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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art & Design, B.F.A.

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Professors: Jennifer Bracy, Jodie Garrison, Rebecca McCannell, Diane Tarter
Associate professors: Michael Freeman, Mary Harden, Daniel Tankersley, Garima Thakur
Assistant professor: Peter Hoffeker-Mejia


To foster advanced undergraduate study in creative thinking, technique, critical inquiry, and visual literacy for application to art and design. Students engage art and design practices in a studio atmosphere, bringing together form, materials, and meaning to create expressive work. The curriculum integrates a variety of media and technologies. It emphasizes aesthetic awareness, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, and visual communication. An amalgamation of studio practices, art history, and contemporary theory provide contextual basis for creativity. The program equips students with a framework for understanding their place and role as artists and designers in an ever-changing world. Campus galleries exhibit student and professional work, contributing to the cultural environment of the campus and region. Applied projects empower students to address issues that impact their local, global, and online communities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Cultivate lifelong strategies for creative thinking, skill-building, and active practice of art and design.
  2. Engage in the world through critical inquiry and design process and analyze art and design in context.
  3. Integrate vision, language, form, and materials for communication and self-expression.

Core Courses

200-Level Introductory Course Credits: 16

See advisor. Minimum of 16 credits of 200-level Art & Design studio courses. Choose courses that are prerequisites for the Upper Division courses you plan to take.

Other Required Course Credits: 6

Upper Division Elective Credits: 52

See advisor. Minimum of 52 credits of any 300-level and/or 400-level Art courses*

Up to 4 additional credits of A 410 Critique & Seminar  and up to 2 credits of A 318 Gallery Internship  may be applied here. 

*Note: This category may include any of our regularly scheduled 300- and 400-level art courses (courses with an ‘A’ prefix) and any of the following: BFA Thesis Project, A 413 International Studio Art Study  , A 412 Practicum  , A 399 Special Studies  , A 499 Special Individual Studies  , and any additional Art History Courses not counted towards Art History Requirement.

Total Credits: 110


Completion of the General Education coursework is required for the BFA in Art and Design.

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