Art Majors2014-15 Undergraduate
Academic Catalog

The department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Art.  The B.F.A. in Art supports students who are committed to a pre-professional program in studio arts. The A.B. in Art supports students interested in combining the study of art with another major, minor or program area. 

B.F.A. in Studio Art

The B.F.A. in Studio Art builds on the foundation of liberal studies and offers students significant time for focused research and rigorous studio practice. This studio-intensive program is designed for student artists who have:

  • An exceptionally strong commitment to their work
  • Seek to become independent artists
  • Creative problem-solvers
  • Critical thinkers
  • Are passionate about creating artwork that purposefully combines complex ideas with an advanced understanding of media and the context for art making
  • Develop an appreciation for the relationship between the liberal arts and the study of art/art history
  • Considering further study at the graduate level and/or a career as a professional artist

As an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor, art making is enhanced by exposure to the liberal arts and sciences. Students will use this rich and diverse resource for developing relevant contemporary art. The B.F.A. in art requires 64 semester hours. Admission to the program requires a portfolio review.  Interested in applying?  View BFA Application Materials

A Major in Art (BFA degree) / Total: 64 semester hours

Core:  28sh
ART 112 Fundamentals of Design  4 sh
ART 113 Three Dimensional Design  4 sh
ART 114 Time Arts 4 sh
ART 201 Drawing I  OR 4 sh
ART 306 Drawing II: Life Drawing
ART 212 Art History III: Revolt, Reform, and Critique 4 sh
ART 320 Issues in Contemporary Art 4 sh
ART 380 Professional Practices in Art 2 sh
ART 495 Thesis Seminar 2 sh
One Art History course from the following:4 sh
ARH 210 Art an History I: Gods and Emperors  
ARH 211 Art and History II: Cathedrals to Conquest  
At least one course from the following:4 sh
ART 200 Ceramics I  
ART 202 Painting I  
ART 260 Introduction to Photography and Intermedia  
Twenty-eight semester hours of ART courses28 sh
16 hours must be at the 300-400 level and four hours must be at the 400 level.  ART 481 does not count toward this requirement.  

B.A. in Studio Art

The A.B. affords students the opportunity to pursue art making in a rich interdisciplinary environment. The degree offers a balance of courses in art fundamentals and electives with in-depth involvement in studio practice. All studio courses emphasize hands-on experience where confidence, skills, and ideas are developed. Small classes and well-equipped work spaces provide students with the environment and tools conducive to the creative process. Students work closely with a faculty of active artists with first-hand knowledge of the medium. As part of their training as artists, students are strongly encouraged to select the best Core Curriculum and other courses outside the major that will complement their research and art making. The B.A. in art requires 48 semester hours.

A Major in Art (B.A. degree) / Total of 48 semester hours

Core:  20 sh
ART 201 Drawing I 4 sh
ARH 210 Art and History I: Gods and Emperors 4 sh
ARH 211 Art and History II: Cathedrals to Conquest 4 sh
ART 212 Art History III: Revolt, Reform, and Critique 4 sh
ART 380 Professional Practices in Art 2 sh
ART 461 Senior Seminar 1 sh
ART 467 Senior Seminar II 1 sh
Two Courses from the following: 8 sh
ART 112 Fundamentals of Design 4 sh
ART 113 Three Dimensional Design 4 sh
ART 114 Time Arts 4 sh
One course from the following:4 sh
ART 200 Ceramics I  
ART 202 Painting I  
ART 260 Introduction to Photography and Intermedia  
Sixteen semester hours of ART studio courses:16 sh  
Eight hours must be at the 300-400 level and four hours must be at the 400 level.  ART 481 does not count toward this requirement.  

This page was last updated August 15, 2014.