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Studio Arts BFA degree

Glen Hintz, Administrative Chair
(585) 475-7562, facpgd@rit.edu

Program overview

The studio arts major offers options in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, non-toxic printmaking, painting, and sculpture. The close alignment of curricular content and scheduling among these eight options fosters a sense of community through shared experiences and facilitated interaction. Through this integration, students acquire the conceptual and technical skills required to succeed as creative professionals.

The curriculum engages students in comprehensive inquiry that expands and supports their subject matter, ideation through sketches and models, articulation of a rationale for the application of media and process, and finally the refinement of work through editing and critique. Students are also exposed to a wide scope of visual arts and study their cultural relevance through visiting artists, trips to museums, and attendance at professional conferences. During the senior year, students exhibit their final body of work in a gallery. Guidance and experiential projects focusing on presentation of work, self-promotion, business practice, and issues of professional engagement within the field help students thrive as creative professionals after graduation.

Upon completion of the program, students may choose to continue their education at the graduate level or begin careers by setting up independent studios and exhibiting their work. They also find employment in the fields of art therapy, art criticism, art restoration, gallery and museum management, set and display design, and marketing and advertising; in auction houses for their knowledge of contemporary and historical art and material culture; or as educators. Faculty members are active artists who exhibit widely and are committed to diverse approaches to art-making. They serve as inspiring role-models for studio arts majors and offer them support and networking opportunities as they emerge as professionals.

Options

Ceramics–The ceramics option provides a dynamic environment where intellectual discourse and craftsmanship thrives. Students focus on intellectual development, technical skill, and practical knowledge. The curriculum supports a range of fundamental topics within ceramics, such as sculpture, pottery, mold-making, glazing, firing, and material science and personal aesthetic development with individual critiques and group discussions. Students selecting this option are equipped with the professional and practical skills necessary to operate a studio business.

Expanded forms–Artists have always challenged the definition of art. These challenges have pushed art into new realms of expression and the public into new ways of seeing. The expanded forms option, like the wider art world, extends beyond the traditional forms of painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Artists have expanded the possibilities for expression. Object making goes hand-in-hand with performance, installation, computer art, and multi-media displays. Students are encouraged to explore the full spectrum of experimental and non-traditional artistic expression.

Furniture design–The furniture design option engages students in the pursuit of their creative interests while providing a comprehensive technical background in contemporary woodworking. The option focuses on technical expertise, freeing students to investigate a full range of creative expression and professional interests. A carefully sequenced curriculum begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand tools, proceeding on to more advanced tools and topics in construction and design.

Glass–Through a rigorous and diversified curriculum, the glass option cultivates artists who are as versatile in their making as they are in their thinking. Studio instruction in glassblowing, flame-working, hot and kiln casting, cold-working, kiln-forming, glass imaging processes, and three-dimensional digital technologies help inform each student’s creative potential w­­ith glass. An emphasis on research, idea development, material exploration, execution, and presentation equip students with the skills needed to succeed as professionals.

Metals and jewery design–The metals and jewelry design option focuses on design, aesthetics, as well as material and process mastery. Self-discovery is at the heart of student assignments, projects, and group discussions. This option develops student’s creative potential through a broad introduction to materials and production techniques before moving on to advanced techniques in various metals.

Painting–Students selecting this option engage in contemporary visual art practice through a personal exploration of painting techniques. The comprehensive curriculum covers traditional methodologies as well as contemporary visual art practices. Rigorous studio practice and critical discourse encourage the development of a strong personal language that allow for effective individual expression.

Non-toxic printmaking–Non-toxic printmaking focuses on concepts and techniques. Organized to offer a flexible experience, this option targets the development of problem solving and skill building within the context of printmaking. The curriculum addresses a wide variety of media, tools, and both traditional and technological techniques, as well as theoretical concepts to facilitate skill development and experimentation processes.

Sculpture–The sculpture option engages students in the exploration of three-dimensional art-making. Traditional sculptural processes are introduced, such as bronze casting, stone carving, steel fabrication, and mold-making, within a curriculum that focuses on both formal and conceptual development. Working with a broad variety of materials, ideas, and practices, students are prepared to engage in the dialogue of contemporary sculpture. Over the course of the major, students develop the technical, visual, and intellectual skills required to develop a sophisticated body of work.

Curriculum

Studio Arts (ceramics option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: Studio Arts Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
CCER-201, 202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Ceramics Sophomore I, II 12
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
  Studio Elements: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
STAR-202 Studio Elements: CADD Drawing 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CCER-301, 302 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Junior I, II 12
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Elements Requirement: Professional Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
CCER-501, 502 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Senior I, II 9
CGEN-501 Professional Practices Requirement: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
STAR-502 Capstone 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose one of the following Professional Electives: New Venture Development (BUSI-221), CADD Applications in Studio Arts (STAR-555), or Professional Development for Artists (PHFA-401).

Studio Arts (expanded forms option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: Studio Arts Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
FNAS-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Expanded Forms 3
FNAS-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Non-toxic Printmaking 3
FNAS-203 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Painting 3
FNAS-204 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Sculpture 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
FNAS-305 Studio Element: Figure Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
FANS-501 Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
  Specialization Requirement§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
FNAS-405 Studio Element: Fine Art Drawing 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Specialization Requirement§ 9
FNAS-517 Professional Practices: Business Practices (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
FNAS-401 Capstone: Senior Show 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose 500-level courses in their chosen option.

Studio Arts (furniture design option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: Studio Arts Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
CWFD-201, 202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Furniture Design Sophomore I, II 12
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CADD Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CWFD-301, 302 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Junior I, II 12
  Studio Element: Professional Elective§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
CWFD-501, 502 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Senior I, II 9
CGEN-501 Professional Practices: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
STAR-502 Capstone 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose one of the following Professional Electives: New Venture Development (BUSI-221), CADD Applications in Studio Arts (STAR-555), or Professional Development for Artists (PHFA-401).

Studio Arts (glass option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: Studio Arts Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
CGLS-201, 202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Glass Sophomore I, II 12
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CADD Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CGLS-301, 302 Specialization Requirement: Glass Junior I, II 12
  Studio Element: Professional Elective§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
CGLS-501, 502 Specialization Requirement: Glass Senior I, II 9
CGEN-501 Professional Practices: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
STAR-502 Capstone 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose one of the following Professional Electives: New Venture Development (BUSI-221), CADD Applications in Studio Arts (STAR-555), or Professional Development for Artists (PHFA-401).

Studio Arts (metals and jewelry design option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: Studio Arts Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
CMTJ-201, 202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Metals and Jewlry Design Sophomore I, II 12
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CADD Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CMTJ-301, 302 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Junior I, II 12
  Studio Element: Professional Elective§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
CMTJ-501, 502 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Senior I, II 9
CGEN-501 Professional Practices: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
STAR-502 Capstone 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose one of the following Professional Electives: New Venture Development (BUSI-221), CADD Applications in Studio Arts (STAR-555), or Professional Development for Artists (PHFA-401).

Studio Arts (non-toxic printmaking option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Studio Exploration Core: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
FNAS-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Expanded Forms 3
FNAS-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Non-toxic Printmaking 3
FNAS-203 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Painting 3
FNAS-204 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Sculpture 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
FNAS-305 Studio Element: Figure Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
FANS-502 Specialization Requirement: Non-toxic Printmaking 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
  Specialization Requirement§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
FNAS-405 Studio Element: Fine Art Drawing 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Specialization Requirement§ 9
FNAS-517 Professional Practices: Business Practices (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
FNAS-401 Capstone: Senior Show 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose 500-level courses in their chosen option.

Studio Arts (painting option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Studio Exploration Core: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
FNAS-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Expanded Forms 3
FNAS-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Non-toxic Printmaking 3
FNAS-203 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Painting 3
FNAS-204 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Sculpture 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
FNAS-305 Studio Element: Figure Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
FANS-503 Specialization Requirement: Painting 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
  Specialization Requirement§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
FNAS-405 Studio Element: Fine Art Drawing 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Specialization Requirement§ 9
FNAS-517 Professional Practices: Business Practices (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
FNAS-401 Capstone: Senior Show 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose 500-level courses in their chosen option.

Studio Arts (sculpture option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Studio Exploration Core: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121 2D Drawing I 3
FDTN-131, 132 3D Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 5, 6 or 7 3
FNAS-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Expanded Forms 3
FNAS-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Non-toxic Printmaking 3
FNAS-203 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Painting 3
FNAS-204 Concept, Material and Process Core: Introduction to Sculpture 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
FNAS-305 Studio Element: Figure Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 3
FANS-504 Specialization Requirement: Sculpture 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
  Specialization Requirement§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
FNAS-405 Studio Element: Fine Art Drawing 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Specialization Requirement§ 9
FNAS-517 Professional Practices: Business Practices (WI) 3
  CIAS Studio Elective† 3
FNAS-401 Capstone: Senior Show 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

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

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† CIAS Studio Electives are courses designated by lab or studio contact hours in the course description.

‡ Art History Electives are non-studio courses offered in the College of Imaging Arts and Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

§ Students choose 500-level courses in their chosen option.