Minors in Art + Design

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The Art minor allows students to acquire foundational knowledge of the discipline of Art. To complete an Art minor, students are required to take three art foundations courses that will introduce them to the fundamentals of art and design principles. Students are also required to take two Art History courses, to gain an understanding of the underlying theoretical and historical principles in Art. Finally, students complete the Art minor by taking two art elective courses of their choice.

Minor: 21 credit hours (7 courses)

Art Foundation Courses

  • ART 1020  Design Studio: Surface and Process (3)
  • ART 1030  Drawing Studio: Perception and Color (3)
  • ART 1120  Media Studio: Space and Time (3)

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 1450  Western Art I (3)
  • ARTH 1460  Western Art II (3)

Art Studio Courses

  • Two ARTS electives (6)

The Art History minor allows students to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of art history and theory. Students begin by taking two survey courses, chosen from the following three class options: ARTH 1450: Western Art I, ARTH 1460: Western Art II, or ARTH 2700: Survey of World Art. Courses in the Art History Division are taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty in several areas of specialization: African Art, Classical Art and Archaeology, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Renaissance Art and Visual Culture.

Minor: 21 credit hours (7 courses)

Introductory Art History Courses (choose two)

  • ARTH 1450  Western Art I (3)
  • ARTH 1460  Western Art II (3)
  • ARTH 2700  Survey of World Art (3)

Art History Minor Required Courses

  • ARTH 2900  Art History Methods & Theory (3)
  • ARTH 4900  Professional Practices in Art History (3)

Art History Minor Electives

  • Two ARTH electives 3000-level (6)
  • One ARTH elective 4000-level (3)

The Community Arts Education minor focuses on integrating contemporary art and design, related scholarship, social justice theory, and pedagogical practices within the realm of community arts programs and institutions. Coursework will employ the strengths of BGSU's Art Education curriculum, including field experience and service learning opportunities throughout Northwest Ohio, and position students to respond to the needs of the community. Students in the minor will earn 15 credit hours and fulfill four areas of coursework: Foundations; the School of Art's Saturday Art program; a community-based internship; and, Entrepreneurship at the introductory level in the Schmidthorst College of Business or through the special topics course offered at the School of Art, Art Entrepreneurship.

Minor: 15 credit hours (5 courses)

Art Education Courses 

  • ARTE 2520  Foundations of Art Education (3) - Fall only
  • ARTE 3520  Media and Methods in Art Education (3) - Spring only
  • ARTE 4070  Visual Arts Methods and Teaching Practicum (3) - Spring & Fall; includes Saturday Art Program
  • ARTE 4520  Advanced Methods in Art Education (3) - Fall only

 Entrepreneurship Course (choose one)

  • ART 4000  Special Topics in Art - Topic: Art Entrepreneurship (3)
  • ESHP 2040  Entrepreneurship: The Introduction (3) - Spring & Fall

The Design for Social Impact (DSI) minor, presented by the Division of Graphic Design, is a cross-disciplinary structure of 18 credit hours to teach the understanding of design theory, research and practice for implementing social change. Along with graphic design courses focused on design thinking, collaboration, methods, and making; the minor will direct students toward addressing the social challenges of climate change, human rights, health and healthcare, public policy, and social enterprise. The minor intends to empower students as a catalytic role in communities through projects focused on cultivating empathetic and positive social impact solutions from ideation to implementation. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all courses taken for the minor.

The DSI Minor is for students who are interested in expanding their major of study by learning how to become agents of change through socially-minded work. This minor will guide students through a human-centered design process that includes invention, innovation and creative problem solving filtered through topics focused on the public good.

Minor: 18 credit hours (6 courses) 

Required Art/Design Courses  

  • DSGN 2010  Graphic Design Thinking (3)
  • DSGN 4015  Histories and Theories of Design for Social Impact (3)
  • DSGN 4010  Graphic Design History & Integrative Models (3)
  • DSGN 4060  Collaboration & Community Engagement Practicum (3)

Engagement Courses (choose two)

Engagement courses will be selected in consultation with advisor.

Alternate courses can be proposed fitting intent of content focus.

  • CCS 3030  Intersections of Race, Gender, and Culture*
  • CCS 3710  Gender, Race & Culture in Community-Based Practice*
  • CRJU 2100  Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • ECON 2000  Introduction to Economics OR ECON 2020 // Principles in Microeconomics
  • ENVS 1010  Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 3010  Environmental Problems
  • ENVS 4010  Environmental Strategies*
  • ESHP 2040  Entrepreneurship: The Introduction
  • ESHP 3040  Entrepreneurship: The Idea*
  • ETHN 1010  Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 2010  Ethnicity and Social Movements
  • ETHN 3030  Race, Representation, and Culture
  • FN 2070  Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • FN 3260  Food and Culture*
  • GERO 1010  Aging, the Individual and Society
  • GERO 3010  Diversity in the Experience of Aging
  • GERO 3250  Applied Social Gerontology*
  • HDFS 1060  Families, Communities, & Schools
  • HP 3400  Drug Use and Abuse*
  • PACS 2000  Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PACS 3000  Peace and Cultural Legacies of the Nuclear Age
  • PHIL 125  Contemporary Moral Problems,
  • PHIL 2320  Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 2240  Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • PHIL 2420  Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 3000  Life, Death, Law and Morality*
  • POLS 3360  Environmental Politics and Policies
  • POLS 4510  Human Rights*
  • POLS 4420  Women in American Politics
  • POLS 4450  Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • POLS 4430  Politics and the Mass Media
  • PSYC 3070  Human Sexuality*
  • PSYC 3110  Social Psychology*
  • PUBH 2100  Introduction to Community Health
  • PUBH 3010  International Health
  • PUBH 3200  Introduction to Public Health
  • PUBH 4250  Policies in Health Care
  • SOC 2020  Social Problems
  • SOC 2310  Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 2690  Introduction to Statistics
  • SOC 3010  Social Psychology*
  • WS 2000  Introduction to Women’s Studies: Perceptions on Gender, Class & Ethnicity

* Prerequisite or permission of instructor

The Digital Arts division in the School of Art offers a minor in Digital Arts with specializations in several possible areas of focus. Students choosing the Digital Arts minor can choose to focus on one or more of the following tracks, selecting the courses that best complement their major. See the Digital Arts faculty for best choices for your area of focus within Digital Arts:

3D modeling and both traditional and 3D animation, special effects, compositing, and interactivity in 3D virtual environments. Students create narrative character and/or non-narrative experimental animations.

Single-channel video art and video installation. Experimental approaches to creating moving imagery, including live-action compositing, motion graphics, and sound design.

2D digital imaging. Digital photography, digital painting, collage, integration of 3D media and hybrid media. Works are realized using various printing techniques including large format, 3D printing, as well as experimental processes.

Emphasis on creative art development using HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Processing for online and mobile devices as well as installation and interactive physical artworks.

Minor: 21 credit hours (7 courses)
*A course may not simultaneously fulfill major and minor requirements. School of Art majors, see advisor for options.

Choose 21 credit hours (7 courses) from the courses listed below:

First Year Program Art Courses
Two First Year Program art courses are required prior to ARTC 2210 and can count within the seven courses in the minor.

  • ART 1020 Design Studio: Surface and Process (3)
  • ART 1030 Drawing Studio: Perception and Color (3)
  • ART 1120 Media Studio: Space and Time (3)

Digital Arts Gateway Course

  • ARTC 2210 Digital Imaging (3) ** 

Digital Arts Electives: (and any other ARTC course except ARTC 4090, 4180, 4890)

  • ARTC 3000 Contemporary Practices in Digital Arts I (topics vary)*
  • ARTC 3100 Animation Principles & Techniques
  • ARTC 3110 3-D Modeling (fall only)
  • ARTC 3120 3-D Digital Animation (spring only)
  • ARTC 3211 Story & Concept Development
  • ARTC 3260 Digital Painting
  • ARTC 3310 Interactive Art
  • ARTC 3440 Digital Video Art
  • ARTC 4000 Contemporary Practices in Digital Arts II (topics vary)*
  • ARTC 4110 Advanced Digital Modeling*
  • ARTC 4130 Digital Character Animation I (fall only)*
  • ARTC 4140 Digital Character Animation II (spring only)*
  • ARTC 4230 Advanced Digital Imaging Art Studio*
  • ARTC 4240 Alternative Digital Print*
  • ARTC 4250 Photography for Digital Artists*
  • ARTC 4330 Advanced Interactive Art Studio*
  • ARTC 4410 Collaborative Digital Art Development*
  • ARTC 4420 Art and Virtual Environments*
  • ARTC 4430 Artistic Animation Effects*
  • ARTC 4440 Advanced Digital Video Art*

**ARTC 2210 has prerequisite of two of the three ART (FYP) courses; must be completed before starting Digital Arts Electives.
*Course repeatable up to 6 hours.


The Glass minor provides students with an in depth focus on glass as a creative tool. It is intended for any university student seeking complement their major area of study with glass-based, hands-on studio practice.

Minor: 15 hours (5 courses)

Glass Courses

  • ARTS 2610  Glass: Materiality (3)
  • ARTS 4640  Advanced Glass (3)

Glass Minor Electives (choose three)

  • ARTS 3620  Glass: Design (3)
  • ARTS 3630  Glass: Kiln Forming (3)
  • ARTS 3640  Glass: Surface and Image (3)
  • ARTS 3650  Glass: Expanded Practices (3)

The Jewelry Design minor will prepare students for careers in jewelry design, making manufacture, and repair, either as independent designers and makers or through opportunities available in the industry. These include repair design, and manufacture of unique limited edition production work or mass produced products for retail or wholesale markets.

Minor: 15 hours (5 courses)

Jewelry and Metals Courses

ARTS 2810 is the prerequisite for the other required courses in the minor.

  • ARTS 2810  Jewelry and Metals I (3)
  • ARTS 3830  Jewelry and Metals II (3)
  • ARTS 4840  Jewelry and Metals III (3)
  • ARTS 4850  Jewelry and Metals IV (3)
  • ARTS 4880  Jewelry and Metals V (3)

The Photography minor will focus on the medium as it applies to disciplines and other applications outside the BFA degree requirements. The minor is intended for students seeking significant experience with fine-art Photography that they can connect to their major field of study. The Photography minor consists of 15 credit hours of coursework in traditional processes such as large format film cameras, as well as digital and alternative processes. Students will consider Photography as a tool for personal expression and community engagement.

Minor: 15 hours (5 courses)

Photography Courses

  • ARTS 2410  Introduction to the Language of Photography (3)
  • ARTS 3420  Large Format (3) - Fall only
  • ARTS 3430  Contemporary Concepts in Photography: Color (3)

Photography Minor Electives (choose two)

  • ARTC 2210  Digital Imaging (3)
  • ARTS 3410  Community Projects in Photography (3) - Spring only
  • ARTH 3650  Histories of Photography (3)
  • ARTS 4440  Advanced Contemporary Concepts in Photography (3) - Pre-Req is ARTS 3420

Students will learn traditional and contemporary printmaking processes such as relief, etching, lithography, screenprint and bookmaking.

Minor: 15 hours (5 courses)

Printmaking Courses

  • ARTS 2310  Introduction to Printmaking (3)
  • ARTS 4350  Advanced Printmaking (3)

Printmaking Minor Electives (choose three)

  • ARTS 3320  Relief and Monoprinting (3)
  • ARTS 3330  Etching (3)
  • ARTS 3340  Lithography (3)
  • ARTS 3350  Screenprinting (3)

The Product Design and Innovation minor in Sculpture is a unique program encouraging exploration of curriculum, materials and media offered broadly across Bowling Green State University’s campus. Students will experience courses from engineering, architecture, entrepreneurship, art, and design. The PDI minor advocates for the development of a multidisciplinary approach emphasizing a career that promotes students to become advocates of their ideas and life-long learners. Key strengths of the program include: the development of problem solving skills via contemporary design-thinking, design-based representation, entrepreneurship, virtual and handmade modeling as well as digital and handmade production. The goal, to create a unique blend of collaborative leaning, evoke innovated thinking, apply physical hands-on techniques, and the use of contemporary technology as it relates to current issues and personal pursuits in field of product design.

Minor: 23 hours (8 courses)

Entry Classes  

  • ARCH 1050 – Design Representation I (3) 
  • ENGT 1100 Basic Computer-Aided Design (3)      
  • ESHP 1010 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)

Core Classes  

  • ARTD 2010 Graphic Design Thinking (3)             
  • ENGT 2100 Solid Modeling (3) *                                    
  • ESHP 3320 Product Development (2) *              

(Select One) 

  • ARTS 3950 Furniture and Object Design (3)                  
  • ARTS 4860 Virtual Forms Tangible Objects (3)        

Capstone Class 

  • ARTS 3931 3D Digital Fabrication/Prototyping (3)    

Prerequisite *  

Jointly offered by the Department of English and the School of Art, the Word and Image minor is an academic option for any student interested in exploring the intersection between writing and the visual arts through the making of graphic novels, comics, picture books, photo books, video games, and illustrations. Completion of the minor requires 21 credit hours of course work; a 9 hour core, 6 hours of electives in "Word" and 6 hours of electives in "Image" courses. Students conclude the minor by completing ENG 4960 Word and Image Studio, a capstone course emphasizing collaborative and/or individual work on projects that synthesize knowledge and skills developed in previous core and elective courses. The Word and Image minor is designed to be equally accessible to BA/BFA Art students, BA in English and BFA in Creative Writing students, and students from degree programs across the University.

Word and Image Minor Course Requirements (21 hour)

9 hours must be at 3000 or 4000 level; substitutions must be requested prior to enrollment and approved by an academic advisor.

Required Core - 3 courses (9 hrs.)

ART 1010 Introduction to Art (BGP)
ENG 2040 Imaginative Writing OR
ENG 4250 Graphic Novel Workshop ***
ENG 4960 Word and Image Studio (Capstone)   

Electives in "Word" - 2 courses (6 hrs.)

ENG 2050 Craft of Poetry OR
ENG 2060 Craft of Fiction
ENG 4250 Graphic Novel Workshop ***
ENG 3430 Picture Book Workshop
ENG 3870 Literary Editing and Publishing

Electives in "Image" - 2 courses (6 hrs.)

ARTS 2110 Figure Drawing
ARTS 2310 Introduction to Printmaking
ARTS 2410 Introduction to the Language of Photography
ARTS 2210 Introduction to Painting
ARTS 3130 Contemporary Concepts in Drawing*
ARTS 3240 Contemporary Concepts in Painting**
ARTS 4000 Bookmaking

* Prerequisite: ARTS 2110 or permission of instructor
** Prerequisite of ARTS 2210 or permission of instructor
*** Cannot double count in the Required Core and the Electives in "Word"    

Updated: 11/14/2022 02:20PM