Coordinator: Corinne Diop
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.
- 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.
Major and Concentration Requirements
The general fine arts concentration requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art related courses.
Studio art courses (choose six of the following): 18 Credit Hours
Courses cannot be double-counted in studio concentration.
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.
Complete three of the following courses:
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.
Recommended Schedule for Majors
- 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