"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Developing Expression 

Art is not simply an activity done by artists. It is a phenomenon that shapes perception, embodies emotion, communicates attitudes and expands the boundaries of human experience. Artistic expression is a foundation upon which human individuality rests and is a prime difference between a conformist society and a creative community of free people.

Creative Preparation

Governors State University's undergraduate  major in art offers a wide range of courses that enable you to become an emerging artist with skills in diverse materials, capable of expressing an individual view. Studio courses include painting, drawing, design, ceramics, printmaking, photography, digital imaging and sculpture. Classes in art history treat art objects as historical documents related in subject, style, technique and material to other works of art and interpret their context and purpose.

Professional Faculty

Faculty members, who are teachers as well as producing and exhibiting artists and publishing scholars, provide individualized instruction and academic advising.

Outstanding Preparation

You will gain the broad intellectual background sought by professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community. GSU offers a superior educational opportunity at an affordable tuition rate without sacrificing the professional quality of its programs. GSU's outstanding faculty and real-world curriculum prepare graduates to meet the demands of the future.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Special Admissions Requirements
In addition to meeting university admissions criteria, students must participate in an interview with the faculty at which time the student must submit a portfolio of his or her work. The format for the portfolio can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Degree Requirements

I. General Education Requirements (37-41 Hours)

The following courses must be taken to meet major and general education requirements:

Art History I and II (6)

II. Required Lower-Division Preparation (15-18 Hours)

The following courses should be taken at the lower-division level:

Art History (15 Hours)

Art History III (3)

12 hours in related fields: history, literature, anthropology, philosophy or art

Art Studio (15 Hours)

Drawing (6)

2-D Design (3)

3-D Design (3)

Studio Art (3)

Photography and Digital Imaging (18 Hours)

Photography (6)

2-D Design (3)

3-D Design (3)

Drawing (6)

Art courses up to 75 hours may be transferred based on portfolio review only.

III. Core Art Requirements (18 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

ART 3305 Drawing: Life Study (3)

ART 3306 Digital Photography (3)

ART 3325 Advanced Problems in Design (3)

ART 3360 Art Seminar: Concepts and Methods (3)

ART 4515 20th Century Art: Europe & Americas (3)

ART 4980 Senior Project (3)

IV.  Non-Western Art Requirement: (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:

ART 4505 Worlds of Art (3)

ART 4521 Art and Cultures of the South Pacific (3)

ART 4523 Pre-Columbian Art and Cultures (3)

ART 4525 Native American Art and Societies (3)

ART 4527 African Art and Cultures (3)

ART 4530 Asian Art and Thought (3)

V.  Western Art Requirement: (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:

ART 4514  American Art (3)

ART 4516  Great Artists (3)

ART 4518  Images of Gender (3)

ART 4520  Art in Context (3)

ART 4542  History of Photography (3)

VI. Selective Requirement: (27-30 Hours)

Select one of the following options:

Art History



Photography and Digital Imaging



Mixed Media

VII. Electives (11-17 Hours)

Electives may be taken from any course in the university.

VIII.  Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Javier Chavira
Associate Professor
Academic Program Coordinator