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College of the Arts
Department
College of the Arts
Description

The Bachelor of Arts in crafts or fine arts is for students who do not necessarily wish to pursue art as a profession but desire a solid foundation and breadth in the visual arts within a liberal arts curriculum.  

Students electing the Fine Arts concentration may range broadly among painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking courses, with additional art electives, rounding out this general degree program.

Students electing a crafts emphasis may range broadly among glass, jewelry/metals, textile arts and ceramics courses, with additional art electives rounding out this general degree program.
 

Career Opportunities

Artists held about 221,900 jobs in 2008. About 60 percent were self-employed.

Of the artists who were not self-employed, many worked for advertising and related services; newspaper, periodical, book, and software publishers; motion picture and video industries; specialized design services; and computer systems design and related services. Some self-employed artists offered their services to advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, and other businesses.

About 21 percent of salaried jobs for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers were in retail trade, primarily in jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores. Another 15 percent of jobs were in jewelry and silverware manufacturing. A small number of jobs were with merchant wholesalers of miscellaneous durable goods and in repair shops providing repair and maintenance of personal and household goods. Although jewelry stores and repair shops were found in every city and in many small towns, most jobs were in larger metropolitan areas.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

General Admission Information for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission Information for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 125 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.250 GPA in the major.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Crafts:

  1. a. Demonstrate ability (skill) to work within chosen medium. Student work demonstrates level of technical development within the discipline.
  2. b. Demonstrate an understanding of materials and processes associated with chosen medium.
  3. Demonstrates an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of the work created.
  4. Undergraduate coursework has provided necessary level of preparation for intended career decisions.

Fine Arts:

  1. Students will demonstrate high quality in the presentation of the work under review for their senior project
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of important concepts and ability to apply them as relevant to the work created and exhibited
  3. Work by students will demonstrate a high degree of design and visual literacy
  4. Students will be able to articulate their individual vision in both written and oral form (thesis statement and oral defense before committee).

 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Travel to: New York, London and Paris, and Tunisia
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy; Semester in Italy or the Summer Art and Culture trip

Program Fee

$100/semester

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Student Organizations

Ceramics Club; Glass Club; Undergraduate Art Club

Advanced Degree Programs

Art Education (M.F.A.), Art History (M.F.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.)

 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.
MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  ART 10022 Two-Dimensional Composition 3
    10023 Three-Dimensional Composition 3
    20024 Digital Media 3
  ARTF 14000 Drawing I 3
    14001 Drawing II 3
    14060 Painting I 3
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
 KFA   22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
III.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (45-55 credits)  
Type Title   Credits
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6
  Kent Core Humanities 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Additional 6
  General Electives (lower or upper-division) 15-25
IV.
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (45-55 credits) 
  Crafts (45)
  Fine Arts (55)
MINIMUM TOTAL 
125

Special Major Notes:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 125 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

Crafts Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (45 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ARTC 25300 Textile Arts: Pattern 3
    25400 Ceramics I 3
    25600 Glass I 3
    25700 Introduction to Jewelry/Metals 3
  ARTH Art History upper-division elective 3
  Any ART/ARTC/ARTF/ARTH/KBA electives** 12
  Choose from the following: 18
  ARTC Any 30000 level Art Craft electives  
  ARTC Any 40000 level Art Craft electives  
  KBA 45080 Studio Experience in Crafts*  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 45

One elective must be writing intensive, completed with minimum C (2.000) grade. Suggested course:
PHIL 41080 Philosophy and Art in the Modern Age (3)


*KBA 45080 may be used in the "art elective" category.

**Maximum 6 credit hours of the following travel-study courses may be applied toward the required 12 credit hours of art electives:

  • ARTC 45092 Field Experience Travel Study Crafts (1-3)
  • ARTF 44092 Field Experience Travel Study Fine Art (1-3)

These courses may not be applied toward the required 18 credit hours of upper-division ARTF electives. Students may apply these courses toward fulfilling general electives, with no maximum credit hours required. These courses will fulfill the experiential learning requirement.

 

Fine Arts Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (55 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ARTF 14055 Sculpture I 3
    24001 Drawing III 3
    24005 Sophomore Review: Fine Arts* 1
    24010 Introduction to Fine Art Photography 3
    24040 Printmaking I 3
    24055 Sculpture II 3
    24060 Painting II 3
  ARTH 32066 Late Modern Art 3
WIC PHIL 41080 Philosophy and Art in the Modern Age**** 3
  Any ART/ARTC/ARTF/ARTH/KBA electives*** 9
  Upper-division Fine Art Electives and KBA Studio Experience: choose from the following: 18
  ARTF Any 30000 level Fine Art electives  
  ARTF Any 40000 level Fine Art electives  
  KBA 44080 Studio Experience in Fine Arts **  
  Choose from the following: 3
  ARTF 34040 Printmaking: Intermediate Intaglio (3)  
    34041 Serigraphy I (3)  
    34042 Lithography (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 55

*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.

**KBA 44080 may also be used in the "art elective" category.

***Maximum 6 credit hours of the following travel-study courses may be applied toward the required 9 credit hours of art electives, these course will fulfill the experiential learning requirement:

  • ARTC 45092 Field Experience Travel Study Crafts (1-3)
  • ARTF 44092 Field Experience Travel Study Fine Art (1-3)

These courses may not be applied toward the required 18 credit hours of upper-division ARTF electives. Students may apply these courses toward fulfilling general electives, with no maximum credit hours required. These courses will fulfill the experiential learning requirement.

****A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.