Bachelor of fine arts
The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) is a professional degree intended for students who wish to pursue careers in the fine arts.
Admission to the program
Students typically apply for admission to this program during their sophomore year. Entry to the program is based on an evaluation of student portfolios.
Before applying for admission to the program, a student must have completed three college-level studio art courses.
Application forms will be available to students who attend the BFA informational meeting, which is held once each semester, in early October or March.
A student wishing to obtain a BFA degree in studio art must successfully complete 124 semester hours, including three interim courses, the regular liberal arts core requirements, with the exception of a reduced foreign language requirement, equivalent to one year in college, and a prescribed program of concentration.
Complete the following courses to earn a BFA in studio art (63 semester hours):
- Art 153 (4 hrs)
- Art history 101 or Architectural History 201 (4 hrs)
- Art history 102 or Architectural History 202 (4 hrs)
- Art history 238, 239 or 240 (3 hrs)
- One art history electives (3 hrs)
- Five introductory studio courses from 250, 251, 255, 256, 257 and 258 (15 hrs)
- Four intermediate studio courses from 300, 301, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 316 (12 hrs)
- Three advanced studio courses from 350, 351, 355, 356, 357, 358 and 380 (9 hrs)
- Two electives from studio art or art history (6 hrs)
- Art studio 395 (3 hrs)
- Art studio 399
- Recommended cognate: Philosophy 208
At the end of each semester the art faculty will review the progress of each BFA student admitted to the program. The purpose of these reviews is two fold: to encourage students and to assure the successful completion of their program of study.
BFA students will participate in a fifteen minute discussion with the faculty about their work. Students will be asked questions pertaining to presentation, research, technique and concept development to show that they are able to talk about and defend their work as an artist. The art faculty will assess the progress of the student and those who have made insufficient progress may be placed on probation for one semester.
If during the following semester the faculty determines that student's progress is inadequate, then the faculty may request the student to discontinue the program. The BFA student will be required at the end of each semester to present ten examples of their recent work in an assigned location. Accompanying each display should be a brief typed statement describing the visual problems and solutions the student has attempted to address; a description of any current art or art history models which have influenced or informed the student's investigation; a list of studio art/art history courses currently enrolled in; and a list of the works including when and for what class the work was done or work done independently of class.