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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art & Design, B.F.A.

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


Advanced undergraduate study to foster lifelong strategies of 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.

The optional Art & Design Education Concentration combines a comprehensive Art & Design major with all the Education coursework and classroom experience required for Oregon K-12 teaching licensure. Students who complete the concentration are fully prepared for careers teaching art and/or design in K-12 schools.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate conceptual and technical competence in the active practice of art and design.
  2. Show evidence of 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 Studio Credits: 16

  • Minimum 16 credits of 200-level Art & Design studio courses.
  • Many upper division studio courses require specific 200-level courses as prerequisites. Plan with an advisor.

Choose either the Concentration or the following Courses:

Complete Either the Art & Design Education Concentration  or the following course requirements (not both):

Critique & Seminar

Upper Division Elective Credits: 52

  • Minimum 52 credits of any 300-level and/or 400-level Art & Design courses.
  • Most upper division Art & Design studio courses have prerequisites. See advisor.
  • If the Upper Division Art History requirement is already met, additional upper division Art History courses may be applied here.
  • Up to 4 additional credits of A 410 Critique & Seminar  and up to 2 credits of A 318 Gallery Internship  may be applied here.

Total Credits: 110-138


Completion of the General Education coursework is required for the BFA in Art and Design.
Art & Design, B.F.A. majors must have a grade of C- or better in courses that are used to satisfy the major requirements.

Satisfactory Grade Use

Art (A) course requirements may be fulfilled with a grade of S.
Do not select Satisfactory/No Credit grading for any other courses that will be used in the program.


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