Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art | Undergraduate Minor
Bachelor of Fine Arts | 2-D Studios | 3-D Studios | Communication Art & Design | Interior Architecture
The Department of Fine Arts and the Hite Art Institute offers undergraduate Studio Art majors the choice of two degrees: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is primarily intended for professionally oriented art students and those planning to pursue graduate work in studio arts. The BFA provides the opportunity for students to go into more depth in the studio arts. The 2D and 3D Studio tracks allow students to customize their degree to either focus primarily on a specific studio area or to work cross-media taking courses in several studio areas.
Admission to this program is selective and competitive. Enrollments are limited.
Current BA students may apply to the BFA program after having completed the Foundations Program in Studio Art, or equivalent, plus having completed or currently enrolled in the 300-level course in the program track area for which they intend to apply. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in studio art and art history classes and a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 to be admitted and to remain in the program. If accepted to the BFA program, students take additional courses at the 500-level in one of the four BFA program tracks: 2D Studios, 3D Studios, Communication Art & Design, or Interior Architecture.
Students complete a minimum of 61 hours of their undergraduate work in the Department of Fine Arts. All BFA students must complete:
- The four Foundations studio courses.
- Two 300-level studio art courses.
- 12 hours in Art History, including two survey courses.
- The professional practice course for their specific track
- Studio art courses specific to their track as outline below:
- 2-D Studios: In addition to the above requirements, students will take up to 15 hours of courses at the 500-level in either drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking, plus 15 hours in studio art or art history electives.
- 3-D Studios: In addition to the above requirements, students will take up to 15 hours of courses at the 500-level in either ceramics, fibers, glass, sculpture, or installation and site specific work, plus 15 hours in studio art or art history electives.
- Communication Art & Design: In addition to the above requirements, students will take up to 21 hours of courses at the 500-level in graphic design plus 9 hours in studio art or art history electives.
- Interior Architecture: In addition to the above requirements, students will take up to 25 hours of courses at the 500-level in courses in interior design, plus 6 hours in studio art or art history electives.
In addition, a grade of "D" in any department course 300-level or above may not be used to fulfill a departmental requirement.
Completing the BA in Studio Arts
Completion of this program requires work to be submitted for the department's Learning Outcome Measurement. For the BFA candidate in 2-D or 3-D studios, this includes a committee review of the candidate's work one semester prior to graduation and participation in the BFA exhibition (held during the semester of graduation). For the BFA candidate in Communication Art & Design or Interior Architecture, this includes participation in the professional portfolio review at the end of their professional practice course. For more information, contact the department.