Department of Art

BA and BFA Studio Art Degrees

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In the Department of Art, students learn about artistic expression and design aesthetics, while developing media skills, a personal vision, and conceptual language from award-winning faculty who are passionately committed to their own scholarship and studio practices and are focused on their student’s growth and success. Students hone their proficiencies in: design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, ceramics, photography, digital arts and interactive media. The study of studio art provides a special avenue of liberal education for knowledge, discovery, cultural engagement, and creative skills that can be applied to a range of careers or toward graduate study in art.

All accepted Art majors enter the program as Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts (BAVA) candidates. The BAVA degree provides a broad liberal arts and studio experience. The department provides unique opportunities to gain “real world” experience through internships which may include: gallery management at non-profit organizations, community businesses, art museums, and within the university. The BAVA degree program does not require a portfolio for entry.

Students interested in a studio-focused, professional experience may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program with concentrations in: 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Digital and Photographic Art and New Media Design Practices.

Our unique museum campus, featuring the award-winning Center for the Visual Arts and Center for Sculptural Studies, allows students to take advantage of outstanding research facilities. Experiences beyond the classroom often include field trips guided by Department of Art faculty to national museums, galleries, and historical sites.

The BA in Visual Art is a special liberal arts degree based in studio art. This program provides students with a solid foundation in art through studio and art history courses. The BAVA program of study is deeply integrated within the general education of the university’s colleges using visual art as an instrument for cognitive growth, knowledge discovery, and cultural engagement. Though there are no concentrations in the degree, students take a variety of courses in 2D studies, 3D studies, or digital and photographic art for their advanced studio course work.

The BAVA degree requirements are:

Foundational Art Studies – 15 credit hours

Core Art Studies – 12 credit hours

Advanced Art Studies – 15 credit hours

Required Support courses (including BAVA Thesis Project) – 6 credit hours

Related Requirements & Art History – 18 credit hours

General Education Requirements – 58 credit hours

Total – 124 credit hours

BAVA checksheet

Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art
1. Aesthetic abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to create artworks with an aesthetic order that expresses meaning and furthers cognitive growth.
2. Technique and the comprehension of a medium's potential: Students demonstrate skill and craft when using tools and art/design materials.
3. Presentation/career preparedness: Students conceptualize, plan, and prepare effective artistic projects in an exhibition, portfolio, and/or publication format.
4. Writing and communication skills: Students convey, interpret and summarize complex ideas effectively through written, oral, and visual rhetoric.
5. Research skills: Students demonstrate effective use of multiple global resources in the arts, humanities, and sciences for developing creative projects.
After successful completion of Foundations coursework with a 3.0 GPA in art and related courses, students may apply to the BFA Program. The BFA program is the choice for the student who is preparing for professional commitment to the field of art. As distinct from the BAVA program, the BFA. curriculum provides a more in-depth experience in a studio concentration. BFA candidates work closely with faculty to develop a strong and cohesive body of artwork. Unique to this program, all BFA candidates and Studio faculty must meet every semester for a progress review of student’s artwork.

As a BFA candidate, you will choose a studio concentration from one of the following four areas: 2D Studies (design, drawing, painting, printmaking), 3D Studies (sculpture, installation, ceramics), Digital and Photographic Arts (digital art and photography), and New Media Design Practices (service-learning, digital design and interactive media).

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) application details are available in the BFA Handbook.

Degree requirements checksheets:
BFA Digital and Photographic Art
BFA New Media Design Practices

Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts
1. Aesthetic abilities: demonstrate the ability to create artworks with an aesthetic order that expresses their unique vision. 

2. Technique and the comprehension of a medium’s potential: demonstrate skill and craft when using tools and art/design materials within and beyond their area of concentration. 

3. Presentation/career preparedness: prepare artworks skillfully for both exhibition and the creation of a coherent portfolio. 

4. Writing and communication skills: convey, interpret and summarize complex ideas effectively through both written and oral means. 

5. Research skills: demonstrate effective use of multiple global resources to gather information about areas of interest specific to their discipline. 

Minors in: Studio Art, Art History or Art Museum Practices (AMP) are available to all university students regardless of major.

Art Students can also select an Interdisciplinary Minor in Sound Production and Design, Visual Effects and Animation, Digital Arts and Visual Communication, or Documentary Theory and Production.

Last Updated: 6/30/19