Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

Major in Art

The BFA Degree provides a comprehensive and structured background in the fine arts. This degree provides the fullest experience of Fine Art at the undergraduate level and is recommended for students seeking professional development and careers in the field. BFA candidates must complete three studio foundations courses and an additional six required studio courses. These required classes introduce students to fundamental processes and concepts in a range of visual art practices. An additional six art electives must also be completed, divided between 2-D and 3-D art disciplines. The three introductory Art History survey courses are also required for the major, as well as two additional upper-division courses; one in Art Theory and the other an elective, upper-division art history course. The remaining five courses must be selected from a single art discipline, becoming the student's area of specialization and focused research. This approach allows a student to focus in Fine Art without an outside minor. The 21-credit minor required of Bachelor of Art degrees in the department is waived and those credits are taken in more advanced Fine Art course work. Students from this program often seek admission into graduate schools with a well defined personal and professional portfolio after completing the undergraduate degree and go on to teach or work as professional artists. The degree's specialization provides the opportunity for the development of conceptual focus and advanced technical facility in their area of emphasis.

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Major in Art - Graphic Design Emphasis

The BFA Degree provides a comprehensive and structured background in graphic design. This degree provides the most thorough knowledge of creative Graphic Design at the undergraduate level and is recommended for students seeking careers as creative designers, multimedia designers, illustrators, web designers and art directors. BFA-Graphics candidates must complete the three foundations courses and seven additional required studio courses. These required classes introduce students to fundamental processes and concepts in a range of fine and digital art practices. Three art electives must also be completed, chosen from only the 3-D art disciplines. The three introductory Art History survey courses are also required for the major, as well as two additional upper-division courses; one in Art Theory and the other an elective, upper-division art history course. Three core courses in Graphic Design are required, and the remaining four courses must be selected from the advance offerings in Graphic Design, which thereby becomes the student's area of specialization and focused research. This approach allows a student to focus in Graphic and Multimedia Design without an outside minor. The 21-credit minor required of Bachelor of Art degrees in the department is waived and those credits are taken in more advanced Graphic Design course work. Students from this program often seek employment opportunities in the graphic design field with a well defined professional portfolio after completing the undergraduate degree. Others pursue admission to graduate programs and go on to teach or work as professional designers.

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Whitewater, WI 53190

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