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Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program allows students to pick a medium in which to concentrate their studies. As a student in the program, you can choose between general studio art, art history, ceramics and sculpture, graphic design and electronic art, painting and drawing, photography, and printmaking. No matter which concentration you choose, you'll create and show a senior exhibition and complete an internship.

Every concentration has the same foundation and general studio requirements. Once you have completed the general art courses, you'll begin taking upper level courses for your concentration. 

Art Foundation Requirements - 21 hrs

(all courses are 3 hrs, except as noted)

  • AR 101 Survey of Art History I
  • AR 102 Survey of Art History II
  • AR 120 Design I 2-D
  • AR 121 Design II 3-D
  • AR 131 Basic Photo Imaging
  • AR 140 Drawing I
  • AR 141 Drawing II

General Studio/Intermediate Courses 18 hrs

  • AR 219 Intro to Printmaking
  • AR 220 Darkroom Photography I
  • AR 223 Graphic Design I
  • AR 240 Painting I
  • AR 260 Ceramics I
  • AR 262 Sculpture I

Degree Requirements and Courses for Concentrations

Below are the requirements and courses for each of the concentrations with the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.

Studio Electives: Mid/Upper Level Courses (9 hrs, 6 hrs must be Upper Level)

  •  AR XXX 3-D Elective
  •  AR XXX Painting OR Drawing OR Printmaking Elective
  •  AR XXX Photography OR Graphics OR Electronic Arts Elective

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  • AR 3XX Art History Elective
  • AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  • AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  • AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  • AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  • AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  • AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs

Open Art Electives: Upper level – 18 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses. May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses.

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level)

Total Art hours: 84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits: 39
Total credits for Degree: 123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  •  AR 300 Art Theory Past & Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  •  AR 3XX Art history electives or AR 407 21st Century Art Practices – 9 hrs
  •  AR 313 Museums and Materials
  •  AR 312 Research in Art history

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  •  AR 3XX 3-D elective (sculpture, ceramics, or glass)
  •  AR 3XX Painting, Drawing, or Printmaking elective
  •  AR 3XX Photography, Graphics or Electronic Art elective
  •  AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  •  AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  •  AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  •  AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs

Open Art Electives: Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses. May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses.

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level)

Total Art hours: 84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits: 39
Total credits for Degree: 123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  • AR 360 Ceramics II
  • AR 364 Advanced Sculpture (2 semesters) – 6 hrs
  • AR 361 Ceramic Glaze/Surface Exploration OR AR 460 Advanced Ceramics (topic)
  • AR 3XX 3-D Elective
  • AR 343 Figure Drawing

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  • AR 3XX Art History Elective
  • AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  • AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  • AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  • AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  • AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  • AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs 

Open Art Electives:  Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses. 

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level) 

Total Art hours:  84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits:  39
Total credits for Degree:  123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  •  AR 231 Basic Multimedia
  •  AR 318 Typography
  • AR 322 Graphic Design II
  •  AR 321 Photoshop Imaging
  •  AR 429 Web Design
  •  AR 418 Advanced Typography

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  • AR 3XX Art History Elective
  • AR 343 Figure Drawing
  • AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  • AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  • AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  • AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  • AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs 

Open Art Electives:  Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses. 

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level) 

Total Art hours:  84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits:  39
Total credits for Degree:  123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  •  AR 340 Advanced Painting (topic)
  •  AR 343 Figure Drawing
  •  AR 323 Silkscreen OR AR 324 Lithography OR AR 319 Etching OR AR 419 Relief Printing
  •  AR 342 Watercolor OR AR 345 Chinese Painting
  •  AR 340 Advanced Painting OR AR 442 Advanced Watercolor OR AR 341 Art of Landscape OR AR 445 Advanced Chinese Painting OR AR 3XX   Elective Painting Course OR AR 443 Advanced Figure Drawing
  •  AR 421 Digital Painting and Drawing

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  •  AR 3XX Art History Elective
  •  AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  •  AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  •  AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  •  AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  •  AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  •  AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs

Open Art Electives:  Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses. 

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level) 

Total Art hours:  84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits:  39
Total credits for Degree:  123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  •  AR 231 Basic Multimedia OR Elective course in Graphic Design or Electronic Art
  •  AR 321 Photoshop Imaging
  •  AR 320 Darkroom Photography II OR AR 332 Advanced Photo Techniques I
  •  AR 354 Documentary Photography
  •  AR 355 Experimental Photography OR AR 352 Professional Photographic Lighting
  •  AR 353 Alternative Processes Photography

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  •  AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  •  AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  •  AR 315 History of Photography OR Art History (300 level) Elective
  •  AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  •  AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  •  AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  •  AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs

Open Art Electives:  Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses. 

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level) 

Total Art hours:  84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits:  39
Total credits for Degree:  123

Courses for Concentration 18 hrs

  •  AR 323 Silkscreen OR AR 324 Lithography OR AR 319 Etching OR AR 419 Adv. Relief Printing- 9 hrs
  •  AR 3XX Level Painting Course OR AR 3XX Level Drawing Course OR AR 3XX Level Photo Course OR appropriate special topics course
  •  AR 322 Graphic Design II: Print/InDesign OR AR 321 Photoshop Imaging OR AR 221/421 Digital Painting & Drawing
  •  AR 343 Figure Drawing

Required Upper level Courses 18 hrs

  •  AR 3XX Art History Elective
  •  AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  •  AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art
  •  AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  •  AR 401 Internship – 3 hrs
  •  AR 403 Workshop in Art Media
  •  AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs

Open Art Electives:  Upper level – 9 hrs

  • Any studio or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses. 

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program(sophomore level) 

Total Art hours:  84
Total Gen Ed /University Core credits:  39
Total credits for Degree:  123

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