Minors in Art



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. This set of three courses incldues ART 1020: Design Studio: Surface and Process, ART 1030: Drawing Studio: Perception and Color, and ART 1120: Media Studio: Space and Time. Students are also required to take two Art History courses, to gain an understanding of the underlying theoretical and hisotrical principles in Art. Finally, students complete the Art minor by taking two art elective courses of their choice.

To Complete an Art Minor: 21 Credit Hours

  • ART 1020, 1030, 1120 (9)
  • ARTH 1450 (3)
  • ARTH 1460 (3)
  • ARTS elective (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.

To complete an Art History Minor: 21 Credit Hours

  • Two courses from ARTH 1450, 1460, 2700 (6)
  • ARTH 2900 (3)
  • 2 ARTH electives 3000-level (6)
  • 1 ARTH elective 4000-level (3)
  • ARTH 4900 (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 College of Business or through the special topics course offered at the School of Art, Art Entrepreneurship.

Minor (15 hours)

Art Education Courses (4 courses)

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

 Entrepreneurship (choose 1 course)

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

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.

The Digital Arts Minor requires a total of 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 hours (seven 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
ART 1030 Drawing Studio: Perception and Color
ART 1120 Media Studio: Space and Time

Digital Arts Gateway course:

ARTC 2210 Digital Imaging**

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 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)

Photography courses

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

Photography Minor Electives (two courses)

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