The Department of Art offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Art.
Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. They use a variety of methods – painting, sculpting, or illustration – and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, plaster, clay, and computers. Artists’ works may be realistic, stylized, or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature, or events. Postsecondary training is recommended for all art specialties. Although formal training is not required, it is difficult to make a living without having some training.
Artists may design film and theater sets, exhibits, brochures, web sites, fashions, costumes or television graphics. They may become commissioned artists, art materials retailers, art museum assistants, or studio craftsperson. Careers also include photographers, art directors, animators, illustrators or copywriters, professional artist (freelance), marketing and advertising, product and food photographer. Students may also choose to further their education and attend graduate school to pursue careers such as art therapy.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in following courses:
4 Year Plan
Elementary drawing with the figure, still life, landscape, and perspective in various media.
Design principles and fundamentals in two-dimensional media using a problem-solving approach.
Basic skills with studio hand tools and power equipment; emphasizes safety procedures. This course is a prerequisite for any studio art course except ART110 and ART120.
Traditional and contemporary approaches to ceramics as
an art form; emphasizes technical, historical, and aesthetic problems.
Hand building and throwing techniques; introduces kiln
firing and glaze formulation.
Advanced techniques and problems in ceramics. May be repeated for credit.
Techniques and media used in the production of drawings for commercial purposes.
Exploration of techniques, craftsmanship and conceptual skills to provide understanding of illustration and its function in design for commercial purposes.
Continuation of problem solving and development of personal style for the marketplace. Exploration of business practices and expectations. Work towards personal promotion and portfolio presentation. May be repeated for credit.
Color, composition, and technique; the figure, still life, and nonobjective problems.
Continuation of exploration with color, composition, and technique; figurative and nonobjective directions. Six studio hours.
Advanced problems dealing with color and composition; figurative and nonobjective directions
Relief and intaglio printmaking processes.
Continued exploration of relief and intaglio processes.
Advanced problems in relief, intaglio, and serigraphy processes. May be repeated for credit.
Black-and-white photographic processes and problems; student must have access to a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed.
Continued study of black and white photographic processes and problems with an introduction to some color photographic processes and problems. Digital imaging will also be included.
Advanced study of black and white and some color photographic processes and problems. May be repeated for credit.
Basic foundations in sculpture: theory, techniques, materials, processes.
Sculptural theory, concepts, techniques, materials, and processes at the intermediate level.
Advanced techniques in various media emphasizing individual experience. May be repeated for credit.