Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual and Critical Studies students follow a curricular pathway that shares many classes with Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students, making these two degrees an excellent choice for dual-degree students. Here are the requirements you must meet to earn consecutive BFA and BA Visual and Critical Studies degrees.

Total Credit Hours 168
Core BA in Visual and Critical Studies Curriculum  18  
  • VCS 2001 Issues in Visual and Critical Studies (3)
  • VCS 3001 and 4010 Topics in Visual and Critical Studies (6)
  • VCS 4005 and 4006 Undergraduate Thesis Seminar I and II: Research and Writing (6)
  • VCS 3010 Tutorial in Visual and Critical Studies (3)
 
Studio  72
  • Contemporary Practices Program or equivalent for transfer students (12)
  • UGDIV 1010 SAIC Wired: Laptop Literacy & Digital Imaging
    or
    UGDIV 1012 SAIC Wired: Creating Culture & Community on the WWW (1.5)
  • Interdisciplinary studio seminars (12)
  • Studio Electives (46.5)    
 
Liberal Arts   42
  • English (6)
    • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
    • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Humanities—including 3 credits global/comparative (12)
    • HUM 3704 Hegel to the 20th Century (3)
  • Social Science—including 3 credits global/comparative (12)
  • Natural Science—including 3 credits visual science (9)
 
Art History   18
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to Nineteenth Century Art and Architecture (3)
  • Art History elective at 1000 level (3)    
  • Art History Electives—including 3 credits global/comparative (12)
 
General Electives   18

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