2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Studio Art, B.F.A.

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Contemporary art is an exciting and demanding career.  The B.F.A. in Studio Art is the professional degree intended for the student ready to engage in critical and creative thinking, and for the student who has the energy to make those thoughts a reality.

Students may elect one or more concentration in the following areas: drawing, painting, and crafts, which include ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry.  Studio electives include the above areas along with fibers, figure studio, computer illustration, 3D modeling, installation art, and study abroad courses.  

The B.F.A. is comprised of 132 credit hours, 90 of which are in art and design core, studio art concentration, studio art electives and art/design history.  These courses teach foundational and contemporary theories that challenge students.  Included in this curriculum are courses that examine careers in art and the make up of a productive life in art.  The seminar, portfolio development and internship lead to a final senior exhibit.  The remaining 42 credit hours contribute to a strong liberal arts education with a focus on writing, disciplined inquiry and critical analysis.

The B.F.A. in Studio Art is the professional course of study and prepares students for careers in art, design, related fields, or graduate study. Like all of the Design & Visual Art  Programs , it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).


Design & Visual Art Programs - Core Requirements

(27 credits)

Studio Art B.F.A Requirements:

(63 credits)

Design & Visual Art Programs - General Education Requirements

(42 credits)


(3 courses)

  • Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Humanity Elective (except ADXX courses) (3)

Social Science

(3 courses)

  • Psychology (3)
  • History or Government (3)
  • One course selected from the following disciplines: (3) 

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning

(2 courses)

  • Science Elective - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI  (3)
  • Math or Science Elective (3)

Electives from College of Arts and Sciences

(except courses within the major) (2 courses total)

  • Elective #1  (3)
  • Elective #2  (3)


Please Note:

Of the 132 credit hours required for this program, one half of the 90 credits (for the major and Design & Visual Art core combined) and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.

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