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B.F.A. Studio Art

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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.

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Requirements

  • Grade of C or higher must be earned in all classes required of the major.

ART 140  Ceramics I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Traditional and contemporary approaches to ceramics as an art form; emphasizes technical, historical, and aesthetic problems. Six studio hours.


ART 320  Ceramics II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Hand building and throwing techniques; introduces kiln firing and glaze formulation. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 140 .


ART 420  Ceramics III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Advanced techniques and problems in ceramics. Six studio hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 320.

ART 315  Illustration I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Techniques and media used in the production of drawings for commercial purposes. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 110, ART 120, and ART 310.


ART 375  Illustration II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Exploration of techniques, craftsmanship and conceptual skills to provide understanding of illustration and its function in design for commercial purposes. Prerequisite(s): ART 315.


ART 475  Illustration III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: 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. Prerequisite(s): ART 375.

ART 369  Painting I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Color, composition, and technique; the figure, still life, and nonobjective problems. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours in drawing.


ART 370  Painting II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Continuation of exploration with color, composition, and technique; figurative and nonobjective directions. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 369.


ART 470  Painting III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Advanced problems dealing with color and composition; figurative and nonobjective directions. Six studio hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 370.

ART 339  Printmaking I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Relief and intaglio printmaking processes. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 120 and ART 160.


ART 340  Printmaking II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Continued exploration of relief and intaglio processes. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 339.


ART 440  Printmaking III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Advanced problems in relief, intaglio, and serigraphy processes. Six studio hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 340.

ART 359  Photography I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Black-and-white photographic processes and problems; student must have access to a 35 mm SLR camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 110 and ART 120.


ART 360  Photography II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Color photographic processes and problems. Student must have access to a DSLR digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Digital imaging will also be included. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 359 and credit or concurrent enrollment in ART 229.


ART 460  Photography III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Advanced photographic processes and problems emphasizing individual experience. Six studio hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 360.


ART 379  Sculpture I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Basic foundations in sculpture: theory, techniques, materials, processes. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 130 and ART 170.


ART 380  Sculpture II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Sculptural theory, concepts, techniques, materials, and processes at the intermediate level. Six studio hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 379.


ART 480  Sculpture III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Advanced techniques in various media emphasizing individual experience. Six studio hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 380.

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Studio (Bachelor of Fine Arts, B.F.A.)

General Studies
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Major Requirements
ART 110Beginning Drawing I3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 130Introduction to Tools and Techniques2
ART 140Ceramics I3
ART 160Beginning Drawing II3
ART 170Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 205Survey of Art History I3
ART 229Design Software Applications3
ART 255Survey of Art History II3
ART 257Theory and Criticism of Visual Culture3
ART 349Interactive Design I3
ART 369Painting I3
ART 379Sculpture I3
ART 310Intermediate Drawing3
or ART 315 Illustration I
ART 329Graphic Design I3
ART 339Printmaking I3
ART 359Photography I3
ART 494Senior Seminar and Exhibit1
Select six additional credit hours of Art History6
Select fifteen additional credit hours in area of applied emphasis15
Select five additional credit hours in guided art elective5

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Studio with Concentration in Art Therapy (Bachelor of Fine Arts, B.F.A.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
ART 110Beginning Drawing I3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 130Introduction to Tools and Techniques2
ART 140Ceramics I3
ART 160Beginning Drawing II3
ART 170Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 205Survey of Art History I3
ART 229Design Software Applications3
ART 255Survey of Art History II3
ART 359Photography I3
ART 369Painting I3
ART 379Sculpture I3
Concentration Requirements
ART 133Introduction to Art Therapy3
ART 493Internship In Art3
COM 345Nonverbal Communication3
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 420Counseling Techniques/Parents2
PSY 230Psychology of Communication3
PSY 325Psychology of Personality3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3
or PSY 319 Child/Adolescent Psychology
PSY 300Introductory Psychological Statistics3
PSY 301Psychology Research Methods3
PSY 309Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 310Deviant Behavior3
SOC 360Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine3
Select three additional credit hours of Art History3

NOTE: The following courses should be taken early in the curriculum as they are prerequisites for courses in this degree: PSY 101 General Psychology, SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology, MAT 116 College Algebra, ENG 108 College Writing and Research or ENG 112 Honors Composition and Rhetoric, and COM 104 Oral Communication.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
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Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.