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Fine Arts Studio bachelor of fine arts degree

Eileen Bushnell, Program Chair
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Program overview

Program Note

The BFA program in fine arts studio has been renamed studio arts and now includes additional areas of study. Students interested in studying ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture should refer to the BFA program in studio arts and contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for additional information.


Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Fine arts studio serves the student who is interested in a career in the fine arts across a variety of two- and three-dimensional disciplines and media, both traditional and technological. While painting, printmaking, and sculpture are the areas of greatest emphasis, new forms of expression are encouraged through course discipline work.


Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Fine arts studio, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2013-215 Foundation Vector Imaging 1
2013-216 Foundation Raster Imaging 1
  Freshman Electives 6
2013-211, 212, 213 Drawing I, II, III 9
2013-231, 232, 233 2D Design I, II, III 9
2013-241, 242, 243 3D Design I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
2021-xxx Introduction to Fine Arts Drawing 3
2021-305 Introduction to Painting 3
2021-xxx Intermediate Painting 3
2021-xxx Figure in Motion 3
2021-315 Introduction to Non-Toxic Printmaking 3
2021-xxx Intermediate Non-Toxic Printmaking 3
2021-xxx Introduction to Sculpture 3
2021-383 Intermediate Sculpture 3
  Studio Elective 3
Third Year
  Art History Electives§ 9
  Studio Electives 6
  Open Elective 3-4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Junior-level courses from Fine Arts Studio I 9
2021-471 Sculpture Ideation and Series 3
  Figure Studies course 3
Fourth Year
  Studio Elective 3
  Open Electives 18-24
2021-572 Business Practices for the Fine Arts 3
  Senior-level courses from Fine Arts Studio II 15
Total Quarter Credit Hours 182-186

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
§ Please refer to the list of art history electives.

Fine arts studio, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar (SMTL) 3
ARTH-135   LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
FDTN-121    2D Design I 3
FDTN-131    3D Design I 3
FDTN-111    Drawing I 3
ENGL-150  LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: Survey Western Art and Architecture II 3
FDTN-122    2D Design 2 3
FDTN-132    3D Design 2 3
FDTN-112    Drawing 2 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
FNAS-205       Introduction to Fine Art Drawing 3
FNAS-204       Introduction to Sculpture 3
FNAS-203       Introduction to Painting 3
FDTN-141       4D Design  3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
FNAS-202      Introduction to Non-Toxic Printmaking 3
FNAS-201      Introduction to New Forms 3
  CIAS Studio Elective§ 3
  Open Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
FNAS-305        Fine Art Drawing: Figure 3
FNAS-514        Ideation and Series 3
      FAS (Major)† 9
     Art History Elective‡ 3
  CIAS Studio Elective§ 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Fourth Year
FNAS-517    Business Practices (WI) 3
  FAS (Major)† 9
   Art History Elective‡ 3
  Free Elective 6
  LAS Perspective 4 3
FNAS-401    Senior Show 3
  CIAS Studio Elective§ 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† FAS (Major) refers to any combination of 500-level FNAS courses (painting, non-toxic printmaking, sculpture, or new forms). Any of the four choices may be repeated up to 4 times (12 credit hours) as part of the 18 credit requirement.

‡ Illustration students are required to take 6 credit hours of art history electives.

§ CIAS studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab contact hours listed in the course description.


Students have the opportunity to select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in the following areas: graphic design, illustration, graphic visualization, industrial design, interior design, fine arts studio, environmental design, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, woodworking, filmmaking, photography, and imaging technology. To be eligible for these electives, students must complete the foundation program or have the permission of the instructor. Additional selections are offered as special topics courses.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design I
2039-307 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design II
2039-308 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-316 Florence and Rome 1400-1470
2039-317 Florence and Rome 1470-1520
2039-318 Florence and Rome 1520-1590
2039-320 History of Art Criticism
2039-330 Philosophy in Art
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making
2039-425 Public Art/Public Spaces
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Post Modernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-443 Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome