2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, BFA

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This degree is designed for students preparing to become professional artists, art teachers, graphic designers, or to enter any of the related professions.

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Students may be admitted to the B.F.A. studio program after having completed ART 110 , ART 111 , ART 112 , ART 113 , and ART 351  or ART 352, and by presenting a portfolio of their work to the art faculty. The application can be submitted only after the completion of these courses but must occur before the end of the sophomore year. For unusual circumstances, an extension can be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the department faculty. Acceptance into the B.F.A. program is based on an evaluation of the portfolio materials and the student’s previous performance in all Fine Arts Department courses. Those who are not admitted into the B.F.A. program have one semester to develop work for a second submission.

All B.F.A. majors are required to successfully exhibit their work in a senior thesis show to fulfill graduation requirements.

Major Requirements

17 to 22 courses. These shall include foundation courses: ART 110 , ART 111 , ART 112 , ART 113 , and ART 351 , and upper level art history ART 345  or ART 347 ; two 2D studio media courses from among ART 354 , ART 355 , ART 356 ; two 3D studio media courses from among ART 358 , ART 359 , ART 360 ; at least two additional art history courses; and at least one additional drawing or figure drawing course. In addition, each B.F.A. candidate takes at least two upper levels of the same two-dimensional or three-dimensional studio media area of concentration. A minimum of four drawing and/or figure drawing courses is required of the student who chooses drawing for his/her studio concentration. The declaration of major form will be submitted upon completion of ART 110 , ART 111 , ART 112 , ART 113  and ART 351 by the end of the sophomore year, after being accepted into the program. Courses taken credit/no entry may not be applied toward the major. All candidates for the B.F.A. degree must complete the following distribution requirements (see Requirements for All Degrees  and Distribution Requirements ): any three units from Group I , one unit from Group II , two units from Group III , and one unit from outside the fine arts department in Group IV . There is no language requirement for those in the BFA program.  Art education course, ART 302  and credits awarded for an apprenticeship/internship cannot be counted among the seventeen basic units required for the B.F.A. degree.


To qualify as a candidate for Phi Beta Kappa, students choosing the B.F.A. degree must complete all additional distribution requirements as stated under Requirements for All Degrees  and Distribution Requirements .

Students working toward the combined degree can choose to fulfill the departmental and distribution requirements for either the BA degree in another department or the BFA degree.

The combined degree program is a four-year or five-year program that requires a minimum of 17 art courses, 7 distribution requirements and the completion of the major in another department.

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