Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is designed to provide students with an intensely comprehensive course of study consisting of a minimum of 72 credits in visual arts courses. The B.F.A. degree can lead directly to graduate study (M.F.A.) or to professional careers in the Graphic Design field. To be eligible for the B.F.A. degree, students must first be accepted into the B.A. program in Art.

The B.F.A. degree is organized into the following three options:

  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art
  • Studio Art and Graphic Design (Dual Option)

Graphic Design

Following acceptance into the Art Department, students are encouraged to select the B.F.A. option in Graphic Design. Students will consult with their advisor when submitting their Declaration of Major form.

Studio Art or Graphic Design and Studio Art (Dual Option)

The Studio Art option and the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option are highly selective programs. Accepted students will have the opportunity to have an individual studio space and work one on one with an Art professor mentor. All accepted candidates will mount a B.F.A. Solo Thesis Exhibition as a graduation requirement. Students may apply to the Studio Art option or the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option after completion of a minimum of 6 courses (24 credits) that must include the Foundation Core. Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option applicants must take ART 250 Graphic Design I and ART 258 Typography I as part of the 24-credit minimum. Students are expected to have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in those 6 courses. Acceptance to the program is based on an assessment of a portfolio1 of artwork from these courses. The portfolio, a written statement of personal educational goals, and an official transcript must be submitted to the B.F.A. Studio Options Committee. Portfolio reviews for acceptance are conducted each spring prior to the course selection and registration period.

Transfer students are also eligible to apply for the B.F.A. Studio Art option or the B.F.A. Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option provided they meet the admissions standards for the B.A. degree in Art as well as those for the B.F.A. Studio Art degree or the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option degree. This must include a review by the Art faculty of a completed transfer course evaluation of all previously taken art courses.

Once accepted, all B.F.A. candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the major (Art courses). The B.F.A. Studio Options Committee will also conduct mid-level reviews of accepted students during the fall semester. The purpose of the review is to assess the candidate's progress toward the completion of the degree as well as the development of their artwork. Individuals whose GPA falls below the minimum standard or whose artwork is not at the appropriate level for the B.F.A. Studio Art option or the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option will no longer be eligible for the options and will be returned to the B.A. in Studio Art or B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Students who have not maintained B.F.A. standards in the Studio Art option or the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option will be allowed to reapply provided the deficiencies have been corrected. B.F.A. candidates in the Studio Art option or the Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option will also meet with the B.F.A. Studio Options Committee after their completion of their B.F.A. Senior Exhibition. The committee will conduct an oral review in which the candidate will outline the rationale followed for their exhibition.

1 Portfolio Criteria for B.F.A. in Studio Art or Studio Art and Graphic Design Dual Options

  1. Portfolios must consist of no fewer than 20 pieces of college-level artwork.
  2. All work must be properly labeled with the following information:
    1. Name
    2. Medium
    3. Size (slide and digital portfolios only)
    4. Course title and date of execution

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

74 credits – Graphic Design
72 credits – Studio Art
74 credits – Studio Art and Graphic Design (dual option)

Foundation Core

12 credits

ART 101 Foundations of Design or IAART 100
ART 111 Introduction to Art History or IAART 110
ART 125 Drawing I or IAART 120

Graphic Design Option

62 credits

100-level course

2 credits

ART 151 Technology Workshop

200-level courses

12 credits

ART 250 Graphic Design I
ART 253 Digital Imaging
ART 258 Typography I

200 or 300 level courses

8 credits

One 200- or 300-level Art History course
One 200- or 300-level Studio Art course

300-level courses

24 credits

ART 333 Printmaking I
ART 350 Graphic Design II
ART 351 History of Graphic Design
ART 354 Web-Based Media I
ART 356 Time-Based Media I
One 300-level Graphic Design course

400-level courses

16 credits

ART 450 Graphic Design III
ART 459 Graphic Design Portfolio
Select a total of 8 credits from the following:

  • ART 455 Topics in Graphic Design
  • ART 497 Graphic Design/Studio Internship
    NOTE: Students may take 8 credits of either ART 455 Topics in Graphic Design (different topics) or 8 credits of ART 497 Graphic Design/Studio Internship or a combination of ART 455 and ART 497 for 8 credits total in order to meet this requirement.

Studio Art Option

60 credits

200-level courses

18 credits

ART 208 Ceramics I
ART 224 Photography I or ART 226 Painting I
ART 225 Drawing II
ART 244 Sculpture I
ART 295 Sophomore Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)

Art History courses

8 credits

Select two from the following:

  • ART 211 Ancient Art
  • ART 212 Medieval Art
  • ART 213 Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives

300-level courses

16 credits

ART 308 Ceramics II or ART 344 Sculpture II
ART 333 Printmaking I
Select two from the following:

  • ART 308 Ceramics II
  • ART 324 Photography II
  • ART 325 Drawing III
  • ART 326 Painting II
  • ART 334 Printmaking II
  • ART 344 Sculpture II

400-level courses

18 credits

ART 495 Senior Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)
ART 496 BFA Senior Studio (2 semesters)
Select two from the following:

  • ART 408 Ceramics III
  • ART 424 Photography III
  • ART 426 Painting III
  • ART 434 Printmaking III
  • ART 444 Sculpture III
  • ART 490 Advance Studio Topics

It is strongly recommended that BFA Studio Art students repeat either ART 225 Drawing II or ART 325 Drawing III.

Studio Art and Graphic Design Dual Option

62 credits

100-level courses

2 credits

ART 151 Technology Workshop

200-level courses

26 credits

ART 250 Graphic Design I
ART 253 Digital Imaging I
ART 258 Typography I
ART 295 Sophomore Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)
Select three from the following:

  • ART 208 Ceramics I
  • ART 224 Photography I or ART 226 Painting I
  • ART 225 Drawing II
  • ART 244 Sculpture I

Art History Course

4 credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 211 Ancient Art
  • ART 212 Medieval Art
  • ART 213 Renaissance Art
  • ART 214 Modern Art
  • ART 290 Topics in Art History
  • ART 315 Contemporary Art
  • ART 492 Art History Seminar
  • IAART 391 Global Perspectives

300-level courses

20 credits

ART 333 Printmaking I
ART 350 Graphic Design II
ART 354 Web-Based Media I
ART 356 Time-Based Media I
Select one from the following:

  • ART 308 Ceramics II
  • ART 324 Photography II
  • ART 325 Drawing III
  • ART 326 Painting II
  • ART 334 Printmaking II
  • ART 344 Sculpture II

400-level courses

10 credits

ART 495 Senior Studio/Exhibit Practice (2 credits)
ART 496 B.F.A. Senior Studio
ART 459 Graphic Design Portfolio

It is strongly recommended B.F.A. Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option students take a second semester of ART 496 Senior Studio.

ELECTIVES

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits