The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program offers opportunities to develop the capacity for ideation, expression and production, while allowing students to experience other creative fields. Students are encouraged to develop a studio practice supporting the creation of images, objects, visual, spatial and/or 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 such areas as 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.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a developed visual, media and material sensitivity.
- Establish technical skills and a growing awareness of the principles of visual organization within a range of art and design materials, methods and media.
- Demonstrate an ability to make and understand basic connections between concept and form.
- Understand the nature of contemporary thinking on art, and gain a basic discernment of quality in works of art.
- Be familiar with the works and intentions of major artists and movements of the past, in both Western and non-Western worlds.
- Have an awareness of how artistic concerns are mobilized in the contemporary art world.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all major coursework.
For students who have already earned a Bachelors degree in another field, the Second Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts is available.
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