Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art & Design
The B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree is a program in studio art for the very serious art student who wishes to make the professional practice of fine art his or her career.
Before a student can apply for the B.F.A. program, he/she must have been accepted by the University as a B.A. or B.S. candidate with a major in art and must have copies of official transcripts on file in the art department office.
A student may apply for admission to the B.F.A. degree program during the junior or senior year and typically after at least a year in residence. In order to be accepted into the program, or to remain in the program once accepted, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 system) and 3.0 in studio work must be maintained on all work undertaken at SIUE. Students must take a minimum of two semesters in B.F.A. program before graduating.
Admission to the program is by portfolio review according to the procedures outlined below. All applicants for the B.F.A. degree program must submit a portfolio of work to be presented to a committee of the entire studio faculty. Applicants should specify the studio area in which they intend to specialize. Faculty member from the student’s major area must agree to serve as the students’ mentor. The faculty admissions committee will then recommend, in writing, acceptance or rejection to the B.F.A. program.
Total Degree Requirement:
General Education (Option A or B):
Requirements for Major in Fine Arts:
Freshman Core (12 credits):
ART 112a Introduction to Drawing
Sophomore Foundation (18 credits):
Six courses from the following:
ART 202a Introduction to Sculpture
Art History (15 Credits):
ART 225a & 225b History of Art Survey (6 credits)
Three Art History electives from the following (9 credits):
ART 424a,b Baroque and Rococo Art
Major Concentration (15 credits):
Five courses from a single advanced studio area:
Distribution (9 credits):
Three additional advanced areas (outside major concentration):
Ceramics/Glass, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography/Digital Arts, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Textile Arts.
ART 441 Advanced Drawing (3 credits)
The BFA thesis exhibition serves as the Senior Assignment.
(Programs, requirements and courses are subject to change).