Areas of Emphasis, Minors, and Concentrations

An emphasis is a required focused area of study within a major and is part of the 60 credits required for the major. The Crafts and Entertainment Arts majors have a required area of emphasis. Crafts majors choose from Art Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Textiles or Metalsmithing/Jewelry. Entertainment Arts majors choose from Animation, Concept Design, Digital Film or Game.

A studio minor is an area of study outside the major that provides students the ability to customize their studies by gaining knowledge and proficiency in a different discipline.

A Liberal Arts concentration is a focused area of academic study within the Liberal Arts requirements that provide students the ability to deepen their knowledge in a specialized field of study.

Declaring a Studio Minor

Studio minors require 15 credits to complete. Most studio majors offer a minor to students from other majors. Students cannot elect a minor in their major department. Students should consult with the Department Chair of the major department they wish to minor in for specific information. A Minor Declaration Form must be signed by the Department Chair and returned to the Academic Advising and Registration Office for processing. A maximum of six transfer credits earned from an accredited institution may be applied to a minor in any area of study. The Department Chair must review the student’s portfolio for approval of transfer credit. If a student wishes to switch to a different minor, a maximum of six credits from the original minor may be applied with approval from the Department Chair.

A student who wishes to complete two Fashion Accessories Design minors can have the credits counted towards both minors for shared required courses; likewise shared elective courses between two minors can count towards both minors. The student would be required to take non-shared required courses and the appropriate number of elective courses to fulfil the remaining minor credit requirements.

Minors appear on the final official transcript but do not appear on the diploma.

A list of studio minors is published on the back of the Declaration of Minor Form that can be found on Blackboard under the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

Declaring a Liberal Arts Minor

Liberal Arts minors require 15 credits to complete. Students should consult with the Liberal Arts Chair for specific information. A Liberal Arts Minor Declaration Form must be signed by the Department Chair and returned to the Academic Advising and Registration Office for processing. Students must complete all credits for the minor listed on the declaration form in addition to the major (or any other programs added to the degree requirements.) Students can share no more than 9.0 credits (please verify) between the general degree requirements and the minor. A maximum of 6.0 transfer credits earned (please verify) from an accredited institution may be applied to a minor in any area of study. Students may be asked to provide a course description or syllabus for transfer credit in question.

The minor may be removed at any time if a student no longer wishes to complete credits or satisfy the minor requirements. To remove a minor, select the “Drop Minor” option on the Liberal Arts Minor Declaration Form. Submit the complete form to the Academic Advising and Registration Office. The minor will be removed and students will then only need to complete the original credits listed for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Minors appear on the final official transcript but do not appear on the diploma.

A list of Liberal Arts Minors is published on the back of the Liberal Arts Minor Declaration Form that can be found on Blackboard under the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

Declaring a Liberal Arts Concentration

Liberal Arts concentrations require 12 credits to complete. Students should consult with the Liberal Arts Chair for specific information. A Minor/Concentration Declaration Form must be signed by the Department Chair and returned to the Academic Advising and Registration Office for processing. In the Art History, Business, Sustainability & Social Responsibility and Visual Culture concentrations, only one three-credit course can be counted towards the concentration and a requirement within Liberal Arts. All other Liberal Arts concentrations include only elective courses. A maximum of three transfer credits earned from an accredited institution may be applied to a concentration in any area of study. Students may be asked to provide a course description or syllabus for transfer credit in question.

Concentrations appear on the final official transcript but do not appear on the diploma. Students who complete the Business Concentration receive a certificate.

A list of Liberal Arts concentrations is published on the back of the Declaration of Concentration Form that can be found on Blackboard under the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

Emphasis areas in Crafts and Entertainment Arts

Students in Crafts will have a 30 credit required emphasis* in Art Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Textiles or Metalsmithing/Jewelry and can use department electives to complete coursework in other Crafts emphasis areas but cannot complete a second emphasis or a minor within Crafts. Students in Crafts can complete a minor in another major department and/or complete a Liberal Arts concentration.

Students in Entertainment Arts will have a 30 credit emphasis* in Animation, Concept Design, Digital Film or Game and can use department electives to complete coursework in other emphasis areas but cannot complete a second emphasis within Entertainment Arts. Students in Entertainment Arts can complete a minor in another major department and/or complete a Liberal Arts concentration. The emphasis appears on the final official transcript but does not appear on the diploma.

*All emphases in Crafts and Entertainment Arts will be 30 credits starting in Fall 2018. Enrolled students and students entering the College in Fall 2017 are required to meet the current emphasis credit requirements, which range from 18 to 30 credits depending on the major and emphasis. See Academic Advisor or Department Chair for specific information.

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EFFECTIVE DATE
June 21, 2019

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August 20, 2019

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