The BA in Studio Art offers students a broad education in the visual arts. Students select three studio arts areas and take a beginning and an intermediate level class in each. The BA is a general degree in visual art. The Department also offers the BFA in Studio Art a specialized degree where focus is primarily in one visual art discipline such as ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture as well as the BFA in Graphic Design. All studio art majors must submit for portfolio review.
Transfer work to be credited toward the degree must be evaluated by the Chair of the Department.
BA Program Requirements
Please consult FAU Catalog Course Descriptions for information about courses and their prerequisites.
In addition to all University requirements, including the University foreign language graduation requirement, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must meet the following requirements.
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, preq: ART1201C
Portfolio Review – students are advised to submit their portfolio for review following completion of their core program.
Studio Art Areas of Interest (24 credits, 6 courses/two courses in each of three different studio arts)
To complete this requirement students may select three course pairings from the following:ART 2500C Painting 1, 4 credits
ART 3161C Alternative Media, 4 credits
Art Electives ( 8 credits/ two courses in either upper level studio art or upper level art history)
Art History (minimum of 12 credits/three courses at the 4000 level); prerequisite for upper division Art History courses: Art History Survey 1 (ARH 2050) and Art History Survey 2 (ARH 2051).
Senior Seminar (4 credits/one course)
ART 4954 Senior Seminar for BA Studio Arts, 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.)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. Please sign up for an advising appointment each term to ensure you are making progress towards graduation.Note: The BA program requires that all students take 45 credits in visual art in addition to the credits earned in courses that are part of the Core Program Prerequisites. Transfer students from institutions with three-credit art courses are likely to need more credits in visual art than the minimum described above.
Transfer students should note that at least 75% of all upper-division courses for the BA must be taken in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU.
Foreign Language Requirement
The language requirement for the BA 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) In order to receive a BA degree, you 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: proficiency in American Sign Language will not meet 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.