Minor in Fine Arts

FAMU students can minor in Fine Arts with 18 credit hours earned from taking any courses within the Visual Arts program. All minors will benefit from expanding their creative and critical thinking skills.

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FAMU students can minor in Fine Arts with 18 credit hours earned from taking any courses within the Visual Arts program. All minors will benefit from expanding their creative and critical thinking skills.

The requirements for a student desiring to minor in Fine Arts is congruent to university policy, for which they must have a minimum 2.00 GPA. In addition, they should officially declare Fine Arts as their minor before advisement from faculty in the Visual Arts Program.

The facilitator of the Visual Arts Program will initially serve as the student’s advisor. Minors will then be assigned to a faculty member for advisement. Use the Advisory Form to assist you in selecting the appropriate courses for your curriculum.

Please contact
Dr. Courtnay Micots for questions or more information.

Why Minor in Fine Arts?

Ultimately, the decision to minor in fine arts depends on individual interests, career goals, and the desire to explore and expand one's horizons beyond their primary field of study.

Balance and Well-Roundedness: Adding a minor in fine arts to a major in a different field can provide a well-rounded education. It offers a balance between the analytical and creative aspects of learning, which can be beneficial in various career paths.

Enhanced Skills: Studying fine arts can enhance various skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration, which are valuable in many professions.

Career Opportunities: While someone may not pursue a career directly related to fine arts, the skills developed through a minor in this field can be transferable to various industries such as design, advertising, marketing, education, and more.

Passion and Interest: Many people have a genuine passion for the arts and want to explore it further, even if it's not their primary focus. A minor in fine arts allows them to continue developing their skills and knowledge in this area.

Creativity: Fine arts can be a great outlet for creativity and self-expression. Even if someone is majoring in a different field, a minor in fine arts can provide them with opportunities to explore their creative side and develop new ways of thinking.


Example career paths with a Fine Arts minor include combining with a major in...

  • African American male architect working in office with blueprints, sketching an architectural plan.
    Architecture offers a graduate greater inspirational knowledge and designing skills
  • Senior man and therapist are painting together
    Nursing offers graduates more opportunities with art therapy
  • Waist up shot of African-American man wearing mask looking at camera while standing with arms crossed against modern art paintings in gallery
    Business offers graduates varied opportunities in working in art management
  • Legal justice scales in front of colorful background illustration of diverse head shaped cut outs
    Law offers graduates the opportunity in working in art law, a growing field


Minor in Fine Arts Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

Q: Do I need to be an art major to minor in fine arts?
No, students from various academic backgrounds can pursue a minor in fine arts. It's open to individuals interested in exploring art as a complement to their major field of study.

Q: Will minoring in fine arts affect my major studies?
A: Minoring in fine arts usually complements rather than detracts from your major studies. However, it's essential to manage your time effectively to meet the requirements of both your major and minor.

Q: What career opportunities are available with a minor in fine arts?
A: While a minor in fine arts may not directly lead to careers in the arts, it can enhance skills applicable to various fields such as design, advertising, marketing, education, arts administration, and more.


Minor in Fine Arts Courses & Curriculum Map

The following curriculum is required for a Minor in Fine Arts: 18 Credit Hours Total

ARH 2000: Art Appreciation (Students can select any ART OR ARH Course Prefixes at 1000 - 2000 level if ARH 2000 is already being used as a Humanities Elective) – 3 credit hours

ART/ARH Required Course Electives (Students must select one from the following four courses – 3 credit hours

  • ARH 2050: Art History I
  • ART 1201C: Fundamentals of Design I
  • ART 2300: Drawing I
  • ART 3948: Exhibition Planning & Design

ART/ARH Electives (Students must select 3 from the following courses in any combination) – 9 credit hours


  • ART 1201C: Fundamentals of Design I
  • ART 1202C: Fundamentals of Design II
  • ART 2300C: Drawing I
  • ART 2301C: Drawing II
  • ART 2330C: Life Drawing
  • ART 2540C: Watercolor Painting
  • ART 2501C: Acrylic Painting
  • ART 3563C: Oil Painting
  • ART 2400C: Introduction to Printmaking
  • ART 2430C: Silkscreen Printmaking
  • ART 4926C: Media Workshop
  • ART 4928C: Advanced Workshop


  • ARH 2050: Art History I
  • ARH 2050: Art History II
  • ART 3947: Introduction to Non-Profit Art Organizations
  • ART 3948: Exhibition Planning & Design
  • ART 4947: Art Museums and Society
  • ART 4948: Public Art Studies
  • ARH 3610: American Art History
  • ARH 4410: Modern Art History
  • ARH 4633: African-American Art History
  • ARH 4520: African Art History

Visual Arts Electives (Students can select any course from ART, ARH, GRA, PGY or ARC Course Prefixes 1000 – 4000 level. Students are recommended to consult with Fine Art Advisor) – 3 credit hours