study of art and design involves conceptual, historical, theoretical,
and technical skill development. Our programs invest you with knowledge
of materials and processes to create work and the ability for critical
evaluation of art and design.
We offer a range of courses where you explore various methods for
learning and producing work. As a Freshman, you learn fundamental
principles and skills in our Foundation courses. As you advance in the
program you will find that our studio classes have low student to
teacher ratio, so individual attention is the norm.
There is a lab fee for each studio class that provides for a portion
of required materials. There are additional materials that all students
may need to purchase. You can purchase these
items from the bookstore, a local or on-line art store.
Art History Courses
We are happy to offer you a new Emphasis in Art History, essentially a
preparation for further study in graduate school. You can choose from
Art History courses focusing on Western or Eastern Art History.
The department is organized around emphasis areas. For the BA degree
your choices include: art history, studio arts. For the BFA degree your
choices include: two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D), and
graphic design (GD). BFA degree students choose one (or two) areas for
concentrated study. Disciplines within the studio emphasis areas
- 2D: drawing, painting, photography, print making
- 3D: ceramics, sculpture
- GD: graphic design
BFA Portfolio Review
You must pass the BFA Portfolio Review for admission into the BFA
(professional) program. During the Review, conducted by art and design
faculty, you will exhibit all your work from the studio Foundations
courses and a significant amount of work from two other 200-level art
You must take the Review before completing 24 studio art credits. If
you complete 24 studio art credits during the fall semester, you must
complete the Review the following spring. The Review can be attempted
only once. If you do not pass the BFA Portfolio Review, you may maintain
BA status in the Department of Art & Design.