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 Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirements 23
Students are encouraged to take these classes their freshman and sophomore year.
FNAR 123Drawing I
FNAR 125Contemporary Art Studio
FNAR 127Space/Form
Introductory Studio3
Select 3 out of 7:
Art, Design and Digital Culture **
Video I **
Sculpture Practices
Painting Practices
Introduction to Printmaking
Mixed Media Animation
Digital Photography
Art History Requirement3
Select one of the following:
Art and Civilization Before 1400
Renaissance to Contemporary: Introduction to World Art, 1400 - Now
Architect and History
Undergraduate Methods Seminar
Select two:
ARTH from the 200-level or above
*ARTH 294 is highly recommended
Senior Seminar Project 33
FNAR 310Critical Issues in Art (Students are encouraged to take this course in the Fall or Spring of their junior year.)
FNAR 488Senior Seminar and Project (Fall Semester)
FNAR 489Senior Seminar Project (Spring Semester)
Art and Design Electives 44
Select 4 courses from the Fine Arts department 5
Total Course Units36

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.