Visual Arts

Program of Study

If you are interested in painting, drawing, and sculpture should major in art with an emphasis in visual arts. An art major's time frame for degree completion varies with the individual student, but generally, this degree can be obtained in four or five years.

The object of this program is to expose you to a variety of disciplines within the department to expand your visual ideas. This program also addresses various aspects of the art profession outside the studio such as:

  • Marketing strategies
  • Grant writing
  • Public art
  • Ethical issues
  • Portfolio development
  • Career directions

Service and Mutual Interest Organizations

Art majors are encouraged to join AIGA/ENMU, our student organization allied with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

Faculty and Advising

The art faculty is committed to responsible academic advising. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and know the current requirements for their programs. The University also has a reputable record regarding art students. The department is dedicated to providing you with the information and guidance you need to seek and attain internships.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

ENMU is committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Fine Arts offers additional opportunities with ENMU Foundation Scholarships. Additionally, many ENMU students work part-time jobs on campus to help finance their education.

Career Opportunities

Visual arts majors can look forward to many careers including:

  • Advertising professional
  • Promotions and marketing manager
  • Art director
  • Animator
  • Production worker
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery manager
  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Graphic designer in a variety of industries

High School Courses

If you are interested in visual arts, you should take as many art courses in your high school curriculum as you can.

Courses You Will Take

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in visual arts degree, including the courses you'll take when you're a visual arts major at Eastern.

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