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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art, B.F.A.

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Coordinator: Corinne Diop, diopcj@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6485

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art is intended for those students whose goal is the professional production of visual art. Only those students serious about preparing for a studio career in the visual arts and willing to commit the time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their chosen area of studio concentration should enroll. These areas of concentration within the B.F.A. in studio art degree seek to:

  • Develop students’ visual vocabulary.
  • Foster a deeper understanding of the formal visual relationships present in the art and design process.
  • Enhance their aesthetic awareness of art forms.
  • Promote the competency to independently seek further professional growth.

Students develop competency in several media (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, metals and jewelry, printmaking, photography, glass, mixed-media) and foster a professional command of at least one medium. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to pursue the professional production and exhibition of their own art or more in-depth study at the graduate school level.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  courses 41 Credit Hours 1
  • University elective 1 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 78 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

The general fine arts concentration requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art related courses.

Required Art Courses

Studio Concentration (choose one of the following): 15 Credit Hours

Credits taken to fulfill the studio concentration must be taken in a single studio area.


Art History electives (300-400 level) 6 Credit Hours

Excludes ARTH 490 , ARTH 495  and ARTH 499 .

Art and art-related electives 15 Credit Hours

Studio art and art-related electives may include courses from graphic design, architectural design, art education independent study, industrial design, internships and study abroad studio courses but excludes courses taken to fulfill the studio concentration.

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Second Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Art history elective (300-400 level) 3 Credit Hours
  • Studio concentration 6 Credit Hours
  • General or art electives 9 Credit Hours
  • General Education: The Human Community  courses 12 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

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