Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

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.

Pre-Major Requirements: 17 credits

Required Courses

ART 120Introductory Drawing(RNL)

3

ART 200History of Art to the Renaissance(RLA)

4

ART 201History of Art after the Renaissance(RLA)

4

In addition, students must complete two of the following three courses: (6 credits)

PHO 101Introduction to Photography(RLA)

3

ART 130Introductory Painting(RNL)

3

ART 150Introductory Sculpture(RNL)

3

PHO 101: Students interested in the Photography Concentration must take PHO 101 as one of the two pre-major required courses.

Photography Concentration

Major Requirements: 41-45 credits

A. Art History Courses (12 credits)

ART 401Contemporary Art: Ideas and Practices(RLA)

4

And two additional art history course chosen from the following at or above the 200 level. (8 credits)

NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to take ART 303 to satisfy the art history requirement.

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

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

B. Photography Courses (26 credits)

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

C. All students enrolled in the ART BFA must complete the following:

ART 480Senior Project in Art and Photography(RLA)

3

D. Foreign Language Requirement (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Total Credits Required: 120

Studio Art Concentration

Major Requirements: 42-46 credits

A. Art History Courses (12 credits)

ART 401Contemporary Art: Ideas and Practices(RLA)

4

And two additional art history courses chosen from the following: (8 credits)
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

B. Studio Courses (27 credits)

Students enrolled in the BFA must complete at least 27 credits of studio art courses beyond the 100-level; selecting courses that fit their chosen emphasis. NOTE: ART 320, ART 325, ART 330, ART 350, and ART 445 may be repeated for credit and 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

C. All students enrolled in the ART BFA must complete the following:

ART 480Senior Project in Art and Photography(RLA)

3

D. Foreign Language Requirement (0-4 credits)

Demonstration of proficiency in a language through the intermediate level, 213 or above.

Total Credits Required: 120

It is recommended that students complete an internship with an artist/photographer, museum, gallery, or foundation while studying at CSI.

Note: Courses may only be used once to fulfill a requirement area except for PHO 315. This class can be repeated three times.  ART 305 may be repeated once for elective credit with instructor permission, but does not fulfill any of the art history requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement

All studio art/photography courses are non-liberal arts and sciences except PHO 101 and PHO 365. The BFA degree requires a minimum of 30 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.

Honors

To graduate with honors in art a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in art courses and must complete a body of independent work approved by one or more full-time art faculty advisors. The work should be presented in an exhibition if possible. Art history students may undertake the writing of a research paper with the approval and supervision of a faculty adviser.