BFA in Art - Studio Art: Painting 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 painting concentration offers intensive studio work within courses designed to develop a wide range of technical and conceptual skills, including traditional media, mixed media, digital media, and painting’s influence and expression in contemporary visual culture. This approach requires a foundation in the fundamental aspects of painting media, as well as an understanding of the historical and social context in which painting is encountered.

Program 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
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
Introductory Studies
ARTS 195Studio Tools Workshop1
ARTS 240Introduction to Life Drawing3
ARTS 245Digital Studio3
ARTS 252Introduction to Painting Media3
Select three courses from the following:9
Introduction to Community & Social Practice
Introduction to Photography
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
Studio Art Program Studies
Select one course in ARTE/ARTG/ARTS 200-level or 300-levell (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
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 396_
SlowBurn Topics - 2nd Semester
ARTS 591_
SlowBurn Topics - 2nd Semester
Select three 1 credit hour courses from the following:3
QuickFire Topics
ARTS 375_
Special Topics in Ceramics
Painting Concentration
Select one course in ARTS 300+ 300-level or above (excludes ARTS 375_ and ARTS 390_)3
Select two of the following:6
Painting Materials & Processes
Painting with Narrative & Sequence
Painting in the Expanded Field
ARTS 554Advanced Painting3
ARTS 557Painting Senior Project1
ARTS 599Senior Exhibition3
Total Credit Hours126

Applied Learning

Students in the BFA in studio arts program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing two semesters of SlowBurn courses or at least two semesters of Internship. (ARTS 590 SlowBurn Topics - 1st Semester, ARTS 591 SlowBurn Topics - 2nd Semester, or ARTS 481N Internship)

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 (