The BFA in Fine Arts is a professional degree for students who want intensive study of the visual arts. The BFA in Fine Arts is divided into areas of studio emphases, which provide the individual student’s focus for their program. The Art and Design Department offers emphases in Drawing and Painting; Graphic Design; Printmaking; Photography; and Ceramics. All emphases in the BFA programs share the same requirements in General Education Curriculum and Art Core but vary in the Major Courses requirements.
The Ceramics emphasis is designed to provide a learning environment and experience that prepares students for careers in ceramics. Students will learn various technical methods of clay construction, such as coil, slab, slip casting, and wheel to apply in traditional and nontraditional formats.
The drawing and painting curriculum provides students with an understanding of the evolution of representation, illusion and meaning through a range of media including graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylics and oil paint.
Our graphic design curriculum explores visual communication through creative problem solving. Students explore principles of visual literacy, typography and layout design by completing projects on logo design, branding, editorial design, illustration, publication design, packaging design and interactive design.
Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Emphasis get advanced level instruction in at least 3 studio areas; this breadth of studio knowledge would be invaluable for those pursuing special certification and the alternate route for becoming a K-12 art teacher.
Students exploring the photography curriculum engage in traditional analog/film and digital processes in a creative environment that emphasizes photographic seeing.