About the Program
All freshmen and transfer students enter the B.F.A. program through required portfolio review. Those admitted as freshmen or as transfers with fewer than four semesters in college must be examined for the major prior to their last four semesters in the program. Students admitted as upper-division transfers must be examined for the major at the end of the first semester in the program.
The application for a major is the most critical evaluation in the program. Eligibility will be determined by a two-member faculty committee on the basis of an interview with the student and a review of his or her portfolio. Each B.F.A. student will be required to mount an individual exhibition of his or her work. It will be planned and installed with the advice of the student’s faculty adviser, but no grade will be assigned. The Fine Arts Department reserves the right to retain students’ artwork for official purposes, such as exhibits, catalogs, or teaching aids.
Admission to the B.F.A. program is based on an interview and portfolio examination by the Fine Arts Department. The portfolio is to be presented in person or mailed along with a statement of intent as stipulated by the department and should contain examples of work that the candidate believes best display his or her abilities.
Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in their courses. All studio courses may have an additional instructional charge for materials used in class.
Fine arts students become professional artists in their major (painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture). Some also may pursue commercial work in related vocations requiring their expertise, such as advertising, photography, photojournalism, art printing, pattern and model making, illustration, and restoration. Graduates have been hired as artists, graphic artists, photographers, illustrators, printers, directors, managers, and professors. Typical hiring firms include museums, public and cultural agencies, advertising agencies, galleries, businesses, universities.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Fine Arts 78 cr
A. Required Courses (45 cr)
DES 101 Two-Dimensional Design
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 102 Drawing II
FAR 103 Modeling
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 210 Introductory Painting
FAR 220 Introductory Photography
FAR 230 Introductory Printmaking
FAR 240 Introductory Sculpture
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
FAR 363 Twentieth-Century Art
FAR 470 Senior Seminar in Fine Arts
Two art history electives.
B. Painting Courses (21 cr)
FAR 311 Intermediate Painting I
FAR 312 Intermediate Painting II
FAR 313 Advanced Painting (three courses) (9)
FAR 410 Senior Studio in Painting (6)
C. Art Electives (12 cr)
All College Electives 0–3 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr