Art Program

The art program at HSU offers both BFA and BA degrees, as well as an art minor. Our degrees have studio concentrations that allow students to pursue focused study in design, fine arts, digital media, and interdisciplinary studio areas.

Our goal is for students to flourish within a Christian environment, participate in a visual arts curriculum that examines historical context, contemporary issues, and multimedia technologies, while balancing both theory and practice. Above all, we teach our students to be creative problem-solvers with open, responsible and flexible attitudes, capable of generating multiple solutions to contemporary
visual challenges. We emphasize individualized attention and preparation of our students to be competitive in the visual arts job market and exhibition circuit.

Our facilities are located in the Frost Center for the Visual Arts, where you’ll also find our Ira M. Taylor Gallery.

Art Foundational Core

The art foundational core is a full year of introductory art courses that all art majors take for developing crucial foundational skills covering introductions to the practice of studio art, various creative fields, visualization techniques, critical analysis of works, and conceptual development of ideas.

Courses include the following:

  • Introduction to Studio Practice
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • 4D Design
  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II

Introductory studio classes are also provided to sharpen problem-solving skills in terms of more specialized media studio areas including:

  • (Digital Media) Introduction to Design, Introduction to Photography &
    Film production
  • (3D Media) Introduction to Sculpture
  • (2D Media) Introduction to Printmaking, Introduction to Painting, or
    Figure Drawing

The art program is a member of the Texas Association of Schools of Art and has a student chapter of the Kappa Pi National Honorary Art Fraternity.

Program Contact

Caleb Dulock-Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Fine Arts

Caleb Dulock

Art Department Head

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  • Art, General Studio (B.A.)
  • Art, Graphic Design (B.A.)
  • Art, 3D Concentration (B.F.A.)
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration (B.F.A.)
  • Art, Paint & Drawing (B.F.A.)
  • Art, Photography Concentration (B.F.A.)
  • Art, Printmaking (B.F.A.)


  • Art Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study Art at HSU?

Exhibition at Ira M. Taylor Memorial gallery at HSU

Your Work Shown Around Town

Our Art students have a variety of opportunities for locally presenting and exhibiting their work through juried exhibitions with other local universities, at businesses and coffee shops, and at the Ira M. Taylor Memorial gallery at HSU.

HSU professor and student interacting in art class

Taught by the best

Our courses are taught by creative professionals with terminal MFA degrees who are active in each of their respective fields and contribute to the cultural development of Abilene.

Program Details

The Art B.F.A. (Bachelors of Fine Art) is offered in six concentrations including: 3D, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Photography. The B.F.A. is considered a professional degree and an industry/academic standard and is designed for those art majors who wish to pursue graduate school to get an M.F.A. degree (Masters of Fine Art). This degree also provides a large number of studio courses and in-depth preparation for those going directly into the workforce. B.F.A. degrees require either a senior exhibition or senior portfolio, depending on the specific program a student chooses to pursue.

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

Laptop Requirement

Art majors Pursuing concentrations in design or a digital media area are required to purchase a laptop prior to the beginning of sophomore year. The Apple MacBook Pro is the most appropriate system and is compatible with our art computer lab and software. Please contact the art program director for more details concerning current specifications. Laptops generally have an optimal technology shelf life of up to 3.5 years for students working in creative software. If you are bringing a laptop with you then it must be a recent model and capable of running any Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Digital Cameras

Students interested in photography and film production should plan to purchase a personal camera prior to the beginning of sophomore year. Camera system must be a recent HDSLR or mirrorless camera with video capture and interchangeable lenses.

  1. To effectively prepare students to work and become familiar with a variety of artistic media, and master at least one of them to a professional degree.
  2. To provide students with a historical background in the arts that informs an educated response to contemporary issues in the arts field.
  3. To enable students to become creative visual problem-solvers capable of generating multiple solutions to visual challenges.
  4. To promote a philosophical harmony of artistic theory and practice undergirded by an informed Christian faith.

May 22- June 23, 2022

Interest Meeting: Nov. 16, 2021, Frost Center Room 103 Lecture Hall, 5:30 p.m.

HSU Faculty Facilitator: Linda Fawcett

The HSU art program is making its semi-regular faculty-led trip to Italy for the summer of 2022 jointly led by the McMurry Art department and Sponsored by SRISA International school of art in Florence, Italy.

Summer Courses

  • Art 2306 Art History Survey I (Travel) *fine art core credit)
  • Art 2307 Art History Survey 2 (Travel) *Fine art core credit)
  • Art 4099 Art history in Florence I (Travel)
  • Art 4099 Art history in Florence II (Travel)
  • ART 3333 Watercolor (Travel)
  • ART 4099 Advanced Drawing and Collage (Travel)

General Interest Form

The Art B.A. (Bachelors of Art) is offered in General Studio, Graphic Design, 3D, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Print Making. The curriculum provides many of the same skills that our BFA degree offers but is designed for students who have other interests beyond a studio practice that wish to also pursue a minor,  double major, or cross-disciplinary form of study. B.A. degree-seeking students are not required to have a senior exhibition but are encouraged to participate.

Required Classes for BA’s (15 Credits):

  • Art 1301, 1311 (Drawing I, II).
  • Art 1302, 2302 (Design I, 3-D design).
  • ART 2321 Introduction to Graphic Design

General Studio

Art Courses:

  • Art History Survey I or II.
  • Art history (upper level).
  • Art 2313 Oil Painting.
  • Art 2314 Printmaking I.
  • Art 315 or 2317 (Sculpture I or Ceramics I).
  • Art 2382 Fundamentals of Photography.
  • Art 4360 professional Seminar (Capstone).
  • ART upper level elective.

Electives (3 credits): Upper level elective course.

Minor (minimum 18 credits, 12 upper level)

Graphic Design

Major Courses:

  • Art History.
  • Art 2382/3328 Fundamentals of Photography/Art Photo.
  • ART 3322 Illustration.
  • ART 3352 Typography and Brand Identity.
  • ART 3320 Photoshop for Graphic Designers.
  • ART 4325 Creative Web Design.
  • ART Adv. Publication Design/Packaging.
  • Art 4360 professional Seminar (Capstone).

Electives (9 credits):

  • ART elective, Studio Elective.
  • Upper-level elective course.

Minor (minimum 18 credits, 12 upper level)

The Minor in Art is offered to any student pursuing B.A. or B.B.S degrees at HSU.

Art Courses Include:

  • Art 1301 Drawing I
  • Art 1302 2D Design
  • Art History (Lower or Upper Level)
  • Studio Art Electives (3 credits)
  • Studio Art Electives (6 credits upper level)

Students have a number of opportunities for getting involved and for professional development in the art program at HSU:


The ART 4389 Internship course has been used by various students to work in local businesses and gain professional work experience. These businesses have included local ad agencies, film production companies, art galleries and museums, and even Hardin-Simmons’ own Marketing office.

Undergraduate Private Studios

We offer our art majors 6 private student studio spaces, a privilege normally available in graduate study MFA programs only. These private studio spaces are competitively awarded to our high achieving undergraduate art majors and are used to give them dedicated space to privately work on projects, keep personal project supplies, and hone
their artistic craft.

Kappa Pi National Honor Art Fraternity

Our chapter of the Kappa Pi international honors art society is a very active student art organization open to any HSU students that are interested in the arts. Opportunities include organizing and participating in special art events, exhibition opportunities, field trips, and scholarships.

HSU Student Art Competition and Exhibition

The art department holds an annual juried competition for students taking studio art courses to submit works for a chance to be exhibited in the Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery.

Art Work Study Program

Our work-study program gives students opportunities to develop professional skills by working in our computer lab, the front office and gallery, photography darkroom, digital printing lab, and shooting studio.

Summer Study Abroad in Italy program

We host a special summer trip opportunity for students to earn HSU course credits while traveling to Italy to explore topics in art history and culture, and take art courses from our HSU partner the Santa Reparata International School of Art. Follow this link for further details about the HSU our study abroad program.