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B.A. in Studio Art & Design

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in art and design is defined as a general liberal arts degree. The B.A. degree is ideal for the student who desires a liberal education with a strong emphasis in art. Students enrolling in the B.A. degree program are required to complete a five-course core curriculum during their first three semesters. These courses are Drawing I, 2-D Foundations, 3-D Foundations, one course treating material from before 1500 taught by a regular full-time art historian in the department, and one course that treats material from after 1500 taught by a regular full-time art historian in the department.

Students are not required to select a major concentration for the B.A. degree, but some focus of study is encouraged. The B.A. degree consists of 36 hours in art and design, of which 27 are in studio and nine in art history. The College Fine Art Elective is not met by the B.A. degree. B.A. students must take a fine arts course in other fine arts areas, either FTT or music. It should not be a studio or design class.

Course Requirements (12 courses, 36 hours)

  • Drawing 1

  • 2D Foundations

  • 3D Foundations

  • Art History (before 1600) 

  • Art History (after 1600)

  • Art History

  • Studio Elective

  • Studio Elective

  • Studio Elective

  • Studio Elective

  • Studio Elective

  • Studio Elective

 

B.F.A in Studio Art & Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in art and design is intended for the student who wishes to pursue a professional career in the visual arts. The program is organized into a four-year sequence of study that provides a solid understanding of art and art history. 

The student has an opportunity to explore a variety of curricular options and then chooses an intensive and professional major concentration. In addition to a primary concentration, BFA students are encouraged to select a secondary area of interest to broaden their thinking and to enrich their creative study. 

BFA candidates share a close working relationship with the department’s faculty who are active professional artists and designers. Intensive studio work is complemented by an academic education with strong art history and liberal arts components. The BFA degree consists of 66 credit hours in art, of which 54 are in studio and 12 in art history.

 

In the Department of Art, Art History & Design the bachelor of fine arts program for studio arts and design is considered our honors program. By the beginning of the students' junior year in the program, they must have completed the majority of the core requirements of the program and have received a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and all art studio, art history, and design courses. Students are reviewed each semester by the entire studio and design faculty. Students receive feedback from their thesis director from these review sessions. Students meet regularly with their thesis director during their senior year. During their senior year, students are rolled in a B.F.A. thesis seminar each semester. The seminar addresses both academic and professional issues. Each student is required to write an artist/design statement on his or her thesis project. The thesis project is exhibited in the Snite Museum of Art. Each student has a thesis defense with the entire studio/design faculty and a vote is taken on whether the thesis project passes.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in art and design is intended for the student who wishes to pursue a professional career in the visual arts. The program is organized into a four-year sequence of study that provides a solid understanding of art and art history. The student has an opportunity to explore a variety of curricular options and then chooses an intensive and professional major concentration. In addition to a primary concentration, B.F.A. students are encouraged to select a secondary area of interest to broaden their thinking and to enrich their creative study. B.F.A. candidates share a close working relationship with the department’s faculty who are active professional artists and designers. Intensive studio work is complemented by an academic education with strong art history and liberal arts component. The B.F.A. degree consists of 66 credit hours in art, of which 54 are in studio and 12 in art history.

B.F.A. Freshman and Sophomore Years

Students beginning in the program are required to complete a seven-course studio core curriculum during their first two years. Five of these courses are mandated: Drawing I, Figure Drawing, 2-D Foundations, 3-D Foundations and Photography I. The remaining two studio courses are optional, based on the student’s interest. This intensive curriculum establishes a base for the studio practices and principles for all visual art expression. At the end of the fourth semester, students who have earned a minimum 3.25 grade point average in their studio courses will be accepted as candidates for the B.F.A. degree. Students who do not qualify are eligible for the B.A. degree. B.F.A. candidates are waived from the second History/Social Science requirement and the University Fine Arts requirement.

B.F.A. Junior and Senior Years

Students accepted into the B.F.A. program begin a two-year primary concentration in one of the following studio areas: ceramics, design, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

The concentration requires 15 hours of study in a major concentration area during the last four semesters. Teaching in the major is highly individualized and stresses the creative development and preparation of the student for the professional world. In addition to pursuing a concentration, all B.F.A. majors must enroll in the B.F.A. Seminar (3 credit hours) and the Senior Thesis Course (6 credit hours). The culmination of the B.F.A. degree is the completion of a senior thesis. This two-semester senior project, directed by a faculty member, will be exhibited and approved by the faculty as a requirement for graduation. 

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B.F.A. in Studio Art, Ceramics Concentration

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Studio Art, Ceramics Concentration

For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in ceramics, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • Ceramics I
  • Ceramics II
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Ceramic Studio

Art History Recommendations

  • History of Design
  • Modern Art I
  • 20th Century Art II

Recommended Studio and Design Courses

  • Wood Sculpture
  • Figure Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Painting II
  • Printmaking

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B.F.A. in Studio Art, Painting Concentration

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Studio Art, Painting Concentration

For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in painting, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • Drawing I
  • Painting I
  • Multilevel Painting
  • Topics in Contemporary Painting

Art History Recommendations

  • Modern Art I
  • 20th Century Art II

Recommended Studio and Design Courses

  • Visual Dialogue
  • Lithography
  • Artists Books & Papermaking

Outside of Department

  • American History
  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Film
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature
  • Sociology

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B.F.A. in Studio Art, Photography Concentration

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Studio Art, Photography Concentration

For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in photography, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • Photo I
  • Photo II (fall, spring semester)
  • Moving Media (fall or spring semester)
  • Studio Lighting (fall or spring semester)
  • Advance Digital Photography (fall or spring semester)

Art History Recommendations

  • History of Photography
  • History of Design
  • Art after Video
  • 20th Century Art II

Recommended Studio and Design Courses

  • Multi Media Web Design
  • Artists Books & Papermaking
  • Silkscreen
  • Interactive Design
  • Drawing II

Outside of Department

  • Film Theory/ Video Production
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Gender Studies

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B.F.A. in Studio Art, Printmaking Concentration

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Studio Art, Printmaking Concentration

For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in printmaking, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • Lithography
  • Silkscreen
  • Etching
  • Artists Books & Papermaking
  • Advanced Printmaking studio

Art History Recommendations

  • History of Printmaking
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Italian Renaissance
  • 19th Century
  • 20th Century
  • History of Design
  • and all other courses available

Recommended Studio and Design Courses

  • Painting I
  • Photo I
  • Digital Photography
  • Multi-media: Web Design
  • Visual Dialog
  • Furniture Design I
  • Painting II

Outside of Department

  • Anthropology
  • Creative Writing
  • Film
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature
  • Theatre

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B.F.A. in Studio Art, Sculpture Concentration

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Studio Art, Sculpture Concentration

For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in sculpture, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • 2D Foundation (taken first)
  • Wood Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Metal Foundry I
  • Ceramics Sculpture

Art History Recommendations

  • History of Sculpture
  • History of Design
  • Modern Art I
  • 20th Century Art II

Recommended Studio and Design Courses

  • Digital 3D
  • Artists Books & Papermaking

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B.F.A. in Industrial Design

BFA entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the BFA studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Industrial Design

For majors in the B.A. program specializing in industrial design, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Basic Courses

  • 2D, 3D & Drawing I
  • Visual Dialogue (Rapid Sketching)
  • Product I (Surfaces Modeling)
  • Digital 3D
  • Product Design Research Project
  • Advanced Product Design

Art History recommendations

  • History of Design
  • History of Photography (Spring)
  • Modern Art I
  • Twentieth Century Art II
  • Drafting

Recommended studio and design courses

  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design I
  • Ceramics I
  • Metal Foundry I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Wood Sculpture
  • Multi Media I
  • Multi Media II

Outside of department

  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Engineering / Architecture

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B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design

B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors.

General B.F.A. Course Requirements
 

B.A. in Visual Communication Design

For majors in the B.A. program specializing in graphic design, the following courses are recommended studio electives.

Core graphic design courses

2D, 3D & Drawing I

GD1: Introduction to Visual Communication
GD2: Typography
GD3: Affecting Positive Change
GD4: Professional Practice

Motion Design 1: Introduction to Motion Media
Motion Design 2: Kinetic Messages

Web Design 1: Introduction to Web-Based Interactivity
Web Design 2: Professional Practice

Information Design: Data-Driven Design
Interaction Design: Device Interface Design (when offered)

Building the Modern Web (CAPP)
Applied Multimedia Tech. (CAPP)

Note: 2D, GD1, GD2, and GD3 must be taken sequentially. Other courses may have GD prerequisites.

Art history recommendations

  • History of Design (when offered)
  • History of Photography (Spring)
  • Modern Art I
  • Twentieth Century Art II

Recommended studio and design courses

  • Visual Dialogue
  • Photo I (before senior year)
  • Product Design I
  • Silkscreen
  • Artists Books & Papermaking
  • Photo II, Color Photo and/or Digital Photo
  • Digital 3-D
  • Lithography
  • Ceramics I
  • Sculpture I
  • Painting I
  • Creative Writing

Outside of department

  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sociology
  • American History

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