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BFA in Studio Art

 The BFA is an intensive degree program in studio art, which develops a range of highly creative skills, knowledge and values relating to careers as professional artists. Through their love of a chosen medium, students are prepared to become effective artists ready to engage in the larger art community. Additionally, they are encouraged to become active in exhibiting their own work and to develop a personal commitment to art making. Upon completion of the Foundation level courses students may choose to concentrate in a particular area of their choice such as ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Students in the BFA program are a select group chosen through a required portfolio review and application process. Students who wish to apply but do not have a portfolio may enroll in the BA or BS program in studio art, and begin to work on foundation courses to build a portfolio.

 This degree requires 81 credits in art, including foundation courses in drawing and design and a minimum of four art history courses. A 21-credit concentration is required upon the completion of foundation core courses, and after taking one course in each of the major studio areas. BFA students must also have a thesis exhibition of their work. BFA candidates will be reviewed each semester and will be expected to maintain a 2.5 GPA minimum in their overall University studies and a 3.0 GPA in their art courses. If advised to discontinue the BFA program, a student may continue as a studio art major in the BA or BS degree program. A minimum grade of "C-" or better must be attained in all courses in the BFA major.

 

Requirements: 78 credits

Foundations:

  • ART 210 Two-Dimensional Design*
  • ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design*
  • ART 221 Drawing I*
  • ARH 201, ARH 202 Survey of World Art I and II*

15 credits

Studio:

  • ART 301 BFA Review **
  • ART 330 Digital Art I
  • ART 331 Photography I
  • ART 341 Painting I
  • ART 351 Printmaking I
  • ART 361 Sculpture I
  • ART 371 Handbuilding or ART 372 Wheelthrowing
  • ART 401 Senior Seminar
  • ART 301 BFA Group Review
  • ART 402 BFA Senior Exhibition 

*Foundation course should be taken in the first year of the BFA Program.
** ART 301 is a one credit BFA Review students need to enroll in at least 3

30 credits

Art History:

  • ARH 410 Contemporary Art Criticism
  • ARH 420 20th-Century Art     

6 credits

Area of concentration: Choice of focused study in: Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing

18 credits

Art Department Electives:

Students can take additional credits in Studio Art, Art History or a discipline related to their area of focus. Accepted Courses include: ANT 401 Native American Art & Culture, DNS 115 Introduction to Dance, PSH 352 Sensation/ Perception, SOC 302 Culture, MUS 278 African-American Music & Culture, PHL 308 The Arts in Society, PHL 428 Philosophy of Art, THE 202 Stagecraft, THE 235 Stages Lighting I, THE 244 Costume Construction


This degree requires 78 credits in art, including foundation courses in drawing and design and a minimum of four art history courses. A 18-credit concentration is required upon the completion of foundation core courses, and after taking one course in each of the major studio areas. BFA students must also have a thesis exhibition of their work. BFA candidates will be reviewed each semester and will be expected to maintain a 2.5 GPA minimum in their overall College studies and a 3.0 GPA in their art courses. If advised to discontinue the BFA program, a student may continue as a studio art major in the BA or BS degree program. A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in all courses in the BFA major.

BFA Application and Requirements

BA/BS in Studio Art

 The studio art major is designed to provide a well-rounded art experience, encompassing two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, art-history courses and a specialization (three levels) in one medium. Studio art majors are encouraged to expand their understanding of art as it relates to other disciplines, cultures, and global concerns.

In addition to meeting all College General Education requirements, studio art majors must complete a total of 42 credits in Art and Art History as listed below. No more than 54 credits in studio art (or any other single discipline) can be used to satisfy the 120-credit requirement for the BA or BS degree. A minimum grade of "C-" or better must be attained in all courses in the major.

Required courses (21 credits)

  • ARH 201 World Art I*
  • ARH 202 World Art II*
  • ART 210 2-D Design*
  • ART 212 3-D Design*
  • ART 221 Drawing I*
  • ART 401 Senior Seminar OR Art 470 Gallery Management
  • ARH 420 20th Century Art

*courses are Foundation courses and must be taken in the first year.

Any two of the following 2-D courses (must be from two separate areas) (6 credits)

  • Upper division Drawing course
  • any Photography course
  • any Painting course
  • any Digital Art course
  • any Printmaking course

Any two of the following 3-D courses (must be from two separate areas) (6 credits)

  • any Ceramics course
  • any Sculpture course

Three additional courses are needed to complete the 42 hour major. Majors must have an Area of Specialization, and take a sequence of three levels in that area. (Example: Painting II, III, and Adv. Problems) (9 credits)

Please note: A maximum of 54 credit hours in any one discipline may be used toward the degree. A maximum of 21 transfer credits may be applied to the concentration. Only courses with grades of C- or better may be used toward the major. VSW Summer Intensive courses may not be used to complete BA/BS Degree requirements.

BA/BS in Studio Art Major- Graphic Design Concentration

Requirements: 45 credits

Foundations:

  • ARH 201 World Art I*
  • ARH 202 World Art II*
  • ART 221 Drawing I*
  • ART 210 2-D Design*
  • ART 212 3-D Design*
  • ARH 420 20th Century Art
  • ART 225 Graphic Design I
  • ART 235 Typography I
  • ART 325 Typography II
  • ART 450 Portfolio & Professional Practices

*Courses are Foundation courses and must be taken in the first year.

30 credits

Any one of the following 2-D courses:

ART 322 Figure Drawing, ART 331 Photography I, ART 341 Painting I, ART 351Printmaking I

3 credits

Any one of the following 3-Dimensional Courses:

Ceramics: ART 371 Handbuilding or ART 372 Wheelthrowing, ART 361 Sculpture I

3 credits

Three additional courses are needed to complete the 45-hour concentration. Majors in this concentration must take courses in sequence.

  • ART 300 Graphic Design II
  • ART 425 Graphic Design III, CMC 327 Web Publication (Web Publication)
  • ART 427 Advanced Problems in Graphic Design

9 credits

Please note: A maximum of 54 credit hours in any one discipline may be used toward the degree. A maximum of 21 transfer credits may be applied to the concentration. Only courses with grades of C- or better may be used toward the major. VSW Summer Intensive courses may not be used to complete BA/BS Degree requirements.

Graphic Design Minor

Minors in Graphic Design must complete a total of 18 credits including:

Introductory Required courses (12 credits)

  • ART 210 2-D Design
  • ART 225 Graphic Design I
  • ART 235 Typography I
  • ARH 490.01 History of Graphic Design

Any two of the following Graphic Design courses (6 credits)

  • ART 300 Graphic Design II
  • ART 325 Typography II
  • CMC 327 Web Publication, CSC 105 Internet & Web Publication or
  • CIS 305 Web Publication
  • ART 427 Advanced Problems in Graphic Design
  • ART 450 Portfolio & Professional Practices

A minimum grade of C- must be attained in all courses taken for the minor.

Art History Minor

Art History minors must complete a total of 18 credits, including

  • ARH 201 World Art History I
  • ARH 202 World Art History II
  • ARH 420 20th Century Art History

The remaining 9 credits can be fulfilled with any three Art History electives the student chooses. A minimum grade of C- must be attained in all courses taken for the minor. It is also advised that Art History minors take at least one course in non-Western Art History.

Studio Art Minor

 Minors in Studio Art must complete a total of 18 credits including:

  • ARH 201 Survey of World Art I
  • ARH 202 Survey of World Art II
  • ART 221 Drawing I

The remaining 9 credits can be fulfilled with any Art Studio elective the student chooses. A minimum grade of C- must be attained in all courses taken for the minor

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