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BFA in Studio Art with concentration in Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture

The BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture is a specialized degree primarily in one studio art discipline. Students must pass a portfolio review for admission to the BFA. 

Transfer work to be credited toward the degree must be evaluated by the Chair of the Department.

Program Requirements

Please consult FAU Catalog Course Descriptions for information about courses and their prerequisites.

Core Program Prerequisites (22 credits/seven courses)

ARH 2050            Art History Survey 1 (pass/fail not permitted), 3 credits

ARH 2051            Art History Survey 2 (pass/fail not permitted), 3 credits
ART 1201C         Design, 3 credits
ART 1300C         Drawing I, 3 credits
ART 1203C         Three-Dimensional Design, 3 credits

ART 2330C         Drawing II: Figure Drawing, 4 credits preq: ART 1300C

ART 2600C         Introduction to Digital Art, 3 credits prereq:  ART1201C

Portfolio Review – students are advised to submit their portfolio for review following completion of their core program.

Concentration courses in the discipline (minimum of 20 credits, five courses)

Concentration in Ceramics
Focus on wheel (minimum of 20 credits):

ART 2751C         Ceramics, Beginning Wheel, 4 credits, required
ART 3764C         Ceramics: Handbuilding I, 4 credits, required
ART 2752C         Ceramics: Intermediate Wheel, 4 credits, required

ART 4782C         Advanced Ceramics, 4 credits, (required, may be repeated for credit) 

ART 4785C         Ceramics: Clay & Glazes, 4 credits, required (plan carefully; this course is only offered in Spring term every other year)
ART 4932C         Special Topics: Ceramics, 4 credits, optional

Focus on Handbuilding (minumum of 20 credits):

ART 3764C         Ceramics: Handbuilding I, 4 credits, required
ART 2751C         Ceramics, Beginning Wheel, 4 credits, required
ART 4761C         Ceramics: Intermediate Handbuilding, 4 credits, (only offered once a year, so plan carefully)
ART 4782C         Advanced Ceramics, 4 credits (required, may be repeated for credit)
ART 4785C         Ceramics: Clay & Glazes, 4 credits, required (plan carefully; this course is only offered in Spring term every other year)
ART 4932C         Special Topics: Ceramics, 4 credits, optional

Concentration in Painting (minimum of 20 credits):

ART 2500C         Painting I, 4 credits, required
ART 3522C         Intermediate Painting, 4 credits, required
ART 3531C         Advanced Painting, 4 credits (required, may be repeated for credit)
ART 4311C         Advanced Drawing, 4 credits, optional
ART 4506C         Topics: Painting, 4 credits, optional

Concentration in Photography (minimum of 20 credits):

PGY 2800C         Digital Photography I, 4 credits, required
PGY 4822C         Digital Photography II, 4 credits, required
PGY 4420C         Advanced Photography, 4 credits (required, may be repeated for credit)

PGY 3821C         Applied Digital Photography, 4 credits, optional
PGY 4440C         Topics: Photography, 4 credits, optional

Concentration in Printmaking (minimum of 20 credits):

ART 2400C         Printmaking I, 4 credits, required
ART 2401C         Printmaking II, 4 credits, required
ART 3402C         Printmaking III, 4 credits, optional
ART 4405C         Topics: Printmaking, 4 credits (optional, may be repeated for credit)

Concentration in Sculpture (minimum of 20 credits):

ART 2701C         Sculpture I, 4 credits, required
ART 3710C         Sculpture II, 4 credits, required
ART 4712C         Advanced Sculpture, 4 credits (required, may be repeated for credit)
ART 4732C         Topics: Sculpture, 4 credits (optional, may be repeated for credit)

Recommended electives for students concentrating in sculpture (maximum of 4 credits):

ART 3764C         Ceramics: Handbuilding I, 4 credits
ART 4115C         Ceramics: Intermediate Handbuilding, 4 credits
ART 4930C         Topics: Ceramics – Contact Departmental or College advisor for approval

Be sure that you have completed the prerequisites for each of the courses that you are planning to take. Check the prerequisites in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History section of the FAU catalog

Out-of-Concentration Studio Art Electives (12 credits/ three courses from three different disciplines)

Art History (minimum of 12 credits/three courses at the 4000 level), Prerequisite: ARH 2050 - Art History Survey 1 and ARH 2051 - Art History Survey 2

Senior Seminar (4 credits/one course)

ARTC 4955         BFA Senior Seminar, 4 credits (Plan carefully: Senior Seminar is offered only in Fall and Spring terms. The Department requires that students take this course in the last semester of degree course work.)

Transfer students should note that at least 75% of all upper-division courses for the BFA must be taken in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU. 

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Foreign Language Requirement

The language requirement for the BFA degree has two components:

(1) State law requires that all FAU graduates meet the Foreign Language Entry Requirement. This can be met with two years of the same language at secondary (high school) level or two semesters of the same language (or demonstration of equivalent proficiency) at the college level. The state of Florida mandates the acceptance of American Sign Language for this requirement.

(2) BFA students who enter FAU with fewer than 30 credits must meet the University Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. The Foreign Language Graduation Requirement is a proficiency requirement. It can be met by successfully completing the second semester (e.g., FRE 1121) of any foreign language at the college level or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency. (Note: American Sign Language proficiency does not satisy this requirement.) If you took a language in high school and have sufficient proficiency in it to take the second semester of it at the college level (for example, FRE 1121), the successful completion of that single course will meet the requirement. If you believe that your proficiency is equivalent to that attained by the end of the second semester course in a language (e.g., FRE 1121), you may take a proficiency exam. If you wish to be assessed for your proficiency in French, German, or Spanish, you can contact University Testing and Evaluation (561-297-3160, Boca campus or Davie campus 954-236-1220) for information about how to register for a CLEP exam. For information about proficiency assessment for all other languages, contact the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (561-297-3860, Boca Raton campus). Only the CLEP exam will generate college credit.

BFA students who are admitted to FAU with 30 or more credits need to meet the Foreign Language Entry Requirement (#1, above); however, those students who have entered as transfer students and others who have not met the foreign language entry requirement must meet this requirement in order to graduate.

 

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