The undergraduate studio art program will prepare you for an exciting career in creative expression. This program offers education in topics such as visual arts, animation, education, or design. The curriculum helps students to develop a range of hands-on, formal, and conceptual skills. The program is structured as a balance between the visual and the physical: the first year of study begins with a technical education in two-dimensional visual elements, and students then cover three-dimensional physical elements in the second year. Students are given the opportunity to develop hands-on skills through direct practice with material and tools of the trade; the program also covers topics such as form, process, and technique. Ultimately, an Art BFA will allow you to understand contemporary art theories, engage with new forms, and explore art as an active part of culture today. Students choose from the following emphases:
- Cross 3-D: Ceramics & Sculpture
- Graphic Design
- Painting & Drawing
- Photograph/Digital Imaging
- Sculpture Intermedia
The Student Experience
Summer study abroad programs offer further education in prints, printmaking, and drawing in an international setting. In addition to academic development, the College of Fine Arts also helps students prepare for life after graduation: the ArtsForce program, an event- and workshop-based initiative, connects students to fellow peers, faculty members, and mentors to provide them with networking and professional development skills.
The Art BFA opens the doors to many job opportunities. Besides careers such as comic book artist, sculptor, or painter, consider becoming a fashion designer, photographer, or culinary artist. If you enjoy animation, you can pursue a career as a visual effects, computer, or 3D animator. If visual design interests you, the Art BFA equips you with the skills to become a video game designer or web developer. Careers as an art instructor, art professor, or journalist are also possible.