Fine Arts - B.F.A.

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts prepares students for professional careers in the visual arts by developing their conceptual understanding, technical competency and independent problem solving at a professional entry level in their chosen specialization. Through the study of art history and studio critiques, students learn to analyze and evaluate visual art and employ this knowledge in their own creative practice. Graduating students must demonstrate their competence by producing a body of work for evaluation presented in their senior project exhibition. The program comprises concentrations in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary, the latter of which allows students to choose two mediums in which to specialize.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Artists held about 221,900 jobs in 2008. About 60 percent were self-employed. Employment was distributed as follows:
Art directors  84,200
Multimedia artists and animators  79,000
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators  23,600
Craft artists  13,600
Artists and related workers, all other  21,500

Of the artists who were not self-employed, many worked for advertising and related services; newspaper, periodical, book, and software publishers; motion picture and video industries; specialized design services; and computer systems design and related services. Some self-employed artists offered their services to advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, and other businesses.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: Applicants meeting the general transfer requirement for admission (2.0 cumulative GPA) will receive an art application from the School of Art. A portfolio must be submitted for review.
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 125 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA and a 2.50 GPA in the major. Students are required to plan and execute independently a senior project exhibition that is presented for review to a fine arts faculty committee. The senior project includes a written proposal and an artist’s statement. Students should work closely with their fine arts faculty advisor on all aspects of the senior project.
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
No
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: Travel to: New York, London and Paris, and Tunisia
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy; Semester in Italy or the Summer Art and Culture trip

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
PROGRAM FEE:
$100/semester
ACCREDITATION: National Association of Schools of Art and Design
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:
Art History Club; Ceramics Club; Glass Club; Undergraduate Art Club

GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
Art Education (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), Visual Communication Design (M.A. and M.F.A.)

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