Fine Arts (B.F.A. with a major in Art)

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must complete 120 credits including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements. Core and departmental requirements as cited under the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art must be met, as well as the concentration requirements below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Core Requirements
ACO 1200Surface Studio3
ACO 1230Space Studio3
ACO 1270Time Studio3
ADR 1050Drawing I3
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval
Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern
Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa
Departmental Requirements
ADR 2070Beginning Life Drawing3
APA 2000Oil Painting I3
ASL 2150Beginning Sculpture3
One three-credit course in printmaking (APR) or photography (APH)3
Two Art History electives (AH 3000 level or above)6
PHI 3700Philosophy of Art3
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics and Pottery Design I
Beginning Weaving
Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Total Credits42

Departmental Requirements will vary by concentration. Students should be sure to consult the Department advisor for accurate course listings based on a chosen concentration.


Concentration Requirements

Students must complete twenty-four to fifty-one credits (depending on areas of specialization) in art courses, eighteen of which must be at the advanced level (from courses numbered 3000 and above) plus the appropriate senior seminar for the selected concentration. The minimum grade for each course required in the concentration, which must be taken in the Department of Art and Art History, must be no less than a C- in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree. Curriculum outlines with suggested scheduling patterns for the below concentrations are available from the Department of Art and Art History. Required courses in each concentration for the B.F.A. with a major in Art are given below; exceptions may be made with consent of advisor.


ACR 2550Ceramics and Pottery Design I3
ACR 2560Ceramics and Pottery Design II3
ACR 3550Beginning Ceramics3
ACR 4000Ceramics: Wheel Throwing3
ACR 4001Handbuilding3
ACR 4550Intermediate Ceramics3
ACR 5550Advanced Ceramics3
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
Total Credits24

Digital Arts

APH 2400Introduction to Photography3
ADA 2210Introduction to Digital Practices3
AGD 2240Introduction to Graphic Design: Skills and Concepts3
ADA 2220Time-Based Media I: Video Art3
ADA 3220Introduction to Interactivity in Graphic Arts3
ADA 4220Time-Based Media II: Experimental Animation3
ADA 4230Time-Based Media III: Experimental 3D Animation3
ADA 6230Advanced Projects in Digital Arts3
ADA 6250Advanced Time-Based Media3
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
Total Credits30


ADR 2070Beginning Life Drawing3
ADR 3070Intermediate Life Drawing3
ADR 5060Advanced Concepts in Drawing and Painting3
ADR 5080Landscape Drawing3
ADR 5000-level Drawing courses9
APH 2400Introduction to Photography 13
or APR 2300 Introduction to Printmaking
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
Total Credits27

If APH 2400 was taken to satisfy the dept. requirement, then APR 2300 should be taken, and vice-versa


AFI 2650Beginning Weaving3
or AFI 2660 Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing
AFI 3650Intermediate Weaving and Fiber Arts3
or AFI 3660 Intermediate Fibers: Printing and Dyeing
AFI 5000-level courses (Junior year)9
AFI 5000-level courses (Senior year)6
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
Total Credits24


ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
AME 2600Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing3
AME 3600Intermediate Jewelry I3
AME 3601Intermediate Jewelry II3
AME 4600Metalsmithing I3
AME 4601Metalsmithing II3
AME 5600Advanced Jewelry and Metalsmithing3
Metalsmithing elective (5000-level AME course)3
Total Credits24


ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
APA 2110Watercolor Painting I3
APA 3000Oil Painting II3
Painting Elective (3000-level APA course)3
APA 3130Figure Painting: Water Media3
or APA 3140 Figure Painting: Oil and Other Media
APA 5100Contexts of Studio Practice3
APA 5080Landscape Painting3
Painting Electives (5000-level APA courses)9
Total Credits30


ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
APH 2400Introduction to Photography3
APH 2410Black and White Darkroom Photography I3
APH 2420Digital Photography I3
APH 3410Black and White Darkroom Photography II3
APH 3420Digital Photography II3
APH 4410Advanced Photography3
APH 4420View Camera3
APH (4000-level Photography Elective)3
APH (5000-level Photography Elective)3
Total Credits30


ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
APR (2000-level printmaking course)3
APR (3000-level printmaking course)9
APR (3000-level printmaking course)3
APR (5000-level printmaking course)12
Total Credits30


ASL 3150Intermediate Sculpture3
ASL 3170Figurative Sculpture I3
ASL 3190Sculpture Foundry I3
ASL 5150Advanced Sculpture3
ASL 5170Figurative Sculpture II3
ASL 5190Sculpture Foundry II3
ASL 5820Directed Projects3
ACS 5997Senior Seminar in the Visual Arts3
Total Credits24

Fine Arts Honors Curriculum (B.F.A. Program)

(15 Credits required)

Honors Option
Select two of the following:6
Beginning Ceramics
Fashion Design: Basic Construction
Clothing and Culture
Beginning Weaving
Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Oil Painting I
Oil Painting II
Oil Painting III
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Printmaking
Beginning Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture
Required Courses
Honors option of an advanced studio elective3
Honors project in Studio Art, Directed Project course (e.g. ADR 5800)3
One honors seminar from among HON 4200 through HON 42803
Total Credits15