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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Art, BA

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The Visual Art major at Seattle University combines fundamentals of design, color theory and art history with a range of courses designed to foster creativity across multiple mediums. 2-dimensional arts are the focus of the program, with foundational and advanced courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramic sculpture.

Painting and drawing courses are divided into three levels. Introductory courses examine the broad possibilities of the medium, and familiarize students with materials, techniques and theories. Students then delve more deeply into the technical aspects of their work in intermediate courses, gaining expertise and fluency. Advanced and specialized courses encourage students to explore their own unique artistic voice; students build a body of work using open-ended assignments and applying philosophical and theoretical concepts.

Seattle University’s Visual Arts faculty are practicing artists, whose work in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and book-arts is exhibited both regionally and internationally.


In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Visual Art, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits, with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00 including the following:

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages and Cultures Department for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

Choose one of the following two courses:


Faculty will review the student portfolio upon completion of sophomore year, or equivalent, to determine eligibility to continue in the visual art major.

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