History of Art & Design BFA
BFA in History of Art & Design
BFA majors complete the regular Foundation Program, including the art history survey classes, and can begin to take upper-level electives in their sophomore year. In the required History of Art and Design courses (current listings), the goal is to give students a clear idea of the sequence of styles and major artists, and to develop their ability to discuss style and to understand cultural and social contexts. In-depth study of one epoch or one field of art or design history is covered in upper-level courses. Art History majors take at least one 3 credit history elective within the 10 credit Liberal Arts elective pool (in addition to the CH-300 and CH-400 World Civilization requirement). Students may also benefit from taking a chemistry-in-art class within their six-credit science requirement.
Students entering with an Advanced Placement score of four or five in art history may apply for exemption from the first semester survey and are allowed to substitute an elective in the survey area for second semester of survey. Entering freshman who have done well in a full-year art history survey course (but did not get a four or five score or did not take AP art history) may also apply to the chairperson of the History of Art and Design Department to substitute upper-level electives in each survey area for the required courses.
The mission of undergraduate studies in the History of Art and Design Department is to provide students with the experience of a curriculum in an institution focused on the convergence of art theory and practice in the rich blending of studio, gallery and classroom. Through comprehensive study of global art and design within historical and cultural contexts and research and scholarship in specialized areas, students develop a critical understanding of the field as well as research and analytical skills. The goal of the undergraduate degree is to prepare students for entering diverse fields in art and cultural institutions or continue their studies at the graduate level. With the required study of art from the Prehistoric era to the contemporary, undergraduate students have a comprehensive background that is the basis for further inquiry at an advanced level.
- Undergraduates are competent in a broad range of knowledge in the history of cultures and their art.
- Undergraduates understand that the meaning of works of art is tied to changes in social, political, and economic contexts through time.
- Undergraduates will be able to demonstrate the necessary writing skills to analytically observe and describe works of art and the research skills to place art in its social context.
- Undergraduates in the BFA degree with studio training and experience learn traditional and innovative techniques in the manipulation of materials that generate artistic expression.
- Undergraduates will have gained a solid foundation that enables them to successfully apply for study in the discipline at the graduate level.
Requirements for BFA Th/Cr/Hist of Art/Des/Arch, 134 TOTAL CREDITS, 2013
FDC-157 3-Dimensional Design I
FDC-163 Light/Color/Design I
FDC-180 4-D Design I
HA-115 Survey of Art I
HMS-101A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies
FDC-158 3-D Design II
FDC-164 Light/Color/Design II
FDC-181 4-D Design II
HA-116 Survey of Art II
HMS-103A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies