College of Arts and Sciences

School of the Arts

Fine Arts
Major in Studio Practice - B.F.A.

The B.F.A. degree offers an intensive study of the studio arts with an accompanying focus on art history to prepare students for lifelong visual literacy, employment in the arts, and application to graduate programs.  This program requires students to master introductory through advanced-level studio courses in a specific medium while encouraging exploration with new artistic directions, alternative media, or conceptual works.  

Admission to B.F.A Program

Admission to the B.F.A program is based upon a portfolio and transcript review at the end of the sophomore year.  Prerequisites for admission include:

  1. Completion of the following courses:
  • A101 and A102 art history (6 cr.)
  • Fundamental studio (9 cr.)
  • Two, 200 level studio courses
  • English W131
  • One of the following math courses: M100, M118, M119, M125, or M215

      2.  Portfolio review by department committee

Requirements Va (57 cr.)

  • Fundamental Studio (9 cr.)
  • Studio courses above 100 level (48 cr.) must icnlude a minimum of three and a maximum of six of the introductory (200 level courses)
  • S497 Independent Study in Studio Art, Capstone, for the spring semester during the final year (1-3 cr.)
  • During the final year, each student must assume full responsibility for mounting a personal exhibit that will include terminal and representative work in the major field and, if applicable, in the minor field as well. To meet this requirement, the student must:
    • File in the departmental office an "Intent to Graduate" one calendar year prior to the intended completion date. You must meet with your principal teacher to determine if you are prepared to enroll in FINA-S 497.
    • Submit a portfolio of the most recent and best work in the major discipline to the departmental office before the completion of the fall semester, prior to enrolling in FINA-S 497. The studio program in the final year shall be coordinated with the evaluation of the portfolio.
    • Enroll in FINA-S 497 Independent Study in Studio Art for the spring semester during the final year. (1-3 cr.)
    • Prepare the exhibit under the principal teacher's guidance. This will include drafting a descriptive statement about the work in the exhibit: goals, intent, approach, techniques, etc.
    • Be prepared to exhibit in accordance with the departmental schedule at any time during the final semester. FINA-A 435 and FINA-S 497 fulfill the capstone requirement.
    • Graduating Senior Exhibit
    • Students must also complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences
    • The final grade for FINA-S497 will be based on the Senior Exhibit, and will be determined by a faculty committee.

Requirements Vb (14 cr.)

  • FINA-A 101 and FINA-A 102 art history ( 6 cr.)
  • Two 300 level art history (6 cr.)
  • FINA-A 435 (2 cr.)

Total (71 cr.)

Transfer Credit in Studio

All incoming students who want to transfer studio credit from another institution must submit a portfolio. This should be in the form of slides, photographs, or compact discs, and should include the better work done in each course for which credit transfer is desired. The faculty shall devise a minimal studio program in residence, specifically based upon evaluation of the portfolio, for each transfer student.

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