Art - Fine Art (BFA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Primarily intended for professionally oriented art and design students, and for those planning to pursue graduate work in the studio arts or to assume leadership positions in the fields of graphic or interior design, the BFA degree provides the opportunity for students to go into more depth in their chosen area. 

Admission is selective, and enrollments may be limited. Enrolled University of Louisville students approved as majors in the BA program, Art track, in the Department of Art and Design may apply for admission to the BFA program upon completion of the Foundations courses and the introductory course to the track area they are interested in applying for. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in department (studio art and art history) courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Once admitted, students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 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, Art track. 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, Art track. If a student requests a different mentor and no faculty agrees to work with them the student will be returned to the BA program, Art track.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For the BFA candidate in Studio Art, 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
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Art History electives at the 300 level or above 73-6
Studio Art electives at the 300 level 86
Minimum Total Hours27-30
Supporting Courses
Electives in Humanities disciplines, other than Art or Art History, at the 300 level or above15
WR Elective in Humanities discipline, other than Art or Art History, at the 400 level or above3
Minimum Electives 90-2
Minimum Total Hours20
Studio Art Track (See Track Requirements tab)30-33

60 hours minimum Art/Art History total for Interior Design and Graphic Design tracks; 63 hours minimum total for Studio Art track. At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

A grade of C-minus 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 Studio Art requirement fulfilled by completing:
Professional Development in Studio Arts
1

In addition to courses counting towards General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above.

2

May be incorporated into other degree requirements.

3

Students planning to study Graphic Design must take ART 205 (spring semester). Students planning to study Interior Design may choose either ART 205 (fall semester) or ART 206 (spring semester).

4

Students planning to study Interior Design may choose either ART 205 (fall semester) or ART 206 (spring semester).

5

Students planning to study Studio Art may choose either ART 206 (spring semester) or ART 207 (fall semester).

6

Fulfills General Education AH requirement.

7

BFA Graphic Design students must take ARTH 301 and a 300-level elective. BFA Interior Design students must take ARTH 347. BFA Studio Art students must take 6 elective hours at the 300-level. 

8

BFA Interior Design students must take ART 361 and ART 362; BFA Graphic Design students must take ART 371 and a 300-level elective. BFA Studio Art students must take 6 elective hours at the 300-level. 

9

BFA Graphic Design and BFA Interior Design students may have elective hours. Students who fulfill general education requirements with courses in the major or supporting courses may have electives. To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed, some hours from the General Education Requirements may need to be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program. Using other courses to satisfy General Education requirements may require additional hours to complete the degree requirements or decrease the listed electives.

Track Requirements


Track in Interior Design

Academic Plan Code(s): ART_BFAIAR

ART 559Computer Applications for Interiors I3
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 for Interiors II3
ART 596Professional Development in Interior Design 3
Minimum Total Hours33

Track in Graphic Design 

Academic Plan Code(s): 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 Design
Select two of the following:6
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 Studio Art

Academic Plan Code(s): ART_BFASTA

Students will select a minimum of five 500-level courses from all 2D or 3D studio areas (excluding Graphic Design and Interior Design).

Track Requirements/Core
ART 597Professional Development in Studio Arts 3
Select a minimum of five courses (15 hours) from the following 2D or 3D studio areas: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
Studio Practice in Printmaking
Digital Printmaking
Directed Study in Printmaking
Lighting and View Camera
Digital Photography
Experimental Photography I
Directed Study in Photography
Experimental Photography II
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
Electives
15 hours of Studio Art (ART) or Art History (ARTH) at the 300-level or above15
Minimum Total Hours33

Flight Plan


Track in Graphic Design

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 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 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
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
ART 371 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 571 Typography I 3
ARTH 301 History and Issues of Graphic Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SBD1 3
ART 572 Typography II 3
ART 576 Web Site Design 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 574 The Book Form 3
Graphic Design Elective (500 level from list) 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 570 Design for Public Issues 3
Art elective (300 level) 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)
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours12
Spring
ART 598 Portfolio Development in Graphic Design 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours119

Track in Interior Design

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 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 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
ART 205 Foundation Design Methods 3
ART 361 Introduction to Interior Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
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
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
ART 362 Color Theory and Human Factors in Interior Design 3
ART 561 Interior Design Studio I 3
ART 567 Interior Finishes 3
General Elective 3
 Hours18
Year 3
Fall
ART 559 Computer Applications for Interiors I 3
ART 562 Interior Design Sudio II 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 569 Computer Applications for Interiors II 3
ARTH 347 Historic Interiors for Interior Design 3
Humanities and WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
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
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ART 565 Directed Projects in Interior Design 3
ART 596 Professional Development in Interior Design 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR Elective (400 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Studio Art

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science-S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning-QR 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
May select the following OR choose ART 207 in the Fall, Year 2. (Note: If you select ART 207 in the Fall, Year 2, you may replace this course with an ART Studio 300 level elective with department consent.) 3
Foundation Art Concepts and Methods
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences-S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social and Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective US Diversity-SBHD1 3
ART 207 Foundation Figure Drawing (If you took ART 206 in Year 1, Spring, replace this course with an Art Studio 300 level Elective). 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Art Studio Elective (300 level) 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication-OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts and Humanities-AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social and Behavioral Sciences Global Diversity-SBD2 3
Art Studio elective (500 level) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
Art Studio elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art Studio elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Art Studio elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours18
Spring
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR elective 3
Art Studio elective (500 level) 3
Art or Art History elective (300 level or above) 3
ART 597 Professional Development in Studio Arts 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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