The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in 2D Studio is a professional undergraduate degree which prepares students for a career in studio art or graduate school.

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  • Standard Undergraduate Degree. This is the standard art degree in visual art in the US and Canada.
  • Professional Degree.  The focus of the degree is studio, so there is a larger number of studio classes in relation to general education and liberal art elective requirements
  • Concentration.  BFA students declare an area of interest (2D or 3D), so that they have maximum opportunity to work with materials and techniques specific to this studio direction.  Students will create a body of work and have a BFA exhibition. 

BFA students may pursue a 2D studio concentration which will allow them to focus their studies in Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and/or Mixed Media.  

After Foundations and Core studio classes (first level of painting, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and sculpture), students focus on 2D studio classes in painting, photography and printmaking and/or mixed media.  This includes special topics and independent study opportunities.  (36 hours of upper level studio classes after foundation and core classes.)

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Students graduating from Lander University with a degree in Fine Art will demonstrate a competency in an area of specialization and demonstrate the potential for continued growth as an art/design professional. Specific standards, outlined by the National Association of School of Art and Design, include:

  1. Functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing.
  2. Presentation of original artwork that demonstrates advanced conceptual understanding, and technical facility.
  3. Familiarity with the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions in an emphasis area.
  4. Experience to prepare and exhibit a cohesive body of original artwork and to participate in critiques of one’s own artwork and the work of others.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0

ART 314

3
Approved General Education Electives2

7

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 103 3
ART 104 3
ART 105 3
ART 106 3
ART 111 3
ART 112 3
ART 202 3
ART 203 3
ART 204 3
ART 205 3
ART 207 3
ART 499 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 320 3
Art History
ART 309ART 310ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 371
3
Art History
ART 309ART 310ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 371ART 372
3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 303 3
ART 305 3
ART 403 3
ART 405 3
Art Studio 2D
ART 303ART 305ART 320ART 350ART 403ART 405;
May not include summer travel courses
3
Art Studio 2D
ART 303ART 305ART 320ART 350ART 403ART 405;
May not include summer travel courses
3
Art Studio 3D
ART 302ART 307ART 320ART 350ART 402ART 407;
May not include summer travel courses
3
Art Studio Elective
ART 302ART 303ART 304ART 305ART 306ART 307ART 308
ART 320ART 350ART 402ART 403ART 404ART 405ART 406
ART 407ART 408
May not include summer travel courses
3
ART 410 3
ART 410 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 76
Additional Electives 2
TOTAL FOR BFA DEGREE 120

 

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses and also maintain at least a 2.3 GPA in art courses in order to graduate with a major in Fine Art.
  • Students will complete a BFA Candidacy Review at the end of the sophomore year and a BFA Review at the end of their final semester.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.
  • Students may not take more than 3 studio courses per semester without permission from department chair.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses