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2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, BFA


Department of Art, College of Fine and Performing Arts

115 credits

Introduction

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the professional undergraduate art degree. It is an expanded undergraduate degree that requires each student to undertake a program of more than 180 undergraduate credits. Students are advised that a Bachelor of Arts major of normal length is available. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires each student to complete the following program in art studio:

Admission and Declaration Process

Admissions 

Application should be made to the Department of Art faculty for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program during spring quarter of the preceding year. Students must be in the final quarter of the Bachelor of Arts study, or have completed the Bachelor of Arts to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Application consists of 20 labeled slides of work, artist statement, a letter of application indicating your goals and theme of study and a preference for faculty committee members; a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, and a transcript. The BFA is a selective and competitive program. If a student is not accepted into the BFA program, the student may reapply the following year.

All students must begin their BFA studies in the fall quarter. Applications will be reviewed at the end of the spring quarter and/or during the week prior to the beginning of fall quarter. (Specific dates will be announced each year.) Following acceptance to the BFA program, a committee of at least three faculty members will be formed to work with the student throughout the year.

A typical three-person committee will be comprised of the following: a primary advisor from the art department, and a “secondary advisor” from within or outside the art department, both of whom shall be assigned. The third committee member shall be selected by the student from within or outside the art department. The department must approve the third committee member.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements


Additional Requirements:


During the BFA program students spend three quarters creating a self-determined body of artwork. Attention is given to the medium(s), method(s), and the content of the creative activity. The evaluation of the first part of your work will take place with the midterm review, with the participation of the student’s full committee. The midterm review must be scheduled to take place sometime in January, during a designated week. At the culmination of the project each student is required to exhibit their completed work in a one or two-person exhibition. In addition, the student is required to submit a research-driven artist’s statement that supports the individuals own intellectual and creative achievement. An oral defense with full committee will be scheduled during the week of the student’s exhibition. This is an opportunity for the student to discuss and defend their work.

Failure to meet these requirements on schedule will result in an unsatisfactory progress mark for the BFA degree which, in turn, would result in having to repeat the course of study.

Departmental Honors


In addition to the general requirements for all honors students, an art major who wishes to graduate with honors must complete an honors senior project in art.