The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive course of study consisting of a minimum of 72 credits in visual arts courses. The B.F.A. degree can lead directly to a Master of Fine Arts (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 Bachelor of Art (B.A.) program in Art.
The B.F.A. degree is organized into the following three options:
- Graphic Design
- Studio Art
- Art and Design
Graphic Design Option
Graphic Design is the art of visual communication. This major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of graphic design by facilitating the development of their conceptual, aesthetic, technical and collaborative skills in the context of practical problem-solving experiences. Students in the graphic design program create printed and electronic communication that includes: web sites, illustration, corporate logos and identity systems; posters; publications; packaging; exhibitions; animation; and mobile media applications. Graphic Design B.F.A. graduates find careers in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, marketing firms, corporations, cultural institutions, publishing, and film, television, and technology industries.
Studio Art Option
The Studio Art option introduces and fosters the individual development of six major areas of study: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, and Ceramics. Throughout introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, a balance of theoretical and technical knowledge is emphasized. The Studio Art Option is designed to enable each student to focus in these areas. All accepted candidates mount a B.F.A. solo thesis exhibition as a graduation requirement. Studio Art B.F.A. option majors are prepared for future careers and graduate study in fine arts, photography, design, art history, art therapy, and education. Graduates of the Keene State College Art Department can be found working within the fields of museum studies, gallery management, non-profits, media services, and exhibiting their artworks as professional artists.
Art & Design Option
The B.F.A. in Art & Design is a combination of Studio Art and Graphic Design. This option is designed for motivated students with interest in developing both their graphic design and studio art abilities. The Art & Design option program is designed to meet a variety of student needs through art courses in graphic design, art history, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and photography. This B.F.A. option provides a foundation in the theory and practice of art and design exploring the creation of images, video, sound, and three-dimensional forms across a broad spectrum of media artifacts. Through the program's breadth and variety, students are encouraged to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge in courses that prepare them for graduate school and a range of careers in graphic design and visual art.
Acceptance into the B.A. Program
All students are accepted to the Art major through the portfolio approval process. To be eligible for the B.F.A. degree, students must first be accepted into the B.A. program in Art. All students applying for entrance into the B.A. or B.F.A. degree programs must submit a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces of original art or design work. Most students enter the B.A. or B.F.A. programs directly from high school and will submit a portfolio of work before they begin classes at Keene State College. Transfer students, and enrolled KSC students switching from other majors must submit portfolios as well. For more information about the B.A. portfolio requirement for all B.A. and B.F.A. applicants please consult the B.A. catalog description.
The B.F.A. Portfolio Review
Once accepted into the B.A. program students may elect to pursue the more intensive B.F.A. degree. Acceptance into the B.F.A. options in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art & Design is based on assessment by Art faculty of a portfolio consisting of ten to fifteen pieces of college-level artwork. All work must be properly identified with the following information: name, medium, size, course title, and date of execution. Submitted portfolios must have a written statement of personal educational goals, an official transcript, and be submitted to the Art Department prior to the posted portfolio deadline.
The Studio Art Option and Art & Design Option
Students may apply to the Studio Art Option or the Art & Design option after completion of a minimum of 6 courses (24 credits) that must include the Foundation Core. (Art & Design option applicants must take ART 160 Typographic Form & Function and ART 253 Digital Imaging as part of the 24-credit minimum). Students are expected to have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in these 6 courses. Acceptance to the B.F.A. program is based on an assessment of a portfolio of artwork from these courses (see above).
Accepted B.F.A. Studio Art and Art & Design option 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. Candidates in the B.F.A. Studio Art and Art & Design options will 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.
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 3.0 minimum standard or whose artwork is not at the appropriate level for the B.F.A. will be returned to the B.A. degree and will only be allowed to reapply when the B.F.A requirements are met.
The Graphic Design Option
Students may apply to the Graphic Design Option after completion of a minimum of 6 courses (24 credits) that must include the Foundation Core, ART 160 Typographic Form & Function, and ART 253 Digital Imaging. Students are expected to have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in these 6 courses. Acceptance to the B.F.A. program is based on an assessment of a portfolio of artwork from these courses.
In the beginning of the fall semester of their sophomore year all Graphic Design B.F.A. applicants will submit a portfolio consisting of ten to fifteen works of graphic design and other media. All work needs to be properly identified with the following information: name, medium, size, course title, and the date of execution. Submitted portfolios must have a written statement of personal educational goals, an official transcript, and be submitted to the Art Department prior to the posted portfolio deadline. Following acceptance into all B.F.A. programs, students will consult with their academic advisor and submit their Declaration of Major form. Non-accepted students into the B.F.A. in Graphic Design may file a declaration for the B.A. in Studio Art or Graphic Design, and will be eligible to reapply in the next portfolio review.
Individuals whose GPA falls below the 3.0 minimum standard or whose design work is not at the appropriate level for the B.F.A. degree will be returned to the B.A. degree program and will only be allowed to reapply when the B.F.A. requirements are met.
Transfer Requirements for All B.F.A. Options
Transfer students are eligible to apply for the B.F.A. options provided they meet the admissions standards for the B.A. degree in Art as well as those required for the specific B.F.A. option applied to. Acceptance into the B.F.A. includes a review by the Art faculty of a completed transfer course evaluation of all previously taken art courses.
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
Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.