Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Studio Concentration, B.F.A.

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The B.F.A. is comprised of a group of core courses representing minimum requirements for all areas of emphasis, plus course requirements in studio arts, art history, a B.F.A. seminar, and a B.F.A. professional practices course. Students accepted into the program decide on an area of emphasis from the following choices: painting,

photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

  1. Throughout the B.F.A. program, candidates must maintain a 3.00 GPA in art and a high level of performance and will be subject to review at all times. Advisors will direct students in their specific course of study based on regular critiques.
  2. To complete the program, candidates will meet all course work for the degree and participate in the B.F.A. art exhibition, which will be reviewed by the art faculty to determine the candidate’s professional competence in a chosen area of emphasis.
  3. In order to receive the B.F.A. Degree, students must complete 24 upper-division units in art in residence. (May be included within the University’s unit residency requirement.)

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education Program ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

Major Core Requirements

Freshman and Sophomore Years

* FLC = a Freshman Learning Community, taught over two semesters; counts for GE areas A1 and C3

Complete two of the following courses for a total of 4 units:

Junior and Senior Years

Choose any combination of the following to total 5 units:

Minimum required 5

Areas of Emphasis

In addition to the major core requirements, each B.F.A. student must complete one of the following 34-unit emphases:


Total lower-division core units: 14-18

Total upper-division core units: 20-22

Total units in the emphasis: 34

Total units in the major: 70

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply critical analysis to formal, aesthetic and conceptual qualities in their and others’ art.
  2. Use visual observations to display understanding, and resolve decisions, about the form and content of an artwork.
  3. Ask critical questions about artistic processes, challenges, ideas and materials.
  4. Develop a comprehensive body of work, exhibiting experimentation and growth.
  5. Demonstrate technical proficiency of media to display finished artwork.
  6. Express complex original ideas through an independent approach to materials, media and process.
  7. Articulate original concepts, ideas, and questions in visual, written and oral forms.
  8. Acquire awareness of historical and contemporary considerations, from global to  local communities, in relationship to their own work.
  9. Professionally practice, produce, document, exhibit, promote, and develop original artwork.

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