The Art Minor requires 6 courses in the School of Art. Students from other CMU colleges and departments are eligible to pursue a minor in art. Students who declare an Art Minor should follow the registration procedures for non-Art students as outlined below.
Admittance to Art classes for non-Art students is by instructor permission on a space-available basis. Generally, studio courses are smaller and have fewer spaces; art history/theory courses are larger and may have more spaces. Art professors will accommodate as many non-Art students as possible. They do not have priority in enrollment in Art classes over other non-Art students. Students should inform professors that they are attempting to earn the Art Minor. Professors do include as many as space permits.
Non-Art majors (this includes Art Minors) may take any School of Art course only on a space-available basis since Art Majors (BFA, BHA and BSA) have priority. There are no "general" Art courses and there are no Art courses specifically for non-majors. Students should find specific Art courses they want to take.
An Art minor requires six courses in the School of Art (as listed below).
Course Requirements for Art Minor
(10 units choose 1)
60-101 Concept Studio I: The Human Being (fall)
60-201 Concept Studio II: Time and Space (fall)
60-202 Concept Studio III: Systems and Processes (spring)
2 FOUNDATION STUDIO COURSES
(20 units choose 2)
60-110 Electronic Media Studio I (spring)
60-210 Electronic Media Studio II (fall)
60-130 Three-Dimensional Media Studio I (fall)
Mini-1 and Mini-2 must be in different media.
60-131 Three-Dimensional Media Studio II (spring)
Mini-3 and Mini-4 must be in different media.
60-150 Two-Dimensional Media Studio: Drawing (fall)
60-160 Two-Dimensional Media Studio: Imaging (spring)
60-250 Two-Dimensional Media Studio: Painting (fall/spring)
60-251 Two-Dimensional Studio: Print Media (fall/spring)
2 ADVANCED STUDIO COURSES
(20 units choose 2)
60-409 - 60-429 Advanced ETB electives
60-430 - 60-447 Advanced SIS electives
60-448 - 60-449 Advanced CP electives
60-450 - 60-475 Advanced DP3 electives
1 ART HISTORY
(9 units choose 1)
60-109 Adventures in Arts Time (spring)
60-205 Modern Visual Culture: 1789-1945 (fall)
60-206 Contemporary Visual Culture: 1945-present (spring)
60-3xx Art History/Theory elective
Total Units: 59
Registration Procedure for Art Minor
Admittance to Art classes for non-Art students is by instructor permission on a space-available basis. Generally, studio courses are smaller and have fewer spaces; art history/theory courses are larger and may have more spaces. Art professors will accommodate as many non-Art students as possible.
Non-Art students MUST put themselves on the waitlist for the Art courses/section they wish to take. Those who have not taken any Art courses should aim for the 100 and 200-level courses at first. Advanced level courses (300 and 400-level) usually have course pre-requisites, but professors (at their discretion) may admit students to advanced courses without the pre-requisites. Students who believe they have the skills to handle a 300 or 400-level course can contact the professor directly about their background and request that the pre-requisites be waived. Students should not be discouraged by long waitlists. Normal activity in waitlists/registration during the weeks prior to the start of classes and perseverance can dramatically improve one’s waitlist status.
2. Attend Class!
Non-Art students interested in being added to an Art class must attend the first class meeting/s. Before or after class, they should take the initiative to introduce themselves to the professor/s and discuss their interest in the class. It may also be advisable for students to email the instructor prior to the first class meeting to explain their art background and their reasons for wanting to take the course.
Art professors will arrange for the student to be registered. Students should not use a Late-Add form, nor should they ask their major advisor to enroll them in an Art class. If there are any problems with enrollment after admittance, students should contact their professor, and then contact the Art Office if the problem persists. Art professors enjoy having non-Art students in their classes, so they will accommodate as many as possible.
For additional information on this process and how to locate professors, students should visit the School of Art Office in CFA 300, or call (412) 268-2409.
Minors for Art Majors
Over a third of recent graduates in art have minors or a second major in subjects ranging from business administration to biology.
About a third of BFA students pursue a minor or a second major. If students are contemplating this option, they must discuss their plans with academic advisors from the minor or second major department as well as with the School of Art academic advisor. Courtesy and joint faculty appointments between Art and Computer Science, History, Human Computer Interaction, and design ground the School's dedication to providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities.