The Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students for entry into a number of art-related professions or endeavors by completing a broad, yet organized curriculum in art with a minor in a chosen field. This 48 credit hour program includes both art history and studio classes. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program prepares students for entry into graduate school or a number of art-related professions and endeavors. The B.F.A. is a 70-78 credit hour degree program in studio art and is awarded with a concentration in Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, or Print Making. The Bachelor of Fine Arts discipline has specific admission requirements and performance standards that must be met before admittance into the B.F.A. program.
The Graphic Design Concentration prepares students to use their artistic skills to serve commercial clients such as major corporations and retail stores, as well as in advertising, design, and publishing. Illustrators create images for books, magazines, films, textiles, and more. Students in our program will learn all aspects of graphic design including software, typography, layout, branding and logo design, package design, illustration, photo manipulation, and printing. Students also complete a professional internship to gain real experience in the field.
Printmaking focuses on stone lithography, solar printing, intaglio, serigraphy, woodcuts, linocuts, dry points, collagraphs, and monotypes. Students are encouraged to experiment with new techniques and methods and to develop their images conceptually and aesthetically. Great emphasis is placed on content, developing strong techniques, and understanding the processes of all printmaking methods.
Students will be introduced to a variety of traditional and experimental painting techniques using oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint. Beginning painting focuses on developing strong realistic painting skills while painting from direct observation. In advanced classes, students
are guided by experienced faculty to develop their own content and expression through experimentation and exploration of various styles and techniques.
Students who select this option will design three-dimensional art works either by molding and joining materials such as clay, glass, wire, plastic, fabric, or metal or by cutting and carving forms from a block of plaster, wood, or stone. This program also introduces students to innovative techniques such as the use of mixed media and the incorporation of light, sound, and motion into sculpture installations.