This is a fifth year of concentration in one of our media ares: Ceramics, Fibers, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Through medium-specific seminars, independent studies, interdisciplinary critique colloquia, history of art and architecture and theory seminars, BFA students synthesize an individual approach to making and thinking. Students work intensively in their studios to develop an independent body of work culminating in the BFA Terminal Project exhibition in the Spring.
The Bachelors of Fine Arts degree is a professional baccalaureate degree, which requires an additional fifth year of studio-intensive, independent work. The fifth year BFA builds on the understanding and abilities gained over the previous four years in the BA/BS curriculum.
Students apply for admission for the BFA in a particular media area in the last term of their fourth year of study. Students who are working across more than one media area may do the degree in ‘Art’, with sponsorship from faculty in more than one area. The application process is competitive and includes a portfolio review. Students who have completed a comparable four-year degree in art at another institution may be admitted to the BFA program. Such candidates must satisfy the university’s 45-credit residence requirement.
Completion of the five-year program, a total of 220 credits.
In addition to the requirements listed for the BA/BS degree, students must complete:
- A total of 108 credits in the Major (40 additional)
- A total of 6 History of Art and Architecture courses (3 additional)................12
- 1 course of Issues & Practices in the media area (ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR or ARTS 490)................3
- 1 course of ART 412 BFA Critique Colloquium................3
- BFA Terminal Creative Project credits (selected from ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR, ARTS 409)................6
- Upper-division studio credits selected from advanced methodologies studios, seminars or independent studies.................15