Art - Fine Art (BFA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (ART BFA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Fine Arts

Program Information

The Department of Fine Arts and the Hite Art Institute offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, which is primarily intended for professionally oriented art students and those planning to pursue graduate work in studio arts. The BFA provides the opportunity for students to go into more depth in a chosen area. There are four tracks in the BFA Program:

  • 2D Studios
    Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
  • 3D Studios
    Ceramics, Fiber Arts/Mixed Media, Glass, Sculpture

The 2D and 3D Studio tracks allow students to customize their degree to either focus primarily on a specific studio area or to work cross-media taking courses in several studio areas:

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department. 

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 1, 231
College/School Requirements10
Program/Major Requirements 1, 247-67
Track Requirements16-33
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

The BFA degree is primarily intended for professionally oriented art students and for those planning to pursue graduate work in the studio arts.

Admission is selective, and enrollments may be limited. Enrolled University of Louisville students may apply for admission to the BFA program upon completion of the Foundation Program and the introductory course to the area of track, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in department (studio art and art history) courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.25.  Once admitted, students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.25 or above and a 3.0 or above in department courses to remain enrolled in the BFA program.

Students who do not meet the GPA requirements will be placed on departmental probation and given one semester in which to raise their GPA.  If unable to meet the GPA requirements within that time frame, students will be returned to the BA program in Studio Art.  If removed, students may reapply to the BFA program once the GPA requirements have been met.

Upon admission to the BFA Program, students and faculty will complete and sign a BFA Student/Mentor Contract outlining the progress expected toward completion of the degree.  If at any point during the student’s study the mentor deems the student’s progress and/or ability to meet his/her obligations as a student in the BFA program unsatisfactory that mentor has the right to resign his/her post as mentor.  In this instance a student must seek another mentor or transfer back into the BA program in studio art.  If a student requests a different mentor and no faculty agrees to work with them the student will be returned to the BA program in Studio Art.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For the BFA candidate in 2D or 3D studios, this includes a committee review of the candidate’s work one semester prior to graduation and participation in the BFA exhibition held during the semester of graduation.  For the BFA candidate in Graphic Design or Interior Design, this includes participation in the professional portfolio review at the end of their professional practice course.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 19
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 2
Minimum Total Hours10

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Fine Arts
ART 105Foundation 2-D Design3
ART 106Foundation 3-D Design3
ART 107Foundation Drawing3
Select one of the following:3
Foundation Design Methods 3
Foundation Art Concepts and Methods 4
Foundation Figure Drawing 5
Select two of the following: 66
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2
Art History electives at the 300 level or above 73-6
Studio Art electives at the 300 level 86
Studio Art Track16-33
Minimum electives in Studio Art or Art History at the 300 level or above to bring total hours in Art and Art History to 60-610-15
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture
Perspectives on Medieval Culture
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture
Perspectives on Modern Culture
Principles of Cultural History
Selected Perspectives in Humanities
Electives in Humanities disciplines, other than Art or Art History, at the 300 level or above15
Minimum Electives 92-4
Minimum Total Hours83-80

 60 hours minimum Art/Art History total for Interior Design and Graphic Design tracks; 61 hours minimum total for 2D Studios and 3D Studios tracks. At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

A grade of C- or better is required in all 300 and 500-level courses in the major.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Track in Interior Design requirement fulfilled by completing:
Professional Development in Interior Design
Track in Graphic Design requirement fulfilled by completing:
Portfolio Development in Graphic Design
Track in 2-D Studios requirement fulfilled by completing:
Professional Development in Studio Arts
Track in 3-D Studios requirement fulfilled by completing:
Professional Development in Studio Arts

Track Requirements

Track in Interior Design (ART BFAIAR)

ART 560Sustainable Design3
ART 561Interior Design Studio I3
ART 562Interior Design Sudio II3
ART 563Interior Design Studio III3
ART 564Interior Design Studio IV3
ART 565Directed Projects in Interior Design3
ART 566Interiors Construction3
ART 567Interior Finishes3
ART 568Building Systems3
ART 569Computer Applications in Interior Design3
ART 596Professional Development in Interior Design 3
Minimum Total Hours33

Track in Graphic Design (ART BFACOA)

ART 570Design for Public Issues3
ART 571Typography I3
ART 572Typography II3
ART 573Identity Systems3
ART 574The Book Form3
ART 576Web Site Design3
ART 598Portfolio Development in Graphic Design 3
Electives in Graphic Design6
Select two of the following:
Design for Visualizing Data and Information
Adventures in Design Methods and Processes
Environmental Graphic Design and Wayfinding
Art, Design and Meaning
Lettering and Font Design
Packaging Design
Design for Interaction
Directed Study in Graphic Design
Advanced Book Forms
Electives in Studio Art or Art History3
Minimum Total Hours30

Track in 2-D Studios (ART BFA2DS)

Select five of the following:15
Concepts in Painting
Advanced Concepts in Painting
Special Topics in Painting
Directed Study in Painting
Advanced Figure Drawing
Themes and Concepts in Drawing
Directed Study in Drawing
Anatomy & Life Drawing
Studio Practice in Printmaking
Digital Printmaking
Directed Study in Printmaking
Lighting and View Camera
Color Imaging
Alternative and Historic Photographic Processes
Directed Study in Photography
Experimental Photography
Advanced Photography
ART 597Professional Development in Studio Arts 1
Minimum Total Hours16

Track in 3-D Studios (ART BFA3DS)

Select five of the following:15
Advanced Glassmaking Techniques
Directed Study in Glass
Practice of Sculpture
Sculpture Strategies
Directed Study in Sculpture
Advanced Ceramics: Wheelthrowing
Advanced Ceramics: Sculptural Forms
Clay Glazes and Firing
Directed Study in Ceramics
Advanced Fiber/Surface Design
Advanced Fiber/ Mixed Media Art
Papermaking
Directed Study in Fiber and Mixed Media Art
Book Art Concepts
ART 597Professional Development in Studio Arts 1
Minimum Total Hours16

Flight Plan


Track in 2D Studio

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
Select one of the following: 3
Foundation Art Concepts and Methods  
Foundation Figure Drawing  
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Global Diversity - SBD2 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective US Diversity - SBHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Art 2D elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Art 2D elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Art 2D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art 2D elective (500 level or above) 3
Humanities and WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Art 2D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
ART 597 Professional Development in Studio Arts 1
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121

Track in 3D Studio

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
Select one of the following: 3
Foundation Art Concepts and Methods  
Foundation Figure Drawing  
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15
Spring
Art 3D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Art 3D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Art 3D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art 3D elective (500 level or above) 3
Humanities and WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
General Elective 1
Art 3D elective (500 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
ART 597 Professional Development in Studio Arts 1
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121

Track in Graphic Design

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 205 Foundation Design Methods 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
ART 371 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ARTH 301 History and Issues of Graphic Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours18
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
ART 571 Typography I 3
ARTH 501 Advanced History and Issues of Graphic Design 3
ART 576 Web Site Design 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 572 Typography II 3
ART 390 Special Problems in Studio Art 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ART 574 The Book Form 3
Graphic Design Elective (500 level from list) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Humanities WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ART 573 Identity Systems 3
Graphic Design Elective (500 level from list) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Art elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ART 598 Portfolio Development in Graphic Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
ART 570 Design for Public Issues 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours125

Track in Interior Design

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
Select one of the following: 3
Foundation Design Methods  
Foundation Art Concepts and Methods  
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
ART 361 Introduction to Interior Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
ART 561 Interior Design Studio I 3
ART 362 Color Theory and Human Factors in Interior Design 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 1
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ART 562 Interior Design Sudio II 3
ART 569 Computer Applications in Interior Design 3
ART 566
Interiors Construction
or Building Systems
3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ART 563 Interior Design Studio III 3
ART 567 Interior Finishes 3
Humanities and WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
ARTH 347 Historic Interiors 3
General Elective 1
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 564 Interior Design Studio IV 3
ART 566
Interiors Construction
or Building Systems
3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
ART 560 Sustainable Design 3
 Hours15
Spring
ART 596 Professional Development in Interior Design 3
ART 565 Directed Projects in Interior Design 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

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