The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is a highly selective program oriented toward advanced professional study in the studio arts. Students in this program have additional opportunities to specialize in a studio art discipline in preparation for graduate study for the M.F.A., the terminal degree program in this field, and/or careers in professional art fields.
BFA students earn more credit hours in Art than other bachelor's students. They do more independent study and they have more one-on-one interaction with faculty.
Our BFA graduates are among the best prepared students in the nation for going on to graduate-level study or for beginning their studio careers. In recent years our students have been accepted into some of the most prestigious and selective graduate art programs in the United States, and several of our Junior BFA students were recently awarded full scholarships to the very competitive and prestigious Yale University Summer Art program.
The ceramics program offers a diverse approach to the materials and processes involved in the production of ceramic art.
The drawing program promotes students' aesthetic and personal development as well as critical and historical understanding of drawing within the visual arts and our culture.
Expanded Media courses focus on the creation, installation, and critique of studio artworks using a range of computer technologies and digital fabrication tools.
Glass coursework involves committing to the development of a clear personal vision in a wide range of material manipulation techniques including glassblowing, flame working, and more.
The painting program fosters a broad range of approaches to media and ideas. Students learn the principles and practices of painting as a discipline of visual inquiry.
The photography program emphasizes the development of technical and conceptual skills, the shaping of a personal esthetic and a solid grounding in contemporary critical theory.
The printmaking program is made up of three parts: intaglio, lithography, and Normal Editions Workshop, each with its own faculty/staff and space.
The sculpture program fosters a spirit of experimentation and encourages both strong technical skills and critical thinking.
Classes in video emphasize creative thinking in a time-based medium. We place primary importance on aesthetic and emphasize a historical understanding of the medium's place within our culture.
Wood-Metal Design is primarily concerned with the hand-built piece that maintains the relationship to materials and techniques that are essential to human expression in this discipline.