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B.F.A. in Art


Students seeking professional portfolios will pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.). This degree allows for a special concentration in a particular field such as ceramics, painting, printmaking, graphic design, imaging arts, or sculpture. The program permits the candidate to take a greater number of classes in studio art and art history.

Entrance into the B.F.A. program is by application and competitive review. All B.F.A. candidates must pass a portfolio entrance review (the B.F.A. interview) after completing at least 18 and no more than 27 semester hours of art.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

General Education Requirements

General education requirements for the B.F.A. in art include the
Courses:                                                Hours
Writ 100 or Writ 101 and Writ 102 or Lib 102             6
English literature at the 200-level                      6
Natural science with lab, chosen from biology,
  chemistry, geology, astronomy or physics               6-8
History                                                  3
Social science, chosen from anthropology,
  economics, political science, psychology,
  sociology                                              3
Mathematics (Math at the 100-level or higher,
  except for Math 245/246)                               3
Additional humanities, chosen from African American
  studies, classics, philosophy, religion, gender
  studies (G St) 103, 201, 311, 333, 390, or Southern
  studies (S St) 101, 102                                3
Fine arts other than visual arts (chosen from Mus 101,
  102, 103, 104, 105; Danc 200, or Thea 201)             3

Course Requirements

Requirements for the B.F.A. include the following:
Art history, including AH 201, 202, 401
   (AH 305 may be repeated once with change in location)           15
Art foundation core: 101, 102, 103, 111, 211, 311, and
    either 202 or 360                                              21
First-level studio core: Take 5 of the following 6 courses:
   321, 331, 340, 361, 383, and either 371 or 372                  15
Second-level studio core: Take 5 of the following 7
   courses: 312, 322, 332, either 362 or 364, either 341 or 342,
   either 371 or 372, and either 381 or 384                  15
Advanced studio, 300- and 400-level courses (at least 12
   hours must be in one studio area.);                   15
Pre-Thesis Forum (405) taken during the semester preceding
   their thesis exhibition,
Thesis exhibit (491),                                              3
Senior seminar (492).                                              1
Electives to bring the total number of hours to 120.
Minimum total hours                                                120

At least 12 hours of the advanced studio courses must be in one studio
area. For the printmaking concentration, one 300-level graphic design or
 imaging arts course may be used toward the 12 hours. For the
imaging arts concentration, one 300-level graphic design or printmaking
course may be used toward the 12 hours. For the graphic design
concentration, one 300-level imaging arts or printmaking course may be
used toward the 12 hours.

Other Academic Requirements

Beginning the semester after admittance to the B.F.A. program, all B.F.A. students are required to participate in the B.F.A. Forum every semester until enrolling in Art 405 (Pre-thesis Forum) during the semester preceding their thesis exhibition. During the next (and last) semester, B.F.A. students are required to enroll in Art 491 (Thesis). Grades in Department of Art courses of less than C (2.0) will not be counted toward this degree.


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