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.
FA 145: Printmaking
FND 110A: Analysis of Form A
FND 131: Figure Modeling
ILL 133: Digital Media: Digital Manipulation
FA 110: Still Life Painting 1
FND 110B: Analysis of Form B
FND 112: Figure Drawing
FND 125: Color and Design
LA 108: Composition for the Artist
LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
FA 121: Intermediate Figure Drawing
FA 211: Introduction to Painting: Figure
FA 213: Introduction to Anatomy
LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
FA 143: Silkscreen 1
FA 222: Heads & Hands
FA 224: Composition & Painting
FA 423: Abstract Painting 1
FASCU 234: Head & Figure Sculpture
LA 222: 20th Century Art
LA 291: Designing Careers
FA 311: Clothed Figure Painting 1
FA 321: Head Painting 1
FA 328: Landscape Painting
LA 110: Writing the Short Story
LA 326: Topics in World Art
FA 310: Intermediate Painting Studio
FA 322: Quick Studies
FA 325: Mixed Media Drawing & Painting 1
FA 493A: Location Painting in Italy
LA 171: Western Civilization
LA 267: Italian 1: Basic Grammar & Speech
LA 274: Study Abroad: Art & Architecture of Renaissance Florence
FA 350: Mural Painting 1
FA 450: Advanced Painting Studio
LA 254: Human-Centered Design
LA 462: Power of Myth and Symbol
FA 368: Urban Landscape
FA 420: Senior Portfolio Workshop/Professional Practices
FA 493: Study Abroad: Painting in Florence, Italy
LA 269: Italian 2: Conversational Italian
LA 307: History of Aesthetics
BFA Fine Art Degree Requirements
A 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
(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 concepts 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
(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
Describe work effectively
Produce a professional-standard portfolio of well-crafted artwork demonstrating personal vision
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.