The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is designed for students who, after having experienced a range of media, wish to concentrate their efforts in individualized studies pursuing specialized concepts with defined media parameters. In this more sharply focused degree, you develop a strong portfolio and greater independence. It is an excellent preparation for continued study beyond the bachelor's degree. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program requires 60 studio hours in art including the completion of the following components: You must have no lower than a 3.0 average in all studio art classes at the time you make application for the B.F.A. program (junior year, see below). And you must maintain at least a 3.0 average in studio classes after being accepted into the program
A. General Education Requirements.
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.
B. Core Requirements (23 credit hours)
ART 111 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
ART 115 Drawing: Skills and Concepts
ART 215 Life Drawing
ART 210 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 211 Introduction to Computer Graphics: Computer Imaging
ART 221 Introduction to Computer Graphics: Graphic Design
ART 496 Senior Workshop
C. Major Interview with Portfolio after the completion of three of the core requirement courses.
D. 37 Additional Credit Hours in Studio Art (37 credits)These courses should include in scope the areas of painting, graphic arts, three-dimensional design or sculpture, printmaking, drawing and design, and/or arts & activism and an in-depth concentration of at least 12 hours in one of these areas beyond the core courses. See Section C under Bachelor of Arts, Art Major.
E. B.F.A. Interview (See B.F.A. procedures)
F. 9 Credits of Art History (from among)
AH 101 Looking at Art
AH 202 Wonders of World Art: Ancient to Modern
AH 350 Black Art
AH 355 History of Women Artists
AH 370 20th/21st Century Art (Highly recommended)
G. Graduation Thesis Project and Accompanying Essay
H. One-Person Degree Exhibition
B.F.A. CANDIDACY APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Degree applicants must first complete the major interview process and gain acceptance as an art major. After further studio course work, the student may apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program. Application, including an interview, samples of work to be pursued, and written thesis proposal, must be completed no later than the beginning of the junior year. If accepted, the first term of the junior year will be a probationary period and upon successful completion, the student will be officially accepted into the BFA program. Guidance in the preparation of the written declaration must be provided by a department faculty member who, at the request of the applicant, has agreed to serve as thesis director.
The thesis project is composed of a work or group of works in the candidate's area of study demonstrating a mature level of technical competency and aesthetic awareness. The project is accompanied by an essay indicating the candidate's thesis director. Faculty recommendations may include provisional admission. A complete record (CD-ROM format) of works is also required.
After being accepted into the B.F.A. program, the candidate must meet once every semester with the department faculty. The purpose of this meeting is to review thesis work and monitor progress. If at any time, the student fails to show progress the faculty reserves the right to withdraw the BFA acceptance and the student may then reapply when sufficiently prepared.