BA in Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Art integrates painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as hybrid media, with both conceptual rigor and technical expertise. You will apply your own artistic interests—and aspects of your broader liberal arts education—to the contemporary, professional field of art.

This program is designed for students who want a deep liberal arts experience that integrates a studio major. About one-quarter of your classes will be in the College of Art; there is no capstone course or final exhibition during the senior year.

Course Work

As part of your foundational course work, you will take a digital studio course, and also select from at least two of the following courses: drawing, 2D design, 3D design, and drawing across disciplines. The drawing course covers mainly dry media (charcoal, graphite, pastel, etc.). In the 3D design studio, you'll learn fundamental sculptural materials, skills, and ways of thinking while becoming familiar with special tools and machines. Classes are capped at 16 students per studio to ensure individualized attention.

As you advance in your studies, you'll select from studio courses as well as Sam Fox School electives. Here's a quick snapshot of our offerings in several disciplines:

Painting: The program is interdisciplinary in nature and reflects how contemporary artists work today. Students are encouraged to take classes in multiple areas and to combine different processes.

Photography: Photography courses cover a range of techniques. Students are exposed to documentary work, large format studio photography, and black-and-white film photography. We have comprehensive resources including large-format printing, dark rooms, a lighting studio, and equipment students can borrow.

Printmaking: We offer many types of printing, including relief, lithography, monotype, etching and aquatint, and screenprinting. The newly expanded printmaking suite provides resources for all processes related to printmaking, letterpress, and bookbinding. This includes etching presses, a lithography press, and a very large electrically powered etching press.

Sculpture: Through this area, students are able to take several electives, including blacksmithing, foundry, furniture design, metal fabrication, and ceramics. Sculpture also includes sound art, video art, installation, and performance art.

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).

For students entering the College of Art in fall 2019, a BA degree requires a total of 120 credits of course work; specific degree requirements can be found here>>


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