The curriculum for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to provide professional development at the undergraduate level in the visual arts, through in-depth study in studio art. The degree requires a minimum of 75 semester hours in art, at least 36 of which must be in upper-division coursework.
Admission to the BFA is by special application. Such application can be made upon completion of 30 semester hours of art coursework, and must be made before completion of 48 semester hours of art coursework. A portfolio consisting of ten to fifteen works representing a variety of media must be submitted in addition to the application form. Copies of specific BFA admission policies and instructions for submitting an application to the BFA program are available from the office of the Chair of the Department of Art. Completed BFA applications should be submitted to the office of the Department Chair.
The purposes of the art curriculum are:
- To provide a general program that allows students access to a variety of art media, studio techniques, and instruction;
- To provide students with opportunities to study past and present forms of art and to understand the function of art in society;
- To provide courses that will help expand the knowledge and interest of non-majors in the area of art; and
- To contribute to the cultural life of the University and the community by presenting quality art exhibitions in the Weil Gallery.
Students can major in art in either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs. Students in the BFA have the option through electives to develop an emphasis beyond the general degree program in Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, or Art History.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts leading to all-level Teacher Certification is available.
Two minors are also available. The minor in Studio Art is 21 semester hours and will allow a student to concentrate in one studio area. The minor in Art History is 18 semester hours. Interested students should contact the department academic advisor.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will have:
- A comprehensive level of professional development in the visual arts in preparation for specific careers;
- proficiency in studio processes and the understanding of conceptual theories and histories as evidenced in their graduating senior exhibitions;
- demonstrated expertise in their specific area of concentration.