Art Major

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art is built on two central ideas. First, you will become a maker with technical and conceptual depth. Second, you will drive your own education with the choices you make about what classes to take and what projects to take on. You have the option of choosing to concentrate in a specific discipline, including painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Or you can take courses in all four disciplines—it's your call.

All BFA in Art students integrate a mix of disciplines and approaches into their practice, regardless of whether you decide to concentrate in a specific discipline.

Course Work

In your first year, your required studio course work includes drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, digital design, and a weekly lecture course.

Your choices begin in your sophomore year, when you select two of four Material & Culture studios: painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

During your junior and senior years, you take seven Art Practice courses, which help you to acquire technical and conceptual strategies as you move toward independent work. We offer these courses in a range of areas every semester. Recent Art Practice offerings include:

– Body Image
– Large Format Photography
– The Printed Image
– Material as Metaphor
– Public Practice
– Time-Based Media

Also during your junior year, you will take two Methods & Contexts courses. Taught by teams of faculty, these courses help you understand your own artistic interests within the contemporary, professional field of art.


In your senior capstone course, you commit to an artistic position—evidenced through studio production, presentation, and writing. Your work culminates in a spring exhibition.

Degree Requirements

The College of Art subscribes to the standards for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree as set forth and accepted by the College Art Association of American (CAA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

A BFA degree requires a total of 128 credits of course work, with a minimum of 39 credits taken in Arts & Sciences. Specific details for the BFA in Art can be found in the documents below.

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Download degree requirements for BFA in Art: Printmaking concentration>>
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