Bachelor of Fine Arts

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete the Skills and Experience flags:

  1. Writing: two flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: one flagged course
  3. Global Cultures: one flagged course
  4. Cultural Diversity in the United States: one flagged course
  5. Ethics and Leadership: one flagged course
  6. Independent Inquiry: one flagged course

Courses that may be used to fulfill core curriculum and flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified. Please note, students may not earn the cultural diversity and global cultures flags from the same course. Students are encouraged to discuss options with a departmental academic adviser.

Studio Art Major

Major Requirements

  1. Studio art: 57 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 301C, 302C, and 303C
    2. 39 semester hours in one of five options:
      1. Option I: Photography, Printmaking, Painting/Drawing
        1. Three semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 313K, 316V, 317C, and 318C
        2. 24 semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 335K, 372K, 325G, 325K, 325M, 330P, 321K, 341K, 361K, 315K or 316K, 322K, 346K, 366K, 368N, 350, and 350P
        3. Studio Art 317K, 310P, 311K, and 315K or 316K
      2. Option II: Sculpture, Transmedia, Painting/Drawing
        1. Studio Art 313K, 311K, 315K or 316K, and three semester hours chosen from: 316V, 317C, and 318C
        2. 24 semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 323K, 323S, 363K, 316V, 317C, 318C, 337C, 338C, 356V, 357C, 358C, 321K, 341K, 361K, 315K, 316K, 322K, 346K, 366K, 368N, 350, and 350P
        3. Three semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 310P and 317K
      3. Option III: Transmedia, Sculpture, Photography
        1. Studio Art 313K, 317K, and six semester hours chosen from: 316V, 317C, and 318C
        2. 24 semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 316V, 317C, 318C, 337C, 338C, 356V, 357C, 358C, 323K, 323S, 363K, 335K, 372K, 350, and 350P
        3. Three semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 310P, 311K, 315K, and 316K
      4. Option IV: Photography, Printmaking, Scultpure
        1. Studio Art 317K, 310P, and 313K
        2. 27 semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 335K, 372K, 325G, 325K, 325M, 330P, 323K, 323S, 363K, 350, and 350P
        3. Three semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 311K, 315K, 316K, 316V, 317C, and 318C
      5. Option V: Transmedia, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking
        1. Studio Art 316V, 311K, 310P, and 315K or 316K
        2. 24 semester hours chosen from: Studio Art 317C, 318C, 337C, 338C, 356V, 357C, 358C, 321K, 341K, 361K, 315K, 316K, 322K, 346K, 366K, 368N, 325G, 325K, 325M, 330P, 350, and 350P
        3. Studio Art 313K or 317K
    3. Nine additional semester hours of studio art, consisting of: 350S and six hours of 350T
  2. Art history: 15 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Art History 302, 303, and 304
    2. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in art history, three semester hours of which may also be counted toward the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum

Electives

Six semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BFA with a major in studio art: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Design Major

Major Requirements

  1. Design courses: 30 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Design 309 with a grade of at least C
    2. Design 360 with a grade of at least C
    3. Design 375 with a grade of at least C
    4. 21 additional semester hours of upper-division courses in design
  2. Supportive courses in design, related technologies, and the visual arts: 24 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 301C, 302C, and 303C
    2. Fifteen additional semester hours of approved supportive courses in Design (DES) or related fields. The Department of Art and Art History's advising office maintains a list of pre-approved supportive courses
  3. Art/design history/theory/criticism courses: 12 semester hours consisting of
    1. Art History 303
    2. Art History 304 or Design 308
    3. Design 336
    4. Three additional semester hours of courses in Art History or approved art/design history/theory/criticism courses in related fields. The Department of Art and Art History's advising office maintains a list of pre-approved supportive courses

In order to enroll in courses numbered Design 340 or higher, a design major must first pass a performance review conducted by the design faculty.

Several of the courses which may be used to complete requirement 3 are also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Electives

12 semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BFA with a major in design: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Visual Art Studies Major

The major in visual art studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification (early childhood through grade twelve) in art or planning to pursue undergraduate or graduate training for visual art careers in community art programs. Students seeking teacher certification must adhere to current state requirements in addition to the degree requirements described in this catalog. Students should contact the College of Education for current state certification requirements.

Major Requirements

  1. Studio art: 30 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 301C, 302C, and 303C
    2. Nine semester hours, consisting of three hours from each of the following three areas:
      1. Area A: Drawing, life drawing, painting
      2. Area B: Printmaking and photography
      3. Area C: Transmedia and sculpture
    3. 12 additional semester hours of coursework in studio art, all of which must be upper-division
  2. Art history: 12 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Art History 302 and 303
    2. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in art history, three semester hours of which may also be counted toward the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum.
  3. Visual art studies: 12 semester hours of coursework in visual art studies
  4. 12 semester hours approved by the visual art studies adviser.

Approved Electives

Twelve semester hours of coursework approved by the visual art studies adviser. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BFA with a major in visual art studies: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Theatre Studies Major

The major in theatre studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in theatre arts. Students seeking teacher certification must adhere to current state requirements in addition to the degree requirements described in this catalog. Students should contact the College of Education for current state certification requirements.

Major Requirements

  1. Theatre and dance core: 18 semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311C313C, 314M, 314Q317C, and 317D
  2. Theatre studies emphasis: At least 33 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Acting and directing: Theatre and Dance 313D, 316D, and 323D
    2. Design and technical production: six semester hours chosen from topics of Theatre and Dance 324 or 354T, including one course in two of the following three areas: costume, lighting, and scenery
    3. Theatre studies: Theatre and Dance 326C326D, 326Q, and 626E
    4. Theatre and Dance 351T (Topic: Creative Drama II)
  3. Six additional upper-division semester hours of coursework in theatre and dance, excluding production courses

Several of the courses which may be used to complete requirement 1 are also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Approved Electives

24 semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BFA with a major in theatre studies: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Dance Major

The option in Dance Studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in dance. Students seeking teacher certification must adhere to current state requirements in addition to the degree requirements described in this catalog. Students should contact the College of Education for current state certification requirements.

Major Requirements

  1. Theatre and dance core: 15 semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 312M, 314P, 317M, and 317N
  2. Physical Practice:
    1. Contemporary dance technique: Nine semester hours, consisting of two semesters of Theatre and Dance 312C and one semester of either 312D or 352T
    2. Ballet technique: Nine semester hours, consisting of two semesters of Theatre and Dance 312F and one semester of either 312G or 352T
  3. Creative Practice: Six semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 312N and 332M
  4. Somatic Practice: Five semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 212 and 352
  5. Pedagogical Practice: Theatre and Dance 332R
  6. Performance Practice: Four semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 212P and 222P
  7. Option in either Dance or Dance Studies:
    1. For Option in Dance: 27 semester hours, consisting of
      1. Physical Practice: Theatre and Dance 312D and 312G
      2. Creative Practice: Theatre and Dance 332N
      3. Somatic Practice: Theatre and Dance 352T
      4. Performance Practice: Theatre and Dance 212P, 222P, and 232P
      5. Electives: Three hours chosen from an approved list of topics in history, theory, criticism, or cultural diversity, and six hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 322E, 322J, 352P, or 352T
    2. For Option in Dance Studies: 27 or 28 semester hours, consisting of
      1. Performance Practice: Theatre and Dance 222P or 232P
      2. Academic Studies: Theatre and Dance 152P
      3. Professional Development: Applied Learning and Development 322, Curriculum and Instruction (EDC) 332S, 331S, 370S, 951W, and one of the following:
        1. Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L
        2. Educational Psychology 363M
        3. Psychology 304

To fulfill the degree requirements in dance technique, the student must achieve a suitable level of proficiency and obtain the approval of the dance faculty. At the discretion of the dance faculty, a student may be required to repeat specific dance technique courses in addition to those required for the degree. Students choosing the Option in Dance must be registered for dance technique each long-session semester in residence. To continue in this degree program, the student must pass an annual evaluation by the dance faculty. Students whose progress in dance technique is judged unsatisfactory by the faculty will be dismissed from the program.

Electives

Elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Requirements

For the BFA with a major in dance: at least 120 or 121 semester hours as outlined above.

Acting Major

Major Requirements

  1. Theatre and dance core: 18 semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 314M, 314P, 317C, 317D, and 324P
  2. Acting Emphasis: At least 48 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Lower-division acting emphasis: Theatre and Dance 313C, 313D, 313E, 313F, 313G, 313K, 313L, 313M, and 313N
    2. Upper-division acting emphasis: Theatre and Dance 323F, 323G, 321P or 323P, 353C, 353D, 353Q, and 353K or 353T

Approved Electives

12 semester hours of approved electives within the Department of Theatre and Dance chosen from the following:

  1. Industry Internship: Theatre and Dance 372, 672, or 972
  2. Theatre and Dance 353E, 353R, 353T, or additional upper-division semester hours in the Department of Theatre and Dance approved by the acting adviser

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BFA with a major in acting: at least 120 semester hours as outlined above.