Studio Art Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

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The primary focus of the BFA is to give students who are committed to becoming contemporary artists an opportunity to immerse themselves in a much deeper studio experience and prepare a solid portfolio should they continue on to a MFA degree.

Prior to declaring the BFA major, students must apply to the program by submitting a portfolio spring quarter of their junior year. Notification of acceptance is sent spring quarter. (Students need not be in the BFA to take any art class, with the exception of the senior year three-quarter class ART 470). This course requires previous acceptance into the BFA degree program. ART 470 senior courses are an intensive studio experience as well as engaging students in philosophical dialogues about the nature of being an artist and how to prepare for graduate studies (MFA).

Students have individual mid-term reviews with all art faculty as well as two end-of-quarter reviews with two professional artists from outside the department and the course instructor.

Students prepare work for and make a mailer for an end of year group exhibition in the main gallery or other space if needed.

Note: there is no foreign language requirement for BFA students.

Required Courses
ART 107BASIC DESIGN5
or ART 307 3D DESIGN
ART 213ART IN THE HUMANITIES5
ART 300DRAWING5
ART 303DIGITAL ART I5
ART 400DRAWING5
ART 401LIFE DRAWING5
ART 407ALTERNATIVE MEDIA5
ART 431HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART5
ART 470SENIOR EXHIBITION (must be repeated three times)3
ART 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Select one of the following courses5
WORLD ART
HISTORY OF ANCIENT ART
HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART
HISTORY RENAISSANCE ART
HISTORY OF BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART
ART OF THE 19TH CENTURY
HISTORY OF MODERN ART
Studio Disciplines
From the list of studio courses marked with (*) choose one studio discipline to be repeated a minimum of three times.25
Select courses in a second studio discipline.15
Alternative Media
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA *
WORKSHOP IN ART *
Ceramics
CERAMICS
ADVANCED CERAMICS *
Painting
BEGINNING PAINTING
PAINTING
WATERCOLOR
PAINTING *
WATERCOLOR *
Photography
ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY *
Digital Art
DIGITAL ART II *
INTERMEDIA *
Drawing
DRAWING *
LIFE DRAWING *
Printmaking
PRINTMAKING
PRINTMAKING *
Sculpture
SCULPTURE
SCULPTURE *
Electives–select additional art courses in consultation with department advisor.22
Total Credits115

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • interprets, defends and critically evaluates visual arts through oral and written discussions;
  • knows and seeks their professional community;
  • creates, contextualizes, defends and displays a cohesive body of work on a level appropriate for entry into graduate school and/or a professional art career;
  • translates and produces independent research into quality written or visual formats;
  • develops strong studio skills (in a variety of media) and a well-developed understanding of personal art making;
  • develops advanced level of studio skills in at least on medium and intermediate level of studio skills and personal expression in at least one other area of concentration.