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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting

Pictured | Lily Greathouse | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting | Mill Creek, Indiana (hometown)

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Drawing and Painting

The Drawing and Painting program provides a thorough grounding in the development of technical skills and visual description while preparing students for graduate study and enriching careers as visual artists. The primary component of the program is studio activity, with students exploring various forms of drawing and painting to develop an individual vision. The program is particularly strong in its emphasis on the figure while exploring different mediums including oils, charcoal, pastel, graphite and pen and ink. Students in the Drawing and Painting program have the unique opportunity to work in individual BFA studios.

Academic Advising

The Ernestine M Raclin School of the Arts policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors each semester prior to registration. Advising holds are placed on all Fine Arts students prior to advance registration and are released following advising appointments. Students with a declared major in Fine Arts are advised by Fine Art faculty. Additionally, you may have a secondary adviser if you have also declared a minor, although a minor is not required for a degree in the Fine Arts department. You can verify your assigned advisor in the student center in One.IU.

Degree Requirements (125 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must complete 125 total credit hours including:

  • AHST-A 307 Introduction to Non-Western Art
    Fulfills Contemporary Social Values: Global Culture requirement
  • FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I
    Fulfills Extended Literacies: Computer Literacy requirement
  • FINA-A 109 Ways of Seeing: Visual Literacy
    Fulfills Extended Literacies: Visual Literacy requirement
  • FINA-A 190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity;
    VT: Studio Techniques and Research
    Fulfills Additional Requirements: First Year Seminar

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise stated.

Major Requirements (77 cr.)

Foundation Level (12 cr.)
  • FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio-Drawing
  • FINA-F 101 Fundamental Studio-3D
  • FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio-2D
  • FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I
    Fulfills Extended Literacies: Computer Literacy requirement

Art History/Foundation Level (6 cr.)
  • AHST-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
  • AHST-A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art

Survey Level (9 cr.)
  • Three 200–level courses, outside area of concentration
  • FINA-S 240 Basic Printmaking Media
  • FINA-S 250 Graphic Design I
  • FINA-S 260 Ceramic 1
  • FINA-S 270 Sculpture 1
  • FINA-S 271 Introduction to Figurative Sculpture
  • FINA-S 291 Fundamentals of Photography

Upper-Level Concentration (38 cr.)
  • FINA-S 200 Drawing 1
  • FINA-S 230 Painting 1
  • FINA-S 301 Drawing 2
  • FINA-S 331 Painting 2
  • FINA-S 401 Drawing 3
  • FINA-S 403 Anatomy for the Artist
  • FINA-S 431 Painting 3 (1 cr.)
    (may be taken 3 times for credit)
  • Select two additional upper-level art courses
  • The following two courses are to be taken in the last three semesters (8 cr.)
  • FINA-S 405 Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing (3-5 cr.)
  • FINA-S 432 Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting (3-5 cr.)

Art History/Upper Level (9 cr.)
  • AHST-A 307 Introduction to Non-Western Art
    Fulfills Contemporary Social Values: Global Culture requirement
  • Two courses at the 300– or 400–level

Senior Level (3 cr.)

It is recommended that students complete the following during the final year of study.

  • FINA-A 409 Capstone Course
  • FINA-S 499 Bachelor of Fine Arts Final Review (0 cr.)

Additional Requirements (15 cr.)

  • World Languages (6 cr.) | Select two courses in one world language (French, German, Japanese, Spanish)
  • Upper-Level Electives (9 cr.)
    • Select three credits at the 100– or 200–level (3 cr.)
    • Select six credits at the 300– or 400–level (6 cr.)

Fine Arts Upper-Divisional Review

Completion of the upper divisional review marks a student’s passage from pre-B.F.A./B.A. into the B.F.A./B.A. program. This review is an opportunity for every art student with 50 to 60 credits toward their degree to present their work to the faculty. This dedicated time is an opportunity to discuss the student’s unique interests and goals. Upon satisfaction of the Upper Divisional requirement, students have distinguished themselves as upper-level B.F.A./B.A. candidates, and have made considerable progress towards graduation.

See also

Academic Bulletins

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2023-2024 Campus Bulletin
2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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