Fine Arts, BA
The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program combines studio practices, seminar courses, and interactions with visiting artists and professionals to provide an open intellectual framework in order to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research and learning. The Fine Arts Department offers a diverse range of studio courses in the areas of animation and 3D modeling, ceramics, design, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. The dynamic curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to thoroughly examine contemporary art, creative research, interactive design, and public art through seminar-based instruction.
A goal of the Undergraduate Fine Arts program is to facilitate an environment where the potentialities of art are considered in relation to the real life conditions of our students. Encouraged to test themselves against the rigors of divergent artistic approaches and their histories, our students develop a more complex set of skills to creatively and critically negotiate the turbulent shifts taking place globally in terms of human experiences.
The Fine Arts major is available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, and the minor is available for undergraduate students across the university. The Fine Arts program works in conjunction with three interdisciplinary degree programs in Cinema Studies, Digital Media Design, and Visual Studies.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||20|
|Core Studio Requirements 2||3|
Students are encouraged to take these classes their freshman and sophomore year.
|Contemporary Art Studio|
|Introductory Studio Requirements||3|
|Art, Design and Digital Culture **|
|Video I **|
|Introduction to Photography|
|Mixed Media Animation|
|Intro to Clay|
|Figure Drawing I|
|Introduction to Printmaking|
|Art History Requirements||3|
|Select one introductory level art history course, such as:|
|World Art and Civilization Before 1400|
|World Art: 1400 to Now|
|Architect and History|
|Undergraduate Methods Seminar|
ARTH from the 2000-level or above, OR
*ARTH 2940 is highly recommended
|The Chinese Body and Spatial Consumption in Chinatown|
|Public Art and Issues of Spatial Production|
|Mystics & Visionaries: Arts and Other Ways of Knowing|
|Is This Really Happening? Performance and Contemporary Political Horizons|
|Language of Design|
|Contemporary Theories of Design|
|Futures for All: Reimagining social equality through art and technology|
|Feminist Technoscience: Art, Technology, & Gender|
|Fine Arts Seminar Requirements 3||3|
|Critical Issues in Art (Students are encouraged to take this course in the Fall or Spring of their junior year.)|
|Fine Arts Senior Seminar Project (Fall)|
|Fine Arts Senior Seminar Project (Spring)|
|Art and Design Electives 4||4|
|Select any combination of four FNAR and DSGN courses to fulfill this requirement 5|
|Total Course Units||36|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Core studio requirements may be taken as early as freshman year and in any order as long as prerequisites are met.
Majors must take the Senior Seminar Project in consecutive semesters of their senior year.
Art and Design Electives can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met.
Fine Arts and Design courses can be found on the department website.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.