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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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:


Visual Arts and Music Department

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 111 Art and Ideas I* 3 hrs
  • ARTS 112 Art and Idea II 3 hrs
  • ARTS 120 Drawing I 3 hrs
  • ARTS 130 Painting I 3 hrs
  • ARTS 140 2-Dimensional Design 3 hrs
  • ARTS 141 3-Dimensional Design 3 hrs
  • ARTS 222 Drawing II 3 hrs
  • ARTS 232 Painting II (not required for students majoring in Graphic Design) 3 hrs
  • ARTS 496 Senior Portfolio 3 hrs
  • ARTS 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.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is available is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.


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