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BFA Curriculum

We educate artists through a curriculum of academic course work balanced with studio art and art history courses. We encourage students to use their elective classes to expand their curriculum into disciplines that will enrich their total education. The freshman and sophomore years are a balance between general University studies and art and design courses.

Students begin to concentrate their studio course work in a specific area of the visual arts in the junior year in preparation for their senior studio. The senior studio is the most significant course work in the undergraduate curriculum, as it reflects a time in which concepts and skills are focused and developed to produce a cohesive body of artwork and a portfolio for graduate study or professional applications.

The student undergraduate experience is enhanced by informal professional activities with faculty; field trips to art centers in Charlotte, Columbia, Atlanta, New York City and Washington, D.C.; interaction with visiting artists; and opportunities for local and regional exhibitions.

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Sample Schedule


FRESHMAN YEAR
 

First Semester
3 - AAH 1010 Survey of Art and Arch. History I
3 - ART 1050 Foundations in Drawing I
3 - ART 1510 Foundations in Visual Art I
3 - ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition*
3 - Mathematics Requirement*

15 total credits

Second Semester
3 - AAH 1020 Survey of Art and Arch. History II
3 - ART 1060 Foundation in Drawing II
3 - ART 1520 Foundations in Visual Art II
3 - ART 2210 Beginning New Media
3 - Arts/Humanities/Literature Requirement*

15 total credits


SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

First Semester
3 - AAH 2050 History and Theory of Art I
3 - ART 2050 Introduction to Figure Drawing 
3 - ART 2070 Beginning Painting
3 - ART 2090 Beginning Sculpture
3 - Math or Natural Science Requirement*

15 total credits

Second Semester
3 - AAH 2060 History and Theory of Art I 
3 - ART 2110 Beginning Printmaking
3 - ART 2130 Beginning Photography
3 - ART 2170 Beginning Ceramics
3 - Social Science Requirement*

15 total credits


JUNIOR YEAR
 
 

First Semester
3 - AAH 3050 Contemporary Art History
3 - Emphasis Requirement (300 level)
3 - ART 3000/4000 Elective
3 - Oral Communication Requirement*
4 - Natural Science Requirement*

16 total credits

Second Semester
3 - Studio Elective
3 - Emphasis Requirement (4000 level) 
4 - ART 3000/4000 Elective
3 - Social Science Requirement*
3 - Science & Technology in Society Requirement*

16 total credits


SENIOR YEAR
 
 

First Semester 
4 - ART 4720 BFA Senior Studio I 
1 - ART 4750 Seminar in Career....
3 - ART 3000/4000 Elective 
3 - Studio Elective
3 - Cross-cultural Awareness Requirement

14 total credits

Second Semester
4 - ART 4720 BFA Senior Studio II 
1 - ART 4750 Seminar in Internship
3 - ART 3000/4000 Elective
3 - General Elective 
3 - General Elective

14 total credits

Total Credit Hours: 120. *See the university's General Education Requirements.

ART MINOR QUALIFICATIONS

Are you interested in acquiring an Art Minor? If so, please consult this worksheet.