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Visual Arts (B.F.A)

Hours - 57-63 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2020
Last Revised 8/14/2020

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Program Requirements


Graphic Design Concentration (63 Credits)

Required Visual Arts Core — 6 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
ART 119 Drawing and Design Principles F, W, S 3.0
ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts F, W, S 3.0


Required Art History and Theory Core — 12 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
ART 201 Global Art History I F, W, S 3.0
ART 202 Global Art History II F, W 3.0
ART 316 Graphic Design History S 3.0
ART 442 or Readings in Aesthetics or F, W 3.0
HUM 442 Philosophy of Art F, W 3.0

    All students Must Pass the Portfolio Review before advancing to the Visual Arts Graphic Design Concentration: Projects from Art 119 and 156 must be uploaded to Behance and submitted electronically on the program website. After completing the prerequisite courses students may apply by April 30th. Accepted students may begin Graphic Design coursework the semester located in the admittance letter.


    Graphic Design — 33 Credits

    Required — 27 Credits
    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    ART 210 Digital Design F, W, S 3.0
    ART 212 Digital Photography F, W, S 3.0
    ART 270 Typography F, W 3.0
    ART 280 Branding F 3.0
    IT 240 Fundamentals of Web Design and Technology F, W, S 3.0
    ART 370 Web for Designers W 3.0
    ART 380 Publication Design F, W 3.0
    ART 444 Motion Graphics F, W 3.0
    ART 445 Packaging Design F, W 3.0


    Electives: Take two of the following — 6 Credits
    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management F, W, S 3.0
    ART 221R, 225, 265, 306, 312, 325, 335, 345, 365, 375, 390R, 425, 447, 465, 495R TBA 3.0
    FILM 102, 218, 300, 318, 365R TBA 3.0



      All BFA candidates must complete an additional 12 credits in the BFA Option. Students in the Graphic Design concentration must complete an internship along with their thesis level coursework to be awarded a BFA. Students in the Painting or Sculpture programs have the option to complete an internship but are not required. If you choose the internship option, only 6 credits may be used for BFA Thesis and Exhibit Production.

      Completion of coursework does not automatically guarantee admittance into the program or attainment of the BFA. Applicants for the BFA must apply by:

      • submitting their formal application no later than 12 full months before their projected graduation date,
      • provide a professional level portfolio for review

      If accepted into the program, granting of the BFA is dependent upon the completion of the following:

      • completion of the additional thesis level coursework listed below,
      • a professional faculty review of the body of work achieved by the student
      Thesis Level Coursework — 12 Credits
      Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
      ART 399R Internship in Visual Art F, W, S 3.0
      ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production W 3.0
      ART 480 BFA Thesis Research F 3.0
      ART 481 BRA Thesis Studio (Graphic Design) W 3.0


      Painting Concentration (57 Credits)

      Required Visual Arts Core — 6 Credits

      Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
      ART 119 Drawing and Design Concepts F, W 3.0
      ART 265 Beginning Sculpture F, W 3.0


      Required Art History and Theory Core — 12 Credits

      Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours
      ART 201 Global Art History I F, W, S 3.0
      ART 202 Global Art History II F, W 3.0
      ART 306 Global Art History III F, W 3.0
      ART 442 or Readings in Aesthetics or F, W 3.0
      HUM 442 Philosophy of Art F, W 3.0

      All students Must Pass the Portfolio Review before advancing to the Visual Arts Painting Concentration: Projects from Art 119 and 265 must be uploaded to Behance and submitted electronically on the program’s website. After completing the prerequisite courses students may apply by April 30th. Accepted students may begin Painting coursework the semester located in the admittance letter.


      Painting — 27 Credits

      Required — 21 Credits

      Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
      ART 210 Digital Design F, W, S 3.0
      ART 212 Digital Photography F, W, S 3.0
      ART 221R Figure Drawing F, W 3.0
      ART 225 Painting Concepts F, S 3.0
      ART 325 Figure Painting W 3.0
      ART 335 or Watercolor or S - odd years 3.0
      ART 345 Digital Painting S - even years 3.0
      ART 425 Advanced Painting F 3.0


      Electives: Take two of the following — 6 Credits

      Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
      ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management F, W, S 3.0
      ART 156, 265, 270, 280, 312, 335, 365, 375, 390R, 399R, 444, 447, 465, 495R TBA 3.0
      FILM 102, 218, 300, 318, 365R TBA 3.0



      All BFA candidates must complete an additional 12 credits in the BFA Option. Students in the Painting concentration must complete an internship along with their thesis level coursework to be awarded a BFA. Students in the Painting or Sculpture programs have the option to complete an internship but are not required. If you choose the internship option, only 6 credits may be used for BFA Thesis and Exhibit Production.

      Completion of coursework does not automatically guarantee admittance into the program or attainment of the BFA. Applicants for the BFA must apply by:

      • submitting their formal application no later than 12 full months before their projected graduation date,
      • provide a professional level portfolio for review

      If accepted into the program, granting of the BFA is dependent upon the completion of the following:

      • completion of the additional thesis level coursework listed below,
      • a professional faculty review of the body of work achieved by the student

      Thesis Level Coursework — 12 Credits

      Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
      ART 470 Art Portfolio Production W 3.0
      ART 480 BFA Thesis Research F 3.0
      ART 482 BFA Thesis Studio (Painting) F, W 6.0


      Program Outcomes


      Upon completing a major in Art, students will:

      1. Demonstrate studio proficiency in hand crafted visual art production techniques.
      2. Demonstrate studio proficiency in digital imaging and computer software production techniques.
      3. Demonstrate methods of critical thinking through critique, compositional analysis, and interpretation of the elements and principles of design.
      4. Demonstrate informed understanding and appreciation of the history of art, theories of art, and the role of art in education through written and oral communication.
      5. Demonstrate proficiency in professional practices of visual arts documentation and presentation through portfolio production and exhibition.
      6. Demonstrate leadership and self-directed learning through independent study, student research and internship.