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  • B.F.A. Degree in Studio Art

School of Art

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    The Bachelor of Fine Art degree is designed to prepare students for a career in Studio Art or Design. The BFA provides focused in-depth training in a chosen studio emphasis.

    Students learn a wide range of technical skills within the area of studio ceramics.Students become acquainted with the technology of ceramic materials and firing processes while developing sound craftsmanship as a means to personal expression.

    Drawing & Illustration
    Students enrolled in Drawing and Illustration develop a personal approach selecting from a variety of drawing materials and concepts. Drawing is emphasized as an end in itself, beyond the more traditional idea that Drawing is mainly a preparatory process for the development of visual ideas for other media.

    After acquiring a thorough foundation in materials and techniques, students are encouraged to develop personal approaches to form and content, style and expression. Individual and group critiques, as well as slide lectures and demonstrations, guide this process. Internships are encouraged.

    The Photography department offers experiences in both traditional and contemporary approaches to photography including developing, advanced composition, lighting techniques, retouching and negative manipulation, toning, hand coloring, and slide processing. Portraiture, night photography, landscape topography, and use of large camera format are taught. Students are encouraged to develop individual styles based on self-awareness.

    The student may choose one or a combination of the following printmaking media: relief printing, screenprinting, and monoprinting. Nontoxic intaglio and lithography are available. Internships are encouraged.

    Students are exposed to a broad range of materials, processes, techniques, and concepts as they pertain to both traditional and nontraditional approaches to making sculpture. Topics may include, but are not limited to, wood fabrication, cold and hot steel fabrication, casting and methods to include bronze casting and mould making. Different topics addressed in the courses will range from dealing with figure/body, space, site and environment. As the student advances through the courses he/she will be asked to take an increasing self-guided approach in his/her investigation of materials, techniques, and content to develop his/her own unique visual vocabulary.

    B.F.A Degree in Studio Art Requirements