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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The Art Department offers training in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, computer graphics and art history. Instruction is personalized and designed to help students develop skills and knowledge in a liberal arts context while preparing for the complex and evolving world of art. Graduates prepare for careers in museums, teaching, advertising, public relations, illustration, mural painting and freelancing, as well as for graduate school. Students have the opportunity to specialize within a broad spectrum of preprofessional disciplines such as painting and drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and graphic design. Students electing a major in one of these specialties must complete 24 semester hours in related courses. Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art complete the general education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees, including PHIL 330 Ethics, three hours of a Multicultural Requirement (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.) in addition to the following specific requirements:

Degree Requirements


Declaration of intention to the art faculty during the first semester of the junior year (requirement also applies to transfer students) and faculty review of the candidate's portfolio.


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)


Completion of at least 75 semester hours in art, 21 semester hours of which must be upper-level credit.


Review of semester's work during junior year and first semester of senior year. Seniors* who apply for the BFA program must have their work reviewed the senior year.


Core Requirements: 36 of the 75 semester hours in the following specific courses: (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)

  ARTS 111View Syllabus Art and Ideas I* 3 hrs
  ARTS 112View Syllabus Art and Idea II 3 hrs
  ARTS 120View Syllabus Drawing I 3 hrs
  ARTS 130View Syllabus Painting I 3 hrs
  ARTS 140View Syllabus 2-Dimensional Design 3 hrs
  ARTS 141View Syllabus 3-Dimensional Design 3 hrs
  ARTS 222View Syllabus Drawing II 3 hrs
  ARTS 232View Syllabus Painting II (not required for students majoring in Graphic Design) 3 hrs
  ARTS 496View Syllabus Senior Portfolio 3 hrs
  ARTS Syllabus Not Available Art History Courses (courses must be upper-level if majoring in Graphic Design) 9 hrs


Selection of one of the following courses: ARTS 271 Ceramics I or ARTS 292 Jewelry I.


24 of the 75 required semester hours will be within the candidate's major.


12 of the 75 hours will be outside the major. These hours can be selected from any studio courses and will be designated as 'BFA Electives.'


Maintenance of a grade-point average of at least 3.25 in art courses, both studio and lecture.


Design a graduating exhibition of a representative and significant quantity of work, including a description of how the work will be presented in the assigned gallery space, the presentation of the majority of work to be exhibited, and a statement of position and philosophy of their works. Students must present their exhibition plan to the faculty for review and approval and, if granted faculty approval, hold a graduating exhibition.

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