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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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BFA Sample Curriculum – Remember to consult your catalogue year and advisor for confirmation!

 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 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - Arts/Humanities/Literature Requirement*

15 total credits

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

First Semester
3 - AAH 2050 History and Theory of Art I
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - Math or Natural Science Requirement*

15 total credits

Second Semester
3 - AAH 2060 History and Theory of Art II 
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
3 - ART 2000 Level Studio Requirement
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) 
3 - ART 3000/4000 Elective
3 - Social Science Requirement*
3 - Science & Technology in Society Requirement*

15 total credits


SENIOR YEAR

 

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

15 total credits

Second Semester
4 - ART 4720 BFA Senior Studio II 
1 - ART 4750 Senior Gallery 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.

**Foundations Design Notes: ART 1510 & ART 1520 may be taken in reverse order, or simultaneously. ART 4200 Time-based & Digital Art Foundations may be course-substituted for ART 1060

***May be fulfilled by AAH 1020, check with your advisor / DegreeWorks

ART 2000 level studios include:

ART 2050 Beginning Life Drawing, ART 2070 Beginning Painting, ART 2110 Beginning Printmaking, ART 2130 Beginning Photography, ART 2170 Beginning Ceramics, ART 2210 Beginning New Media. ART 2150 Beginning Graphic Design may be petitioned to substitute for one 2000-level studio or be used as a “Studio Requirement.”

BA Sample Curriculum – Remember to consult your catalogue year and advisor for confirmation!

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 Composition2

3 - Mathematics Requirement2

15 total credit hours

Second Semester

3 - AAH 1020 Survey of Art and Arch. History II

3 - ART 1060 (TBA Time Studio Foundations)

3 - ART 1520 Foundations in Visual Art II

3 - Modern Language Requirement1

3 - Arts/Humanities/Literature Requirement2

15 total credit hours

SOPHOMORE YEAR

First Semester

3 - AAH 2050 History and Theory of Art I or 2060

3 - Introductory Major Requirement3

3 - Introductory Major Requirement3

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - Math or Natural Science Requirement2

15 total credit hours

Second Semester

3 - Modern Language Requirement1

3 - Introductory Major Requirement3

3 - Introductory Major Requirement3

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - Social Science Requirement2

15 total credit hours

JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester

3 - Intermediate Major Requirement4

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - General Elective

3 - Oral Communication Requirement2

4 - Natural Science Requirement2

16 total credit hours

Second Semester

3 - Intermediate Major Requirement4

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - General Elective

3 - General Elective

3 - Science & Tech in Society Requirement2

15 total credit hours

SENIOR YEAR

First Semester 

3 - Major Emphasis Requirement5

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - General Elective

3 - General Elective

3 – Social Science Requirement2

15 total credit hours

Second Semester

3 - Professional Preparation6

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - General Elective

3 - General Elective

3 - Cross-cultural Awareness Requirement2

15 total credit hours

 Total Credit Hours: 121

1 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement.

 

2 See General Education Requirements. Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.

                       

3 Introductory Major Requirement:

Studio Art or Digital Art & Design Media: Select 4 classes from: ART 2050, ART 2070, ART 2090, ART 2110, ART 2130, ART 2150, ART 2170, ART 2210. 

Art History emphasis requires both AAH 2050 and AAH 2060, additionally select 3 classes from: ART 2050, ART 2070, ART 2090, ART 2110, ART 2130, ART 2150, ART 2170, ART 2210. 

                       

4 Intermediate Major Requirement:

Studio Art or Digital Art & Design Media select 2 courses from: ART 3050, ART 3070, ART 3090, ART 3110, ART 3130, ART 3150, ART 3170, ART 3210, and ART 3230

Art History select 1 course from: ART 3050, ART 3070, ART 3090, ART 3110, ART 3130, ART 3150, ART 3170, ART 3210, ART 3230.

5 Major Emphasis Requirement:

Studio Art: ART 4050, ART 4070, ART 4090, ART 4110, ART 4130, or ART 4170

Digital Art and Design Media: ART 4150, ART 4160, or ART 4210

Art History: AAH 3050, and select 1 from: AAH 4300, AAH 4320, or AAH4110       

6 Professional Preparation:

select one course from ART 4730, ART 4890, ART 4200, ART 4550, or ART 3570

See BA Check Off Sheet

ART MINOR QUALIFICATIONS

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