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Studying the Visual Arts at Regis

The Visual Arts major is designed to give students a broad and flexible foundation in the visual arts while also giving them an opportunity to develop an emphasis in a particular medium.
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B.A. in Visual Arts

Degree Overview

In the visual arts program at Regis, students establish a firm basis in design, art history, and criticism while pursuing technical proficiency. This prepares students for the practice of art and grounds their knowledge in experience and first-hand problem solving. The Visual Arts major prepares students for jobs in a wide field of options, including publications, public relations, graphic design and others. The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in Fine Arts.

Students planning to major in Visual Arts must obtain and submit a Major Declaration form with the Office of the Dean, Regis College. Acceptance into the major requires a portfolio review by the Department and approval of the department chair. Students wishing to obtain more information regarding the portfolio requirement should contact the department chair.

Each student works with an advisor from the department who will guide her or him through completion of the requirements for the major and assure that the student‘s future plans are optimized by the art curriculum. A Junior Portfolio Review of each fine arts major will be conducted in the second semester of the student‘s junior year. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine how the student has progressed in his/her chosen medium or media and discuss goals and objectives for the senior thesis show.

Transfer students who wish to major in Fine Arts must present a portfolio for review by the Department. Besides the requirement that at least half of the upper division courses must be taken at Regis, graduating art students must complete FAA 499--Senior Thesis, which culminates with a student exhibition in the O‘Sullivan Arts Center.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.A. in Visual Arts. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Lower Division Requirements (21 credit hours total)
Three courses from the following:
FAA 215 Introduction to Electronic Imaging (3 ch)
FAA 218 Introduction to Web and New Media (3 ch)
FAA 240 Introduction to Photography (3 ch)
FAA 250 Introduction to Painting (3 ch)
FAA 260 Introduction to Sculpture (3 ch)
FAA 270 Introduction to Drawing (3 ch)
FAA 290 Introduction to Printmaking (3 ch)
Required Lower Division courses (12 credit hours)
FAHS 211 Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Medieval (3 ch)
FAHS 212 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Present (3 ch)
FAA 330 Design Foundation (3 ch)
FAA 331 Graphic Design Foundation (3 ch)
Upper Division Courses (24 credit hours total)
Two or three upper division courses in a single medium (6 or 9 credit hours)
FAA 420 Advanced Electronic Imaging (3 ch)
FAA 421E-W Electronic Imaging Studio (3 ch)
FAA 443 Advanced Photography (s ch)
FAA 446E-W Photography Studio (3 ch)
FAA 450 Advanced Painting (3 ch)
FAA 451E-w Painting studio (3 ch)
FAA 460 Advanced Sculpture (3 ch)
FAA 461E-W Sculpture Studio (3 ch)
FAA 470 Advanced Drawing (3 ch)
FAA 471E-W Drawing Studio (3 ch)
FAA 480 Advanced Printmaking (3 ch)
FAA 481E-W Printmaking Studio (3 ch)
One or two upper division courses in a discipline or disciplines other than chosen above (3 or 6 credit hours)
FAA 420 Advanced Electronic Imaging (3 ch)
FAA 421E-W Electronic Imaging Studio (3 ch)
FAA 443 Advanced Photography (s ch)
FAA 446E-W Photography Studio (3 ch)
FAA 450 Advanced Painting (3 ch)
FAA 451E-w Painting studio (3 ch)
FAA 460 Advanced Sculpture (3 ch)
FAA 461E-W Sculpture Studio (3 ch)
FAA 470 Advanced Drawing (3 ch)
FAA 471E-W Drawing Studio (3 ch)
FAA 480 Advanced Printmaking (3 ch)
FAA 481E-W Printmaking Studio (3 ch)
Two upper division courses in Art History (6 credit hours)
FAHS 400 The History of Photography (3 ch)
FAHS 408E-W Themes in Art History (3 ch)
FAHS 410 Impressionism to 1945 (3 ch)
FAHS 415 Contemporary Art since 1945 (3 ch)
FAHS 435 Women in Art and Popular Culture (3 ch)
FAHS 440 Survey of American Art (3 ch)
FAHS 450 Medieval/Renaissance Art (3 ch)
FAHS 453e Interdisciplinary Topics in Music and Art (3 ch)
Senior Year courses (6 credit hours)
FAA 497 Senior Year Art Studio (3 ch)
FAA 499 Senior Thesis (3 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 45 credit hours

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

FAA 215 Introduction to Electronic Imaging (3.00)

Introduces students to the foundations, practice, history, and technical domain of electronic imaging and digital image processing.Esthetic, technical, social, and ethical issues regarding the practice of electronic image making are discussed in the context of student’s own electronic image making. Course utilizes imaging programs (such as PhotoShop and Illustrator) and graphic design programs (such as PageMaker).

FAA 218 Introduction to Web Art and New Media (3.00)

Covers the historical development and applied practices of internet art and other forms of new media. Through a variety of online and offline projects, explores the growing fields of internet art and new media.

FAA 240 Introduction to Photography (3.00)

Introduces photography as a medium of artistic expression that utilizes the camera, basic digital imaging techniques, and inkjet printers to develop and express ideas and experience through visual means.

FAA 250 Introduction to Painting (3.00)

Uses various materials to teach fundamental painting techniques and to facilitate the development of individual expressive exploration.

FAA 260 Introduction to Sculpture (3.00)

Provides an extensive working knowledge of the basic three-dimensional techniques and concepts of sculpture.

FAA 270 Introduction to Drawing (3.00)

Studies the fundamental principles of drawing with emphasis on the physical as well as mental aspects of creative drawing.

FAA 290 Introduction to Printmaking (3.00)

Introduces students to the foundations, practice, history, and technique of Fine Art printmaking. Discusses esthetic, social, and ethical issues in the context of student’s own creative output. Covers reflex, intaglio, and Plano graphic techniques.

FAA 330 Design Foundation (3.00)

Covers foundation concepts of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design including visual elements, composition, media and materials. Through a sequence of assignments, explores design concepts, creative process, and visual thinking.

FAA 331  Graphic Design Foundation (3.00)

Lecture/ studio course in graphic design covering historical and applied practices. Covers foundation information and process in graphic design including an introduction to typography, page layout, design software, and logo development.

FAA 420 Advanced Electronic Imaging (3.00)

Explores issues particular to the current practice of digital image making. Focuses on digital printmaking and presentation.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 215 or permission of instructor.

FAA 421E-W Electronic Imaging Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio electronic imaging practice beyond the beginning level. Includes the development of student portfolios and enjoyment in peer and instructor critiques.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 215 and FAA 420 or permission of instructor.

FAA 443 Advanced Photography (3.00)

A continuation of the study of photography as a fine art with an exploration of various applications of photography that guide the student in the development of a portfolio of creative work.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 240.

FAA 446E-W Photography Studio (3.00)

Provides supervised studio photography practice beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 443 or permission of instructor.

FAA 450 Advanced Painting (3.00)

A continuation of FAA 250.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 250 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

FAA 451E-W Painting Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio painting practice beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 450 or permission of instructor.

FAA 460 Advanced Sculpture (3.00)

A continuation of FAA 260.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 260 or permission of instructor.

FAA 461E-W Sculpture Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio sculpture practice for students beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 460 or permission of instructor.

FAA 470 Advanced Drawing (3.00)

Provides advanced level drawing in studio format with critiques and discussions of student work.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 270 or permission of instructor.

FAA 471E-W Drawing Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio drawing practice for students beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 472 or permission of instructor.

FAA 480 Advanced Printmaking (3.00)

Lecture/ studio course in graphic design covering historical and applied practices. Covers foundation information and process in graphic design including an introduction to typography, page layout, design software, and logo development.

FAA 481E-W Printmaking Studio(3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio printmaking practice beyond the advanced level. Focuses on extended portfolio development and engagement in the critical process.

Prerequisite(s): FAA 480.

FAA 497 Senior Art Studio (3.00)

Seminar style studio course develops the artist practice of art making of various media, critical thinking, writing, and speaking, and explores the evolution of student perspectives of historical precedents and historical tradition in art.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: FAA 420, FAA 443, FAA 450, FAA 460, FAA 472, or FAA 480

Note: Open to senior art majors and minors and senior art students who have completed two upper division studio course work in one media.

FAA 498E-W Internship in Art (3.00)

Provides practical experience and intellectual guidance in an area of art.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of department chair and Academic Internship Program.

FAA 499 Senior Art Thesis (3.00)

Provides the final step for a degree in Art History. Students write individual thesis in consultation with the program director.

Prerequisite(s): Majors only. Senior standing. Permission of instructor required.

FAHS 211 Art History Survey: Prehistory to the Proto-Renaissance (3.00)

Investigates major art developments from pre-history to the protorenaissance in western and no-wester traditions. Discusses major works, figures, and world events as they relate to human artistic expression.

Cross listing(s): FAC 211

FAHS 212 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Present (3.00)

Examines the style, content, and context of works of art from the Renaissance to the present.

Cross listing(s): FAC 212

FAHS 400 The History of Photography (3.00)

Explores the history of photography from its invention in the early 19th century to its practice as a fine art in the present time. Includes critical and analytical readings as well as examination of photographic images in the fine arts.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211or FAC 212 or FAHS 211 or FAHS 212.

FAHS 408E-W Themes in Art History (3.00)

A revolving seminar examining specialized topics in art history.

FAHS 410 Impressionism to 1945 (3.00)

Concentrates on issues of modernism in Western art from the late nineteenth century to approximately 1945, looking closely at how we observe, interpret, and write about art in its historical, religious, and political context. An integral part of this class will be to develop a working definition of “modernism”.

Prerequisite(s): FAHS 211 or FAC 211 or FAC 200 or permission of instructor.

FAHS 415 Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Present (3.00)

Examines the shift in the art world from Paris to New York after World War II. Explores men and women artists whose work pursues a dialogue about the meaning of all media and whose lives are lived against the social, economic, political and cultural background of their times.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAHS 211 or HU 203

FAHS 435 Images of Women in Art and the Popular Media (3.00)

Examines the visual representation of women in both art and the popular media. Emphasizes the examination of the construction of gender utilizing various theoretical models of analysis.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212.

Cross listing: WGS 435.

FAHS 440 Survey of American Art  (3.00)

Examines American art from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Examines the role American art has played in the formation of values such as national identity, class formation, race, gender, and ethnicity. Emphasizing cultural history, considers a variety of media from painting and sculpture to films and theme parks.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212.

FAHS 450 Medieval/Renaissance Art (3.00)

Examines art from the late Roman period to the proto-renaissance. Topics include Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art, and architecture.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200, or FAC 211, or FAC 212, or permission of instructor.

FAHS 453e Interdisciplinary Topics in Music and Art(3.00)

Emphasizes the interconnectedness of art and music by stressing their similarities in style, content, and context.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212, Majors and minors only or permission of instructor.

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