Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all visual arts courses. For one possible breakdown of the visual arts major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Visual Arts 36
      VA 111. Drawing I
      VA 211. Drawing II
      VA 121. Painting I: Introduction
      VA 221. Painting II: Intermediate
      VA 131. Sculpture I
      VA 231. Sculpture II
      VA 161. Two-Dimensional Design Studio
      VA 162. Three-Dimensional Design Studio
      VA 411. Senior Seminar/Exhibition
      Visual arts electives
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
9
 Art History  9
      ARTH 101. Survey of Western Art 1 (formerly VA 201)
      ARTH 102. Survey of Western Art I (formerly VA 202)
      ARTH 322. Contemporary Issues in Art (formerly VA 301)
3
3
3
 Quantitative Reasoning 3
     One mathematics course 3
 Foreign Language 3
     One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives 33
 Total 120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Visual Arts majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Quantitative Reasoning.

Note: Upon completion of two semesters as a visual arts major, a portfolio review will take place with the student and the visual arts faculty to determine the student’s ability to complete the visual arts program.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

Changes in the sequence of the program listed below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
VA 111 3 VA 211 3
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 101 3 Foreign Language* 3
VA 161 3 VA 162 3
Total 15 Total 15
Note: Upon completion of two semesters as a visual arts major, a portfolio
review will take place with the student and the visual arts faculty to determine
the student's ability to complete the visual arts program.
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ARTH 101 (formerly VA 201) 3 ARTH 102 (formerly VA 202) 3
VA 121 or VA 131 3 VA 221 or VA 231 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 4
Quantitative Reasoning 3 General Electives 6
General Elective 3  
Total 15 Total 16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ARTH 322 (formerly VA 301) 3 Visual Arts Elective 3
VA 121 or VA 131 3 VA 221 or VA 231 3
Visual Arts Elective 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
VA 411 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Visual Arts Elective 3 General Electives 12
CLAR 401 2
General Electives 6
Total 14 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Visual Arts

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in visual arts. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all visual arts courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.