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Studio Arts BFA degree

Glen Hintz, Director, School of Art
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

Students choose an option in one of the following areas:

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 jewelry 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.

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.

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.

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: STAR Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CCER-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Ceramics Sophomore I 6
CCER-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Ceramics Sophomore II 6
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Elements: Crafts CADD Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
CCER-301 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Junior I 6
CCER-302 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Junior II 6
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Elements Requirement: Professional Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
CCER-501 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Senior I 6
CCER-502 Specialization Requirement: Ceramics Senior II 3
STAR-501 Professional Practices Requirement: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
STAR-502 STAR Capstone 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design 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
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  Studio Exploration Core: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  First Year Writing  (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
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 Elements: Figure Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
FNAS-501 Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
FNAS-405 Studio Elements Requirement: Fine Art Drawing 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
FNAS-401 Senior Capstone 3
FNAS-517 Professional Practices Requirement: Business Practices for the Fine Artists (WI) 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Art Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Sculpture  
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design or the College of Liberal Arts.

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAR-250 Studio Exploration Core: STAR Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CWFD-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Furniture Design Sophomore I 6
CWFD-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Furniture Design Sophomore II 6
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Elements: Crafts CADD Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
CWFD-301 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Junior I 6
CWFD-302 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Junior II 6
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Elements Requirement: Professional Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
CWFD-501 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Senior I 6
CWFD-502 Specialization Requirement: Furniture Design Senior II 3
STAR-501 Professional Practices Requirement: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
STAR-502 STAR Capstone 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design 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: STAR Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design 3
FDTN-131 3D Design 6
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design  
   FDTN-232    3D Design  
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CGLS-206 Concept, Material and Process Core: Molten Glass Practice I 3
CGLS-211 Concept, Material and Process Core: Mold and Kiln Glass Practice 3
CGLS-207 Concept, Material and Process Core: Molten Glass Practice II 3
CGLS-212 Concept, Material and Process Core: Kinetic Glass Practice 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Element: Crafts CADD Drawing 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Element: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
CGLS-301 Specialization Requirement: Glass Junior I 6
CGLS-302 Specialization Requirement: Glass Junior II 6
  Studio Element: Professional Elective§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
STAR-502 STAR Capstone 3
CGLS-501 Specialization Requirement: Glass Senior I 6
CGLS-502 Specialization Requirement: Glass Senior II 3
STAR-501 Professional Practices: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design 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: STAR Collaborative Topics 6
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design 3
FDTN-131 3D Design 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design  
   FDTN-232    3D DDesign II Workshop  
  First Year Writing Seminar (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CMTJ-201 Concept, Material and Process Core: Metals and Jewelry Design Sophomore I 6
CMTJ-202 Concept, Material and Process Core: Metals and Jewelry Design Sophomore II 6
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
STAR-202 Studio Elements: Crafts CADD Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
CMTJ-301 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Junior I 6
CCER-302 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Junior II 6
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Studio Elements Requirement: Professional Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
CMTJ-501 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Senior I 6
CMTJ-502 Specialization Requirement: Metals and Jewelry Design Senior II 3
STAR-501 Professional Practices Requirement: Crafts Promotional Materials (WI) 3
STAR-502 STAR Capstone 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design 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
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  Studio Exploration Core: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
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 Elements: Figure Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
FNAS-502 Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-toxic Printmaking 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
FNAS-405 Studio Elements Requirement: Fine Art Drawing 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
FNAS-401 Senior Capstone 3
FNAS-517 Professional Practices Requirement: Business Practices for the Fine Artists (WI) 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Sculpture  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Sculpture  
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design or the College of Liberal Arts.

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  Studio Exploration Core: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  First Year Writing  (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
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 Elements: Figure Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
FNAS-503 Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
FNAS-405 Studio Elements Requirement: Fine Art Drawing 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
FNAS-401 Senior Capstone 3
FNAS-517 Professional Practices Requirement: Business Practices for the Fine Artists (WI) 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Sculpture  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design or the College of Liberal Arts.

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-222 Studio Exploration Core: 2D Design II Workshop 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-112    Drawing II  
   FDTN-212    Drawing II Workshop  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design II Workshop  
  Studio Exploration Core: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
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 Elements: Figure Drawing 3
  Studio Elements: CAD Studio Elective† 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Third Year
FNAS-504 Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Sculpture 6
FNAS-514 Specialization Requirement: Ideation and Series 3
FNAS-405 Studio Elements Requirement: Fine Art Drawing 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI) 3
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 3
Fourth Year
FNAS-401 Senior Capstone 3
FNAS-517 Professional Practices Requirement: Business Practices for the Fine Artists (WI) 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Sculpture  
Choose one of the following: 3
   FNAS-501    Specialization Requirement: Expanded Forms  
   FNAS-502    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Non-Toxic Printmaking  
   FNAS-503    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts Studio Painting  
   FNAS-504    Specialization Requirement: Fine Arts  Studio Sculpture  
  CAD Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  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 different Wellness courses.

† CAD 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 Art and Design or the College of Liberal Arts.

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork are required for all programs in the schools of Art and Design. A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information. 

SAT (EBRW+M)
1160 - 1320

ACT Composite
25-31

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in studio art, art history, and liberal arts. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information. 

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Related programs or studio art experience in desired disciplines. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information. Summer courses can lead to third-year status in most programs.