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Art, Art History Concentration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Art, Art History Concentration at Salem State University provides an opportunity to acquire a broad background in Western and Non-Western art. It prepares the student for graduate study leading to MA and PhD degrees. Upon completion of graduate study, career opportunities in museum work, art restoration, teaching and research are available. 
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The undergraduate Art, Art History Concentration major programs are a based on a Liberal Arts curriculum structured to provide an environment for an in-depth experience in areas including fine arts, design, education, and art history with an emphasis on studio production. Students develop their creativity through discovery, observation, and analysis. The Art + Design department courses encourage an appreciation for the social, cultural, ethnic, and environmental complexities of our community and the world. Emphasis is placed on the plurality within and among cultures, and the richness in diversity of individuals and groups.

Courses in art and design guide students to develop their abilities to express ideas, messages, and concepts through visual and verbal means. Factors that play a role in visual expression and problem solving include individual experiences, critiques of society, and balancing the use of traditional artists’ tools with today’s technology. The foundation courses serve as the basis for strengthening critique skills and methods of learning in a studio classroom environment. The concentration-specific courses allow students to focus intensely on one of eight disciplines. In the capstone courses, students build their portfolios and develop supporting documents such as resumes, artist statements, and cover letters in preparation for applying for graduate school or to work in a creative field at places such as museums, design firms, galleries, advertising agencies, photography studios, printing shops, and schools.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Color and Design
  • Form and Design
  • Prehistoric, Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo Art
  • Art of the Modern World
  • Figure Drawing
  • Asian Art 
  • Native American and African Art

For more information please visit the program website.

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

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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