BFA in Art - Studio Art: Community & Social Practices Concentration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art — studio art emphasis develops students’ perceptual skills, technical making skills, creativity, and ability to think critically and independently. Students are encouraged to explore ideas between fine and applied arts methodologies and gain experiences in developing and applying skills and creativity outside the classroom. Instruction in use of art materials and specific art processes enables students to create original work reflecting their evolving vision. The degree program also facilitates broad cultural awareness of the visual arts in society through art history and criticism, the expectation of travel, and applied, real-world experiences required within the curriculum. Graduating majors are able to clearly express ideas through artworks via historical and contemporary aesthetic and technical models, along with developing a substantial vision for their own careers and/or creative possibilities in the 21st century art world.

The community and social practices concentration offers studio courses from a student’s choice in media along with coursework exploring the multiple ways art functions within and relates to different communities, cultures and constituent audiences. Secondary curricular interests include arts administration, arts education, psychology, social work and art therapy.

Degree Requirements

A minimum total of 126 hours is required for the BFA in studio art and includes 84 credit hours of art and art history courses (listed below). Students must also meet the university’s scholastic, residence and general education requirements for graduation.

A grade of C (2.000) or better is required in all major courses. A minimum GPA of 2.000 is required within the major.

General Education
Foundation Courses12
Fine Arts3
Humanities6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Natural Sciences and Mathematics6
Advanced Further Study and I&P9
Foundation Curriculum 1
ARTF 102Introduction to Art and Design3
ARTF 136Foundation 2-D Design3
ARTF 145Foundation Drawing3
ARTF 189Foundation 3-D Design3
ARTF 202Mid-Program Review1
Art History
Select two different ARTH 125_ courses6
ARTH 347Themes in Contemporary Art and Design I3
Select 3 credit hours in ARTH 300 + (300-level or above)3
Community & Social Practices Introductory Studies
ARTS 195Studio Tools Workshop1
ARTS 240Introduction to Life Drawing3
ARTS 245Digital Studio3
ARTS 211Introduction to Community & Social Practice3
Select three courses from the following:9
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Painting Media
Introduction to Printmaking
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Sculpture and Extended Media
Digital 3-D Tools in Sculpture
Typography I
Introduction to Graphic Design
Graphic Design Concepts
Graphic Materials and Processes
Community & Social Practices Program Studies
Select one course in ARTE/ARTG/ARTS 200-level or 300-level (excludes ARTS 375_, ARTS 390_)3
Select two courses in ARTE/ARTG/ARTS 300-level (excludes ARTS 375_, ARTS 390_)6
Select two courses in ARTE/ARTG/ARTS 300-level or above (excludes ARTS 375_, ARTS 390_, ARTS 590_, ARTS 591_)6
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 395_
SlowBurn Topics - 1st Semester
ARTS 590_
SlowBurn Topics - 1st Semester
Cooperative Education: Internship
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 396_
SlowBurn Topics - 2nd Semester
ARTS 591_
SlowBurn Topics - 2nd Semester
Cooperative Education: Internship
Select three 1 credit hour courses from the following:3
ARTH/ARTS 390_
QuickFire Topics
ARTS 375_
Special Topics in Ceramics
Community & Social Practices Concentration
Select one of the following:3
Jewelry Design/Construction
Stimulating Creative Behavior
Art Education Curriculum in Elementary School
Fiber Exploration
Concepts in Creative Industries: Audiences and Outreach
ARTS 324Art and Social Media3
ARTS 312Community Arts Engagement3
ARTS 481NCooperative Education: Internship3
ARTS 517Community & Social Practice Senior Project1
ARTS 599Senior Exhibition3
Total Credit Hours126
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The art foundation curriculum requirements must be completed by the time students have completed 60 credit hours or prior to entry to classes where individual courses serve as prerequisites. Transfer students with 60 credit hours and art foundation requirement deficiencies must complete course deficiencies no later than two semesters following entry.

Note: 45+ upper-division hours are required for graduation. Model programs of study are available in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries office and online.