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Undergraduate Curriculum

BFA degree program (81 - 85 credits)

After taking the required Foundation courses and basic studio classes in a particular medium, students in the BA or BS program may choose to apply to one of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs.

Entrance into a BFA program is by portfolio and interview; the student applies directly to the specific program of interest. Programs include Ceramics, Graphic Design, Metal, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in a studio option must present their work to the program faculty. This internal review process is in addition to the required portfolio review. The BFA reviews are held in each studio option near the conclusion of each semester.

BFA students are also required to document their thesis work and to write a paper elucidating their ideas for completion of the degree.

BFA degree requirements

Freshman Art Foundation courses (15 credits)
  • ARS100 - Drawing: Visual Thinking I (3)
  • ARS101 - Drawing: Visual Thinking II (3)
  • ARS102 - Design: Color (3)
  • ARS103 - Design: Form (3)
  • ARS112 - Art Seminar (3)

 

Art History courses (all BFA majors) (12 credits)
  • ARH201 - Art of the Western World I (3)
  • ARH202 - Art of the Western World II (3)
PLUS
For all BFA majors except Ceramics and Photography, choose two of the following:
  • ARH358 - Early 20th Century Art (3)
  • ARH359 - Art of the Later 20th Century (3)
  • ARH3xx or ARH4xx - Art History elective (3)
For Ceramics majors, choose two of the following:
  • ARH358 - Early 20th Century Art (3)
  • ARH359 - Art of the Later 20th Century (3)
  • ARH369 - History of Modern Design (3)
  • ARH375 - History of Decorative Arts (3)
For Photography majors, choose two of the following:
  • ARH358 - Early 20th Century Art (3)
    or
  • ARH359 - Art of the Later 20th Century (3)
  • ARH368 - History of Photography (3)
 
Required Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • ARS490 - BFA Seminar (writing intensive)
PLUS
One of the major programs (Ceramics, Metal, Graphic Design, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture) (51-55 credits)