Visual Arts


B.F.A. in Studio Art

The B.F.A. in Studio Art is an intensive art program in preparation for graduate schooling in art or entry into a wide variety of art related careers. An art requirement of 78 credits leaves 50 credits in the liberal arts. Portfolio review is required for admission to the program. Students can choose to concentrate in painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture and glass, printmaking and traditional and digital photography.

Both freshmen and transfer students are required to submit a portfolio of work before admission to the program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core Curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 3 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Foreign Language Not required
Social Sciences
History 3 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 9 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 4 credits
PHY 20 3 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Dance, Music or Theater 61 3 credits
Distribution Requirement
Must Complete either Art 115 or MA 115 and either Art 124 or MA 124 6 credits

Ancillary Requirement
Science Core Requirement : Chemistry required of students with a concentration in ceramics.
CHM 21 Chemistry and Modern Technology 3.00
Major Requirements
Following are required courses:
ART 101 Caves to Cathedrals 3.00
ART 102 Incas to Impressionists 3.00
ART 103 Modern Art 3.00
ART 105 New Art City 3.00
ART 133 Introduction to Ceramics 3.00
ART 134 Introduction to Potter's Wheel 3.00
ART 138 Basic Sculpture 3.00
ART 155 Painting II 3.00
ART 170 Two-Dimensional 3.00
ART 171 Introduction to Color 3.00
ART 176 Introduction to Printmaking 3.00
ART 177 Intermediate Printmaking 3.00
ART 187 Portfolio Development 3.00
ART 194 Portfolio Review Must be repeat three times (3) 1.00
ART 197 Independent Study 3.00
ART 198 Independent Study 3.00
ART 1501 Drawing I 3.00
ART 1521 Drawing II 3.00
ART 1541 Painting I 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 128
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 38
  • Minimum Major Credits: 78
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Course Requirements: See above
  • Distribution Requirement: See above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.5


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

David Cohen, Dean