Bachelor of Arts in Art

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

The Art Department at Notre Dame de Namur University offers both a BA and BFA degree in Art. The Art programs at NDNU are known for their rigorous studio practice and the Madison Art Center, which includes the Wiegand Gallery. The quality of the NDNU Art Department is made up of a combination of the working artists who are the faculty, small class sizes and excellent studio facilities. Students begin coursework in the Art major as a freshman. This allows students to have significant individual interaction with faculty. The BFA in Art provides students with further studio concentration to prepare their portfolios for admittance to graduate programs.

The Art curriculum includes studio courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography as well as design fundamentals. Study of art history and experience in art gallery practice are also part of the Art curriculum. Students exhibit their work in the Wiegand Gallery every year during the Student Show. In the required Gallery Techniques course, students also have the opportunity to work with artists exhibiting in the Wiegand Gallery. Students also learn art gallery business and marketing as well as installation, lighting and preparation techniques.

Students earning the BFA degree spend additional time in the studio prior to graduation to prepare a more extensive portfolio for entrance into MFA programs. Our graduates have been accepted in MFA programs at Boston University, U.C. Davis, Hunter College, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State and Art Center College of Design. Students who receive BA degrees in Art are allowed entry into teaching credential programs, art therapy programs or art gallery/museum/appraiser professions.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

Emerging Artist Talent Scholarship

NDNU offers this scholarship to all students who wish to become art majors. To apply, send a portfolio of 15 pieces (can be slides, CD, photographs or actual work) in any media plus a short statement about your work. Send your portfolio to the Art Dept. Chair, NDNU, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002 by February 1. Your portfolio will be returned if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Art Therapy Articulation Program

The Art Department offers a special articulated program with NDNU’s graduate program in Art Therapy Psychology. This program allows qualified students in their last year of undergraduate work to begin study for the master’s degree, while completing the bachelor’s degree. They are allowed to enroll in up to six units of selected graduate coursework in art therapy that fulfills part of the undergraduate general elective requirement, while also counting those graduate units toward the master’s degree. Undergraduate Art majors who are interested in NDNU’s Art Therapy Psychology graduate program are encouraged to also minor in psychology.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


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