Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art is awarded in recognition of successful completion of prolonged and intensive studio coursework with supportive studies in art history and criticism. The final two years of study include a specialized area of study in one of the following: ceramics, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Transfer students who wish to receive credit for upper-division art courses taken at another institution should present a portfolio of work to the department before the registration period. This portfolio should consist of 10 original examples or two-inch by two-inch slides of work from upper-division studio courses taken at other institutions.
Most students will fulfill the requirements for this degree with 120 semester credit hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Due to the large number of major courses in the B.F.A. degree, full-time art students should enroll in two studio art courses, one art history and criticism course, and one or two Core Curriculum courses each semester. Art majors in the B.F.A. program should request an appointment with the undergraduate advisor for art programs before all enrollment periods. In order to complete all B.F.A. degree requirements in a timely fashion, both full-time and part-time art students should register every term for twice as many credits in their major course requirements as in Core Curriculum courses. Students seeking teacher certification should consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center.
All candidates for the degree must complete 63 semester credit hours of art (ART) and 18 semester credit hours of art history and criticism (AHC).