Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department of Art and Design
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6709
Upon completion of their degree, B.F.A. students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Develop creative ways to solve problems in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Photography media, mastery in their chosen area of concentration, and competency in drawing visualize ideas.
- Develop an ability to enhance their artwork through an understanding of the major movements in art history and awareness in a student’s area of concentration.
- Analyze and critique artwork in spoken and written forms, using sophisticated vocabulary and making appropriate references to contemporary and historical circumstances.
- Work on large projects in an organized and incremental way, managing time and resources .
- Implement 2D design principles compelling and effective artwork in a variety of media, including black and white, color, and digital imagery. 3D design principles in a variety of media to articulate form and space.
- Develop verbal and written communication visual literacy skills for effective professional communication for artwork.
- Develop fundamental visual literacy skills and gain aptitude in applying those skills, leading to a heightened ability to communicate to a given audience.
- Demonstrate functional knowledge of basic Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Photography business practices and opportunities, as well as professional ethical practices.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply their learning to become oriented to the working profession through activities such as exhibitions, field experience (museum, gallery and curatorial), artists residencies and workshops, internships, community art organizations, working as an arts educator, the pursuit of graduate education in the Visual Arts, or another arts-related degree.
- Develop an ambitious body of original artwork to for Thesis Seminar I and II (capstone) Exhibition.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers a high-level studio experience that allows you to develop your creativity and prepares you for a professional career in the visual arts. You will benefit from working with our accomplished studio faculty as well as our partnerships with Fort Wayne design firms.
Courses offer multifaceted experiences in art and design creation, flowing from a solid and diverse foundation curriculum for the first two years. From this base, students have the latitude to sample various areas of creative endeavor before selecting an area of studio concentration. When you complete the degree, you will be ready to continue study in prestigious graduate programs or continue to be an active artist/designer in the business world.
- Department of Art and Design courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings.
Declaring this major (Studio Art or Design Art) - B.F.A. Portfolio Review:
Each student enters the program as a Bachelor of Art student. Students wishing to pursue the B.F.A. degree must submit a portfolio of their first and second year work to attain formal acceptance into the B.F.A. program. Each petitioning student must apply to present their work through the Department of Art & Design in the semester in which they complete all second year classes. Each student applying for acceptance into the B.F.A. program will declare their area of studio concentration, i.e., painting, graphic design, etc. with the understanding that areas of art can be interdisciplinary and flexible. There are Studio Art Concentrations (Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture), and Design Art Concentrations (Graphic Design and Imaging and Photography).
The Art and Design Department will notify students of this requirement, along with instructions on the portfolio review process.
B.F.A. Portfolio Review Outcome
A student applying for acceptance into the B.F.A. program from the B.A. program may be accepted, deferred or denied. A student’s acceptance into the B.F.A. program will allow them to advance into junior and senior level studio classes as a declared B.F.A. major. A deferred student will be asked to re-submit their portfolio for B.F.A. consideration after re-taking requested classes. A student denied entry into the B.F.A. program will continue in the B.A. program. Denied students can apply one additional time for review into the B.F.A. program with permission from the department chair.
Specific admission requirements for program - See “Declaring this major” above for portfolio review requirements.
General Education Requirements Credits: 33
- Click on the Purdue University Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for a listing of all general education requirements.
- A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements. Courses may be retaken if minimum grade requirement is not met.
- B.F.A. students may not take any Art and Design courses for General Education credits; this includes AD 11100, AD 11201, AD 10101, AD 10801, AD 13300, AD 16500, AD 19600, AD 23900
- Cat A1 Written Communication -ENGL 13100 and ENGL 23301 Cr. 6.
- Cat A2 Speaking and Listening - COM 11400 or THTR 11400 * (recommended for Art and Design students) or other approved A2 course Cr. 3
- Cat A3 Quantitative Reasoning - STAT 12500 * (recommended for Art and Design students) or other approved A3 course Cr. 3