The curriculum for the B.A in Art provides a generalist approach within a liberal arts tradition and offers the possibility of a concentration of courses either in Studio Art or Art History. Integration of various artistic disciplines is promoted, including a solid component of the non-Western (especially the Arabic/Egyptian) contribution to the arts.
Studio Art courses develop a comprehensive foundation in two-dimensional studio art disciplines in conjunction with a strong theoretical component of Art History. Courses in Art History take advantage of the uniqueness of the AUC's geographical position in the world, drawing from influential movements in Western art as well as from the rich aesthetic heritage of the Middle East.
In order to ensure the excellence and commitment of art major candidates, all students will be required to submit a portfolio of their work and to have taken three introductory courses (ARTV 200, 201, and either 310, 211, or 212) before being allowed to declare the major.
A total of 120 credits are required for the bachelor's degree in Art:
Core Curriculum (40 credits) as stated on page 76-81
Concentration Requirements (30 credits)
Foundations of Design and Color, 3 cr.
Drawing I, 3 cr.
Painting I, 3 cr.
World Art Survey I, 3 cr.
World Art Survey II, 3 cr.
Modern and Contemporary Art, 3 cr.
Drawing II, 3 cr.
Painting II, 3 cr.
Advanced Seminar, 3 cr.
ARTV 370 or ARTV 314
Selected Topics in Art or Modern and Contemporary Architecture, 3 cr.
Collateral Requirements (15 credits)
Art and Architecture from Ancient Egypt I, 3 cr.
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt II, 3 cr.
Intro to Islamic Art and Architecture, 6 cr.
Philosophy and Art, 3 cr.
Four additional collateral courses to be chosen from among the following (12 credits)
Independent Study, 3 cr.
Intro to Photography, 3 cr.
Intro to Graphic Communications, 3 cr.
Public Relations and Advertising, 3 cr.
Advanced Photography, 3 cr.
Advanced Graphic Communications, 3 cr.
Advanced Advertising, 3 cr.
Into to Technical Theater, 3 cr.
Design for the Theater: Scenography, 3 cr.
Design for the Theater: Costume, 3 cr.
Design for the Theater: Stage Lighting, 3 cr.
Intro to Film, 3 cr.
Film Theory and Criticism, 3 cr.
Film Production, 3 cr.
Anthropology and Film, 3 cr.
Art and Architecture of the City of Cairo, 3 cr.
Pre-Islamic Influences on the Art and Architecture of Cairo, 3 cr.
Painting in Islam, 3 cr.
Islamic Pottery, 3 cr.
Islamic Minor Arts, 6 cr.
Introduction to Egyptology, 3 cr.
Archaeology and Prehistory, 3 cr.
Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
Selected Topics in European History, Power and Art (or other when art is the central focus of the course), 3 cr.
Other Selected Topics courses may apply when art is the central focus of the course.
Electives (23 credits)
All elective courses must be selected in consultation with an art advisor. Non-collateral electives will preferably constitute a minor.