Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies

Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Visual Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. 

University Requirements

Students must complete the university's General Education curriculum.

  • Successful completion (minimum grade of C-) in both FDPR 1511 and ARTH 1156 will waive the GenEd Arts (GA) requirement.
  • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society requirement.

Major Requirements

  • Required courses in the Visual Studies program must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to apply towards degree requirements.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as part of the major. The writing-intensive courses are identified with (WI) after the titles.
Foundation Requirements
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
or FDPR 1532 3D Foundation Principles/C
VS 1651Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging3
TYLE 1071Visual Studies 1 Introduction to Visual Studies: History, Theory, Practice3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design (freshman seminar)1
Studio Requirements
VS 2001VS Seminar: Identities3
VS 2002VS Seminar: Narratives3
VS 2003VS Seminar: Sites3
VS 2004VS Seminar: Global Citizens3
ART 3796Art Career Workshop3
CART 3011Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
VS 4096 (WI Thesis Seminar (pending WICC review))3
Select 6 studio electives from ART, ARCH, ARTE, CART, GAD, LARC 118
Art History Requirement
ARTH 1155Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
or ARTH 1955 Honors Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
ARTH 1156Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century3
or ARTH 1956 Honors Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
Academic Requirements
Select 4 Non-Studio Elective courses at any level 2, 313
Select 4 Upper Level Non-Studio electives (2000-level or above) 212
Language Requirement (select one from the following) 44
Arabic Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Introduction to French II
Introduction to German II
Ancient Greek 2
Modern Greek Elements II
Elements II
Hindi Elements II
Italian Language II
Honors Italian Language II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
Latin 2
Basic II
First-Year Russian II
Basic II
Honors Basic II
Vietnamese Elements II
Total Credit Hours90

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing<sup>1</sup>3
Select one of the following:3
3D Foundation Principles/W 
3D Foundation Principles/C 
TYLE 1071Visual Studies 1 Introduction to Visual Studies: History, Theory, Practice3
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
VS 1651Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging3
VS 2001VS Seminar: Identities3
ARTH 1156 or 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century<sup>1</sup>3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
VS 2002VS Seminar: Narratives3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Studio Elective23
Language 1001 (or Academic Elective)34
Academic Elective (any level)3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CART 3011Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Studio Elective23
Language 1002 (or Academic Elective)44
Academic Elective (any level)3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
VS 2003VS Seminar: Sites3
Studio Elective23
Academic Elective (any level)3
Academic Elective (2000+)33
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 3796Art Career Workshop [WI] (WI)3
Studio Elective23
Academic Elective (2000+)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
VS 2004VS Seminar: Global Citizens3
Studio Elective23
Academic Elective (2000+)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
VS 4096 (pending WICC review)3
Studio Elective23
Academic Elective (2000+)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 122

Please Note: An approved study abroad program will waive the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement. Visual Studies majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to discuss how a semester or a summer program fits in the program to remain on track for graduation.