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Art Major: Animation, Graphic Design, and Studio Concentrations, B.F.A.

B.F.A. degree
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Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

This degree program, which requires 78 hours in art, offers art majors a firm foundation in basic courses such as drawing, design, and art history. This foundation not only provides a strong base for all specialized studio areas, but also prepares students to qualify for advanced degree programs.

Because Core Courses I comprise a foundation of courses that form the basis for all successive courses in the major, it is expected that students complete ART 106, ART 117, ART 119, and ART 125 before enrolling in any 300+ studio course. It is mandatory that all Art Majors register for and complete four semesters of ART 096. Students should seek advising assistance from the department upon arrival to the university and should select a major advisor in their area of concentration once they have been accepted into their respective programs.

Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.3 for all art courses counted toward the major. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis, except for ART 096 and ART 377, may not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements for the art major or minor.

Animation Concentration Requirements:

Acceptance into the B.F.A. degree program in the Animation Concentration is contingent on a portfolio review. A student may apply for acceptance when they have completed or are currently enrolled in ART 106, ART 125, ART 207; and one of the following courses: ART 220, ART 222, ART 224. Students who fail to be accepted are welcome to reapply the following year.

Before enrolling in 400-level animation courses, students must enroll in and receive credit for ART 377. In addition to the general curricula, the candidate for the B.F.A. degree must complete the following requirements:

  1. Declare B.F.A. degree with advisor in the Animation concentration.
  2. Receive credit for ART 377.
  3. Participate in animation B.F.A. critiques.
  4. Exhibit thesis project at the culmination of their final year.
  5. Submit a final thesis and other supporting materials to the Department of Art and Design.

Graphic Design Concentration Requirements:

Students seeking admission to the Graphic Design Concentration must, upon completion of ART 231, ART 235 and ART 349, submit a portfolio; no further Graphic Design Courses may be taken until accepted into the Concentration. Admission is limited. Students who fail to be accepted are welcome to reapply the following year.

In addition to the general curricula, the candidate for the B.F.A. degree must complete the following requirements:

  1. Declare B.F.A. degree with advisor in the Graphic Design concentration.
  2. Exhibit a cohesive thesis body of creative work and all responsibilities that are included in the exhibition.
  3. Submit a final portfolio to the Art Department including a resume, artist’s statement, visual documentation of thesis work, visual documentation list, and other supporting materials.

Studio Concentration Requirements:

Acceptance into the B.F.A. degree program in the Studio Concentration may be applied for when the student has completed or is currently enrolled in ART 106, ART 117, ART 119, ART 125; two courses in art history; and three studio courses.

Students whose applications fail to be accepted to the B.F.A. program are welcome to reapply the following semester.

In addition to the general curricula, the candidate for the B.F.A. degree must complete the following requirements:

  1. Declare B.F.A. degree with advisor in student’s area of concentration. This professor serves as the student’s Thesis Advisor.
  2. Participate in faculty critiques for three consecutive semesters before graduation. The B.F.A. Committee will schedule the student’s faculty critiques.
  3. Exhibit a cohesive thesis body of creative work and all responsibilities that are included in the exhibition.
  4. Conduct a public artist’s talk in support of thesis exhibition work.
  5. Submit a final portfolio to the Art Department including a resume, artist’s statement, visual documentation of thesis work, visual documentation list, and any other supporting materials.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (12 hours)

Foundations

ART 096Art Event Attendance

0(0-0)

ART 106Introduction to Drawing

3(0-6)

ART 117Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Art

3(3-0)

ART 119Design Foundations

3(0-6)

ART 125Digital Design

3(0-6)

Core Courses II (6 hours)

ART 283Introduction to Western Art, Part I

3(3-0)

ART 285Introduction to Western Art, Part II

3(3-0)

Core Courses III (12 hours)

Select from the following:

ART 202Introduction to Digital Fabrication

3(0-6)

ART 207Introduction to Animation: Traditional Media

3(0-6)

ART 214Introduction to Ceramics

3(2-3)

ART 217Introduction to Figure Drawing

3(0-6)

ART 233Introduction to Painting

3(0-6)

ART 241Introduction to Photography

3(0-6)

ART 251Introduction to Printmaking

3(0-6)

ART 261Introduction to Sculpture

3(0-6)

Core Courses IV (12 hours)

Select from the following:

ART 287Introduction to Non-Western Art

3(3-0)

ART 312Special Studies in Art History

3-9(3-0)

ART 317Digital Art History and Archaeology

3(2-3)

ART 319The Methods of Art History

3(3-0)

ART 341History of Photography

3(3-0)

ART 363History of Design: 1750-2010

3(3-0)

ART 366Contemporary Design Issues

3(3-0)

ART 380Greek Art and Architecture

3(3-0)

ART 381Early Christian and Byzantine Art

3(3-0)

ART 382/WGS 382Gender and Art

3(3-0)

ART 383Modern Architecture

3(3-0)

ART 384History of Animation

3(3-0)

ART 385European Art from 1890-1940

3(3-0)

ART 386American Art

3(3-0)

ART 387Baroque Art

3(3-0)

ART 388Eighteenth-Century Art

3(3-0)

ART 389Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt

3(3-0)

ART 391African Art

3(3-0)

ART 480Roman Art and Architecture

3(3-0)

ART 481Western Medieval Art

3(3-0)

ART 482Italian Renaissance Art

3(3-0)

ART 483Nineteenth Century European Art

3(3-0)

ART 485Art After 1945

3(3-0)

ART 486Independent Study in Art History

1-6(Spec)

ART 488Northern Renaissance Art

3(3-0)

ART 489Islamic Art

3(3-0)

ART 495Art History Study Abroad

1-9(Spec)

ART 580Seminar in Ancient/Medieval Art History

3-6(3-0)

ART 581Seminar in Early Modern Art History

3-6(3-0)

ART 582Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art History

3-6(3-0)

ART 586Special Topics Seminar in Art History

3-9(3-0)

ART 589Research Seminar in Art History

3(3-0)

You may choose to take ART 341, ART 363, ART 366, and ART 384, but may count only one of these courses toward the Core IV requirement.

Core Courses V (3 hours)

Students in the Animation Concentration are required to take ART 477; Studio Concentration students are required to take ART 471; Graphic Design Concentration students are required to take ART 472:

ART 471BFA Exhibition

3(3-0)

ART 472Graphic Design Capstone Experience

3(0-6)

ART 477Animation Portfolio and Professional Practices

3(0-6)

Concentrations

Select one of the following:

Animation Concentration:

Required Courses I (6 hours)
Three credits of each:
ART 2222D Digital Animation

3(0-6)

ART 308Storyboarding for Digital Media

3-6(Spec)

Required Courses II (12 hours)
ART 377Animation Mid-Tier Review

0(0-0)

ART 420Animation Studio I: Micro-Short Production

3(0-6)

ART 422Animation Studio II: Short Form Production

3(0-6)

ART 520Animation Sr. Project I: Development and Pre-production

3-6(Spec)

ART 522Animation Sr. Project II: Production and Post

3(0-6)

Electives (15 hours)
Select from the following:
ART 220Animation Drawing I

3(0-6)

ART 2243D Computer Animation I: Foundations

3(0-6)

ART 309Concept Development: Characters and Environments

3-6(Spec)

ART 320Animation Drawing II

3-6(Spec)

ART 323Digital Sculpting for Animation

3-6(Spec)

ART 3243D Computer Animation II: Characters

3-6(Spec)

ART 3253D Computer Animation III: Environments

3-6(Spec)

ART 327Alternative Strategies in Animation

3-6(Spec)

ART 328Stop Motion Animation

3-6(Spec)

ART 407Character Performance for Animators

3-9(Spec)

ART 408Independent Animation Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 409Advanced Production Studio

3-9(Spec)

Total: 78 semester hours

Graphic Design Concentration:

Electives I (30 hours)

Select hours from the following:

ART 231Introduction to Graphic Design

3(0-6)

ART 235Logo and Identity Design

3(0-6)

ART 335Design Bureau

3(0-6)

ART 349Typography

3(0-6)

ART 358Web Design I

3(0-6)

ART 363History of Design: 1750-2010

3(3-0)

ART 435Professional Design Practices

3(0-6)

ART 438Motion Graphics

3(0-6)

ART 449Advanced Typography

3(0-6)

ART 458Web Design II

3(0-6)

ART 535Emerging Media in Graphic Design

3(0-6)

Electives II (3 hours)

Select any ART course except ART 114 or ART 126.

Total: 78 semester hours

Studio Concentration:

Electives I (27 hours)

Select from the following:

ART 2222D Digital Animation

3(0-6)

ART 258Everyday Web Design

3(0-6)

ART 308Storyboarding for Digital Media

3-6(Spec)

ART 314Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing

3(0-6)

ART 334Watercolor Painting

3(0-6)

ART 342Alternative Photographic Processes

3-6(Spec)

ART 351Screen Printing

3(0-6)

ART 406Drawing Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 414Ceramics Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 417Figure Drawing Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 433Painting Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 441Photography Lighting Studio

3-6(Spec)

ART 451Printmaking Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 463Sculpture Studio

3-9(Spec)

ART 584Drawing in Florence

3(Spec)

Electives II (3 hours)

Select from the following:

ART 506Advanced Drawing Studio

1-12(Spec)

ART 514Advanced Ceramics

1-12(Spec)

ART 517Advanced Figure Drawing Studio

1-12(Spec)

ART 533Advanced Painting Studio

1-12(Spec)

ART 541Advanced Photography Studio

1-12(Spec)

ART 551Advanced Printmaking Studio

1-12(Spec)

ART 561Advanced Sculpture Studio

1-12(Spec)

Electives III (3 hours)

Select any ART course except ART 114 or ART 126.

Total: 78 semester hours