Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of fine arts (BFA) each requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work.

The BFA provides a more extensive, well-rounded, performance-oriented art background which prepares students for a professional life in fine arts and post graduate study. For the BFA, 66 of the required 120 credit hours are ART classes.

To be admitted to the BFA program, a student must have declared an applicable studio art concentration or K-12 certification and meet other eligibility requirements (see the Department website or a Art & Art History advisor for details).

NOTE: In order for BFA students to graduate in 120 total credit hours, the 6 hours used to fulfill the university diversity requirement must be courses which also fulfill university General Education distribution requirements.

Requirements

In addition to the university General Education requirements, Studio art majors are required to complete courses listed below. Courses used to fulfill university General Education requirements, if they are applicable, may be used to satisfy Art & Art History specific requirements.

General Electives

As needed to meet 120 credit hour minimum requirement.

To obtain the BFA, students complete requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in studio art (BASA), with a concentration in either two dimensional arts, three dimensional arts, graphic design and media arts.

All BFA degrees will require Core I required studio courses and Art History Core required courses.
Studio Core I
ART 1100FOUNDATION: DRAWING3
ART 1110FOUNDATION: 3D DESIGN3
ART 1210FOUNDATION: 2-D DESIGN 3
ART 1220FOUNDATION: DIGITAL MEDIA3
ART 2000CORE ONE PORTFOLIO REVIEW0
Art History Core
ART 2050SURVEY OF WESTERN ART HISTORY I3
ART 2060SURVEY OF WESTERN ART HISTORY II3
Select one course from each of the following two groups:6
Group A - Modern History:
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1850
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
GENDER & SEXUALITY IN MODERN ART
MODERN ART I (ART OF EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS, 1850-1920)
MODERN ART II (ART OF EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS, 1918-1968)
CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY SINCE 1968
ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 1900
Group B - Pre-Modern History:
INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT ART
EGYPTIAN ART
GREEK ART
ETRUSCAN & ROMAN ART
WOMEN IN ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART
EARLY MEDIEVAL ART
LATE MEDIEVAL ART HISTORY
NORTHERN EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE ART HISTORY
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART HISTORY
BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART HISTORY
Plus one Art History Elective approved by advisor3
Studio Art Concentration
Select a studio art concentration48
Total Credits75

BFA Concentration in Two Dimensional Arts

Studio Core II
ART 2100LIFE DRAWING I3
ART 3310ELEMENTARY SCULPTURE3
or ART 3330 ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
ART 3410ELEMENTARY PAINTING3
ART 3510ELEMENTARY PRINTMAKING3
or ART 3520 PHOTOGRAPHIC DIGITAL PRINTMAKING
ART 3610ELEMENTARY CERAMICS3
Two Dimensional Concentration
BASA Two Dimensional courses plus an additional 12 BFA ART hours
BASA Electives Outside Concentration:
tudents must take two studio electives Outside their designated concentration which may include 3 Dimensional; Media Arts or Graphic Design6
BASA Capstone
ART 4020PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES3
Select 12 hours from the following, at least one of which must be a 4000 level course:12
WATERCOLOR I
WATERCOLOR II
LIFE DRAWING II
ADVANCED DRAWING I
ADVANCED DRAWING II
COLOR THEORY
INTERMEDIATE PAINTING
PHOTOGRAPHIC DIGITAL PRINTMAKING
PAPERMAKING
ADVANCED PAINTING
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN PRINTMAKING
BFA Sequence
ART 4320BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY I3
ART 4330BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY II3
ART 4420BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS THESIS3
ART 4920ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 19003
Total Credits48

BFA Concentration in Three Dimensional Arts

Studio Core II
ART 2100LIFE DRAWING I3
ART 3310ELEMENTARY SCULPTURE3
or ART 3330 ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
ART 3410ELEMENTARY PAINTING3
ART 3510ELEMENTARY PRINTMAKING3
or ART 3520 PHOTOGRAPHIC DIGITAL PRINTMAKING
ART 3610ELEMENTARY CERAMICS3
BFA 3D Arts Concentration
Select 12 hours from the following list of courses which must include intermediate and advanced (6) plus two (2) electives Within the concentration:12
THE HAND PRODUCED BOOK I: TYPOGRAPHY AND BOOK DESIGN
COLOR THEORY
HAND PRODUCED BOOK II: LETTERPRESS PRINTING
BOOK STRUCTURES: INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING
PATTERNED PAPER
INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE
PAPERMAKING
INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS
PRINTED BOOKS
ADVANCED SCULPTURE
ADVANCED CERAMICS
BASA Electives OUTSIDE Concentration
Students must take two (2) studio electives outside their designated concentration which may include courses in 2 Dimensional; Media Arts or Graphic Design6
BASA Capstone
ART 4020PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES3
BFA Sequence
ART 4320BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY I3
ART 4330BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY II3
ART 4420BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS THESIS3
ART 4920ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 19003
Total Credits48

BFA Concentration in Graphic Design

Studio Core II
ART 3000MEDIA ARTS 13
ART 3150VIDEO ART3
or ART 3160 GAME DESIGN AS ART
OR
MEDIA ARTS 2
ART 3140COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY3
or ART 3520 PHOTOGRAPHIC DIGITAL PRINTMAKING
Select one course from each Studio Art Electives:9
Group A:
WATERCOLOR I
LIFE DRAWING I
ELEMENTARY PAINTING
ELEMENTARY PRINTMAKING
Group B:
THE HAND PRODUCED BOOK I: TYPOGRAPHY AND BOOK DESIGN
COLOR THEORY
ELEMENTARY SCULPTURE
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
PAPERMAKING
ELEMENTARY CERAMICS
Group C:
WEB DESIGN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART
MEDIA ART III
ART INTERNSHIP
ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 1900
Graphic Design Concentration
ART 2200TYPEFACE DESIGN AND TYPOGRAPHY3
ART 3130GRAPHIC DESIGN 13
ART 4150GRAPHIC DESIGN 23
ART 4160GRAPHIC DESIGN 33
ART 4170GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO3
BASA Capstone
ART 4170GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO3
or ART 4020 PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES
In addition to Art History Core & Electives stated earlier, Graphic Design majors are required to take in place of one elective
HISTORY OF DESIGN
BFA Sequence
ART 4320BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY I3
ART 4330BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY II3
ART 4420BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS THESIS3
ART 4920ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 19003
Total Credits48

BFA Concentration in Media Arts

9 credit hours in upper division (3000 level and above) ART studio course work under the advisement of their thesis chair in addition to the BASA requirements9
3 credit hours in upper division (3000 level and above) ART history course work under the advisement of their thesis chair in addition to the BASA requirements3
Students must then achieve candidacy in the BFA program, and complete the following:
Studio Core II
ART 2100LIFE DRAWING I3
Select one course from each group:6
Group A:
WATERCOLOR I
LIFE DRAWING II
ADVANCED DRAWING I
ELEMENTARY PAINTING
ELEMENTARY PRINTMAKING
Group B:
THE HAND PRODUCED BOOK I: TYPOGRAPHY AND BOOK DESIGN
PATTERNED PAPER
ELEMENTARY SCULPTURE
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
PAPERMAKING
ELEMENTARY CERAMICS
Studio Core II Elective to be taken in either Two Dimensional or Three Dimensionsl conentration.
Art Elective3
Media Art Concentraiton
Student will choose from two media arts concnetrations: Option A (Game Design) or Option B (Intermedia and Digital Art), Both with 21 credit hours21
Option A: Game Design
COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY
GAME DESIGN AS ART
DIGITAL GAME DESIGN
COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY II
ADVANCED DIGITAL GAME DESIGN
GAME DESIGN STUDIO
Art Elective
Option B:
MEDIA ARTS 1
MEDIA ARTS 2
VIDEO ART
MEDIA ART III
BASA Capstone
ART 4020PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES3
Total Credits48

 Studio Art K-12 Certification/Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Two or Three Dimensional Dual Degree, BFA

Requirements

Students earning the BASA with K-12 certification can earn the dual degree of BFA with Two Dimensional Arts or Three Dimensional Arts concentration. The dual degree requires a minimum of 150 credit hours of course work. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the BASA with K-12 certification, the dual degree of BFA with Two Dimensional Arts or Three Dimensional Arts concentration requires the student to apply to the BFA program (see the Department website or a Department advisor for details).  Once accepted into the BFA Program, students must successfully complete the following BFA sequence of courses:

BFA Sequence
ART 4320BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY I3
ART 4330BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY II3
ART 4420BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS THESIS3
ART 4920ART IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE SINCE 19003
ART Elective
One elective course from Two Dimensional Arts or Three Dimensional Arts “Advanced work” course list. Course to be determined in consultation with a Department faculty advisor.3
Total Credits15

Total ART Credit Hours: 78

Once a student enters the BFA program, they are carefully monitored to remain focused on their skillset and artwork. If a student fails a BFA semester, they must retake that semester and may not advance to the next BFA level until they have mastered the previous course.

Occasionally a professor may request a student to take an additional semester of BFA (BFA III or ART 4340) before entering their Thesis semester. This additional semester gives the student an opportunity to enhance their growth and development prior to their Thesis semester. This additional semester would add 3 additional hours to the BFA sequence.

Students who completing complete a degree or certificate program from Metropolitan Community College in  *Design, Interactivity & Media Arts (DIMA), or *Photography, Video/Audio Communications Arts upon successfully completing the ART 2000 CORE I Portfolio Review, can transfer up to 18 semester hours of their specific MCC concentration coursework to be applied in the Media Arts Concentration area. If transfer hours are accepted for the Media Arts Concentration, additional hours to complete the requirement will be advanced UNO coursework selected in consultation with a UNO CFAM advisor.