Department of Art

B.F.A. Studio Art


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.

Career Opportunities

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 craftspersons. Careers also include photographers, art directors, animators, illustrators or copywriters, professional artists (freelance), marketing and advertising, product and food photographers. Students may also choose to further their education and attend graduate school to pursue careers such as art therapy.


A grade of C or better must be earned in all classes required of the major.


ART 140 Ceramics I:
Traditional and contemporary approaches to ceramics as an art form; emphasizes technical, historical, and aesthetic problems.
ART 320 Ceramics II:
Hand building and throwing techniques; introduces kiln firing and glaze formulation.
ART 420 Ceramics III:
Advanced techniques and problems in ceramics. May be repeated for credit.


ART 315 Illustration I:
Techniques and media used in the production of drawings for commercial purposes.
ART 375 Illustration II:
Exploration of techniques, craftsmanship and conceptual skills to provide understanding of illustration and its function in design for commercial purposes.
ART 475 Illustration III:
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.


ART 369 Painting I:
Color, composition, and technique; the figure, still life, and nonobjective problems.
ART 370 Painting II:
Continuation of exploration with color, composition, and technique; figurative and nonobjective directions. Six studio hours.
ART 470 Painting III:
Advanced problems dealing with color and composition; figurative and nonobjective directions


ART 339 Printmaking I:
Relief and intaglio printmaking processes.
ART 340 Printmaking II:
Continued exploration of relief and intaglio processes.
ART 440 Printmaking III:
Advanced problems in relief, intaglio, and serigraphy processes. May be repeated for credit.


ART 359 Photography I:
Black-and-white photographic processes and problems; student must have access to a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed.
ART 360 Photography II:
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.
ART 460 Photography III:
Advanced study of black and white and some color photographic processes and problems. May be repeated for credit.


ART 379 Sculpture I:
Basic foundations in sculpture: theory, techniques, materials, processes.
ART 380 Sculpture II:
Sculptural theory, concepts, techniques, materials, and processes at the intermediate level.
ART 480 Sculpture III:
Advanced techniques in various media emphasizing individual experience. May be repeated for credit.
Major/Minor Form 4 Year Plan