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. This set of three courses includes 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 historical 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 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.

18 Credit Hours Required

Required Art/Design Courses (12 credits)

ARTD 2010 // Graphic Design Thinking (3)

ARTH 4010 // Histories and Theories of Design for Social Impact (3)

ARTD 4010 // Graphic Design History & Integrative Models (3)

ARTD 4060 // Collaboration & Community Engagement Practicum (3)

Engagement Courses (6 credits)

Engagement courses will be selected in consultation with advisor.

Alternate courses can be proposed fitting intent of content focus.

Choose two (2) of the following courses ::

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.

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 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)

Glass courses:

  • ARTS 2610 Glass: Materiality
  • ARTS 4640: Advanced Glass

Glass Minor Electives (three courses):

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

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)

Jewelry and Metals courses:

  • ARTS 2810 is the prerequisite for the other required courses in the minor.
  • ARTS 2810: Jewelry and Metals IARTS 3830: Jewelry and Metals II
  • ARTS 4840: Jewelry and Metals III
  • ARTS 4850: Jewelry and Metals IV
  • ARTS 4880: Jewelry and Metals V

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)