Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art study various means of artistic production, combined with art history and aesthetics. We offer five major focus areas: drawing and painting, ceramics and ceramic sculpture, fiber arts, photography and graphic design. The 15-hour block of elective hours gives our students ample opportunity to explore other studies in the natural and physical sciences, the humanities, and social economics. The electives, along with the core curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts, prepare our students with a foundation for understanding the artist's role in western culture. They gain the intellectual skills to produce and critically evaluate artistic production.

Career Opportunities

Because of the flexibility of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art at Armstrong State University, our students are able to develop the varied skills in art that may be required in today's dynamic job market. Armstrong graduates have been or are currently employed as:

  • book and medical illustrators
  • professional artists and craft persons
  • curators of art galleries and museums
  • photographers and photographic technicians
  • teachers in nonacademic, public service programs
  • educators in public and private schools (after completing our undergraduate or post-bac certification program)

Institutions that have employed Armstrong graduates include: Savannah-Chatham County and other regional school districts, the Corps of Engineers, the Marine Extension Center of the University of Georgia, Memorial Medical Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oatland Island Educational Center, the Roundhouse Museum of Savannah, the Jepson Center and the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Armstrong State University.

In addition to earning direct employment, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides the basis for further professional education. Our graduates have successfully pursued M.F.A. degrees in the fields of ceramics, illustration, painting, photography and masters of education degrees in art education.

Program Facilities and Features

Our students have many opportunities for internships, exhibition venues, and contact with other student artists because Armstrong is located in Savannah, which is a city that is rapidly becoming a center for the study of the arts. While the university is a medium-size institution, classes are generally small, so art students get personalized attention from qualified professors in an excellent academic environment.

Course of Study

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art all students must complete, in addition to core curriculum requirements, course work in design, painting and drawing, as well as an Art History course, for a total of 18 credit hours. Additionally, 39 credit hours in the major field are required, 24 of which are to be at the 3000 level or above. Fifteen hours of electives are included in the degree to allow students to develop specializations in other areas of study at Armstrong. Total credit hours required for the degree are 124. Those individuals wishing certification in art education may elect to seek the Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree at Armstrong or apply for graduate post-bac certification following graduation.