Art knows no boundaries. Prepare yourself for the same.

Art is not just a hobby; it is a passion and a noble profession. University of the Cumberlands’ bachelor’s degree program in art offers everything from traditional fine arts to innovative modern art that will challenge you to stretch your imagination. You will explore various different media and techniques that will allow you to hone your craft. You will work with faculty members who will walk you through developing your art skills and teach you concepts every artist should know. Through it all, you will be guided, challenged, and encouraged as you learn everything you need to be well prepared for life after graduation.

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By the numbers


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Faculty Hold Highest Degree in the Field


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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Art

Use art to shape your perspective of the world. Through exploring your own skills and seeing examples of other talented artists, you will be inspired to develop your own artistic style. As an art student, you’ll enjoy a handful of organized trips to art museums in nearby cities like Louisville, Cincinnati, and Knoxville where you can gain insight and inspiration toward your own artwork. The curriculum is equipped with challenging courses that offer lessons over a variety of art styles and topics such as art history, drawing, design, computer imaging, painting, sculpting, and photography. 

As you work toward your bachelor's degree in art, our program will encourage you to view yourself as a professional artist and showcase your best work in exhibitions. Past works by faculty and art majors have been featured in solo and group exhibitions and have been reviewed in newspapers, magazines, and catalogues. 

Course Requirements

ART 132     Ancient to Gothic Art  

ART 133     Renaissance to Modern Art  

ART 134     Drawing I   

ART 135     Fundamental Design  

ART 230     Computer Imaging I  

ART 231     Drawing II  

ART 434     Contemporary Art History  

ART 439     Senior Seminar  

ART 335     Painting I and Art 336 Painting II  

ART 436     Sculpture I and Art 437 Sculpture II  

ART 333     Computer Imaging II and Art 334 Photography 

Nine (9) hours of art electives at the 300 or 400 level. 

A Bachelor of Arts requires all the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of four classes (12 hours) in a foreign language.

Choose one foreign language sequence:

FREN 131        Elementary French I

FREN 132        Elementary French II

FREN 231        Intermediate French I

FREN 232        Intermediate French II


SPAN 131        Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132        Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231        Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232        Intermediate Spanish II

Minor in Art

The opportunity to explore your artistic skills and see examples of work from other talented artists while pursuing a separate major degree in the meantime.

Course Requirements

Includes studio courses and art history. Courses are to be chosen with the consent of your advisor in the Department of Art. 

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Mission & Goals

The purpose of the University of the Cumberlands Department of Art is to provide a broad course offering to students who wish to pursue a fine arts career and those who want to obtain teaching certifications.

Develop your individual creative ability.
Investigate humanity’s cultural heritage as revealed through visual art.
Hone your psychomotor skills using a variety of media to create skillful works of art.
Learn to make intelligent and qualitive judgments about visual artwork.
Enrich the aesthetic environment of the college and community through art exhibitions and other opportunities.
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Art Careers & Outcomes

Use art to grow your individual capacity in the workforce across a variety of fields

Fine Artist: $68,870

This career includes creating, developing, producing, and exhibiting your work.

Illustrator/Graphic Designer: $50,710

Illustrating pictures and graphics for anything such as books, websites, and infographics.

Museum Curator: $67,490

Administer collections of art for museums and conduct public events for art museums.

Post-Secondary Instructor: $93,440

Teaching art classes at the college level, guiding students to develop their artistic talents, and providing resources to students for a career in art.

High School Teacher: $61,820

Teach high school classes related to art such as drawing, painting, and art history.

Art Tutor: $44,820

Individually tutor art students on how to strengthen and perfect their talents and skills within a subject of art.

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Common Questions

University of the Cumberlands’ art program offers hands-on classes in drawing, design, painting, sculpting, computer imaging, and photography.

Some of them are, and others are more lecture-based. Both formats go hand-in-hand; what you learn in lectures will inform and inspire you to test new techniques in your artwork, and what you create in hands-on classes will add an element of experience and even curiosity to your lecture-based courses.

Contrary to popular belief, you actually have many careers options available with an art degree, such as fine art careers, art museum and curator careers, educational art careers, and design-related careers.

No portfolio is required to apply to be an art major or minor at University of the Cumberlands.

Yes, Cumberlands art students have opportunities to showcase their work in art exhibitions throughout the year. Some students have artwork on display at local businesses as well.

Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. (LINK: one price promise information)

As an art student at UC, I’ve learned not only how to express my passion as an artist, but to see every artistic and beautiful aspect of the world around us. 

Rachel Wade
Art Student
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Faculty Experts in Art

Learn more about the professors you will interact with and view the list of the art faculty. 

Geraldine Allen

Geraldine Allen

Assistant Professor

Geraldine Allen

Contact Information

geraldine.allen [at]
Luecker Building
Alexa Brooks

Alexa Brooks

Assistant Professor

Alexa Brooks

Contact Information

Russell Weedman

Russell Weedman

Department Chair / Professor

Russell Weedman

Contact Information

russell.weedman [at]
Luecker Building

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