and Architecture 1
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 3
History of Contemporary Art and Architecture 1
Women In Art
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 1
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 1
History of Graphic Design and Illustration
Select 12 units from the following:
Ceramics II
Photography II
Sculpture II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Fundamental Art Experiences 1
Secondary Art: Methods, Materials, and Curriculum
Printmaking II
Figurative Lab
Drawing and Painting II
Painting III
Mixed Media
Photography III
Printmaking III
Sculpture III
Multicultural Art 1
Ceramic Studio Processes
Multicultural Art Processes
Gallery Design
Drawing and Painting Processes
Exhibition Capstone
Photography IV
Advanced Photography Studio
Commercial Photography
Sculpture IV
Sculptural Processes
Art Internship
Special Topics in Art
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Digital Imaging
Multimedia I
Total Units45

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. In the Core Courses table above, this applies to ART 160 and ART 105, not ART 125 or ART 170.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

Recommended General Education Courses

Intellectual and Practical Skills
GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Writing 2: Writing for Visual Thinkers
Writing 33
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture
Oral Communication3
Public Communication
Personal Wellness1
FFL XXX: Fitness for Life
Quantitative Literacy3
Select one of the following:
College Algebra
Mathematics in Society
Introduction to Statistics
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Humanities: Fine Arts3
Select one of the following:
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture
Humanities: History3
United States History Since 1877
Humanities: Literature3
Studies in Literature
Social Sciences3
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Natural Sciences w/lab4
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
Upper-Division Bible3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Civic Engagement3
Intercultural Competence3
Integrative and Applied Learning3
Total Units62

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competencies with traditional and nontraditional materials, tools, and techniques.
  2. Practice aesthetic engagement and critical judgment through writing and speaking.
  3. Identify art historical time periods and place artworks within their art historical time periods.
  4. Articulate how Christian faith impacts artistic creation both historically and in contemporary art.