All general art students enter the Welch School of Art & Design as B.A. students.
How long will it take?
120 semester hours of undergraduate coursework must be completed.
Where can I take classes?
Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
Georgia State’s priority deadline for undergraduate degrees is March 1. Final fall semester deadline is June 1, and spring semester deadline is December 1. Prospective B.F.A. students enter the Art & Design School as a general major and apply for a concentration sophomore year with a portfolio.
Studio, B.A. in Art
The Bachelor of Arts – Art, Concentration In Studio is the initial degree that undergraduate studio art students are accepted into at Georgia State. A student can elect to apply to the B.F.A. program or remain a student in the B.A. In Studio program. A student in Studio Art must first complete the 18 credit Foundation Area (Area F) required courses in order to enroll in the 3000 level Studio Art courses that serve as the student’s audition to the B.F.A. program. Should a student choose not to apply to a B.F.A. concentration, these initial courses also complete the Studio Art course requirements (9 courses in Studio art) for the B.A. The intent of the bachelor of arts in Studio is to have four different types of art-making courses represented in the studio coursework (a B.F.A. has focused study in one area).
Students benefit from the initiatives of the Edgewood Sculpture Forum, the chartered student sculpture group. The Edgewood Sculpture Forum brings visiting artists to the school for lectures and workshops, conducts the annual Holiday Iron Pour and silent art auction, organizes exhibitions of student work in the Atlanta community, procures funding for travel to conferences and participates in the management of the student-run art space, CAGE SPACE. The activities of the Edgewood Sculpture Forum are supported by the Art Student Union, the umbrella organization for chartered student groups in the school.
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers a B.A. in Art History, a B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles.
- B.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
- Area-specific, merit scholarship opportunities.
- Year-round exhibitions in the Welch School Galleries & student-run galleries.
- The Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, bringing in speakers around the country and world.
- 24-hour studio and building access.
Art Studio B.A. and B.F.A. majors
12 credits foundation studios
6 credits Art History surveys
3 credits World Language 1002 or higher
9 credits upper-level Art History
3 credits Critical Issues in Contemporary Art
27 credits Studios
3 credits Directed Study in Art-CTW
Visit the catalog for curriculum details.
More information on Georgia State’s undergraduate tuition can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
Once in the program, Ernest G. Welch students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, nominated by the faculty. New area awards and scholarships are announced every Spring semester.
- Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles.
- Exploring the continuing traditions of art-making in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary concepts and issues.
- Encouraging multidisciplinary approaches with other studio areas.
- Preparing students for a professional arts career or secondary degree through development in workshops, exhibitions, internships, marketing and art handling, design, collaboration with peers, critique and artistic discourse, etc.