Visual Arts Degrees and Courses

Stephen Delatte, Untitled, 2009, mixed media on panel

Stephen Delatte, Untitled, mixed media on panel, detail

The visual arts program at Belhaven University seeks to help you develop the creative vision, aesthetic insight, technical skill, intellectual rigor, spiritual discernment, and work ethic necessary for the practice of visual art from a Christian worldview.

Degree Programs

The Visual Arts Department offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a minor in art.

View Visual Arts Degrees and Courses from the University Catalogue.

Bachelor of Arts (BA): 51 hours to include...

  • 18 hours of foundation and capstone courses (Drawing, Design, Senior Seminar)
  • 21 hours of art studio courses (choose from Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography)
  • 12 hours of art history and aesthetics
  • BA students will participate in a group senior exhibition or complete an equivalent senior project as approved by the faculty.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): 78 hours to include...

  • 18 hours of foundation and capstone courses (Drawing, Design, Senior Seminar)
  • 42 hours of art studio courses (choose from Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography; BFA students may also take up to 6 hours of Graphic Design courses)
  • 12 hours of art history
  • 6 hours of aesthetics and art theory
  • BFA students will present a senior exhibition (solo or group).

Minor in Art: 21 hours to include 3 hours each of Drawing, Design, and Art History

Please note: All incoming students will apply for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program. Students who would like to switch to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) can do so their sophomore year based on faculty approval.

painting class, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center

For Visual Arts Department policies and procedures, see the Visual Arts Department Studio Manual.