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Degrees offered in the Art Program at Tarleton State

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

University General Education Requirements - 42 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Core Courses

Core Requirements
  • ARTS 1311, ARTS 1312, ARTS 1316,ARTS 1317, ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, ARTS 2348, ARTS 2316, ARTS 3321, ARTS 3331, ARTS 3371, ARTS 4341, ARTS 4390 (39 credit hours)
  • Advanced ART Electives (3 semester hours)
  • Sophomore Literature; Hist 101 or 102 (6 semester hours)

Additional Emphasis Requirements (must choose one)

Studio Art Emphasis 

  • ARTS 3341, ARTS 3342, ARTS 3351 (9 semester hours)
  • Advanced ART Electives (12 semester hours)
  • FINA 4301 (3 semester hours)
  • Electives (12 semester hours, including 6 advanced)

Digital Media Emphasis

  • ARTS 3381, ARTS 3382, ARTS 4381 (9 semester hours)
  • Advanced ART Electives (9 semester hours)
  • FINA 4301 (3 semester hours)
  • ARTS 2356 or BCIS 3300 (3 semester hours)
  • COMM 2307 or BCIS 3315 (3 semester hours)
  • COMM 3308 or BCIS 4315 (3 semester hours)
  • Advanced Electives (6 semester hours)

Teaching Certification Emphasis

  • ARTS 3311, ARTS 3341, ARTS 3342, ARTS 3351 (12 semester hours)
  • Advanced ART Electives (6 semester hours)
  • PSYC 2308 or PSYC 3303 or FACS 3300; RDG 3351 (6 semester hours)
  • EDUC 3320, EDUC 3330, EDUC 4330, EDUC 4335, EDUC 4690 (18 semester hours)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Media Studies


Additional Information

What is the difference between a BFA with Digital Media Emphasis and a BS in Digital Media Studies?

Whereas both degrees contain a comprehensive digital design curriculum, the BS in Digital Media Studies leans more toward commercial client-based and team oriented digital design study, whereas the BFA leans more toward self-expression in digital fine arts and design. While both degrees offer the interdisciplinary degree plan as opposed to the specialized training a "technical school" would offer, students are advised to focus their interests in a particular digital medium near graduation once they have acquired the base of digital media design skills Tarleton offers. We believe that a program like ours enables students to develop that broad base in digital media design, which will prepare them for the intellectual and technical challenges in the ever-evolving digital marketplace.