IVA / Degree Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. To graduate with a degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits. All undergraduates complete a combination of major requirements, general education requirements, and electives. This breakdown is outlined below.

Students study across disciplines at the introductory and intermediate/advanced levels in studio art. Studio work can be completed in the fields of ceramics, fibers, drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. The selection of classes is dependent on the educational and career goals of each student. Students may wish to focus their work in one or two areas, or they may opt to study broadly within the available course offerings.

A detailed list of courses offered by the School of Art, from which IVA majors may choose, is available in the Online Course Catalog: ARTART HISTORY


Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Major Requirements

Introductory Courses (20 Credits)

ART 260 (required)
15 additional credits in lower division (100/200) ART
*A maximum of 10 cr of 100/200-level transfer ART classes may be applied towards the IVA studio art requirements

Intermediate & Advanced Courses (25 Credits)

300 or 400 level ART courses
Recommended classes: ART 360, ART 400, ART Internships

Art History Courses (15 Credits)

General Education Requirements

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0–15 Credits)
Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World

More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree


In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.