Visual Arts

Program Goals

The mission of the Visual Arts Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is providing academic, aesthetic, and technical challenges through a diverse curriculum to talented students who are interested in the production, analysis and promotion of the Visual Arts. Our faculty offers well-organized curricula in a nurturing environment where students are stimulated to ask questions, enabled to solve problems, and challenged to become competitive in their chosen field of study. The Visual Arts Program provides our students with an understanding of the important role played by African Americans in the visual arts and challenges them to evolve that knowledge into an understanding of their role in the arts within a technologically infused global environment. By encouraging discovery through experimentation, the Visual Arts program prepares its students for advanced studies in the liberal arts and present day careers.



Upon completion of the Visual Arts program major, students will be able to:

  • Acquire, research, understand and accurately recall vocabulary inherent to studio arts, art history, art criticism, and museum studies.
  • Apply and present ideas, in written and oral format, accurately using vocabulary inherent to studio arts, arthistory, art criticism, and museum studies.
  • Acquire and apply techniques and skills employing a variety of traditional art media and new(electronic/computer generated) media for the creation of finished artworks.
  • Effectively apply the elements of art and design, and principles of organization in Two and Three-dimensional compositions.
  • Evaluate their own art, and/or that of others, in terms of media, formal composition, content and context, anddemonstrate an ability to analyze the formal/visual qualities of an artwork in isolation and/or in comparison toother art.
  • Research theories about art, formulate thesis statements, and write papers that illustrate knowledge of various artists, art styles, and periods. Final products must reflect proficiency and command of bibliographic citationmethods (Chicago Manual of Style) used in the field.
  • Articulate the history and organizational structure of different museum types and arts organizations, including their respective mission goals, collection theories and processes, and education philosophies.
  • Create a digital and hard-copy portfolio.
  • Create works of art and/or design based on original research, self-directed planning and/or following a self-selected/created thesis.  


Visual Arts Major – Studio Arts (B.A. or B.S.)

Students interested in practicing art in any of a variety of applications work with a faculty advisor who will guide them toward an art concentration such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics or graphic arts, supported by additional coursework. Advisors also help students choose a complementary Minor in another department or coursework from other areas as electives that may further their goals. Students studying visual art are encouraged to choose Art History and Museum Studies electives. 

Depending on degree goal for Studio Art students, remaining university credits may be geared towards a Minor in another area and/or Free Electives. Some overlap is permitted.

Studio Core 
ART-100 - Fundamentals of 2-D Design (3 credits)
ART-101 - Fundamentals of 3-D Design (3 credits)
ART-102 - Introduction to Digital Imaging (3 credits)
ART-103 - Introduction to Media and Color (3 credits)
Four (4) 200 Level Courses
ART-205 - Drawing I (3 credits)
ART-210 - Ceramics I (3 credits)
ART-215 - Printmaking I (3 credits)
ART-220 - Print Production: Graphic Arts I (3 credits)
ART-225 - Painting I (3 credits)
ART-260 - Digital Photography I (3 credits)
Two (2) 300 Level Courses
ART-305 - Drawing II (3 credits)
ART-310 - Ceramics II (3 credits)
ART-315 - Printmaking II (3 credits)
ART-320 - Web Publication Design: Graphic Arts II (3 credits)
ART-325 - Painting II (3 credits)
ART-360 - Digital Photography II (3 credits)
One (1) 400 Level Courses
ART-405 - Drawing III (3 credits)
ART-410 - Ceramics III (3 credits)
ART-415 - Printmaking III (3 credits)
ART-420 - Layout and Typography: Graphic Arts III (3 credits)
ART-425 - Painting III (3 credits)
Three (3) Art History Courses
ARH-211 - History of Art I (3 credits)
ARH-212 - History of Art II (3 credits)
ARH-375 - African American Art History OR ARH-376 - African Art (3 credits each)
Museum Studies Courses
MSM-210 - Introduction to Museums (3 credits)
MSM-218 - Barnes History and Methodology (3 credits)***
Academic Enrichment
ART-390 - Special Topics (3 credits)
ART-395 - Junior Seminar (3 credits)
ART-490 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
ART-495 - Internship (3 credits)
Total Visual Arts Major   51

**Course developed and taught by Barnes Foundation instructor 


Language Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires two years (four semesters) of a foreign language.


Visual Arts Minor

(For non-Visual Arts majors)

Departmental approval is required for students wishing to achieve a documented Visual Arts Minor. Interested students should schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Visual Arts Program to develop a plan of study regarding choice of courses and sequencing.

The Visual Arts minor requires (18) credit hours of area offerings:

ART-100 - Fundamentals of 2-D Design OR
ART-101 - Fundamentals of 3-D Design
ART-102 - Introduction to Digital Imaging OR
ART-103 - Introduction to Color and Media
ARH-211 - History of Art I OR
ARH-212 - History of Art II
MSM-210 - Introduction to Museum Studies OR
MSM-218 - Barnes History and Methodology
Two (2) Elective Visual Arts courses beyond ART-200*   6
Total Visual Arts Minor   18

*ART 200 is suggested to fill a University core Humanities requirement, which will provide a good foundation for a Minor in Visual Art.


The Barnes Foundation

A unique feature of our program is our collaboration with the Barnes Foundation.
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of French early Modern and Post-impressionist paintings in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists unavailable elsewhere. The collection also includes works by Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Monet, Manet, Degas and others. Art from around the globe is grouped with fine examples of antique furniture, ceramics, hand-wrought iron, and Native American jewelry. The Barnes Foundation is much more than an art collection. It is the vibrant reflection of a life inspired by humanity and creative expression. — The Barnes Foundation

During the 1940s, Dr. Horace Mann Bond, the president of Lincoln University, and Dr.Albert C. Barnes, the founder and creator of The Barnes Foundation met. Dr. Bond had a passion for delivering quality higher education to an underserved population, and Dr. Barnes had a passion for advancing the appreciation of art and advancing education to a people who were underserved. The Visual Arts Program has worked collaboratively with the Barnes Foundation to develop a course offering university credits. This three (3) credit course covers select concepts from the Barnes Foundation’s Visual Literacy course, including an analysis of the “ensembles” arranged by Dr. Barnes. This course provides our students with an introduction to concepts put forth by Dr. Barnes to analyze artworks with a “heightened visual perception.”