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Studio Arts BA

The Bachelor of Arts in studio arts at Metropolitan State University gives students the opportunity to cultivate their creativity while developing marketable skills. A core curriculum in drawing, painting, and digitally based arts is supplemented by other media and techniques, community-based internships, and coursework in related disciplines. Learn more …

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways can help you earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways are designed for you to complete a 60 credit associate’s degree at a Minnesota State college, then transfer to Metropolitan State University and complete the final 60 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Working closely with your academic advisor at both the community college and Metro State will ensure you select the correct courses in the right sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner.

About Metro State

  • Is a fully accredited, comprehensive university, a member of the Minnesota State higher education system, and offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 programs.
  • Is unique as over 87% of our students are transfer students who started their academic journey elsewhere.
  • Offers evening, online and hybrid course options, as well as day classes to better fit working and caregiving adult schedules.

Once admitted, contact your Metro State academic advisor early in your program to get the most out of your education, such as completing two majors, adding a minor related to your career goals, or incorporating prerequisites required for graduate school.

Nearing completion of your associate’s degree?

We encourage you to take the next steps today in learning more about what Metropolitan State can offer you and how to enroll, Learn more or visit campus.

Metro State Curriculum

Courses and requirements in addition to eligibility criteria some programs have are found on each program’s page. A grade of C- or higher is required for major courses, including transfer coursework.

A sample plan is provided below for the remaining 60 credits of coursework required at Metro State after completion of the corresponding Transfer Pathway degree. Use your Degree Audit to review and confirm your remaining requirements at Metro State. Part-time options are also available.

Graduation/Degree requirements, course list for General Education, Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS), and Racial Issue Graduation Requirements (RIGR) are available to view on the Academic and graduation requirements page.

Notes: Recommend to select MnTC courses to satisfy two goal areas if needed

Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS) = 8 upper-division credits required

Racial Issue Graduation Requirement (RIGR)= 3 credits required

Studio Arts BA full-time sample plan

Semester 1: 16 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
ARTS 300 Museums and Galleries 4
ARTS 3XX Arts Elective 4
  General Elective 4
  General Elective 4

Note: ARTS 301, 320 and 360I may be repeated twice as long as the subtitles are different.  Minors, such as Digital Media and Technical Communications, are encouraged (but not required). 

Semester 2: 16 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
ARTS 3XX Arts Elective 4
ARTS 3XX Arts Elective 4
  RIGR Requirement* 4
  General Elective 4

Note: Students must satisfy the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR) when planning their schedules. Internships at area arts organizations and businesses are encouraged (but not required).

Semester 3: 16 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
ARTS 400 Capstone Seminar 4
ARTS 3XX Arts Elective 4
  General Elective 4
  General Elective 4

Note: ARTS 400, Capstone Seminar, is only offered in the fall and must be taken during a student’s final year.  Remember that 40 credits of Liberal Studies must be upper division (300 level and above).

Semester 4: 12 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
ARTS 3XX Arts Elective 4
  General Elective 4
  General Elective 4

Note: All Studio Arts majors participate in the Student Salon this semester at The Gordon Parks Gallery.  This is a professional development exercise (0 credits are awarded).

*RIGR = Racial Issues Graduation Requirement

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