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College of the Arts

College of the Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in crafts or fine arts is for students who do not necessarily wish to pursue art as a profession but desire a solid foundation and breadth in the visual arts within a liberal arts curriculum.  

Students electing the Fine Arts concentration may range broadly among painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking courses, with additional art electives, rounding out this general degree program.

Students electing a crafts emphasis may range broadly among glass, jewelry/metals, textile arts and ceramics courses, with additional art electives rounding out this general degree program.

Career Opportunities

Artists held about 221,900 jobs in 2008. About 60 percent were self-employed.

Of the artists who were not self-employed, many worked for advertising and related services; newspaper, periodical, book, and software publishers; motion picture and video industries; specialized design services; and computer systems design and related services. Some self-employed artists offered their services to advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, and other businesses.

About 21 percent of salaried jobs for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers were in retail trade, primarily in jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores. Another 15 percent of jobs were in jewelry and silverware manufacturing. A small number of jobs were with merchant wholesalers of miscellaneous durable goods and in repair shops providing repair and maintenance of personal and household goods. Although jewelry stores and repair shops were found in every city and in many small towns, most jobs were in larger metropolitan areas.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admission Information for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission Information for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.250 GPA in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate ability (skill) to work within chosen medium. Student work demonstrates level of technical development within the discipline.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of materials and processes associated with chosen medium.
  3. Demonstrates an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of the work created.
  4. Undergraduate coursework has provided necessary level of preparation for intended career decisions.

Fine Arts:

  1. Students will demonstrate high quality in the presentation of the work under review for their senior project
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of important concepts and ability to apply them as relevant to the work created and exhibited
  3. Work by students will demonstrate a high degree of design and visual literacy
  4. Students will be able to articulate their individual vision in both written and oral form (thesis statement and oral defense before committee).


Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Travel to: New York, London and Paris, and Tunisia
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy; Semester in Italy or the Summer Art and Culture trip


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Student Organizations

Ceramics Club; Glass Club; Undergraduate Art Club

Advanced Degree Programs

Art Education (M.F.A.), Art History (M.F.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.)