Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Fine Arts

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
One course (3 credits) of introductory art history from the following:
AH 1032Survey of Art and Architecture II
AH 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
AH 2162History of Photography
or AH 2162W History of Photography
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
Two courses (6 credits) of art history from the following:
AH 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
AH 2109WEuropean Art: Early 19th Cent
AH 2110WEuropean Art: Late 19th Cent
AH 2154American Architecture I
AH 2154American Architecture I
AH 2155American Architecture II
AH 2161History of Decorative Arts: American Heritage
AH 2162History of Photography
or AH 2162W History of Photography
AH 2190East Asian Art
AH 2191South Asian Art
AH 2192The Art of Southeast Asia
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
AH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
AH 3111Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
AH 3112Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture
AH 3113Islamic Art and Architecture
AH 3114Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
AH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
AH 3120Italian Art and Architecture of the 13th through 15th Centuries
AH 3121Italian Art and Architecture of the Sixteenth Century
AH 3122Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
or AH 3122W Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3123Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
or AH 3123W Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3131Italian Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
AH 3132Topics in Northern European Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
AH 3134Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
or AH 3134W Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
AH 3135Topics in Seventeenth/Eighteenth Century Spanish and Portuguese Art
AH 3140European Art of the Eighteenth Century
AH 3141European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
or AH 3141W European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
AH 3142European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
or AH 3142W European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
AH 3143Early Twentieth-Century Art
AH 3146Modern Architecture in Europe and America
or AH 3146W Modern Architecture in Europe and America
AH 3151American Art in the Age of Revolution
AH 3152American Art in the Era of National Expansion
AH 3153American Art of the Twentieth Century
AH 3160Latin American Art and Architecture
AH 3165Later Twentieth-Century Art
AH 3170Materials, Methods, and Techniques in Art History
AH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
AH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
AH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
AH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
or AH 4159W Seminar in American Art and Architecture
AH 4189Seminar: Special Topics in Art History
Three courses (9 credits) from the following. The three courses should be drawn from three different areas.
FA 1000Dean's Seminar
Ceramics
FA 1101Introduction to Handbuilt Ceramics
FA 1102Introduction to Wheelthrown Ceramics
Sculpture
FA 1201Sculpture: Material Investigations
Drawing
FA 1301Drawing Fundamentals
Painting
FA 1401Painting: Visual Thinking
Photography
FA 1501Black and White Photography
FA 1502Color Photography
New Media
FA 1601New Media: Digital Art
One second-year seminar (3 credits):
FA 2001Concept Lab
Three courses (9 credits) from the following. Minimum of one course from at least two different areas.
Ceramics
FA 2111Ceramic Design in Handbuilt Forms
FA 2112Ceramic Design in Wheelthrown Forms
FA 2113Ceramic Sculpture
FA 3101Special Topics: Ceramics
Sculpture
FA 2211Sculpture Fabrication
FA 2212Sculpture: Design in Action
FA 2213Digital Fabrication
FA 3201Special Topics: Sculpture
Drawing
FA 2311Drawing: Perception and Mark Making
FA 2312Advanced Drawing Techniques
FA 2313Experimental Drawing
FA 3301Special Topics: Drawing
Painting
FA 2411Painting: Watercolor
FA 2412Painting a Figure
FA 2413Painting: Process and Materials Lab
FA 2431Painting: Contemporary Issues
FA 3401Special Topics: Painting
Photography
FA 2511Photography: Abstraction versus Representation
FA 2512Photography: Altered Landscapes
FA 2513Photography: From Photograms to Scanograms
FA 2531Photography: Contemporary Issues
FA 3501Special Topics: Photography
New Media
FA 2611Video Art and Time-based Media
FA 2612Video: Remixing the Archive
FA 2613Site and Sound
FA 3601Special Topics: New Media
Two courses (6 credits) of cross-disciplinary courses from the following:
FA 3901Special Topics: Fine Arts
FA 3911Collaborative Practices: Social Practices of Art
FA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art
FA 3913Painting: Off the Wall
FA 3951Creative Photovoltaics
Two capstone courses (6 credits):
FA 4193Professional Practices
FA 4195Critical Practices
One elective fine arts course (3 credits), from any course listed above or,
FA 4199Internship
Additionally, required participation in a capstone exhibition, concurrently with FA 4195

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult their advisor regarding eligibility, selection of an area of study, and a director of the research or creative arts project.