Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Art

General

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Program Description

The BFA program teaches students the creative and technical skills needed to thrive as career artists. Advanced instruction is offered in non-figurative and figurative fine art, including painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Our Sculpture department has one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in North America, and our state-of-the-art printmaking facilities merge traditional tools with cutting edge technology.

Course Description

Semester 1

  • FND 110: Analysis of Form
    Core / 3 Units
  • FND 112: Figure Drawing
    Core / 3 Units
  • FND 131: Figure Modeling
    Core / 3 Units
  • ILL 133: Digital Media: Photoshop
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • FA 110: Still Life Painting 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • FA 145: Printmaking
    Core / 3 Units
  • FA 213: Introduction to Anatomy
    Core / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FND 125: Color and Design
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 3

  • FA 121: Intermediate Figure Drawing
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 211: Introduction to Painting: Figure
    Core/ 3 Units
  • FASCU 234: Head & Figure Sculpture
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 291: Designing Careers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • FA 143: Silkscreen 1
    Core / 3 Units\
  • FA 214: Intermediate Anatomy
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 224: Composition & Painting
    Core / 3 Units
  • FA 227: Fine Arts Heads & Hands
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 313: Wildlife Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 222: 20th Century Art
    Liberal Arts/ 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 5

  • FA 311: Clothed Figure Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 321: Head Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 328: Landscape Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 110: Writing the Short Story
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 127: Topics in World Art
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • FA 310: Surrealism, Stylization & Expression 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 322: Quick Studies 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 325: Mixed Media Drawing & Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 493A: Location Painting in Italy
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 171: Western Civilization
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 267: Italian 1: Basic Grammar & Speech
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 274: Study Abroad: Art & Architecture of Renaissance Florence
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 7

  • FA 350: Mural Painting 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 368: Urban Landscape
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 254: Human-Centered Design
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 462: Power of Myth and Symbol
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • FA 410: Surrealism, Stylization & Expression 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 420: Senior Portfolio Workshop/Professional Practices
    Core / 3 Units
  • FA 493: Study Abroad: Painting in Florence, Italy
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 269: Italian 2: Conversational Italian
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 307: History of Aesthetics
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirements

BFA Fine Art Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
  • 1 Written Communication: Context & Style
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
  • 1 Historical Awareness
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Produce a consistent body of work demonstrating proficiency in a breadth of fine art disciplines
  • (Sculpture) Demonstrate understanding of three-dimensional composition, crafting (technical skill) and applying the underlying concept to the overall sculpted solution.
  • (Painting & Printmaking) Demonstrate basic skills in composition
  • (Sculpture) Demonstrate basic skills in 3D composition
  • (Painting & Printmaking) Demonstrate effective use of color theory
  • (Painting) Demonstrate effective use of proportion and gesture
  • (Painting) Demonstrate effective use of perspective
  • (Painting & Printmaking) Use value effectively when creating a form
  • (Painting & Printmaking) Use appropriate style and techniques to effectively execute ideas
  • (Painting) Apply anatomical knowledge to accurately draw the human form
  • Demonstrate craftsmanship and fine attention to detail
  • (Sculpture) Develop ideas (concept) that support the overall composition (or construction) of a sculptural form.
  • (Sculpture) Devote attention to transitions and effectively solve transition problems
  • (Sculpture) Present and light work in gallery-ready form, including designing effective mounting systems

Technical Execution

  • (Printmaking) Demonstrate technical proficiency in the six major components of printmaking (etching, lithography, silkscreen, monotype, relief and book arts)
  • (Printmaking) Demonstrate technical proficiency in editioning
  • (Sculpture) Execute sculptural solutions with media-specific technical proficiency

Concept Development and Critical Analysis

  • Explore and clearly articulate concepts and creative possibilities with a given topic or subject
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of concept and execution of a given artwork

Professional Communication

  • Describe work effectively

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional-standard portfolio of well-crafted artwork demonstrating personal vision
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Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation. Read less
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