Concentration Requirements

Undergraduate Program

The Visual Art concentration at Brown University is directed towards the practice of art. In addition to studio courses, courses in Art History and a Visiting Artist Lecture series help to find artistic direction and hone skills in critical thinking.

Students must file their concentration declaration by the end of their 5th semester. This is done on-line via Brown's advising website, ASK. Once a student's concentration is declared, they are paired with a regular VA faculty member who will be their Concentration Advisor. 

Tips for the VA Concentrator

These four courses are building blocks. Taking them early is beneficial: Studio Foundation (VISA0100 or VISA0110), Media Foundation (VISA0120), Drawing (VISA1110) and History of Art Survey (HIAA0010). VISA0100/VISA0110 is required before taking courses at RISD.

Concentration Requirements Checklist

REQUIREMENTS COURSE explanation 11 Total COURSES REQUIRED FOR VA CONCENTRATION
8 Studio Courses

VISA0100 - Studio Foundation
or VISA0110 - Advanced Studio Foundation

A studio foundation course is a required prerequisite for all studio courses (including RISD courses).

1


VISA0120 - Foundation Media: Sound and Image

Required

1


VISA1110 - Drawing I
VISA1120 - Drawing II 

One drawing course required .

1

5 Additional Studio Courses

Talk to your advisor about VISA and RISD course offerings.

5

3 Art History Courses

HIAA0010 - A Global History of Art and Architecture

Required

1


For example:
HIAA0801 - Art After '68
HIAA0810 - 20th Century Sculpture
HIAA0870 - 20th Century British Art: Edwardian to Contemporary

One Contemporary or Modern Art HIAA course required. See HIAA course offerings.

1


1 Upper Level HIAA course

See HIAA 1000 level or above seminar course offerings.

1

Senior Thesis Exhibition/ Capstone Experience

Non-credit bearing project usually presented during the 7th or 8th semester

Total 11