University Fine Art Requirement

1. Which courses in the Department of Art, Art History & Design satisfy the Notre Dame fine arts requirement?

Only courses marked as “Univ. Req.” in the online Schedule of Classes can be used to fulfill a University Requirement.

Additional courses may be reviewed and approved by the Core Curriculum Subcommittee for the Fine Arts. Requests for review and approval should be directed to the Chair of this committee, Professor James Collins in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (james.m.collins.3@nd.edu). Requests for review are submitted by the home department of the course for courses taught at Notre Dame. Transfer students should work with the relevant deans for Undergraduate Studies in their respective Colleges. Courses taken abroad should be submitted through the Office of International Studies. Prior to taking any course, the student is advised to seek confirmation from her/his advisor that a given course does fulfill the criteria necessary to be considered equivalent to a Notre Dame course.

Students within the Department of Art, Art History & Design should be aware of the following:

  • Only one course (3 credits) in Art History taken in a foreign program may be counted towards fulfilling the major, second major or minor requirement. This course may only be used as an “Option.” If a student participates in a full-year Study Abroad Program (e.g. Angers and Bologna), then up to 6 credits may be counted towards the major. These will normally be considered as “Options.” Exceptions to these rules are: up to two courses (6 credits) from the John Cabot Rome Program may be used to fulfill distribution requirements in “Ancient,” “Medieval,” or “Ren/Baroque.” Also, one ancient course taken in the Athens Program may be used to fulfill the “Ancient” requirement.
  • Regarding credit transfers: no AP credits are accepted; no more than 12 credit hours total may be transferred and used toward the major; a maximum of 6 credits per semester can be taken in programs outside of Notre Dame and applied towards the major.

 

2. I would like to take a class while studying abroad. How can I find out whether it would satisfy the fine arts requirement?

If a Study Abroad Program course in Studio Art, Art History, or Design has not already been approved by Notre Dame, then the student must contact their Office of International Studies program manager and the Chairperson of the Department of Art, Art History & Design in order to gain approval for the course. You will need to supply the following information:

  Your Name Program (Santiago)
  Major Year (junior)


 

 

  1. Course Title with Host University Number, as applicable
  2. Name and title of instructor
  3. Description of course and course objectives (3-4 sentences) --  this may have to be compiled through interviews with the instructor because not every institution publishes course descriptions
  4. Contact hours and/or labs, per week
  5. Reading list, including textbook
  6. Structure for evaluation—e.g., exams, papers, presentations, etc.
  7. Requirements, if any, you want this course to meet (major? univ.requirements? elective?)
  8. Are there similar courses at Notre Dame? Are there courses you’ve taken at Notre Dame that prepared you for this class? If so, please provide course numbers and names.


Should there be no equivalent course at Notre Dame, then a request for approval will have to be submitted to the Core Curriculum Subcommittee. This committee will need the following information:

  • the course title and the number of credit hours assigned to the course
  • a brief course description
  • the instructor’s name and credentials
  • a copy of the course syllabus
  • the contact hours for the class (length of academic term, number of class meetings, duration of each meeting)

 

3. I would like to take a course at another school. How can I transfer that course to Notre Dame and receive credit?

The transfer of course credit is determined by the deans in the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts & Letters and by the Department of Art, Art History & Design. The department reserves the right not to approve transfer credit for courses. The student must first discuss the course with the deans in the Office of Undergraduate Studies before arranging a meeting with the Chairperson of the Department of Art, Art History & Design. The criteria for the Department of Art, Art History & Design’s pre-approval of transfer credit from another institution are as follows:

  • the course must be pre-approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • courses must be taken at an accredited four-year university
  • a summer course should be approximately six weeks in length
  • the course must be taught in a department that is similar to the Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • the student must produce: the course title and the number of credit hours assigned to the course
  • a brief course description
  • the instructor’s name and credentials
  • a copy of the course syllabus
  • the contact hours for the class (length of academic term, number of class meetings, duration of each meeting)