Art Major and Minor FAQ

There are no admissions or acceptance requirements to declare yourself as a Studio Art or Design major.
For information on Advanced Placement, see AP credit details on the Registrar’s website. For Art, AP scores in the 3-5 range are counted as Art elective credit.

If you would like the AP credit to count toward a specific course for your degree, contact the Art Department Chair (Aaron Fine) and submit the AP portfolio of work (the same work that you submitted for AP credit), your official scores, and a Request for Substitution for Credit form. Only 3 hours of AP credit can be substituted for ART101 Art Studio Foundations I. The art faculty will review the portfolio and approve the AP credit either for ART101 Art Studio Foundations or as ART elective credit depending upon the strength of the work. Please submit digital portfolios.

The BA: Art and the BFA  (with concentrations in Studio Art and Design) are the two distinct degrees within Art at Truman.

Allowed double majors in Art:

  • BA: Studio Art
  • BA: Art and BFA: Studio Art (with two different studio specialties)
  • BA: Art and BFA: Design
BA and BFA Studio Art and BFA: Design may pursue a minor in Art History.

Design FAQ

Yes. Many incoming Design majors have taken no art classes in high school. They learned about design from working on the school newspaper or yearbook.

To address the varying range of art skills incoming students bring to Truman, we require all Design and Studio Art majors to complete the same foundation art classes before moving into the upper-level major classes. Design majors must understand and be able to use the same visual/creative principles and elements that studio artists use.

Not all graphic designers are great artists or illustrators, but all graphic designers will be expected to illustrate or create graphics used in their designs. Designs are not exclusively produced on a computer. Hand skills remain a vital means of creating graphics and illustrations that are digitized and brought into the computer layout.

Yes, you are expected to have your own computer, but we have 20 iMacs in Ophelia Parrish 1210 for students still working toward their own computer. The Design Lab is open daily until midnight. As a Design major, you will have full access to the facilities during the open hours.

Many students do have their own computers because it allows them flexibility and security. If you decide to purchase a system, we definitely recommend a Macintosh so that you will be familiar with the industry standard platform and also because you will be able to switch between home and the lab more easily. Also include in your equipment needs a digital SLR camera.

Not initially. But as with a personal computer, you’ll find good benefits to having one as you progress through the program. The price for printing to the in-house printers is very economical in comparison to a professional output bureau, but purchasing a mid-range inkjet printer will be convenient for meeting last minute deadlines.

Students must apply, meet the requirements, and be admitted into the Business minor. Minor applications can be picked up in the Business Academic Advising Center Violette Hall 2413.
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