Visual Arts Minor

The minor in Visual Arts is designed for students who want an introduction to the concepts and functions of the visual arts offered in a professional training program.

The program consists of a 20-credit sequence of University art electives. Students are required to take one drawing class for 4 credits: either CFA AR 193 Visual Arts: Drawing I or AR 131 Drawing I (portfolio required). The remaining 16 credits are to be selected from visual arts elective courses. Art major studio courses may be included in a minor sequence, but approval for registration into any of these courses is dependent upon submission of a portfolio and/or faculty approval. With faculty and administration approval, Visual Arts minors may take up to 4 studio credits at a comparable art institution.

Outline of Study

Required Courses (4 credits)
CFA AR 193 Visual Arts: Drawing I   OR 4 cr
CFA AR 131 Visual Arts Drawing I (space permitting, portfolio required) 4 cr
Choose 16 more credits from the following*
CFA AR 123 Fundamentals of Design 2 cr
CFA AR 192 Intro to Drawing 2 cr
CFA AR 250 Introduction to Printmaking 4 cr
CFA AR 251 Introduction to Printmaking 2 cr
CFA AR 270 Bookmaking Techniques 2 cr
CFA AR 295 Visual Arts Painting 1 4 cr
CFA AR 415 Photography 1 4 cr
CFA AR 448 Lithography 4 cr
CFA AR 450 Art of the Multiple 2 cr
CFA AR 508 The Experimental Photograph 4 cr
CFA AR 515 Digital Photography 4 cr
CFA AR 447 Printmaking: Etching/Monotype 4 cr
CFA AR 469 Color 4 cr
CFA AR 470 Ceramics 1 4 cr
CFA AR 471 Ceramics 1 2 cr
CFA AR 521 Site-Specific Art 4 cr
CFA AR 580 History of Graphic Design 4 cr
CFA AR 581 Web Design 4 cr

*Courses listed are suggested courses. Any visual art course can count towards the minor.

Declaring a Visual Arts Minor

To declare a Visual Arts minor, students should obtain a Declaration of Minor Form from the college of their major. The staff of the School of Visual Arts will review and sign this form. The completed form must then be returned to the student’s major college. For more information, feel free to contact the Visual Arts office at 617-353-3371 or