Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual and Critical Studies students follow a curricular pathway that shares many classes with Bachelor of Fine Arts students before diverging into a unique course of study. Here are the requirements you must meet to earn a BA in Visual and Critical Studies.

Total Credit Hours 126
Core Curriculum  39  
  • VCS 2001 Issues in Visual and Critical Studies (3)
  • SOPHSEM 2900 (3)
  • VCS 3001, 4010, & 5000 Topics in Visual & Critical Studies (including 6 credits global/comparative) (21)
  • PROFPRAC 3900 Junior Seminar (3)
  • VCS 3010 Tutorial in Visual and Critical Studies (3)
  • VCS 4800 Undergraduate Thesis Seminar I: Research & Writing (3)
  • CAPSTONE 4900 VCS Undergraduate Thesis Seminar II: Research and Writing (3)
     PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
 
Studio  39
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1020 Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1022 Research Studio II (3)
  • Studio Electives (27)    
 
Liberal Arts   27
  • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
  • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Humanities (6)
  • Social Science (6)
  • Natural Science (6)
  • Liberal Arts Elective (3)
 
Art History  9
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th-Century Art and Architecture (3)
  • Art History Elective at 1000 level (3)    
  • Art History Elective (3)
 
General Electives   12

Transfer Students

Transfer students must complete at least 66 credit hours of coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in order to earn a BA in Visual and Critical Studies degree here. Please look at the breakdown of credits required for minimum residency below:

Total credits required for minimum residency66
Minimum Studio credit 3
Minimum Visual and Critical Studies Core Curriculum 39

Interested in learning more?

Visit the Department of Visual and Critical Studies web page for information on the curriculum, faculty and resources offered through the department.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or ugadmiss@saic.edu.