Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
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:
- Utilize perceptual and conceptual skills to solve programs creatively in art/design media.
- Implement 2D and 3D design principles to create compelling and effective works of art and design in a variety of traditional and digital media.
- Demonstrate an understanding and competency of technical skills in traditional and digital art/design media to effectively communicate and express ideas.
- Effectively analyze and critique works of art/design in verbal and written forms, using visual vocabulary and familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and present.
- Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication skills and an aptitude to apply those skills.
- Apply functional knowledge of basic art and design practical experiences and opportunities, as well as professional ethics.
- Exhibit artistic competency in portfolio review submissions and senior thesis exhibitions.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design 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 delving into Graphic Design coursework. When you complete the degree, you will be ready to continue studying 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 the Design major - 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 major and/or area of concentration, with the understanding that areas of art can be interdisciplinary and flexible.
Students who are accepted into more than one B.F.A. concentration are required to complete AD 49502 and AD 49600, Senior Thesis and Exhibition I and II for each concentration.
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