USM Art Department

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, photography and digital art & design, painting and drawing, 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.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 75.

Art Foundation (15 credits)

  • ARH 111 Art History: Prehistory through Medieval
  • ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
  • ART 141 Surface, Space, Time (2D)
  • ART 142 Surface, Space, Time (3D)
  • ART 151 Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing      

Upper Level Art History Requirements (9 credits)

  • Three ARH 300- or 400-level Art History courses

General Studio Requirements (9 credits)

  • ART 251 Drawing: Media and Strategies

  • ART 281 Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief
 or ART 282 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
  • ART 312 Topics
 in Studio Art

Choose one concentration and the associated sequence of courses:

 Ceramics Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

  • ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics I
  • ART 232 Introduction to Ceramics I
  • ART 332 Intermediate Ceramics
  • ART 431 Advanced Ceramics I
  • ART 432 Advanced Ceramics II (may be repeated for up to 9 credits)

 Photography and Digital Art & Design Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

  • ART 222 Digital Art & Design
  • ART 271 Introduction to Photography     
  • ART 321 Exploring Time-based Art & Design
  • ART 372 Digital Photo - Color
  • ART 420 Advanced Studio in Digital Art I or ART 471  Advanced Photo
graphy I   
  • ART 421 Advanced Studio in Digital Art II or ART 472 Advanced Photography II (may be repeated for up to 9 credits)

 Painting and Drawing Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

  • ART 261 Introduction to Painting
  • ART 352 Experimental Drawing
  • ART 361 Intermediate Drawing and Painting:  The Figure
  • ART 451 Advanced Drawing I
 or 461 Advanced Painting I
  • ART 452 Advanced Drawing II or 462 Advanced Painting II (may be repeated for up to 9 credits)

 Sculpture Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

  • ART 291 Additive-Subtractive
  • ART 292 Altered-Constructed
  • ART 391 Topics in Sculpture
  • ART 491 Advanced Sculpture      
  • ART 492 Advanced Sculpture (may be repeated for up to 9 credits)

Internship Requirement (3 credits)

  • ART 400 Internship in the Visual Arts
 (3 credits)    

 Senior Seminar and Exhibition Requirement (3 credits)

  • ART 401 Senior Seminar 

The BFA senior exhibition requirement must be completed while enrolled in ART 401 Senior Seminar.

Elective Studio Courses (18-21 credits to meet total of 75 credits)

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