Course Credits and Semester Hours

Department of Art and Design

Student majors in the Department of Art and Design must complete course work specific to their degree programs, in addition to requirements for General Education, World Languages and World Cultures. Academic credits are awarded on the semester hour (S.H.) basis. One semester hour, usually representing 50 minutes of class activity per week for 15 weeks, is equal to one credit. The majority of Art and Design courses are worth 3 credits.

The Department of Art and Design offers lecture courses and studio courses. As an Art and Design major, you must be prepared to devote a substantial amount of time outside of class in order to complete assignments. Work required outside of class will vary by course and assignment; however, as a general rule of thumb, students should expect to fulfill the following minimum hours of work outside of class each week:

  • For Lecture courses meeting for 3 hours per week in class, students are required to work a minimum of 6 hours per week outside of class to complete assignments.
  • For Foundations and Beginning Level Studio courses meeting for 6 hours per week in class, students are required to work a minimum of 6 hours per week outside of class to complete assignments.
  • For Intermediate, Advanced, and Graduate Studio courses meeting for 4 hours per week in class, students are required to work a minimum of 8 hours per week outside of class to complete assignments.