Fine Arts

The specialization in fine art focuses on providing students with a unique exposure to the expanding world of art and visual culture. This specialization offers a curriculum in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital arts.

Through an integrative approach, students can combine advanced courses in these areas to develop varied applications of innovative methods and materials. Courses in critical studies and advanced art history provide the student with a social, cultural, historical, and philosophical context for understanding traditional and contemporary art. These acquired skills add to the development of their personal expression and cultural literacy. Ultimately, students learn about the relationship of their art to the exhibition space while they prepare a thematic body of work for final viewing and critical assessment. Fine art students complete a portfolio and special capstone project that is exhibited in the campus gallery in their senior year. This exhibition helps build a portfolio for job placement and/or admission to graduate school. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop independent work with faculty and to apply for competitive internships on campus and within the metropolitan area.

The specialization in fine art is offered through the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media (ACM). ACM houses programs and/or majors in fine arts, graphic design, art history, media studies (with majors in journalism and video production), music, and theater. Each major includes an ACM core sequence requirement. Taking advantage of the range of disciplines in ACM and the campus mission to engage with its community, the core combines an integrated sequence of classes, shaped in large part by projects drawn from the urban region surrounding the university. The sequence consists of three classes: Introduction to Arts, Media, and Culture, a class designated by each program that combines interdisciplinary pedagogy with a student’s major; and either Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media or Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media.

(B.A.) Specialization in Fine Art (080)

Major Requirements for Major in Art (080): Specialization in Fine Art (B.A.)

Required Foundation Courses (21 credits)
  • 21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:085:103  3-D Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3)
  • 
21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3)
  • 21:080:251  Introduction to Photography (3)
  • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)
  • 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)
Required Art History Courses (9 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3)
  • 21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3)
  • One art history course (082) 200 level or higher (3)


Required Critical Studies Course (3 credits)
  • 21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)*
  • 
*ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement
Senior Program (6 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:497  Senior Seminar Studio I (3)
  • 21:080:498  Senior Seminar Studio II (3)


Courses of Specialization (15 credits from the following in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:211  Ceramics I
  • 21:080:212  Ceramics II
  • 21:080:223  Figure Drawing (3)
  • 
21:080:245  Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:252  Painting II (3)
  • 21:080:262  Photography II (3)
  • 21:080:263  Introduction to Digital Photography (3)
  • 21:080:264  Color Photography
  • 21:080:265  Experiments in Photography (3)
  • 21:080:273  Introduction to Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:276  Intaglio Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:281  Introduction to Sculpture (3)
  • 
21:080:283  Figure Sculpture (3)
  • 21:080:305  Problems in Art (3)
  • 
21:080:306  Problems in Art (3)
  • 21:080:321  Drawing III (3)
  • 21:080:322  Drawing IV (3)
  • 21:080:345  Intermediate Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:354  Experiments in Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:351  Painting III (3)
  • 21:080:352  Painting IV (3)
  • 21:080:355  Painting and Drawing Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:361  Studio Photography (3)
  • 21:080:362  Photography Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:363  Digital Photography II (3)
  • 
21:080:365  Photographic Communication and Illustration (3)
  • 
21:080:373  Advanced Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:378  Printmaking Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:391/392  Individual Study in Studio Art (3)
  • 21:080:393/394  Art Internship (3)
  • 
21:080:405  Problems of Contemporary Art (3)
  • 21:080:445  Advanced Experiments in Computer Art (3)
  • 21:080:483  Advanced Sculpture Workshop (3)
  • 21:085:231  Graphic Design I (3)
  • 21:085:232  Graphic Design II (3)
  • 21:085:236  Illustration I (3)
  • 21:085:333  Motion Design (3)
  • 21:085:334  Interactive Design (3)
  • 21:085:335  Motion Design II (3)
  • 21:085:336  Interactive Design II (3)
  • 21:085:370  Computers in Graphic Design (3)
Arts, Culture, and Media Departmental Core Requirements for Specialization in Fine Art (B.A.) (Also see Critical Studies*) (6 credits)
  • 21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3)
  • 
21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)

(B.F.A.) Specialization in Fine Art (081)

Major Requirements for Major in Art (081): Specialization in Fine Art (B.F.A.)

Required Foundation Courses (27 credits)
  • 21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:085:103  3-D Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3)
  • 21:080:223  Figure Drawing (3)
  • 
21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3)
  • 21:080:261  Introduction to Photography (3)
  • 21:080:273  Introduction to Printmaking (3)
  • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)
  • 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)
Required Art History Courses (9 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3)
  • 21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3)
  • One art history course (082) 200 level or higher (3)


Required Critical Studies Course (6 credits)
  • 21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)*
  • 
*ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement
  • 3 credits from the following in consultation with adviser
  • 21:089:256  Art and History of Film (3)
  • 21:089:304  Convergence (3)
  • 21:089:309  Imagery and Culture (3)
Senior Program (6 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:497  Senior Seminar Studio I (3)
  • 21:080:498  Senior Seminar Studio II (3)


Courses of Specialization (15 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:211  Ceramics I
  • 21:080:212  Ceramics II
  • 
21:080:245  Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:252  Painting II (3)
  • 21:080:262  Photography II (3)
  • 21:080:263  Introduction to Digital Photography (3)
  • 21:080:264  Color Photography
  • 21:080:265  Experiments in Photography (3)
  • 21:080:276  Intaglio Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:281  Introduction to Sculpture (3)
  • 
21:080:283  Figure Sculpture (3)
  • 21:080:305  Problems in Art (3)
  • 
21:080:306  Problems in Art (3)
  • 21:080:321  Drawing III (3)
  • 21:080:322  Drawing IV (3)
  • 21:080:345  Intermediate Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:354  Experiments in Digital Studio (3)
  • 
21:080:351  Painting III (3)
  • 21:080:352  Painting IV (3)
  • 21:080:355  Painting and Drawing Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:361  Studio Photography (3)
  • 21:080:362  Photography Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:363  Digital Photography II (3)
  • 
21:080:365  Photographic Communication and Illustration (3)
  • 
21:080:373  Advanced Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:378  Printmaking Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:391/392  Individual Study in Studio Art (3)
  • 21:080:393/394  Art Internship (3)
  • 
21:080:405  Problems of Contemporary Art (3)
  • 21:080:445  Advanced Experiments in Computer Art (3)
  • 21:080:483  Advanced Sculpture Workshop (3)
  • 21:085:231  Graphic Design I (3)
  • 21:085:232  Graphic Design II (3)
  • 21:085:236  Illustration I (3)
  • 21:085:333  Motion Design (3)
  • 21:085:334  Interactive Design (3)
  • 21:085:335  Motion Design II (3)
  • 21:085:336  Interactive Design II (3)
  • 21:085:370  Computers in Graphic Design (3)
Other Requirements for Major (18 credits in consultation with advisor)
  • 18 additional credits chosen in consultation with advisor from courses in art, design, or art history, or other select courses from within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media
Arts, Culture and Media Department Core Requirements for Specialization in Fine Art (B.F.A.) (Also see Critical Studies*) (6 credits)
  • 21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3)
  • 
21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)

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