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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, BA

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About the Program

Contemporary art has evolved into rich and complex forms. Art today encompasses both alternative and traditional processes. The undergraduate program provides a solid multidisciplinary foundation of conceptual and technical skills and emphasizes self-exploration and individual expression. Students are encouraged to express ideas in visual form.

Fine Arts Undergraduate program allows students to customize their studies. The Fine Arts program offers five areas of concentration for undergraduate majors: Ceramics, Drawing & Illustration, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Printmaking, and Textiles. Students choose from an exciting range of courses in these disciplines as well as mixed media, computer art, alternative processes, life drawing, sculpture and art history.

Graduate students are encouraged to explore conceptual issues, hybrid art forms, reinvigorate traditional forms, and engage in critical dialogue and writing. See MFA Studio Art.

Professional practice is a significant part of the program. Students work in well-designed studios with professional equipment. Graduate students and undergraduates will have opportunities to exhibit their work and may curate, organize and install exhibitions in our galleries.

Career positions for arts professionals are available in galleries, museums, education, illustration, apparel and design industries, publishing prints, designing one-of-a-kind or limited edition art objects, selling and exhibiting art.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Fine Arts  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Art Studies-BA
120 Credits

Fine Arts Major Requirements (45 credits)

C. Fine Arts Foundations (12 credits)

Four (4) courses each from a different discipline listed below. Only one of the four courses can be in Area of Concentration.

D. Fine Arts Portfolio Assessment (required, no credit)

E. Concentration Courses in A&D (9 credits)

Three additional courses in one concentration.

Note: Ceramics/Jewelry & Metalwork concentrations, students are strongly advised to take AD 27500 - Beginning Sculpture , or a course in Metals or Ceramics as their 3rd course.

F. A&D 42400 Fine Arts Senior Exhibition (required, no credit)

Spring semester only. Seniors graduating in August or December must participate in the spring semester prior to their graduation.

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (19-30 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • STAT - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • AD REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • AD REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • AD REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD 42400 Senior Exhibition - Credit Hours: 0.00

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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