The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts program offers opportunities to develop the capacity for ideation, expression and production. Students are encouraged to develop a strong studio practice supporting the creation of images, objects, visual, spatial and time-based experiences. The faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists active in the field and committed to teaching, research and lifelong learning. The philosophy stresses technical skills informed by ideas, a firm grounding in making, linkage to conceptualization and art theory and criticism, and the need for work to show awareness of contemporary issues. Courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital practices, performance art, as well as a variety of contemporary theory and history courses fosters an environment in which students can explore and expand methodologies to refine their personal voice and vision. Exhibitions, student organization events, as well as the Professional Practices course assist graduating seniors with effective knowledge and preparation for the transition from student to professional artist.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Synthesize the appropriate knowledge, skills, materials, technical processes, research methods, and theories, and apply these to the making of individual and collaborative work.
- Analyze, describe, interpret, contextualize, and constructively critique one’s own work and the work of others.
- Communicate ideas with confidence with relevance to socio-historical perspectives and in the context of art and design history and theory as it applies to the concepts, issues and practices of our times.
- Present in multiple contexts, such as through the preparation of portfolios and exhibitions, a concise, cohesive, critically edited body of work based on contemporary practices and historical precedents.
A grade of C or better is required in all major coursework, and a CGPA of 3.0 or higher is required in the major for BFA candidates.
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