Students interested in the BFA degree as an art major usually intend to become professional artists or to enter graduate school. They pursue a more intensive and extensive set of art courses, deepening their appreciation of various art media generally and concentrating on areas that suit their personal interests.
BFA art majors may choose an emphasis in studio art of graphic arts:
Emphasis in Studio Art
A studio art emphasis is recommended for students who are interested in a career as a professional artist or looking for a solid undergraduate experience that is essential for acceptance into graduate school. Professional artists create works of fine art that are found in museums, art galleries, and corporate and private art collections. Works of art are sold in artist's studios, art fairs, galleries, or by dealers/agents. Artists who like to write become art critics for newspapers and magazines or become art consultants to foundations or institutional collectors. Studio artists sometimes teach classes and conduct workshops in their studios or at community art centers.
Students must complete a minimum of 62 hours of art coursework, including 12 hours of upper division classes in two art disciplines.
Emphasis in Graphic Design
This course of study is for students who are interested in a career as a professional graphic designer or looking for a solid undergraduate experience that is essential for acceptance into graduate school. Graphic artists work collaboratively with advertising agencies, publishing houses, and the printing industry to produce visual ideas that educate, inform, motivate, or sell products for business and corporate clients. The work created by graphic designers can be seen all over the world in newspapers, magazines, posters, billboards, brochures, and flyers. Graphic artists also create material for websites, video games, cell phones, and other state-of-the-art technologies.
Students must complete a minimum of 62 hours of art coursework, including six hours of upper division classes in one studio art discipline.