Art knows no boundaries. Prepare yourself for the same.
Art transcends mere hobby; it embodies passion and a revered profession. Our comprehensive art program embraces both traditional fine arts and cutting-edge modern techniques, pushing the boundaries of your imagination. Dive into diverse media and innovative methodologies, empowering you to refine and expand your artistic prowess.
Engage closely with our experienced faculty, dedicated to nurturing your artistic journey. Gain invaluable insights into fundamental concepts integral to every artist's toolkit. Throughout your education, you'll receive guidance, challenges, and unwavering support, preparing you comprehensively for the vibrant world beyond graduation.
Prepare for a life enriched by art, equipped with the skills and knowledge essential for a thriving career in the creative realm.
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.
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.
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.
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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Art Careers & Outcomes
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.
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.Art Student
Faculty Experts in Art
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