Special Retention Requirements for Majors

The School of Art reserves the privilege of requiring a portfolio review to determine a student’s retention in a degree program or emphasis as noted below. The School of Art also reserves the right to require a portfolio examination if there is doubt about the acceptance of transfer credits (in lieu of particular courses in the major.) Obtaining passing grades in an undergraduate degree program does not provide assurance that the student has reached the level of excellence necessary for retention within a given area of study.

Art Education (B.S. Ed)

Teacher Certification

Students must receive a grade of C or better in ARTE 342, ARTE 344, ARTE 345, and ARTE 463. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in all NIU and transfer courses to enroll in Art Education courses. They must have a minimum 2.50 GPA in all NIU courses to obtain a teaching certificate. These standards apply to all art education majors and initial certification candidates. Students who fall below a required GPA may appeal in writing for one probationary semester to the head of the art education division. Students must present an art education entrance portfolio consisting of studio work and appropriate art education materials to the art education faculty before the completion of ARTE 342 and pass the portfolio review for admission into the certification program. Students must submit an exit portfolio during the semester before student teaching and pass the exit review in order to be approved for student teaching. To gain admission into the certification program, students must successfully complete the Illinois Test of Basic Skills and the criminal background check required for certification (prior to ARTE 342), pass the entrance portfolio review, and have achieved a grade of at least C in ARTE 342.

Design Emphasis (B.F.A.)

Time Arts

An art student may select the time arts area of study; however, official admission to this area of study is based on successful portfolio review, which may be formally requested at the design area office by a qualified student. Students are qualified for the time arts area of study after successful completion of the following courses: ARTD 273 and ARTD 275.

Photography

A portfolio review is required for retention in the photography area of study after completing two courses in photography in the School of Art at NIU. A minimum GPA of 3.00 in all 300- and 400-level courses in this area of study is required for graduation. Prior to admission into ART 406 a student must confirm that the above minimum GPA has been met.

Visual Communication

The student must successfully complete a portfolio review after ARTD 214 (including work of ARTD 213 and ARTD 214) and have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the following courses for graduation: ARTD 311, ARTD 312, ARTD 316, ARTD 317, ARTD 411, ARTD 412, ARTD 418A, and ARTD 418B. Prior to admission into ART 406, a student must confirm that the above minimum GPA requirement has been met. Recommendation: Students are encouraged to select ANTH 220 and PSYC 102 toward fulfillment of the social science requirements in the general education program.

Fine Arts: 2-D Studio Emphasis (B.F.A.)

A portfolio review is required for retention in this emphasis after completion of designated courses in the chosen area of study.

Drawing

The student must successfully complete a sophomore portfolio review in drawing after the following courses: ARTS 200 and ARTS 300.

Illustration

Portfolio review after ARTS 328 (including work of ARTS 327) to continue in the illustration area of study.

Painting

The student must successfully complete a sophomore portfolio review in painting after ARTS 321 and ARTS 322, or ARTS 323 and ARTS 324.

Printmaking

Successful completion of a portfolio review in printmaking after two classes in the printmaking area to continue as a B.F.A. in this area of study.

Fine Arts: 3-D Studio Emphasis (B.F.A.)

A portfolio review is required for retention in this emphasis after completion of designated courses in the chosen area of study.

 

Ceramics

The student must successfully complete a sophomore portfolio review in ceramics after the following courses: ARTS 341 and ARTS 346A or 346B.

Fibers

Portfolio review after any two 300-level fiber courses to continue in the fibers area of study.

Metalwork and Jewelry

The student must successfully complete a sophomore portfolio review in metals/jewelry after ARTS 351 and ARTS 352.

Sculpture

The student must successfully complete a sophomore portfolio review in sculpture after ARTS 361 and ARTS 362.

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