Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Art (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art is intended for students who have serious ambitions towards becoming practicing artists and/or photographers who may also aim to further their studies with an advanced degree. It provides intensive instruction in art history, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture as well as a broad liberal arts education. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art offers concentrations in Photography and Studio Art. 

All students initially enroll in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art or the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with a concentration in Photography.  Departmental approval for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art degree is required. Students may apply for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art degree program providing they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of ART 120, and two of the following three studio or photo courses; ART 130, ART 150, or PHO 101.  Students must also successfully complete the two foundational Art History courses, ART 200 and ART 201.  A cumulative 3.0 GPA in these ART courses must be achieved to qualify as an applicant to the BFA program.
  2. A positive evaluation by the CSI studio faculty committee of a portfolio containing 15-20 pieces of the student's artwork comprised of work from pre-major studio classes as well pieces produced independently.

*Students interested in the photography concentration are required to take PHO 101.

Students are strongly advised to complete the 100 level courses and ART 200 and ART 201 within the first 60 credits of their education.

General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  58-63 credits 
Electives  15-20 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Major Requirements

In addition to the major requirements listed below students are required to choose either the Photography or Studio Art concentration.

ART 120Introductory Drawing(RNL)

3

ART 200History of Art to the Renaissance(RLA)

4

ART 201History of Art after the Renaissance(RLA)

4

ART 401Contemporary Art: Ideas and Practices(RLA)

4

ART 480Senior Project in Art and Photography(RLA)

3

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Two courses chosen from the following:

PHO 101Introduction to Photography(RLA)

3

ART 130Introductory Painting(RNL)

3

ART 150Introductory Sculpture(RNL)

3

Students interested in the Photography Concentration are required to choose PHO 101 as one of the two courses.  This course may also be used to satisfy the Creative Expression general education requirement.

Two art history course at or above the 200-level chosen from the following:

ART 203Art of the Ancient World(RLA)

4

ART 205Modern Art in Latin America(RLA)

4

ART 207Nineteenth-Century Art(RLA)

4

ART 208Twentieth-Century Art(RLA)

4

ART 209Art and Society in America(RLA)

4

ART 210The Architect and Society(RLA)

4

ART 211History of Printmaking(RLA)

4

ART 240Women and the Fine Arts(RLA)

4

ART 300Medieval and Renaissance Art(RLA)

4

ART 301Baroque Art(RLA)

4

ART 303History of Photography(RLA)

4

ART 308American Art Since 1945(RLA)

4

ART 314Contemporary Issues in Photography(RNL)

4

ART 410Major Artist I(RLA)

4

ART 411Major Artist II(RLA)

4

ART 440Contemporary Art Theory I(RLA)

4

ART 441Contemporary Art Theory II(RLA)

4

Students in the Photography concentration are strongly encouraged to take ART 303.

ART 305 may be repeated once for elective credit with instructor permission, but does not fulfill any of the art history requirements.

Photography Concentration

Students enrolled in the BFA must complete at least 26 credits of photography courses beyond the 100-level.

PHO 201Introduction to Darkroom Techniques(RLA)

3

The remaining 23 credits can be chosen from the following courses. (23 credits)

Of those 23 remaining credits, at least three courses must be at or above the 300-level.

PHO 206Digital Photography(RNL)

3

PHO 215Historical & Alternative Photographic Processes(RNL)

4

PHO 220Intermediate Photography(RNL)

3

PHO 230Color Photography(RNL)

3

PHO 235Fashion Photography(RLA)

3

PHO 240Documentary Methods in Photography(RNL)

3

PHO 250Studio Photography I(RNL)

3

PHO 305Photography In New York(RLA)

3

PHO 307Fine Art Digital Printing(RNL)

3

PHO 314Contemporary Issues in Photography(RNL)

4

PHO 315Visiting Artist Workshop(RNL)

3

PHO 320The Photographic Portfolio(RNL)

3

PHO 360Studio Photography II(RNL)

3

PHO 365Conceptual and Aesthetic Concerns of Image Making - Photography III(RLA)

4

OR

Studio Art Concentration

Students enrolled in the BFA Studio Art concentration must complete at least 27 credits of studio art courses beyond the 100-level; selecting courses that fit their chosen emphasis. At least one course at or above the 300-level is required.

ART 320, ART 325, ART 330, ART 350, and ART 445 may be repeated for credit.

ART 212 may be repeated once for credit. 

ART 212Visiting Artist Projects(RNL)

3

ART 220Intermediate Drawing(RNL)

3

ART 225Portrait Drawing II(RNL)

3

ART 230Intermediate Painting(RNL)

3

ART 245Printmaking(RNL)

3

ART 250Intermediate Sculpture(RNL)

3

ART 275Studio Art Theory and Practice(RNL)

3

ART 320Advanced Drawing(RNL)

3

ART 325Portrait Drawing III(RNL)

3

ART 330Advanced Painting(RNL)

3

ART 345Intermediate Printmaking(RNL)

3

ART 350Advanced Sculpture(RNL)

3

ART 375Intermediate Studio Art Theory and Practice(RNL)

3

ART 445Advanced Printmaking(RNL)

3

Total Credit Hours: 58-63

Total Credit Hours: 120