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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art aims more specifically at the aspiring professional artist and designer, and prepares these students with the skills and knowledge needed to go on to graduate study or a design career.

The creative capacity of students pursuing the BFA degree leads them to express themselves visually. The degree curriculum enables these students to determine their artistic identity and their expressive voice, providing them with the tools and means to communicate their ideas, thereby participating within their community through their chosen emphasis. The intellectually rigorous program focuses on the communicative power of art — it demands of students a high level of commitment, introspection and consideration. While still situated within a university that offers various opportunities for exploration outside the field of art, BFA students focus in greater depth in their studio art or graphic design practice. The extra art or design credits taken allow for further investigation into a chosen emphasis, ultimately producing a final body of work in that emphasis to be shown in a final professional gallery exhibition and explained in a final thesis or portfolio project.

Studio Art

The BFA in Art with a Studio Emphasis degree familiarizes students with the rich tradition of the visual arts, provides them with an understanding of the tools and materials available to the artist as a means of personal expression, shows students that there are fundamental concepts which unify all art yet which allow for infinite variation, and introduces to them alternative ways of looking, seeing, finding and discovering. BFA studio art students explore a wide variety of media, gaining extensive studio experience and learning the techniques and expressive opportunities unique to each. A primary focus of the program is on students finding their own creative and conceptual voice, and discovering ways to visually communicate their thoughts and ideas.

BFA studio art students also more thoroughly investigate such potential in a single area of emphasis, from among those offered in DADAH. Students at this level learn within a more professional framework, where the relationship between student and teacher becomes that of apprentice and master. Through this unique teaching relationship, students develop a high level of achievement in an area of expertise, while further developing personal creative abilities. In this manner they establish a sound basis for significant professional accomplishments in art.

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Areas of Emphases

The Ceramics program is designed to support both sculpture and utilitarianware, handbuilding and wheelthrowing. Students are prepared to build with clay and finish work with ceramic surfaces. However, the program also encourages cross-medium exploration with the intent of honing materials and content to express the integrity of the idea. The program parallels exposure to traditional and contemporary ceramics with the belief that knowledge of the historical/traditional forms of folk and ritual pottery and tribal fetishes contribute to the student's development in making an informed contemporary statement.

Ceramics Courses:

  • ART 2530 Ceramics: Space
  • ART 2540 Ceramics: Function
  • ART 3530 Ceramics Studio
  • ART 3540 Ceramics Materials and Technology
  • ART 4530 Ceramics: Special Studies
  • ART 4540 Ceramics: Molds

The philosophy of the drawing emphasis is:

  1. To promote a love and habit of drawing that will serve as a foundation for all areas of emphasis in the department.
  2. To develop competence in a variety of drawing media from traditional to experimental and interdisciplinary.
  3. To teach a wide enough range of skills and concepts to ensure individual choice in style or direction, whether figurative or non-figurative.

To achieve these goals, Webster's drawing program develops sequentially. The lower-level courses function in context with our foundations curriculum. It is because the early drawing classes are laterally integrated with these required courses that the first few semesters of drawing can focus on observational drawing and traditional drawing media without sacrificing creativity and new directions in art.

Intermediate and upper level drawing courses encourage conceptual and contemporary approaches to drawing, as well as interdisciplinary options. Other Topics courses in drawing provide students with opportunities to focus on specialized skills or directions in drawing.

Drawing Courses:


  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing


  • ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing
  • ART 3120 Narrative Figure Drawing
  • ART 3140 Digital Drawing
  • ART 3150 Anatomy Studies
  • ART 4110 Advanced Drawing

Electronic and Time-Based Art includes performance art, video art, sound and noise art, digital art, and installation art. These contemporary art-making practices are unified in their engagement with time/space as a medium and mode of practice. Electronic and Time-Based Art takes an intermedial approach to art-making, focusing on modes of practice and the dialectic between media rather than any singular medium, unified by the concept of time as a material.

Time-Based Art Courses:

  • ART 2810 Video Art
  • ART 2820 Sound and Noise Art
  • ART 3820 Performance Art
  • ART 3830 Time Studio

The teaching philosophy of the undergraduate painting program at Webster University focuses on providing students with the fundamentals and solid foundation in the craft of painting. Students are challenged to sharpen the technical skills of paint handling and archival support preparation while remaining open to experimental and alternative media.

As students develop the basic skills to address subject matter and content, emphasis is placed on the role of painting as a continuing source of conceptual development and expanding visual vocabulary in the context of contemporary art. The program maintains an open policy allowing for the discovery and investigation of individual aesthetic and conceptual directions, interpretations and expressions.

Painting Courses:

  • ART 2410 Painting I
  • ART 3410 Intermediate Painting I
  • ART 3420 Intermediate Painting II
  • ART 4410 Advanced Painting

The Photography emphasis considers and approaches the photographic medium as an expressive medium. Students learn the technical skills necessary to create meaningful bodies of work. With guided and self-directed projects, students develop their own artistic practice and do not just take pictures, but they learn to make meaning photographically.

Photography Courses:

  • ART 2715 Fine Art Photography
  • ART 2720 Intermediate Photography
  • ART 3730 Color Photographics
  • ART 3750 Alternative Photography
  • ART 3760 Photographic Possibilities
  • ART 4710 Advanced Photography

The printmaking curriculum is designed to provide the opportunity for an introduction to a variety of printmaking processes including woodblock, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting and alternative processes, as well as offering the advantage of advanced and specialized work. The conceptual emphasis is focused on helping student find the means to use printmaking to relevant, timely and evocative work. Although students have freedom to choose from varied technical approaches their common goal is to measure their work by currents in the field and a contemporary standard.

Printmaking Courses:

  • ART 2610 Printmaking Concepts and Techniques
  • ART 3610 Printmaking: Silkscreen
  • ART 3620 Intaglio Printmaking
  • ART 3650 Printmaking Workshop
  • ART 3680 Alternative Lithography
  • ART 4630 Printmaking Studio

Papermaking Courses:

  • ART 3630 Papermaking
  • ART 3690 Book Arts
  • ART 3070 Fiber Arts

The Sculpture emphasis teaches students to make meaning through three-dimensional work. It introduces the various materials and processes of sculpture, including woodworking, metalworking, plaster- and metal-casting, and automation. As students develop, they learn qualities of craftsmanship, and an understanding of space itself as a medium. Advanced work processes individually along a student's particular interest to develop a body of work that explores focused themes, content and techniques.

Sculpture Courses:

  • ART 2315 Sculpture I
  • ART 3320 Sculpture II
  • ART 3330 Sculpture Workshop
  • ART 4310 Advanced Sculpture

Degree Requirements

Sample Curriculum

The following curriculum for a BFA in Art with a Studio Art Emphasis major is an example only. It represents the department’s concern that a BFA Art graduate balance an exposure to various materials and techniques of art practice with a concentrated focus on a specific studio practice, while remaining exposed to other fields of thought, and the encouragement of study abroad to broaden one’s global vision. See the degree requirements and the Degree Audit Worksheet for specific requirements and options.

ART 1010 Creative Strategies 3
ART 1150 Observational Drawing 3
ART 1300 Materials and Making 3
ART 1900 First Year Exhibition 0
ARHS 2200 Current Art 3
GLBC 1200 Cornerstone Seminar 3
ARHS 2210 Intercultural History of Art 3
DESN 1500 Digital Visualization 3
ART 2315 Sculpture I 3
ART 2715 Fine Art Photography 3
ART 2110 Figure Drawing 3
ART 2610 Printmaking Concepts and Techniques 3
ARHS 3210 Nineteenth-Century Art 3
Elective 3
ART 2900 DADAH Critique 0
ART 2410 Painting 3
ARHS 2820 Sound and Noise Art 3
ARHS 3250 Modern Art 3
Elective 3
ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing 3
ART 2530 Ceramics Space 3
Electives 3
Elective 3
ART 3690 Book Arts 3
DESN 2500 Design for Digital Portfolios 3
ART 3900 BFA Review 0
Keystone Seminar 3
Elective 3
ARHS 2000 Short-Term Study Abroad Venice or Florence 3
ART 4020: Professional Practice for Artists 3
ART 2540 Ceramics: Form and Design 3
ART 4540 Ceramics: Molds 3
ART 2130 Illustration  3
Elective 3
ART 4010: Senior Critique 3
ART 4910: DADAH BA and BFA exhibition 1
ART 4530 Ceramics: Special Studies 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Senior Exhibition

In order to graduate with a BA in Art or BFA in Art or Graphic Design from DADAH, students must participate in the senior exhibition held at the end of the spring semester in the Arcade Contemporary Art Projects gallery (or, if not available, suitable alternative space). Students learn how to design, manage and execute a successful group art exhibition by organizing a professional art exhibition from beginning to end, experiencing the work behind the scenes that makes viewing artwork in public possible. Students will be involved in all aspects of putting on an exhibition, from designing a show card and posters, to internet advertising, choosing themes and a title, installing and de-installing work, getting donations for food and beverages for the reception, etc. Prerequisites: ART 2900

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