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Department of Art and Theatre
College of Liberal Arts


The Department of Art provides students with a critical understanding of art, professional training in a range of artistic methods, opportunities to view traditional and contemporary modes of visual expression, and the chance to participate in competitive and professional activities.

Studio Art

The Studio Art concentration provides professional training in the visual arts for students working across a variety of media. The program is also attractive to those students who are scholars of the arts, and who have interests that include art history and criticism. Study in this area begins with a thorough art and design foundation that includes color design classes and four semesters of drawing. Students also take four core courses in art history, and an introductory class for each concentration area.

Advanced students take multiple courses in an area of concentration. Current areas of concentration include Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. At least four semesters of applied coursework in the area of concentration is required, and a selection of capstone classes including the Senior Exhibition complete the program.


Jackson State University – Core Requirements 43 hours

Major Requirements – 81 hours:


Art History – 12 Hours of: Art 221 Art History I,
Art 222 Art History II,
Art 223 History of the Moving Image,
Art 337 Non-Western,
Art 338 African American Art,
Art 453 Curatorial Seminar
Design Foundations – 12 Hours ART 102, 201, 202, 403 Design I – Design IV  
Drawing Foundations – 12 Hours ART 111, 112, 216, 217 Drawing I – Drawing IV  
Related Arts – 18 Hours ART 211 Ceramics
ART 224 Intro to Painting
ART 232 Intro to Sculpture
ART 242 Intro to Printmaking
ART 335 Photography 
ART 454 Portfolio Development 
Electives – 15 Hours Fine Art Elective
ART 300 or 400 level Fine Art Elective
Major Concentration – 12 Hours Studio Concentration Area  


Areas of Concentration:

 Ceramics: Art 211, 312, 313, 314, 414, and 415

 Painting: Art 224, 322, 323, 324, 412, and 413

 Photography: Art 335, 336, 339, 420 and 421

 Printmaking: Art 242, 342, 343, 445 and 446

 Sculpture: Art 232, 332, 333, 334, 416 and 417


Students who graduate from this program of study are able to work across a range of media, and are especially adept at the creative process within their chosen concentration. They are well grounded in history and theory, and have had many experiences and opportunities that enable them to practice art. With resources including multiple computer suites, a dark room, an expansive permanent collection and professional art gallery, the Department of Art offers students an opportunity to gain professional experience throughout their undergraduate degree. 


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The Department of Art is committed to providing students with a fundamental knowledge of Art, Design, and Art History through our Bachelor of Arts program. We focus on student centered learning that combines research and hands on application. 



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