Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

The major requires the completion of a minimum of nine courses (35 hours) in art & design.  Majors are required to present a portfolio and written statement for evaluation by the faculty during the junior year and a capstone exhibition of a coherent body of visual work, approved by program faculty, in the spring of the senior year. 

All majors take a sequence of foundations courses (20 hours), and then specialize in one of three pathways (listed below).

Art & Design Foundations Courses
ARDE 10200COLOR AND DESIGN:CM4
ARDE 11000BEGINNING DRAWING:CM4
ARDE 12300DIGITAL IMAGING:CM4
ARDE 13000HISTORY OF WESTERN ART:IM4
or ARDE 42600 20TH CENTURY ART:MOD&BEYOND:IM
ARDE 24900CONTEMPORARY MEDIA4
Pathways
Select one of the pathways listed below:15-16
Total Hours35-36

Pathways: 

Studio Art (Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media) Pathway
Select two painting courses at the 20000- and 30000-level
Select one 10000- and 30000-level elective in painting or drawing
Select 40000-level Senior Studio capstone preparation course
Select one additional art history course (recommended)
Select Independent Study in drawing or painting course (recommended)
Photography/Film Pathway
Select two 10000- and 20000-level courses in photography
Select one 20000-level course in filmmaking
Select 40000-level Senior Studio capstone preparation course
Select Advanced Photography or Independent Study in photography course (recommended)
Select additional art history course, including discipline-specific "History of..." course (recommended)
Select additional courses associated with film studies minor (recommended)
Digital Design Studies Pathway
Select one 10000-level course in digital photography
Select two 10000- and 3000-level courses in digital art/design
Select 40000-level Senior Studio capstone preparation course
Select additional art history course, including discipline-specific "History of..." course (recommended)
Select a 20000-level course in filmmaking or Independent Study in digital art/design course(s) in associated disciplines (communication, computer science, performing arts technology) (recommended)

Students are required total of 35- 36 credits in art and design major.