The Department of Art does not require a portfolio review for incoming freshmen. Students declaring art as their major should begin taking art courses as listed on the Program Completion Plans.
All students seeking the BFA in Studio Art and the BA in Art with Fine Art or Art Education emphases must participate in the Sophomore Major Advancement Interview (SMAI) which is conducted in the fall of each year. Students planning to participate in the SMAI should enroll in Art 2140 Portfolio I. See Program Completion Plans for details.
The HSU Department of Art strives to provide the best visual arts education in a nurturing environment. Our excellent faculty, small classes and great facilities give our students a unique opportunity to become strong artists, designers and educators. Our graduates are among the best in their fields.
We offer three degree emphasis:
–We like to see a commitment to drawing and design work with our incoming freshman. There is not a portfolio review for admission but would love to have them come to campus for a visit to see the program.
Katherine A. Strause, M.F.A.
Chair and Associate Professor of Art
Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Bachelor of Arts in Art
Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA in Art) offers undergraduate instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in art (BA in Art) with these tracks:
- Art History: emphases in all eras of western European art and selected non-Western subjects.
- Studio Art: offers the breadth of a liberal arts degree while also providing students with foundational art making skills in a variety of studio disciplines.
- Art Education: prepares students for licensure to teach art at the kindergarten through secondary school levels. The art education track requires a minor in secondary education.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
The BFA degree is a professional degree. Students are accepted into the BFA program by means of a portfolio, transcript review, short interview, and a letter of purpose. The BFA in Art has three tracks:
- Fine Art (Studio Art): specialization or emphasis areas in drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
- Applied Design: emphasis areas in furniture design, metals and ceramics.
- Art Education: prepares students for licensure to teach art at the kindergarten through secondary school levels in addition to an emphasis area in BFA studio art or applied design.
Master of Arts
The Department of Art also offers graduate instruction leading to a masters degree in art (MA in Art) with areas of concentration in Art History, Studio Art, and Art Education.
The University of Arkansas Department of Art
Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas Department of Art, located in Fayetteville, AR, offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Visual Design, Photography, Art History, Art Education, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting and Printmaking.
We offer several degrees for those interested in the arts as a career.
- Master of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Arts, Studio
- Bachelor of Arts, Art History
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education
- Minor in Art History
We enjoy a close proximity and strong relationship with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local arts organizations and maintain an active presence in the communities of Northwest Arkansas. Our Fine Arts Gallery, in the impressive Fine Arts facilities by architect Edward Durrell Stone, show both student and professional works on a near-constant basis. We own seven site-specific mobiles by famous artist Alexander Calder.