Dec 02, 2023
The B.F.A. in Studio Art is intended for the student ready to pursue an intensive art experience combined with a strong liberal arts education. 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 Art & Design programs, it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
The B.F.A. is comprised of 132 credit hours, with 90 of these credit hours devoted to Art & Design courses, including: studio core, electives and concentration; art history; and a senior seminar experience which covers issues relating to careers in art and life as a productive artist. Students are also required to complete an internship in an approved professional context in order to enhance their marketable job skills. The remaining 42 credit hours include a broad selection of liberal art courses.
Students may elect one or more concentrations in the following areas: Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Drawing, and Crafts, which include Ceramics (functional and sculptural), and Metalsmithing and Jewelry.
Studio electives are available in all of the above and also include: Fiber Art, Digital Art, Illustration, Watercolor, Photography (film and digital).
Art & Design Core Requirement:
Studio Art B.F.A Requirements:
General Education Requirements for Art & Design Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences:
Skills/Processes for Literacy
- Fine Arts - Music, Music History, Music Appreciation or Aesthetics (3)
- Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
- Philosophy (3)
- Psychology (3)
- History or Government (3)
- One course selected from the following disciplines:
- ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC
Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning
- Science Course - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI (3)
- Math or Science Course (3)
Electives from College of Arts and Sciences
(except ADXX listed courses) (2 courses total)
- Elective #1 (3)
- Elective #2 (3)
Of the 132 credits required for this program, a minimum of 48 credit hours must be completed at the upperdivision level, and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.
The Addison Honors Program in Studio Art:
The Addison Honors Program in Studio Art has been named in recognition of B. Kent Addison, the Eleanor Lawler Pillsbury Professor of Art Emeritus, who came to Maryville in 1961 as the school’s first full-time studio art professor. As a result of his leadership and dedication, the Art & Design program flourished. He is fondly remembered by students as well as colleagues for his high standards, professionalism and untiring efforts in the many studio classes he taught. He retired from Maryville in 1995 and continues to paint and exhibit his work nationally.
The B.F.A. Honors program in Studio Art gives outstanding students majoring in Studio Art the opportunity to pursue an individually designed course of study. To be eligible for this program, a student must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in the Art & Design Foundation Core and in at least four introductory or lower-division studio courses, or a comparable grade point average in transfer credits from another institution. The qualified student must submit an application in the form of a statement of goals and objectives to his/her academic adviser the semester before initiating this course of study. The Studio Art faculty will review the student’s application and relevant work, and then determine whether the student’s goals can be successfully realized.
Students accepted into the Addison Honors Program will earn no less than the equivalent of 36 credit hours in upperdivision Studio Art. They will work closely with a member of the Studio Art Faculty who will guide them in achieving their goals and learning objectives through existing courses and, when necessary, specifically designed independent study. The Addison Honors student will be expected to fulfill all the Art History and general education requirements for a standard B.F.A. in Studio Art.