You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.

Visual Art, 2D Studio

delivery graphic

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.

  • 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.)



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.



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.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2

United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events (Temporarily suspended)


Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R


ART 103 Drawing I 3
ART 104 Drawing II 3
ART 105 Basic Design I 3
ART 106 Basic Design II 3
ART 111 Art History I 3
ART 112 Art History II 3
ART 202 Sculpture I 3
ART 203 Photography I 3
ART 204 Graphic Design I 3
ART 205 Painting I 3
ART 207 Ceramics I 3
ART 298 Professional Practices 0
ART 299 Professional Practices 0
ART 398 Professional Practices 0
ART 399 Professional Practices 0
ART 498 Professional Practices 0
ART 499 Professional Practices 0



Art History (select 3)
ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 317ART 318ART 319ART 324ART 371ART 372*

*only 1 summer travel course may be included



ART 303 Photography II 3
ART 305 Painting II 3
ART 403 Photography Portfolio Project 3
ART 405 Painting III 3

Art Studio 2D (select 2)
ART 303ART 305ART 306, ART 321ART 322ART 323ART 350, ART 403ART 405
May not include summer travel courses

Art Studio 3D
ART 302, ART 307, ART 350, ART 402, ART 407
May not include summer travel courses

Art Studio Elective (select 3)
ART 302ART 303ART 305ART 306ART 307ART 320ART 321ART 322ART 323ART 350, ART 352*, ART 402ART 403ART 405, ART 406ART 407, ART 423ART 425, ART 433ART 435
*only 1 summer travel course may be included

ART 410 Senior Studio 3
ART 410 Senior Studio 3
Total Major Program Requirements 81
Additional Electives 4


  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses.
  • 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