2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Arts (B.F.A.) - J

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The BFA in Studio Arts degree offers a solid background in traditional studio media while at the same time entering the latest in digital art technology. Students get a firm foundation in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media and art history, with additional electives in photography, printmaking and ceramics. Students go on to create their own self-designed concentration. Admission to the program (generally in the sophomore or junior year) must be followed by a minimum of three semesters of studio work before the thesis exhibition. A student is admitted into the program only upon recommendation by the studio arts faculty and approval by the chairperson, following a successful portfolio review. All majors must participate in the monthly BFA critiques held in the Visual Arts Center Gallery. Each candidate for the BFA must present an exhibition and gallery talk during the final year of study. This exhibit is prepared under the guidance and supervision of the art faculty and must demonstrate proficiency in a chosen area of concentration. Once admitted into the BFA program via their BFA review, students must achieve grades of B- or higher in all ART and ARH courses.

Learning Outcomes for Studio Arts Majors

In addition to the outcomes for the B.A. in art, students with a B.F.A. in studio arts should also be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the professional art world, from the perspective of career options, including exhibition venues, graduate school and grant opportunities.
  2. Assemble a professional portfolio.
  3. Understand the mechanics of setting up a safe and functioning studio.
  4. Know how to do a professional exhibition of their art, write about their art and speak about their art at a public event.

Studio Arts Requirements

Introductory Studio Electives (6 credits)

(Select two courses)

Advanced Studio Electives (18 credits)

(Select 6 courses)

(All advanced studio courses may be repeated for credit. See below.)

Required Capstone Courses (9 credits)

Total: 60 credits

  • Students may take the same Advanced Studio course more than once, but no more than twice with the SAME professor unless given special permission by the department chair.
  • Grades for BFA Thesis Exhibition will be determined by the thesis advisor in consultation with the full department.
  • Once admitted into the BFA program via their BFA Review, students must achieve grades of B- or higher in all ART and ARH courses.

Art Education (PreK-12) Teaching Endorsement at NVU-Johnson

Students pursuing a license to teach art in grades PreK-12 must complete either the Art (B.A.) - J  or the Studio Arts (B.F.A.) - J  as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Unified Arts Teacher License Endorsement - J  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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