Studio Art

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: January 15, October 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $75
Intakes: August 26
International tuition: $49,070
Domestic tuition: $49,070

Program overview

The study of art awakens the ability to undertake a serious exploration of visual form, opens the mind to the special meanings encoded in visual language, and develops the creative, expressive, and analytic abilities inherent in all people. In studio courses, students learn to see with acuity, to explore forms in nature or from the imagination, and to make images that are formally coherent and personally expressive. In art history courses, students are introduced to the art of civilizations past and present, learn how to interpret works of art critically and historically, and discover how art functions both to reflect and to shape social values. In graphic design courses, students develop an understanding of the dynamic power of visual imagery and learn to apply their knowledge of the formal elements of art to the production of effective graphic communication.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



    • Completed application, including essay and CV/Resume • Application fee of U.S. $75 • Academic records for grades 9-12 with official transcripts and certified English translations (if applicable), for each secondary institution attended • Two academic letters of recommendation • Demonstrated English proficiency • Interruption of Studies Statement if you have already graduated from secondary school at the time of application. Freshman applicants should have demonstrated above average performance in their college preparatory courses in secondary school. Scores on the SAT or ACT should indicate that the applicant has the potential for success in a rigorous university degree program. Due to the quantitative emphasis of the business administration curriculum, it is strongly recommended that applicants take the SAT II Math test for placement purposes. In addition to university requirements for transfer admission, transfer applicants (including non-degree and degree seeking from other academic units) to KSB should have a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.00 scale). All transfer students are required to take MGMT-458 and at least 18 upper-level credit hours toward their major requirements in residence. Transfer credits for business courses at or above 300-level are subject to validation by the appropriate department chair and may be conditional on successful completion of a more advanced course at American University.

    Career opportunities

    An important objective of the department is to prepare students for careers in the art world, in academia, and in museums and other professional arts institutions. Given the sound theoretical and technical bases of our programs, graduates find that varied individual career opportunities await them. Depending on the specific discipline pursued, they have become professional painters and sculptors, teachers, critics, graphic designers, illustrators, and exhibition design specialists. Graduates also go on to PhD programs and careers in museum and gallery work, visual resources, and historic preservation.

    Campus location

    Washington, D.C. , United States

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