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Art Major, BFA


This program offers an intensive curriculum in studio art that prepares students for a rewarding career in art or design, or advanced study in the field. Students receive a broad introduction to the studio arts through a sequence of introductory courses in different media, followed by elective courses (at least half of them intermediate/advanced practice-based ones).  

Students also have the opportunity to select an available concentration (e.g., Film/Video Production; Painting/Drawing; Photography; Digital/Graphic Design; or Sculpture).

University Core Curriculum – (44-55)


Major Requirements – (72)

Required Studio Foundations Major Courses: (15 credits)

ART 140Drawing I

3 credits

ART 145Painting I

3 credits

ART 186Digital Design I

3 credits


ART 130Sculpture I

3 credits


ART 133Ceramics I

3 credits


ART 153Introduction to Photography

3 credits


ART 159Photography I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Required Major Electives (42 credits)

Minimum of 21 credits must be in intermediate or advanced practice-based courses.

Remaining credits are chosen in consultation with department advisor. 

Note:  Concentrations are not required.  However, with department approval a student may concentrate in an available area (e.g., Film/Video Production; Painting/Drawing: Photography; Digital/Graphic Design; or Sculpture).  See department for lists of available course options.  

Total Credit Hours:42

Capstone Course (3 credit minimum)

Students may take a maximum of three capstone courses: Project Studio A/B/C (3-9 credits). 
ART 306Project Studio A

3 credits

ART 307Project Studio B

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Required Art History Courses: (12 credits)

Students take four Art History Courses: 12 credits.

Both ART 102 and ART 103 (6 cred.). 

One Modern or Contemporary Art course from following list (3 cred.). 

       ART 174, ART 205, ART 214, ART 215, ART 245, FSS 202, FSS 203

One Non-Western Art History course from following list (3 cred.).

       ART 217, ART 218, ART 220

Total Credit Hours:12


Open Electives – (1-12)


Total Credit Hours: 128

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