Art with Studio Emphasis (BFA)

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Program Description


Areas of Emphasis

  • Alternative Media
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

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Special Requirements

Advanced standing as a major in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History is achieved by faculty evaluation of a portfolio of the student's studio coursework during Major Acceptance Review. This evaluation is usually done during the second semester of the sophomore year or after a student has successfully completed 45 credit hours of study, providing the student has completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of studio coursework.

Following Major Acceptance Review, students are formally advised of admittance to the department as candidates for the BA program or are advised to resubmit their portfolios the following semester. Students whose portfolios do not receive a favorable evaluation when resubmitted are advised to seek another department for their major. The department notifies students of portfolio review dates.

Students must apply for BFA candidacy by completing the BFA candidacy form and presenting an acceptable selection of specialized work. This must take place spring semester of junior year, or upon the completion of 80 credit hours. Successful completion of a written application and submission of specific examples of work in the intended area of emphasis are required for acceptance. Students receive either written notification of acceptance or a recommendation to continue pursuing a BA after the portfolio and application are reviewed by the faculty of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History.

Candidates for the BFA in Art with Studio Emphasis will designate a specific studio area of emphasis from those listed above and earn a minimum of 18 credit hours in that area.

Degree Requirements

85 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
31 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

Core Distribution:

  • ART 1010 Creative Strategies (3 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2200 Current Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Introduction to the History of Western Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art (3 hours)
    (or an approved substitution in art history)
  • ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review (0 hours)
  • Studio course distribution (see below) (24 hours)
  • ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar (3 hours)


BFA-specific courses:

  • ART 3900 BFA Review (0 hours)
  • Art History and Criticism Requirement (6 hours)
  • ART 4110, ART 4120 Drawing: Advanced or
  • ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing (3 hours)
  • Studio area emphasis courses (see below) (15 hours)
  • BFA Thesis (3 hours)

Other Program Requirements

  • Students in the BFA program are expected to fulfill the same core requirements as for the BA in studio art. In addition, they must complete 6 further credit hours in art history and criticism; 9 further credits in additional studio course distribution; 18 further credit hours in studio courses consisting of 15 from their declared area of emphasis and 3 in drawing; and 3 credit hours with the BFA thesis.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework selected from each of the following studio areas: alternative media, ceramics, graphic design, painting, papermaking, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. At least one course must be at the 3000 level or above
  • When the declared studio BFA area emphasis is drawing, it is necessary, due to total departmental requirements, to earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in that studio.
  • Students must complete two ARHS courses at 3000 level or above

BFA Thesis and Exhibition

The thesis is written during the last semester of the senior year in the student's area of emphasis. BFA candidate students also put on a group exhibition at an off-campus, professional gallery space, displaying work from their BFA project.

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