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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art (B.F.A.)

The bachelor of fine arts degree is a professionally oriented undergraduate degree in art. It is designed primarily for those planning to become professional artists, artist-teachers, or art therapists. Greater emphasis is placed on actual practice in the creative art disciplines.

The degree is considered the appropriate preparation for the master of fine arts degree, which is recognized as the terminal degree in studio arts, and for a master’s degree in art therapy, which is required for registration as an art therapist. The BFA in art is a four-year, 124-credit hours program with concentrations possible in painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, printmaking, drawing, metalsmithing and jewelry, illustration, digital arts, and photography.

Basic requirements (46 credit hours)

Social sciences - 6 hours
Humanities - 9 hours
Philosophy or mathematics - 3 hours
2 Sciences, one with a lab - 7-9 hours
General electives - 13-14 hours

Art courses (78 credit hours)

Core - 40 credit hours
Area of Concentration - 23 credit hours
Art Electives - 15 credit hours

B.F.A. Area Concentrations

For a course to count as part of the 23 credit hours in a concentration for the B.F.A., students must earn a grade of C or higher.

Ceramics Concentration (23 credit hours)

Digital Arts Concentration (23 credit hours)

Drawing Concentration (23 credit hours)

Metalsmithing and Jewelry Concentration (23 credit hours)

Painting Concentration (23 credit hours)

Photography Concentration (23 credit hours)

Printmaking Concentration (23 credit hours)

Sculpture Concentration (23 credit hours)

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requirements

Concentration Admission Review

Formal evaluation prior to admission to a chosen area of concentration is required upon completion of Department of Art foundation core. A display of selected completed foundation core work will occur during the semester when the last of nine foundation courses (25 credit hours) will be completed. Visual course work must meet faculty approval, and upon passing the concentration admission review students may begin BFA study in the area of concentration they have selected.

An additional review opportunity is allowed after an unsuccessful attempt to pass the concentration admission review. The second attempt must be made at the end of the semester following an unsuccessful effort to pass the concentration admission review. The second attempt may, if so requested, occur in an area different from the first unsuccessful attempt.

Students not successful in a second attempt to pass the concentration admission review will be advised to consider the BA degree in art. For complete details on the concentration admission review, students may get a copy of the requirements from the Department of Art advisor.

The major requirements are as follows: (78 credit hours)

Foundation Core

Choose three (9 credit hours) from the following course choices:

Additional requirements

  • Area concentration Credits: (23)
  • Art electives Credits: (12-15)


 Studios, laboratories, and equipment for creative work are provided and adequate to the needs of the art areas. Student work may be retained at the discretion of the faculty for an indefinite period of time for instructional and exhibition purposes.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (124)