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Visual Arts, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsburg, CA, United States
The Visual Arts Bachelor Degree at Chatham University is designed to prepare students to work as visual communicators and artists in a complex, rapidly changing global culture. 


The mission of the Visual Arts Bachelor Degree at Chatham University is to empower students through the integration of technical applications and critical theories, to provide students with marketable skills, to assume creative, scholarly, and leadership roles in the visual arts field, and to promote an understanding of the role that the visual arts play in all facets of contemporary life. Concentrations are available in: Studio Arts and Art History.

Learning Outcomes

1.   Information Literacy

a.    Students must effectively locate and gather information for research and medium-related analysis through a variety of information media.

b.    Students must be able to properly evaluate the quality of the information and its sources.

c.     Students must utilize their knowledge gathered from various media sources to render well-communicated, designed and conceptualized projects and/or research papers in response to their contextual analysis.

2.   Critical Reading

a.    Students must evaluate art and theories related to critical visual studies through a combination of written and online texts, hand-outs, journal articles, art shows in galleries and museums, artist discussions and in-class lectures, conversations and demonstrations.

b.    Students must assess the quality of gathered and presented information as well as its sources.

3.   Analytical Thinking

a.    Students must critically investigate and respond to the work of other artists, and theorists as well as the work of their peers during critique sessions.

b.    Students must look for multidisciplinary relationships between art, studio practice and other fields of research, examining the role of the artist as well as art works within a broader social context.

c.     Students must exhibit a critical understanding of related technical concerns, representational issues, aesthetic practices, ideas and concepts through original projects and/or papers.

4.   Problem Solving

a.    Students must transform critical and analytical research into well-conceptualized projects and informed responses.

b.    Students must be able to move from concept to project actualization.

c.     Students must have a strong understanding of technique in order to properly troubleshoot and solve conceptual and creative issues related to a project.

5.   Public Written Communication

a.    Students must communicate clearly by writing research or response papers of various lengths, which support coursework requirements.

b.    Students must communicate their conceptual and creative concepts clearly in written project statements.

c.     Students must formulate a point of view and be able to defend it within the written format.

6.   Public Oral Communication

a.    Students must communicate ideas clearly in oral presentations.

b.    Students must actively participate in classroom discussions and group critique sessions.

c.     Students must formulate a point of view and be able to defend it orally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

·         Intro to Visual Culture

·         Drawing I

·         History of World Art II: 1400 to Present

·         Introduction to Art Museum Studies

·         Design Studio

·         Modern Art, 1900 to the Present

·         Special Topics

·         Internship - Art

·         Integrative Capstone

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

    Application requirements:

    First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

    First-year student applicants must submit the following:

    ·         Completed application for admission

    ·         Official high school transcripts 

    ·         SAT  or ACT scores

    ·         Essay or writing sample

    ·         One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. 

    Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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