Undergraduate Program (BA)

Art

So you want to be an artist. Or maybe you already are one. Whichever the case, we'll help you make your mark on the art scene by perfecting your craft—whether it's printmaking, ceramics, photography or fiber arts. Mentors are here to guide you on a path that may take you across the world or help you change it.

Sample Four-Year Art Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 100: Seminar 1
Art 101: 2D Design 3
Art 102: DRAWING 3
Core 100 or Theology 111 3
Second Language I 3
English 101 or English 115 3
Core 101: GOA 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 105: 3D Design 3
Art Studio elective (100 level) 3
Historical Perspective 3
Core 100 or Theology 111 3
Second Language II 3
Core 102: GOA 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Art Studio elective (100 level) 3
Art Studio elective (100 level) 3
Art 270: History of Art I 3
English 205 3
Philosophy 100 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art elective 3
Art Concentration elective 3
Art 271: History of Art II 3
Philosophy 200 Philosophical Perspectives 3
Theology 200+ Theological Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 441: Junior Seminar 3
Art Concentration elective 3
History of Art elective 3
Oral Communications Flag 3
Natural Science elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art Concentration elective 3
Mathematical Perspectives elective 3
DCR Flag elective 3
Social Science elective 3
Humanities elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Art concentration elective 3
E/RS Flag 3
Quantitative Reasoning Flag 3
Writing Intensive Flag 3
General elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 490: Senior Concentration 6
Scientific Perspectives elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
Core 499 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Art major at Xavier:

Drawing I (Arts 102) - This introductory studio course will focus on the interpretation of form based on observation from life using a variety of traditional material including graphite, charcoal and White colored pencil. This class aims to enable the student to understand how to translate three-dimensional form to two-dimensional form. The class will introduce visual measuring, methods for determining shape proportions and linear perspective and tonal strategies (additive and reductive) for composition, volume and narrative effect.

Three (Arts 105) - In this studio course, students will learn about the elements and principles of three dimensional design, which will serve as an introduction to the study of three dimensional art forms. Students will be introduced to the basic design elements of form, space, volume, mass, weight, planes and surfaces, line texture, and color.

History of Art I (Arts 270) - A survey of art and architecture from its prehistoric beginnings through the Middle Ages.

Senior Seminar (Arts 441) - A study of the practical aspects and concerns of aspiring artists in the contemporary art scene, including its trends, patterns and venues. Provides graduating students with essential skills and knowledge to function as a practicing artist outside of the college environment. Art majors only, usually in senior year.

100% of Xavier Art graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Art graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

BA in Art

BA in Art

So you want to be an artist. Or maybe you already are one. Whichever the case, we'll help you make your mark on the art scene by perfecting your craft—whether it's printmaking, ceramics, photography or fiber arts. Mentors are here to guide you on a path that may take you across the world or help you change it.

BFA in Fine Art

BFA in Fine Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program is distinguished from the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree by its intensity, structure, and required number of required credit hours. Extended experience (at least 18 credit hours) in one of the Art concentrations is a graduation requirement. The B.F.A. degree is usually a prerequisite for acceptance into a M.F.A. program.

BA in Graphic Design

BA in Graphic Design

Graphic Design blends the worlds of art, technology and marketing. Graduate with a dynamic, detailed portfolio and the valuable internship experience needed to succeed as competitive, creative designers.

Go to the Graphic Design page

Art Concentrations

Specialize in the area of your choice:

Art History

The Art History offerings at Xavier include survey courses of the Western world and specialized courses in 20th Century, American Art, Women Artists and Art, and other topics.

Art History is taught from the perspective of the studio artist, with an emphasis on the contemporaneous nature of art and the experiential. Students learn to critique art from the basis of the work itself initially through the analysis of its facture, representation, and content, and then through the historical and biographical facts surrounding the art. Visits to local art museums, and other artistic and historical resources provide tangible experiences of art and the artist for students.

Art majors may pursue art history as a concentration area which culminates in a research thesis during senior year.

Photography

Photography is an intensive discipline that requires the student to be both creator and thinker. Through projects, readings, and class discussions emphasis is on understanding both the aesthetics issues of making a photograph as well as the theory and history of photography. Students are required to produce high quality work that is both visually successful and conceptually engaging and relevant.

Both traditional Black and White darkroom techniques and digital techniques (Adobe Photoshop) are taught in depth. Students will develop a strong sense for looking at their own work as well as others' and be able to articulate their critique both verbally and through written assignments.

Our photo studio consists of a traditional side with a new darkroom and a digital side with computers state-of-the-art software, color printers, and scanners.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

ART IN THE QUEEN CITY

Cincinnati's known for its love of the arts. Take advantage of faculty-mentored, for-credit internships or employment opportunities at local museums, magazines, design showrooms, foundations, media groups and other businesses.

SEE THE WORLD

Join classmates studying art in Rome during the Summer Study Abroad program. The art program provides exceptional learning opportunities on-site in Rome and the Vatican City, as well as opportunities to travel to Venice, Assisi, Capri and Pompeii.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Engage in original research working directly with faculty. Take advantage of opportunities to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research or exhibit your work locally and regionally as an undergraduate.

Xavier by the numbers

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

65,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

ALL

ART MAJORS HAVE ACCESS TO PRIVATE STUDIO SPACE

100+

ARTS AND THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS IN CINCINNATI

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