Composite Major

Department Chair: Angela Mircsov,, (701) 845-7563
Faculty Contact: Angela Mircsov,, (701) 845-7563
Department Office: 361 McCarthy Hall, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


With six different studio areas of emphasis, a vibrant and growing program, a dedicated faculty of nationally recognized artists, and a dynamic visiting artist program, VCSU's Department of Art is a place where students from a variety of backgrounds interact, exchange ideas and cross conventional aesthetic boundaries.

The VCS Department of Art is located a short distance from the Plains Art Museum, Rourke Art Museum, the North Dakota Museum of Art, Bluestem Center For The Arts, and major galleries in downtown Fargo/Moorhead. Whether in the studio, library, lecture hall, or working in the community via internships, service projects, exhibitions, and collaborations, our students have the opportunity to forge connections between traditions of visual art and their own developing expression. The Art and Art Education Program facilities include The McCarthy Art Gallery and six specialized studio spaces in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, along with a Media Lab.  Alumni of the program include some of the most outstanding professionals in the field of art and design in the region. As we enter the twenty-first century, our alumni continue to define the field, working in higher education, schools, communities, art centers and studios across the nation.  


Join university organizations such as Open Studio Art Club or the Gay and Straight Alliance to meet other creative minds on campus. Students are also encouraged to join professional organizations in their field such as 

  • American Craft Council        
  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • American Association of College for Teacher Education
  • College Art Association
  • National Art Education Association
  • International Sculpture Center
  • Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

“Taking art classes was one of the best choices I made in college; it gave me time to relax and use my own imagination to create art.”  —Tonya Van Dyke, Valley City, N.D.


General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ART 112Design3
ART 120Painting I3
ART 130Drawing I3
ART 150Ceramics I3
ART 170Printmaking I3
ART 180Photography I3
ART 210Art History I3
ART 211Art History II3
ART 230Drawing II3
ART 265Sculpture I3
ART 309Art Business3
ART 311Art History III3
ART 330Drawing III3
ART 411Art History IV3
ART 491Visual Arts Seminar I2
ART 492Visual Arts Seminar II1
Select 21 hours from the following:21
Painting II
Ceramics II
Printmaking II
Photography II
Ceramics III
Painting III
Printmaking III
Photography III
VCSU CSA Internship
Special Topics
Undergraduate Research
Authoring Digital Publications
Advanced Digital Web Design
Website Authoring
Innovation and Engineering Design
Design for Engineering
Exploring Technology
Total Credits66

Through electives, students may choose an emphasis in Graphic Design or Fine Art

Total General Education Requirement 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 66 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
ART 1123ART 2303
ART 1303Art History Selection3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
Art History Selection3MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 15
Second Year
ART 2653ART 1503
Social Science (Gen Ed)3ART 221 or 2713
ART 120 or 1703Art History Selection3
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)2
 15 15
Third Year
ART 120 or 1703ART 2803
ART 1803ART 3093
ART 2513Art History Selection3
Art History Selection3ART 221 or 2713
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 16 15
Fourth Year
ART 4912ART 3303
ART 4943ART 4921
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2ART 4973
Art Elective7Art Elective7
 14 14
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the studio arts.

  2. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency for careers in arts-related businesses and industry.

  3. Students will develop civic insight and contribute to the cultural environment of the campus and community.

  4. Students will demonstrate competence in public school art education training.