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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Major, B.F.A.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art is designed to prepare students to meet the goals for all Art majors, as well as those for each individual concentration area.

All students entering the department wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Art or the B.F.A. in Communication Design will be admitted under the B.A. in Art. Entrance into the B.F.A. programs is contingent on passing a formal portfolio review upon completing 21 credits in ART, CDES, or ARTH, inclusive of the 18 hours of foundations courses required for all students in the department. Additionally, students must have completed the Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy General Studies requirements and have a minimum of 3.0 G.P.A. in their ART, ARTE, ARTH, and CDES coursework at the time of portfolio review.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in each required course before progressing to subsequent courses. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. Students must choose one of the following areas of concentration: ceramics, drawing, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or spatial media. The art education concentration is listed separately. Students wishing to obtain the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design should consult the catalog description for that degree.

The B.F.A. in Art is an extended major; no minor is required. Art majors who elect to take a minor may not minor in Studio Art. Students who are not admitted to the B.F.A. degree and who continue in the B.A. in Art must select a minor. Art majors who minor in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Digital Media, or Industrial Design should be aware that coursework used to meet requirements for the major may not be used to meet requirements for a minor. Art History, Theory and Criticism is a distinct academic discipline from Art of Communication Design, although all reside within the Department of Art and share common foundational requirements.

Studio Art Concentrations


Foundation courses are prerequisites for courses within the studio concentrations.  Check each course description for specific prerequisites or corequisites.

Notes:


Please see the sections below for concentration-specific requirements.

Totals:


Total for the Concentration 51
Total for the Major 78
General Studies 33
Electives 9
Total for the Degree 120

Additional Information:


A minimum of 33 upper-division art hours required, 40 upper-division hours total for the degree.

The multicultural requirement may be satisfied by taking an approved multicultural course in General Studies, in the major, or as an elective. ARTH 3300 or ARTH 3360 (CHS 3025) may be taken for the multicultural requirement, but will not satisfy the upper division art history elective requirement for studio art concentrations, the design degree, or the B.A. in Art degree.

Integrated Media Courses


The Art Department offers a pool of interdisciplinary thematic-based courses under the designation “integrated media.” These courses explore new approaches and technologies, and cross the boundaries between media. Several concentrations require integrated media courses, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of these innovative offerings. See your advisor for a current list of integrated media courses.

Ceramics Concentration


Upon successful completion of the ceramics concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Formulate creative and analytical solutions to ceramic problems using advanced three-dimensional design principles.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of traditional and innovative ceramic tools, materials, techniques and processes, from concept to finished product, including clays, glazes and firings.
  • Compare and assess ceramic artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of ceramics within the history of art, design, and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 12 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives. Choose an additional 6 credits of Integrated Media courses not used to fulfill the requirements listed above.

Recommended:

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Total for the Concentration: 51 credits


Drawing Concentration


Upon successful completion of the drawing concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Compare and rate the possibilities and limitations of the drawing medium.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of traditional and innovative drawing tools, materials, techniques and processes from concept to finished product.
  • Compare and assess drawings and related artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of drawing within the history of art, design, and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 6 credits from integrated media
Choose 3 credits from painting, printmaking, or photography
Choose 3 credits from spatial media, ceramics, or jewelry design and metalsmithing
Choose 3 credits of any studio art
Choose 6 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives.
Recommended: ARTH 2600 Reading and Writing Visual Culture.

Total for the Concentration: 51 credits


Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Concentration


Upon successful completion of the jewelry design and metalsmithing concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the possibilities, limitations and aesthetic use of various raw materials as well as technical benchworking procedures.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of traditional and innovative jewelry design and metalsmithing tools, materials, techniques and processes from concept to finished product.
  • Compare and assess jewelry and fine metal artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and assess the role and place of the medium in the history of art, design and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 6 credits from:

Total for the Concentration: 51 credits


Painting Concentration


Upon successful completion of the painting concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate and assess the use of formal elements, color, compositional and technical aspects used in painting.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of traditional and innovative painting tools, materials, techniques and processes from concept to finished product.
  • Compare and assess paintings and related artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of painting in the history of art, design and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 12 credits from drawing, life drawing, figure painting, mural painting, printmaking and water media
Choose 15 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives

Total for the Concentration: 51 credits


Photography Concentration


Upon successful completion of the photography concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Appraise visual forms and their aesthetic functions in digital and traditional photographic processes.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of digital and/or traditional photographic tools, techniques and processes from concept to finished product.
  • Compare and assess photographic artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of photography in the history of art, design and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 12 credits from integrated media.
Choose 12 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives.

Total for the concentration: 51 credits


Printmaking Concentration


Upon successful completion of the printmaking concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Solve problems relating to both basic and advanced imaging making as applied to printmaking.
  • Create a body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of selected traditional and innovative printmaking tools, materials, techniques and processes from concept to finished product, including technical procedures such as intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprinting, or the various photo-mechanical processes.
  • Compare and assess fine art prints from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of printmaking in the history of art, design and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 6 credits from integrated media.
Choose 12 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives.
Recommended: ART 2661 Painting I: Materials, Techniques and Concepts, ART 2671 Photography I, ART 3241 Drawing III: Thematic Drawing, ART 3301 The Artist’s Book.

Total for the Concentration: 51 credits


Spatial Media Concentration


Upon successful completion of the spatial media concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Formulate creative and analytical solutions to spatial problems through individual experimentation, and identify and apply the appropriate materials for a specific conceptual intent.
  • Create a cohesive body of artwork that demonstrates mastery of selected innovative and traditional spatial media, strategies, and techniques through conceptual and technical development.
  • Compare and assess artwork from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the role and place of sculpture, installation and other spatial practices within the history of art, design and culture.

The following courses are required for the concentration:

Electives in the Major


Choose 9 credits from ceramics, integrated media, or jewelry design and metalsmithing
Choose 15 credits of art, art history, or communication design electives

Total for the concentration: 51 credits


Art Education Concentration


Upon successful completion of the art education concentration, students will be prepared to:

  • Teach in an art classroom applying and testing psychological principles of learning and psychological, social, and aesthetic/visual development theories in children as they relate to art education.
  • Assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds and interests of individuals and diverse groups of students, and devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs.
  • Develop and present a statement of art education philosophy and practices using knowledge of history, psychology, philosophy, aesthetic development, cognitive, physical, and visual development theory and current best practices in the field.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in each required course, including the specific General Studies Requirements, Art Foundation, Art Education Concentration, and Studio Emphases, before progressing to subsequent courses. Students should be aware that the B.F.A. is the only degree available for Art Education. Students pursuing the B.F.A. degree must pass the portfolio review in order to be admitted into the degree program. Coursework preparing for teacher licensure is available for post-baccalaureate students who have a prior B.F.A. degree. Post-baccalaureate students with a B.A. in Art should be prepared to take additional art and art history coursework, or to enter the B.F.A. program.

Specific General Studies Requirements


Electives in the Major


Choose 3 credits from art, art history, or communication design.

Technology Requirement


Choose at least one course (3 credits) from the following courses. These courses may be applied to either emphasis or to the electives in the major.

Integrated Media Requirement


Choose at least 9 credits of courses designated as integrated media. These courses may be applied to either emphasis or to the electives in the major.

Choose a primary and secondary emphasis area from those listed below. For the primary emphasis, take all the courses listed for the emphasis; for secondary, three courses (9 credits) are required except in integrated media, which requires four courses (12 credits).

Totals


 

Art Foundation 18
Post foundation requirements for all studio art majors 9
Concentration Requirements 36
Primary Studio Emphasis 15-18
Secondary Studio Emphasis* 9-12
Electives in the major 3
Total for the Art major with Art Education Concentration 90-96
General Studies 34
Total for the degree 124-130

Notes:

It is highly recommended that students select a secondary studio emphasis that is unrelated to the primary emphasis to gain breadth.

A primary emphasis in the content areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Printmaking and Spatial Media will require 15 credits of study to complete the sequence. If choosing a primary emphasis in the content areas of Painting and Photography, 18 credits of study will be required to complete the sequence.

A secondary emphasis in the content areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography and Spatial Media will require 9 credits of study to complete the emphasis. If choosing course work from Integrated Media, 12 credits of study will be required to complete the secondary emphasis.

A primary emphasis in Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Printmaking and Spatial Media with a 9 credit secondary emphasis will require a total of 124 credit hours of study. A primary emphasis in Painting and Photography with a 9 credit secondary emphasis will require a total of 127 credits of study.

A primary emphasis in Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Printmaking and Spatial Media with a 12 credit secondary emphasis in Integrated Media will require a total of 127 credits of study. A primary emphasis in Painting and Photography with a 12 credit secondary emphasis in Integrated Media will require a total of 130 credits of study.

Students must also achieve satisfactory scores on the state licensure examination. See your advisor for more information. Students seeking teacher licensure should read the teacher licensure sections of this Catalog and stay in regular contact with their advisors.