Art Program Requirements

The art major provides an education in diverse media and focuses on creating, studying, and evaluating art. The program capitalizes on Marymount faculty expertise in fine arts and profits from easy access to the many art galleries and museums in the greater Washington, DC, region.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the Art major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with an advisor.

Foundation Courses


  • FA 103 Two-Dimensional Design
  • FA 104 Color Theory
  • FA 210 Three-Dimensional Design


  • FA 105 Drawing I
  • FA 205 Drawing II

Art History

  • FA 202 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern or FA 201 Introduction to Art History: Ancient to Medieval


  • FA 295 Sophomore Portfolio

Advanced Courses

  • FA 380 Movements in Modern Art
  • FA 395 Advanced 2-D Studio or FA 396 Advanced Ceramics and 3-D Studio
  • FA 400 Internship
  • FA 410 Topics in Art History
  • FA 422 Senior Project
  • FA 427 Senior Portfolio

Program Electives

  • Nine (9) credits in three (3) different media (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, or Ceramics)


Optional Pre-Professional Degree Tracks

Marymount also offers pre-professional degree tracks that lead to specific careers in the arts.

Art with K-12 Teaching Licensure Track

This program of study allows students to complete a baccalaureate degree in art and also be licensed to teach art at the K-12 level at the end of four years. Students pursuing licensure in this manner complete all requirements necessary for Virginia licensure, including field experience and student teaching.

Art with Pre-Art Therapy Track

The pre-art therapy track provides a full curriculum of art classes plus the psychology courses needed for entry into a graduate program to earn the master’s degree that is required to be a practicing art therapist. The undergraduate pre-art therapy degree can also prepare students to pursue graduate studies in related fields such as mental health counseling and counseling psychology.