Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Art (B.F.A.) 4-Year Plan


This plan is an example only. Please see your advisor to develop your individualized plan. Course rotation and course offerings are subject to change based on faculty availability and enrollment minimums.

Each student enters the program as a Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree student. Students wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Art (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.

  • Art Concentrations:  Ceramics, Drawing, Imaging and Photography, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture.

Fall 1st Year:


Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 15


First Portfolio Review:


Once a student is enrolled in or has completed their first-year foundations courses, usually in the spring semester, they are required to submit a portfolio of first-year foundations-level studio work to be reviewed by the Department of Art and Design faculty. Work from outside of foundation-level courses will not be accepted for consideration; therefore, careful documentation and storage of one’s work is essential for success. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met the competency level in the first-year foundations program. This review is a mandatory evaluative review for all students and is meant to provide feedback to students regarding their status in meeting learning outcomes set for these foundational courses. Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students will continue in the second-year foundation courses. The Department of Art and Design will send out detailed information regarding the portfolio review process prior to the student’s portfolio submission.

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 the 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.

Total Credits: 15


Spring 2nd Year:


Total Credits: 15


Second Portfolio Review:


This review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met the competency level in the second-year foundations program. It may serve as an application for formal acceptance into the B.F.A. in Art and an area of concentration (Ceramics, Drawing, Imaging and Photography, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture). Once a student is enrolled in or has completed their second-year foundations courses, usually in the spring semester, they are required to submit a portfolio of second-year level foundations studio work to be reviewed by the Department of Art and Design faculty. Work from outside of second-year foundation-level classes will not be accepted for consideration; therefore, careful documentation and storage of one’s work is essential for success.

This review is a mandatory evaluative review for all students and is meant to provide feedback to students regarding their status in meeting learning outcomes set for these foundational courses. Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students may continue in their courses toward completing the degree. The Department of Art and Design will send out detailed information regarding the portfolio review process.

Fall 3rd Year:


  • Advanced Art History Course  Cr. 3.
  • Gen Ed B6  Humanistic/Artistic Course  Cr. 3.
  • Art Studio Concentration Courses  Cr. 9.

Total Credits: 15


Spring 3rd Year:


  • Gen Ed B7 Interdisciplinary Course Cr. 3.
  • Gen Ed A or B Elective Course  Cr. 3.
  • Art Studio Concentration Courses  Cr. 9.

Total Credits: 15


Third Portfolio Review


Students at the end of their junior year, or upon completion of 84 credit hours, of which 48 credit hours must be studio courses, will submit a third portfolio for review. The portfolio must contain 6 to 9 pieces from the concentration as well as 4 pieces from 300- and 400-level classes outside of the concentration. The department will send out detailed information regarding this review to students prior to the review. Successful students will be allowed to enroll in their remaining coursework in both advanced studio and senior thesis and exhibition courses. Portfolio review approval is a prerequisite for registration for Senior Thesis I and Internship, if applicable.

Students whose work does not meet the standards of the department reviewers may be required to change their degree program back to the Art and Design Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program.

Fall 4th Year:


Total Credits: 15


Spring 4th Year:


Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 120