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BFA in Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary
Academic Requirements

Working in close consultation with a faculty advisor, students in this BFA major design a course of study that bridges two or more traditional areas. The course of study should:

  • direct the student along a path of exploration, experimentation, synthesis, and juxtaposition
  • prepare the student to execute a comprehensive thesis study in the senior project, for which faculty sponsorship must be obtained

In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in interdisciplinary visual arts must complete the following requirements (85 credits):

Foundation Courses: 19 credits
VIS 1050/ComX: 1 credit
VIS 1060/Foundation Drawing: 3 credits
VIS 1070/Extended Media: 3 credits
VIS 1080/Visual Language: 3 credits
VIS 1250/2-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1270/4-D Processes: 3 credits

Art History Courses: 12 credits
ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
ARH —/One course in the history of art before 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)

Studio Art Courses: 30 credits
Students must find a faculty sponsor in each of the two areas (primary and secondary).
Primary area:
V —/Studio art courses (lower level): 6 credits
V —/Studio art courses (upper level): 12 credits
Secondary area:
V —/Studio art courses (lower level): 6 credits
V —/Studio art courses (upper level): 6 credits

Studio Electives: 13 credits
V —/Visual arts studio electives: 13 credits

Synthesis Courses: 11 credits
V —/Senior seminar or other synthesis course: 3 credits
VIS 4990/Senior Project: 8 credits

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BFA Academic Requirements