Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Studio Art)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 78 sch  

ART.BFA           CIP Code: 50.0701.00

Our undergraduate Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art is a flexible program that will allow you to explore all areas of art offered by the department. Course offerings include introductory, intermediate and advanced classes in practical art making, art theory and art history. This new interdisciplinary degree allows students to focus in one of three areas (3D, Painting and Drawing, Photography), while exploring new technologies and approaches to art making. This degree prepares students for careers in the arts and any other field where self-motivation, collaboration, verbal and visual articulation, and creativity are needed.

Students must make a C or above in all art degree courses.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Department Core (33 sch)

Students who have not taken a Global Perspectives course, will either need to take one in this section, or will need to add 3 hours to the overall degree and take one in another department.
Art History Foundation (12 sch)
ART 2403Western Art History I3
ART 2413Western Art History II3
ART 3053Global Perspectives in Art3
or ART 3343 Women in the Visual Arts
ART 4073Contemporary Issues in Art3
Studio Art Foundation (12 sch)
ART 1203Two-Dimensional Color and Design3
ART 1213Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 1303Basic Drawing3
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations3
Introductory Electives - Choose 9 sch9
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Ceramics
Principles of Art Education
Total SCHs33

Intermediate and Advanced Studies (36 sch)

Focus Area15
Must choose one Focus area (15 sch), where substitutions will be allowed with the consultation of faculty mentors of a given focus area.
3D Focus
Interactive Digital Art
Sculpture: Installation Art
Sculpture: Process and Possibilities
Ceramics: Functional
Ceramics: Sculptural
Painting & Drawing Focus
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Painting
Alternative Drawing
Advanced Painting I
Advanced Painting II
Photography Focus
Black and White Photography
Color Photography
Digital Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Photographic Possibilities
ART Electives21
Beyond the Focus area, up to 9 credits can be at the ART 2000 level, and the remaining must be ART 3000 and/or ART 4000 levels. ART Understanding the Arts can be taken among elective credits within Intermediate and Advanced Studies.
Total SCHs36

Capstone (9 sch)

ART 3903Professional Writing for Visual Arts3
ART 3393Professional Practices for Visual Arts3
ART 4993Exhibition3
Total SCHs9
First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ART 1203Two-Dimensional Color and Design ARTS 13113
ART 1303Basic Drawing ARTS 13163
ART 2403Western Art History I ARTS 13033
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness CAO Core2
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 1213Three-Dimensional Design ARTS 13123
ART 2413Western Art History II ARTS 13043
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Mathematics Core3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations ARTS 23483
ART 3053 or 3343 (GP)Global Perspectives in Art 3
ART Introductory Electives6
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART Focus area courses6
ART Introductory Elective3
ART Elective3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
ART 4073Contemporary Issues in Art 3
ART 3903Professional Writing for Visual Arts 3
ART Focus area course3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life and Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 3393Professional Practices for Visual Arts 3
ART Focus area course3
ART Elective3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life and Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
ART Focus area course3
ART Electives9
Component Area Option (Multicultural Women’s Studies)3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 4993Exhibition 3
ART Electives6
Creative Arts Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.