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Art, BA

Shippensburg University is an excellent place to study Art (BA) because you are able to take part in rewarding experiences in and out of the classroom, all while working in state-of-the-art facilities.

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What Will I Learn?

This program provides a very complete experience and you will develop an appreciation of having an art and design perspective that will serve as a basis for lifelong learning. You can choose a focus in one of the following areas:

  • Art history
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic design
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

What are the requirements for this degree?

A total of 120 credit hours is required for degree completion:

  • 48 credits of general education courses
  • 24 credits of foundation courses and required courses in art
  • 15 credits of art electives
  • 33 credits of free electives

A portfolio is not required for admission, but you are welcome to send one to the department for review.


You may opt to increase your career options by adding a double major or minor. Possible programs to pair with an art major include these and more:

  • Business
  • Communication/journalism
  • Psychology

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Skilled artists find jobs in virtually every field where goods or services are present. Careers in art include art education, graphic design, gallery direction and illustration. You can also find employment as a:

  • Web designer
  • Videographer
  • Animator
  • Ceramicist
  • Illustrator
  • Product designer
  • Make-up artist
  • Lighting designer
  • Special effects artist

If you choose to pursue a career in the fine arts, your options include:

  • University art professor
  • Art critic
  • Conservator or restorer
  • Art therapist

Other fine artists continue to make their artwork, exhibit it in galleries, museums, in other types of exhibitions and may apply for grant funding.

Upon receiving their bachelor's degree, some students decide to move into a master's degree program to further their education and continue to grow their experiences.

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

Top job titles - Graphic Designer, Operations Manager, Marketing Managers, Higher ed teachers, IT Tech support, retail sales
Estimated Salary 59,513

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

You will have many opportunities to showcase your work in the local community, regionally and nationally. Class sizes are small, which translates into more individualized instruction. This means, unlike bigger art programs, we can provide a student-focused curriculum, leading to greater educational and artistic opportunities.

There are regular visits to art museums and galleries in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, involvement with student groups and chances to study abroad also provide excellent opportunities.

In terms of facilities, our department is located in a state-of-the-art center for the studio arts. Our facilities include spacious studios, the finest equipment and tools and computer and technology labs. We also have sculpture and ceramics facilities that include roofed outdoor work areas devoted to innovative firing, welding, casting and carving techniques.

The Kauffman Gallery on campus presents a number of diverse exhibits throughout the year.