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Studio Art: Illustration & Design Emphasis

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The major in studio art is for students planning professional careers as creative artists. The BA major is for students planning to pursue art-related careers. Portfolio review is required to enter both the BFA and BA programs. Students take a common core of basic art courses that provide the foundation for more specialized study. Students entering the BFA program then take advanced courses in two- and three-dimensional media before taking courses in their area of emphasis. Emphasis areas are: 2-D studio (drawing, painting, printmaking); 3D and Extended Media (sculpture, ceramics, fibers); photography (digital and black and white); and  Illustration and design (graphic design, illustration).

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 119 Contemporary Art & Theory 3
ARH 201 Survey of Western Art I 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ARH 202 Survey of Western Art II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Math 3
3rd Semester
First Semester Second Language 4
ART 266 Illustration Studio I 3
200-level 3-D Studio Art 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
Second Semester Second Language 4
ART 265 Design Studio I 3
200-level 3-D Studio Art 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
200-level 2-D Studio Art 3
ART 366 Illustration Studio II 3
ART 368 Figure Illustration I 3
Tier I General Education 3
ARH 370 Introduction to Modern Design History 3
6th Semester
ART 462A Figure Painting for Illustration 3
300/400-level VisCom elective 3
200-level 2-D or 3-D Studio Art 3
Tier II General Education 3
Art Elective 2
Elective 1
7th Semester
ART 466 Illustration Studio III 3
300/400-level Art Elective 3
300/400-level ARH 3
300/400-level Art Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ART 469 Portfolio Preparation 3
300/400 VisCom elective 3
400-level ARH 3
300/400-level Art Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A Studio Art major in the Illustration and Desesign concentration will specialize in Design or Illustration. Both tracks combine the study of visual art theory, history, aesthetics, craft, concept development, communication, critical thinking, digital technology, and business practices. Graduates may work in web design, illustration, or new media as freelance artists or as members of creative teams.Studio Art, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Graphic design
  • Computer illustration
  • Fine arts illustration
  • Typography
  • Motion graphics
  • Advertising
  • Consulting

Sample Employers

  • Design firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Advertising agencies
  • Manufacturers
  • New media distributors
  • Film and television production companies
  • Government agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Multimedia Artist $33,800 - $58,500
Visual Artist $19,200 - $44,800
Medical Illustrator $40,000 - $100,000
Advertising Illustrator $25,000 - $100,000
Storyboard Artist $25,000 - $80,000
Scientific Illustrator $18,350 - $79,390
Military Graphic Designer/Illustrator $23,220 - $50,840
Graphic Artist, Print Materials $39,500 - $55,000
Commercial Artist $24,000 - $50,000
Digital Animator $25,830 - $43,980
Technical Communicator $21,600 - $65,060