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Department of Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The BFA program is dedicated to preparing students for futures as professional artists and providing them with the resources necessary for success in the fields of art and design. The curriculum is designed to develop individual artistic vision, technical skills, visual literacy, aesthetic inquiry, and proficiency in verbal and written communication. Our faculty continually fosters a challenging environment where research, creativity, critical thinking, and experimentation are promoted. Students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary and traditional approaches in ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. By providing a strong curriculum and personal contact with faculty and visiting artists, our BFA program produces a positive environment of diverse artistic philosophies that contribute to our students' knowledge, studio practice, and individual artistic vision.

Course requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree can be viewed in the academic catalog.

Areas of Focus for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art include:

The Ceramics program provides students with a foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of the ceramic medium. Students develop skills in the construction of ceramics works and an understanding of firing techniques and relevant chemistry.

Digital Arts & Design
The Department of Art offers a sequence of courses in digital arts and design that provide students with instruction in visual communication, print media, creative imaging, video, and web applications. Students learn about the relationship between technology, contemporary art, and digital culture while becoming skilled in a variety of computer software programs.

Painting & Drawing
In the Painting and Drawing program, students develop their skills in liquid and dry media. Teaching the traditional techniques, the faculty enhances their students understanding of art history and visual production while preparing them to explore other media through independent research. The Narrative Illustration curriculum supports and supplements the drawing and painting program.

Photography fosters a historical and pragmatic understanding of lens-based art making. Photography develops skills in multiple photographic formats using analog and digital processes to investigate contemporary approaches to art making.

The Photography Facilities Include:

  • 15 station black and white darkroom with Beseler and Omega Enlargers
  • 2 digital computer labs with current Adobe software
  • Flextight Imacon scanner
  • 2 wide-format Epson printers

Items Available for Check-out Include:

  • Mamiya and Fuji Medium format cameras
  • Toyo View large format cameras
  • Canon HD Video Cameras

In the Printmaking program, students learn to apply print processes to both historical paradigms and contemporary problems. Students establish skills with traditional print techniques such as monotype, intaglio, lithography, and relief printing. Book arts and paper making courses supplement the printmaking curriculum.

3-D, Expanded Media, & Sculpture
3-D, Expanded Media, and Sculpture fosters a broad historical and contemporary understanding of three-dimensional art production. The faculty embrace an interdisciplinary approach to object-based creation and cultivate an environment for students to explore installation, new media, and performance.

The Sculpture facilities include a fully-equipped metals fabrication lab and wood shop as well as a plaster casting room and a 3-D classroom

Fabrication Lab Equipment:

  • Miller Spectrum Plasma Cutter
  • (4) Millermatic MIG Welders
  • Miller Syncrowave TIG Welder
  • Oxy Acetylene Welding Rig
  • Blu Max 155 Pneumatic Hammer
  • Gas Forge
  • Sandblaster
  • 24" Stationary Disc Sander
  • Pipe Bender
  • Sheer
  • Drill Press
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • Metal Chop Saw
  • Walk in Spray Booth

Wood shop Equipment:

  • (3) Wood Band Saws
  • Table Saw
  • Panel saw
  • Planer
  • (2) Compound Miter Saws
  • Drill Press
  • Horizontal Belt Sander / 12" Disc Sander