BA in Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts balances creative study with academic work. Fine Arts students are encouraged to cross conventional visual, technical, and conceptual boundaries as well as engage with the history and traditions of art. Areas of study include Photography, New Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting, and Drawing.
The Fine Arts major requires 30 credit hours of Fine Arts courses and 9 credit hours of Art History courses. Up to twenty-one additional hours may be taken in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History for a maximum of 60 hours. Transfer students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division Fine Arts courses at the University.
Special Honors in Fine Arts
For graduation with Special Honors in Fine Arts, students must have attained, by the end of their junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult their advisor regarding eligibility and selection of an area of study and a director of the research or creative arts project. No later than the beginning of the senior year, students should declare in writing their nomination for special honors to the departmental undergraduate fine arts advisor. Once a topic has been determined, the student will work out a schedule with the appropriate faculty member for completion of the honors project either in fall or spring term. The student will register for FA 4197 Senior Honors Thesis, which will be in addition to the major requirements. The student must register for FA 4195 Critical Practices during the same semester. The student must earn a letter grade of A in order to receive special honors.
Fine Arts minor
Students are required to take 18 hours of course work in fine arts. A program of study is developed in consultation with the undergraduate advisor in fine arts.
Students wishing to take limited classes beyond GW have the benefit of registering for courses at the other institutions belonging to the Washington Consortium of Universities. Any undergraduate student interested in these programs must consult with his/her departmental advisor prior to participation.