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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is considered a professional degree. This program is developed to enhance the art student's career placement opportunities and/or entrance into graduate school. The program of study provides students with an intensive studio-based degree and a variety of curricular options.
The BFA degree combines general understanding with the development of personal style in studio work selected from the following: Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Sculpture, and Photography. Complemented by a general education in liberal arts studies, this studio program enables each student to master creative techniques and to comprehend the meaning and importance of the visual arts in a diverse social, historical, and intellectual context.
Art Education Certification
The Department of Visual Arts provides a foundation of knowledge and skill in the visual arts which will prepare students to practice art on a professional level. Students may elect an art degree program, which is designed to prepare practicing artists, plus certification, which is designed for students who wish to teach art in the public schools.
Program Structure: The art focus concentrates on skill development and creative expression in ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Other courses include computer graphics, photography, and crafts. Theoretical knowledge is embedded in practical learning. Students are trained as both practicing artists and educators. Art history and art criticism courses acquaint students with multicultural artistic styles, movement, and aesthetic/critical problems in art, thereby giving students a better historical perspective. Graduates are certified to teach in the public schools at all grade levels.
Preparation for teaching includes the following unique features: a teaching laboratory, supervised observations and aiding experiences in the public schools, and a supervised internship.
Art History Minor
Art history and art criticism courses acquaint students with multicultural artistic styles, movement, and aesthetic/critical problems in art, thereby giving students a better historical perspective.
Make a selection to view the summary of requirements for a major and teaching certification option in Art & Design or for information on one of the available minors:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
There are numerous awards and scholarships for students within the Department of Visual Arts. Make a selection below for information on available awards and scholarships:
University Wide Scholarships