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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Art, B.F.A.


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B.F.A. Degree with Studio Art Concentration


The Bachelor of Fine Arts program provides a comprehensive education for the professional artist and prepares students for entry into Master of Fine Arts degree programs. A portfolio review for all Bachelor of Fine Arts students is administered each academic year during spring semester by a Department of Art faculty jury. Bachelor of Fine Arts students must satisfactorily complete the annual portfolio review. All students, including students who transfer into the B.F.A. Program from other degree options and transfer students, must pass the portfolio review the year before they graduate to be eligible to participate in the exit review. To be eligible for the degree, a student must earn a satisfactory score in an exit review consisting primarily of work in the student’s area of specialization. After passing an exit review, the student will then hang the work in the B.F.A. exhibition. The Art Department faculty will give final approval/disapproval after the B.F.A. exhibition is hung. B.F.A. art majors choose a studio art concentration or a graphic design concentration. If they choose studio, they then specialize in either two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) art.

Within these areas of concentration, each student may choose to specialize in the medium of his or her choice: painting, watercolor, drawing, jewelry and metalworking, ceramics, or photography. In addition to the specialization, students take courses in another studio area outside their area of concentration to complete their degree. All studio art majors must take a two-semester sequence designed to develop a senior project and prepare work intended specifically for the graduation show. Students in any concentration within the art department must receive a grade of C or better in any course that counts toward the major.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)


For more information see Core Curriculum .

Note(s):


* 3 hours of ART 215 or ART 216 are counted in the Core Curriculum Requirements, so only 3 hours may be counted as Core Art Courses.

Studio Courses (30 credits)


  • Eighteen semester hours of studio courses in area of concentration (either 2-D or 3-D). All eighteen credit hours must be within one area of specialization. * (18 credits)

Within this area of concentration, the students must select an area of specialization and take at least 12 of the 18 hours in that specialization. Two-dimensional areas of specialization include drawing (drawing must include 6 hours beyond the core requirement of 12 hours of drawing), digital fine art (may include animation and video art), painting, watercolor, and photography. Three-dimensional areas of specialization include ceramics, jewelry and metal working.

  • Twelve semester hours of studio courses outside of specialization with ARTS prefix. (12 credits)
    • 9 credit hours of the 12 in a focused studio area

Total Credit hours: 120

3 annual Portfolio Reviews are required in total PLUS a senior exit review. (total of 4 reviews)

**Transfer Students (includes anyone coming from any other program including any other art program into the studio program) requirements are 2 annual reviews PLUS a senior exit review (total of 3 reviews)

Must pass reviews with a 2.75 or higher; must earn a C or better in all Art courses.

General Electives (if needed) (0-11 credits)


Students should consult their advisors in selecting elective courses to complete the 120 hours required for graduation.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)


B.F.A. Degree with Graphic Design Concentration


The Bachelor of Fine Arts program with Graphic Design concentration provides a comprehensive education for the student graphic designer and prepares him or her for success in this challenging field. Admission to the upper level (300-400) graphic design courses is competitive and contingent upon a receiving a “C” or better in all required Graphic Design classes and passing the ARTG 289 Program Entry Review  . Students transferring from other schools with the proper prerequisites will be required to present a portfolio and, upon receiving a passing score, will be allowed entry to the upper level courses. Those students who fall below the minimum requirements may retake courses, resubmit their portfolio the following semester, or change their majors. The graduating senior must pass the ARTG 489 Program Exit Review  which will consist of both a final portfolio review and a Graphic Design exhibition. Department faculty will give final approval/disapproval after the exhibition is hung.

A laptop with appropriate Adobe software is required (student pricing available).

Students in any concentration within the art department must receive a grade of C or better in any course that counts toward the major.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)


For more information see Core Curriculum .

Art Core Requirements (9 credits)


Art History Course (3 credits)


Electives (18 credits)


Any ART, ARTS, ARTH course, or minors in Design Appreciation , Entrepreneurship , Information Technology , Marketing , Media Studies , Public Relations , or a Web Development Certificate .

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)


Major Grade Point Average


The GPA in the major is calculated from required courses with an ART prefix, except ART 100 .

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