Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Art, B.F.A. (E, A, L) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Art, B.F.A. (E, A, L)

  • Studio Art Concentration
  • Graphic Design Concentration
  • Art Education Concentration with K-12 Teacher Licensure in Art
  • Digital Arts and Illustration Concentration

Studio Art Concentration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree provides a comprehensive education for the professional artist. The concentration in Studio Art prepares students for creative careers and/or entry into Master of Fine Arts programs. Students move through three sets of courses: foundations, intermediate, and advanced. At the junior level, students are also expected select a specialization for focused studies. To remain eligible for the concentration, continuing students and transfer students must satisfactorily pass two portfolio reviews: a foundation review and a senior review. Portfolio reviews are held in conjunction with select courses to streamline the sign-up process. Students in ARTS 212 (Figure Drawing) will participate in the foundation review, and students enrolled in ARTS 497 (Senior Studio and Methods) will participate in the senior review. Foundation reviews occur after students have completed or are enrolled in their final foundation courses. They serve to check on progress and preparation for pursuing a specialization. Senior review serves to assess preparation for senior exhibition. Course requirements for the studio art concentration are outlined below. Students must receive a grade of C or better in any course that counts toward the major.

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the E, A, and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. The foundations expressive core, followed by upper-level art studios, prepares students to use and interpret the language, tools, and media of artistic expression. The art history core provides experience in the cultural and behavioral analysis of developments in art across history and cultures. Courses in applied Learning prepare provide experience in the preparation of professional portfolios that students will use when seeking gallery representation and professional employment as artists. Students need to take a REAL minor in another department to fill the area of R and complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Writing (3 credits)
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)
Foundational Math (3 credits)
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art includes 18 general education credits.

Major Requirements (81 credits)

Foundations (21 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ART 101 - First Year Experience
ARTS 101 - 2-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
ARTS 102 - 3-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
ARTS 111 - Drawing I
ART 215 - Art History Survey: Prehistory to Gothic (GE)
ART 216 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (GE)
ARTG 280 - Introduction to Graphic Design (GE)
HIST 102 - World History since 1500 (GE)

Intermediate (24 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 204 - Sculpture I (3-D)
ARTS 212 - Figure Drawing
ARTS 221 - Painting I
ARTS 231 - Watercolor I
ARTS 251 - Ceramics I
ARTS 262 - Digital Photography I
ARTH 420 - Twentieth Century Art (WI)
  • Elective at 300 level or above in ARTH
  • Advanced (15 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTS 301 - Theory and Emerging Topics
    ARTS 397 - Concept Lab 1
    ARTS 399 - Concept Lab 2
    ARTS 497 - Senior Studio and Methods
    ARTS 499 - Senior Exhibition and Promotion

    Specialization (21 credits)

    12 credit hours in specialization with 9 art electives.

    Interdisciplinary Studies in Art
    Choose 12 credits from:
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTS 306 - Selected Topics in Studio Art
    ARTS 312 - Drawing II
    ARTS 321 - Painting II
    ARTS 331 - Watercolor II
    ARTS 351 - Ceramics II
    ARTS 411 - Drawing III
    ARTS 415 - Illustration
    ARTS 421 - Painting III
    ARTS 431 - Watercolor III
    ARTS 451 - Ceramics III
    Choose 9 credits from:

    Any 200 level or above course in ART, ARTS, ARTG, or ARTH.

    Photography and Lens-Based Media
    Choose 12 credits from:
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTS 261 - Photography I
    ARTS 360 - Video Art
    ARTS 361 - Stop Motion Animation
    ARTS 362 - Photography II
    ARTS 363 - Digital Photography II
    ARTS 462 - Alternative Process
    ARTS 475 - Contemporary Photography
    Choose 9 credits from:

    Any 200 level or above course in ART, ARTS, ARTG, or ARTH.

    Additional Degree Requirements

    • 2 portfolio reviews are required plus a senior exit review conducted by the faculty during one’s senior exhibition.
    • Must pass reviews with a 2.75 or higher; must earn a C or better in all Art courses.

    Open Credit Hours (39 credits)

    These credits can and will be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

    Total Credits Needed for Degree 120

    Graphic Design Concentration

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a Graphic Design concentration provides a comprehensive education for the student graphic designer and prepares them 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.

    REAL Curriculum

    This major fulfills the E, A, and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Through completion of art foundations and graphic design courses in the expressive (E) area, graphic design majors gain practical experience in the use and interpretation of the language and tools of artistic expression across media, with particular relevance to graphic design.  Required courses in the area of cultural and behavioral analysis (A) prepare graphic design majors to engage in comparative analysis of the role of art and its various forms in global cultures throughout history. Courses in the area of Applied Learning (L) prepare students to assume the role and values of professional graphic designers. Students will need to pursue a minor from another department in the area of R to complete REAL curriculum requirements. Additional REAL requirements are included in the course listing.

    REAL Foundational Requirements

    Foundational Writing (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)
    Foundational Math (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
    MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
    MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE)

    REAL Cornerstone Requirements

    Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

    Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

    General Education Requirements

    General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration in Graphic Design includes 15 general education credits.

    Major Requirements (83 credits)

    Foundations (24 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ART 101 - First Year Experience
    ARTS 101 - 2-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
    ARTS 111 - Drawing I
    ART 215 - Art History Survey: Prehistory to Gothic (GE)
    ART 216 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (GE)
    ARTS 262 - Digital Photography I
    ARTS 363 - Digital Photography II
    ART 429 - History of Graphic Design (WI)
    ENGL 306 - Professional Writing (WI)

    Graphic Design Courses (41 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTG 280 - Introduction to Graphic Design (GE)
    ARTG 281 - Graphic Design Production Techniques
    ARTG 282 - Typography and Layout Design
    ARTG 380 - Creativity and Design
    ARTG 381 - 3D Computer Graphics
    ARTG 382 - Branding Design
    ARTG 383 - Graphic Design for the User Experience
    ARTG 384 - Digital Illustration
    ARTG 480 - Publication Design
    ARTG 481 - Advanced Graphic Design Production Techniques
    ARTG 482 - Packaging and 3-D Design.
    ARTG 484 - Senior Graphic Design Project
    ARTG 485 - Portfolio Preparation and Studio Management for Graphic Designers

    Graphic Design Portfolio Reviews

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTG 289 - Program Entry Review
    ARTG 489 - Program Exit Review

    Electives (18 credits)

    Any ART, ARTS, ARTH course, or minors in Design Appreciation, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Marketing, Media Studies, or Public Relations. Students wishing to focus on illustration may take: ARTS 211, ARTS 311, ARTS 411, ARTS 415, plus any additional ART, ARTS, ARTH, or ARTG courses of choice to round out the 18 hours.

    Additional Degree Requirements

    The GPA in the major is calculated from required courses with an ART prefix, except ART 100. Students in any concentration within the art department must receive a grade of C or better in any course that counts toward the major. The graphic design portfolio reviews, ARTG 289 and ARTG 489, must be taken and passed by all students in order to take graphic design courses and graduate in this concentration.

    Open Credit Hours (37 credits)

    These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

    Total Credits Needed for Degree 120

    Additional Information

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

    Art Education Concentration with K-12 Teacher Licensure in Art

    Art majors that desire a professional degree in art with a K-12 teaching license should pursue the BFA degree with an art education concentration. Students move through four sets of courses: foundations, intermediate, advanced, and professional education. Completion of course requirements, proficiency tests, clinical experiences, and student teaching leads to K-12 certification in visual art. Furthermore, continuing students and transfer students must satisfactorily pass a foundation review. Portfolio reviews are held in conjunction with ARTS 212 (Figure Drawing) to streamline the sign-up process. Foundation reviews occur after students have completed or are enrolled in their final foundation courses. They serve to check on progress and assess preparation for pursuing advanced studio work. Students must receive a grade of C or better in any course that counts toward the major.

    REAL Curriculum

    This major fulfills the E, A, and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Through completion of the art core, art education majors gain practical experience in the use and interpretation of the language and tools of artistic expression across media, representing Human or Artistic Expression (E). Courses in the art core also prepare majors to engage in cultural and historical analysis of the role of art and its various forms in global cultures throughout history, representing Cultural or Behavioral Analysis (A). Courses in the area of Applied Learning (L) prepare students to assume the role of a professional educator in K-12 schools. Students will need to pursue a minor from another department in the area of R to complete REAL curriculum requirements. Additional REAL requirements are included in the course listings.

    REAL Foundational Requirements

    Foundational Writing (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)
    Foundational Math (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
    MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
    MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE)

    REAL Cornerstone Requirements

    Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

    Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

    General Education Requirements

    General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration in Art Education includes 24 general education credits.

    Major Requirements (91 credits)

    Foundations (21 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ART 101 - First Year Experience
    ARTS 101 - 2-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
    ARTS 102 - 3-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
    ARTS 111 - Drawing I
    ART 215 - Art History Survey: Prehistory to Gothic (GE)
    ART 216 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (GE)
    ARTG 280 - Introduction to Graphic Design (GE)
    PSYC 121 - Introduction to Psychology (GE)

    Intermediate (27 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTE 212 - 2-D Media, Materials, and Techniques for the Classroom (GE)
    ARTE 213 - 3-D Media, Materials, and Techniques for the Classroom (GE)
    ARTS 204 - Sculpture I (3-D)
    ARTS 212 - Figure Drawing
    ARTS 221 - Painting I
    ARTS 231 - Watercolor I
    ARTS 251 - Ceramics I
    ARTS 262 - Digital Photography I
    ARTH 316 - Art Outside the Western Tradition

    Advanced (22 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTH 420 - Twentieth Century Art (WI)
    ARTE 241 - Elementary Art Education Theory and Practice
    ARTE 242 - Secondary Art Education Theory and Practice
    ARTE 340 - Clinical Experience in Art Education
    ARTS 301 - Theory and Emerging Topics
    ARTE 499 - Senior Seminar
  • 6 credits in electives at 200 level or above in ART, ARTS, ARTG, ARTH, or ARTE
  • Professional Education Courses (21 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    EDEF 300 - Human Development and Learning: Birth through Adolescence (GE)
    EDEF 320 - Introduction to Professional Education
    EDSP 361 - Introduction to Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Process (GE)
    EDUC 453 - Student Teaching: Grades K-12

    Additional Degree Requirements

    In addition to completing the required courses listed above, students pursuing the art education concentration must complete requirements for the Teacher Education Program. Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires, but is not limited to the following:

    • Completion of 45 semester hours of course work.
    • A minimum 2.5 grade point average on all work completed at Radford and on all work attempted in the major.
    • Completed admission application submitted to the educational unit.
    • Passing scores on the basic skills test required for licensure by the State of Virginia.

    Professional review is required of the candidate before student teaching. This includes:

    • Passing Scores on Praxis I, VCLA, and Praxis II.
    • Portfolio review for artistic and educational competency.
    • Completion of a departmental interview and screening examination.
    • Other requirements as outlined by the Educational Unit.

    Please refer to the College of Education and Human Development catalog sections regarding admissions requirements, admissions procedures, retention procedures, eligibility for student teaching, licensure and graduation requirements.

    Open Credit Hours (29 credits)

    These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

    Total Credits Needed for Degree 121

    Digital Arts and Illustration Concentration

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree provides a comprehensive education for aspiring professional artists. The concentration in Digital Arts & Illustration prepares students for creative careers and/or entry into Master of Fine Arts programs. Students move through three sets of courses: foundations, intermediate, and advanced. To remain eligible for the concentration, continuing students and transfer students must satisfactorily pass two portfolio reviews: a foundation review and a senior review. Portfolio reviews are held in conjunction with select courses to streamline the sign-up process. Students in ARTS 212 (Figure Drawing) will participate in the foundation review, and students enrolled in ARTS 497 (Senior Studio and Methods) will participate in the senior review. Foundation review occurs after a student has completed or is enrolled in their final foundation courses. The review serves to check on progress and preparation for advanced-level courses. Senior review serves to assess preparation for senior exhibition. Course requirements for the Digital Arts & Illustration concentration are outlined below.

    REAL Curriculum

    This major fulfills the E, A, and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. The foundations expressive core, followed by upper-level art studios, prepares students to use and interpret the language, tools, and media of artistic expression. The art history core provides experience in the cultural and behavioral analysis of developments in art across history and cultures. Courses in applied Learning prepare provide experience in the preparation of professional portfolios that students will use when seeking gallery representation and professional employment as artists. Students need to take a REAL minor in another department to fill the area of R and complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

    REAL Foundational Requirements

    Foundational Writing (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)
    Foundational Math (3 credits)
    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
    MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
    MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE)

    REAL Cornerstone Requirements

    Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

    Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

    General Education Requirements

    General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and Illustration includes 24 general education credits.

    Major Requirements (81 credits)

    Foundations (21 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ART 101 - First Year Experience
    ART 215 - Art History Survey: Prehistory to Gothic (GE)
    ART 216 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (GE)
    ARTS 101 - 2-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
    ARTS 102 - 3-Dimensional Art Foundations (GE)
    ARTS 111 - Drawing I
    ARTG 280 - Introduction to Graphic Design (GE)
    HIST 102 - World History since 1500 (GE)

    Intermediate (30 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTG 281 - Graphic Design Production Techniques
    ARTG 381 - 3D Computer Graphics
    ARTG 384 - Digital Illustration
    ARTS 204 - Sculpture I (3-D)
    ARTS 212 - Figure Drawing
    ARTS 221 - Painting I
    ARTS 262 - Digital Photography I
    ARTS 360 - Video Art
    ARTS 361 - Stop Motion Animation
    ARTS 415 - Illustration

    Advanced (30 credits)

    Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARTG 483 - Interactive Motion Graphics
    ARTG 486 - Emerging Technologies in Graphics Visualization
    ARTS 301 - Theory and Emerging Topics
    ARTS 363 - Digital Photography II
    ARTS 397 - Concept Lab 1
    ARTS 399 - Concept Lab 2
    ARTS 497 - Senior Studio and Methods
    ARTS 499 - Senior Exhibition and Promotion
    ARTH 420 - Twentieth Century Art (WI)
    ARTH 423 - History of Photographic Media and Camera Arts (WI) OR
    ART 429 - History of Graphic Design (WI)

    Additional Degree Requirements

    • 2 portfolio reviews are required plus a senior exit review conducted by the faculty during one’s senior exhibition.
    • Must pass reviews with a 2.75 or higher; must earn a C or better in all Art courses.
    • A current generation iPad and Apple Pencil is required.

    Open Credit Hours (39 credits)

    These credits can and will be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

    Total Credits Needed for Degree 120

    Notes: