About the B.F.A. in Fine Art
The Art & Design department offers a BA and BFA in Fine Art. Fine Arts students study ideas, examine artworks, and learn about artists through images, lectures, and practical application. Students learn to rely on their personal experience and encounters as sources for concept development and visual form. Mastery of technique is put at the service of conceptual problem solving. An emphasis on historical tradition and new ideas in contemporary art expands students’ perceptual reach and aesthetic awareness. By engaging critical thinking, exploration, and experimentation, the program helps students discover and examine the world through the practice of art making.
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If you are attending New Student Orientation as a freshman you do not need to bring a portfolio. We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshman. All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in Fine Art should plan to bring a portfolio, as well as syllabi and course descriptions for those transfer classes. In addition, you may want to bring an additional copy of your transcript.
- Graphic Design
- Advertising Art Direction
- Interior Architecture
- Fine Art
- Product Design
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in Art History should plan to bring course descriptions and syllabi for those courses.
2nd BA students who took art and design classes as part of their undergraduate degree should bring a copy of their transcripts along with a portfolio of their work.
We regret that we are unable to register any student for upper-level classes without an in-person portfolio review.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you try and take 2-3 of the following classes in your first semester as an Advertising Art Direction major:
- 22-1101 History of Art I: Stone Age to Gothic OR 22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture
- 22-1220 Fundamentals of 2D Design OR 22-1230 Fundamentals of 3D Design
- 22-1210 Drawing I
- 23-1111 Foundations of Photography