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Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Art – Visual Arts 

More than one path is open to those who wish to major in Art and pursue careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations and/or pursue further study at the graduate level. Students choose between concentrations in Art History and in Visual Arts. The latter group takes a wide variety of visual arts courses, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and book arts. Faculty members foster critical and creative thinking, leading to clear communication and problem solving. Students may pursue careers as visual artists or may consider a variety of occupations, including art therapy, arts administration, exhibition design, or art criticism.

Admission requirements

Standardized tests

Official scores: ACT 22 or SAT 1020

English language proficiency

  • TOEFL iBT: 61
  • TOEFL paper-based: 500
  • IELTS 5.5
  • ITEP 3.6
  • Also accepted:
    • ELS Level 110 (completed)

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Program content

  • Art Appreciation
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Drawing I
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Drawing II
  • Foundations of Digital Art and Design
  • Survey of Non-Western Art
  • Survey of Western Art I
  • Survey of Western Art II
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Printmaking I
  • Introduction to Art Education
  • Graphic Design Technologies
  • Typographic Design
  • Art Study Abroad
  • Sculpture I
  • Painting I
  • Ceramics I
  • Professional Practices for Artists
  • Sculptural Practices: Wood Fabrication and Mixed Media
  • Sculptural Practices: Metal Fabrication and Foundry Techniques
  • Sculptural Practices: Digital Fabrication and 3D Printing
  • Print Media: Silkscreen and Digital Processes
  • Print Media: Lithography and Monotype
  • Handbuilding Ceramics
  • Sculptural Ceramics
  • Still Life Painting
  • Figure Painting
  • Mixed Media Painting
  • In-House Design
  • Senior Studio
  • Print Media: Etching and Relief
  • Art Education for Teachers
  • Elementary Art Education Methods
  • Secondary Art Education Methods
  • Art Education Practicum
  • Word and Image
  • Portfolio I
  • Package Design
  • Interface Design
  • Study Abroad - Studio
  • Sculpture II
  • Sculpture III
  • Print Media: Book Arts
  • Drawing III
  • Introduction to Computer-Assisted Art
  • Intermediate Computer-Assisted Art
  • Figure Drawing
  • Color Drawing
  • Painting II
  • Painting III
  • Romanesque and Gothic Art
  • Print Media: Letterpress
  • Wheel Throwing
  • Ceramics III
  • Islamic Art
  • Early Medieval Art
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Native American Art
  • Mesoamerican Art
  • Andean Art
  • Latin American Art
  • Italian Renaissance Art History
  • Art History Visual Resources Practicum
  • Interactive Design I
  • Art History Methods
  • Art History Methods
  • Art History: Professional Practices
  • The Art History of the Book
  • Art of the United States
  • Art of the United States
  • Studio Workshop
  • Art Capstone
  • Studio Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
  • Advanced Painting Practices
  • Topics in Book Arts
  • Intermediate Printmaking
  • Advanced Printmaking
  • Printmaking Thesis
  • Digital Illustration
  • Beginning Illustration
  • Advanced Illustration
  • Portfolio II
  • Senior Project
  • Internship
  • Interactive Design II
  • Interactive Design III
  • Typography in Motion
  • Sculpture IV
  • Sculpture V
  • Advanced 3D Practices
  • Advanced Art Problems
  • Painting IV
  • Painting V
  • Painting VI
  • Topics in Letterpress
  • Ceramics IV
  • Ceramics V
  • Ceramics VI
  • African Art
  • African American Art
  • Design History
  • Nineteenth-Century Art
  • Survey of Women Artists: Renaissance to Modern
  • Contemporary Art
  • Special Studies in Art History
  • Independent Studies in Art History
  • Senior Thesis in Art History

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International students:

  • Tuition: $27,742 US
  • Room and Board: $8,976 US
  • Total Fees: $36,718 US

Domestic students:

Please contact the school for more information about tuition fees.


Programs in the Department of Art and Design lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.

Two concentrations—Art History or Visual Arts—leading to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree are available under an Art major.

A major in Art Education leads to the B.S. degree.

The department offers a B.F.A. with a major in Art; students may choose between two concentrations: Studio or Graphic Design.

Career opportunities

Students studying Visual Arts may pursue careers as visual artists or may consider a variety of occupations, including art therapy, arts administration, exhibition design, or art criticism. Examples of fields include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Appraisal
  • Architecture
  • Art teacher
  • Art therapy
  • Artist
  • Art conservation/preservation / restoration
  • Art criticism
  • Art dealing
  • Arts management
  • Arts administration
  • Auctioneering /collecting
  • Curation
  • Exhibit design
  • Fashion illustration
  • Filmmaking
  • Game designing
  • Historical research
  • Librarianship

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Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the university consists of eight undergraduate colleges as well as a college of graduate studies, together offering more than 80 majors/degree programs through more than 35...

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Why study at Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU is recognized for broad, high-quality academic programs, affordable costs and competitive prices, an outstanding teaching faculty, modern infrastructure with new residence halls, academic classrooms, sports facilities, and state of the art facilities, and a welcoming, friendly campus where diversity is appreciated and all students will be valued and respected.

Contact info

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Box 120 Peck Hall 208
1301 East Main Street
37132 Murfreesboro Tennessee
United States of America

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