2013-14 Catalogs

BFA in Studio Arts

The BFA degree is offered for students who seek focused, undergraduate professional education in studio practice. There are degree concentrations in ceramics, digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The program prepares students to become open, resourceful, critical, and independent thinkers, capable of successfully conceiving, articulating, and resolving their own visual problems, and equally capable of successfully viewing, appreciating, and contemplating the work of others. They will be engaged and active artists producing work that encompasses theoretical and practical knowledge.

Students who intend to pursue professional careers in art and design or who plan to pursue graduate study culminating in the MFA degree are encouraged to seek admission to the BFA program. BFA students are admitted as art candidates. Final acceptance into the BFA degree program depends upon acceptance of portfolio.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 81.

Art Foundation (18 credits)
     ARH 111 Art History: Prehistory through Medieval
     ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
     ART 141 2-D Design
     ART 142 3-D Design
     ART 151 Drawing I
     ART 152 Drawing II

Upper Level Art History Requirements (9 credits)
     ARH 200- or 300-level Art History Elective
     ARH 200- or 300-level Art History Elective
     ARH 411 Philosophy of Art (or PHI 220)

Studio Requirements (9 credits)

Complete three of nine 200-level courses other than your concentration.
     ART 221 Introduction to Digital Art
     ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics
     ART 251 Drawing: Media and Strategies
     ART 261 Introduction to Painting
     ART 271 Introduction to Photography
     ART 281 Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief
     ART 282 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screen printing
     ART 291 Sculpture: Additive and Subtractive Processes or
     ART 292 Sculpture: Altered and Constructed Processes

Concentration Requirements (24 credits)
     ART 2XX Introductory Studio
     ART 3XX Intermediate Studio I
     ART 3XX Intermediate Studio II
     ART 4X1 Advanced Studio I
     ART 4X2 Advanced Studio II (may be repeated for up to 9 credits)
     ART 400 Internship in the Visual Arts
     ART 401 Senior Seminar

Studio Courses (Elective and Required) (21 credits)

  • Any 200-, 300-, or 400-level ART courses

Completion of the senior exhibition is also required for the BFA. The BFA senior exhibition requirement must be completed while enrolled in ART 401 Senior Seminar in Studio Art.