Studio Art and Design (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. is a four-year degree divided into two parts: the preprofessional program (freshman and sophomore years) and the professional program (junior and senior years). Majors are eligible to apply for the professional program when they have completed the art core, in the process of completing the 200-level art course requirements, and have earned a minimum 2.75 GPA. Applications for the professional BFA program will be requested each semester; students must be admitted to the professional BFA through the review process before being admitted to ART 490 and ART 495. Transcripts and a portfolio of the student's art work must accompany the application. Students accepted into the professional program must complete 15 credits of 300-level studio courses with at least 6 of the 15 credits in one sequential studio area and 12 credits of art history before enrolling in ART 490 and ART 495. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and receive a grade of C or better in the 300- and 400-level art courses. Students may reapply for entry into the professional program any semester after their sophomore year.

Computer Equipment: Beginning with the first year of the program, all art and design students are required to have their own laptop computer and appropriate software for use in their courses. Please refer to the College of Art and Architecture’s website for specifics.

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the art core, and a studio emphasis (all the 200-level and 300-level courses in a specific studio area) in one of the following areas: graphic design, interaction design, painting, sculpture, printmaking, or photography/digital imaging and:

Art Core14
Major Requirements60
Total Hours74

Major Requirements

ART 303Contemporary Art and Theory3
ART 407New Media3
ART 410Professional Practices2
ART 490BFA Art/Design Studio12
ART 495BFA Senior Thesis4
Select 6 credits of Art History Electives with advisor approval:6
Visual Culture
History and Theory of Modern Design
Ancient & Pre-Modern Art
Modern Art and Theory
History and Theory of Modern Design
History of Typography
History of Photography
Visual Studies
Select 15 credits from the following 200-level Studio courses:15
Life Drawing
Digital Tools
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Typography
Painting I
Sculpture I
Printmaking I
Ceramics I
Interaction Design I
Experiential Design I
Understanding Photography
Select 15 credits from 300-400 level Studio courses: 215
Graphic Design: Concepts
Graphic Design: Studio
Intermediate/Advanced Painting
Intermediate/Advanced Sculpture
Intermediate/Advanced Printmaking
Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics
Intermediate/Advanced Interaction + Experiential Design
Digital Imaging
Mixed Media
Information Design
Total Hours60

 Courses to total 120 credits for this degree

No more than a combined total of 9 credits of the following courses may be applied toward a B.F.A. degree: ART 404, ART 488, ART 497, ART 498, and ART 499.