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Visual Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Dayton, OH, United States
Express your ideas and share them with the world through visual arts. Encompassing elements from art history, fine arts, photography and visual communication design, visual arts presents opportunities for you to create, influence and preserve the world around you through your own perceptions and understanding.
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  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in visual arts is a flexible program emphasizing a broad liberal arts education with supportive studies from all areas of the Department of Art and Design. The visual arts program links foundation courses and experiences throughout the program, offering a creative and thoughtful balance between traditional practices and new technologies. Special attention is given to the development of art and design related skills and processes; concepts and contexts; critical thinking; values of art and design; and the ability to relate all concepts to the wider context of a liberal arts education.
  • The BA in Visual Arts major will take visual arts foundation courses, with additional course work at the 200 level and six hours of upper level art history courses. Studio and art history courses will make up 35 to 40 percent of the degree work, and electives are structured to expand knowledge within the arts. This degree program is structured to encourage the addition of a minor or second major within another discipline.
  • In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience. Through two capstone classes in your final year, you will complete a senior research project designed to explore issues within the visual arts major, as well as the larger context of your educational experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • VAD 220Design Processes I
  • VAF 104Foundation Drawing
  • VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design
  • VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design
  • VAF 216Design & Color3
  • VAP 101Foundation Photography
  • Survey of Art I
  • Survey of Art II
  • Survey of Art III

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Undergraduate International AdmissionInternational students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:
  • Application, including the essay. International students may complete either the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Official copy of secondary transcripts (in language of original issue) of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations; any transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • TOEFL score (or equivalent).
  • F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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