Sep 28, 2023  

Fine Art, BFA

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The Fine Art major is recommended for students who wish to become professional artists, illustrators, craftsmen, or art teachers on a college level. It is the first step toward acceptance into an MFA program, which is the necessary degree for pursuing a teaching position at the college level. After an exploratory period students are encouraged to concentrate the majority of their credits in a single area: painting, ceramics, sculpture, or printmaking.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Department of Visual Art & Design offers students an exciting opportunity to earn a collaborative Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). The BFA degree encompasses five majors: Design, Documentary Film, Fine Art, Illustration, and Photography.

Students pursuing the BFA will experience a diversity of coursework including:

  1. General Education
  2. Art History
  3. Studio-based Coursework
  4. Major Requirements

BFA : Bachelor of Fine Arts

General Education Requirements

Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements of the General Education Program while noting the following approved course substitutions. If a student changes to another degree program, these course substitutions will no longer apply even if already completed.

Fine Art Portfolio Emphasis

The Fine Art Emphasis cultivates the individual voice and vision of the Fine Arts student and prepares them to sustain their professional lives as practicing artists.

45 Credits

15 Credits in:

18 Credits Chosen from:

12 Credits Chosen from:

To be chosen with your academic advisor from ART, ARTH, ARCH, PHTO, DSGN or FILM courses.

Admission Procedures and Academic Standards

BFA Professional Degree in Design, Documentary Film, Illustration, Fine Art, and Photography

Students seeking to pursue the BFA Professional Degree with majors in Design, Documentary Film, Fine Art, Illustration, or Photography must first submit an Andrews University undergraduate application for acceptance to the University. Students admitted to the University on regular standing are eligible to begin the first two years of the BFA degree.

Upon completetion of the the first two Pre-Professional Years (typically at the end of the Sophomore Year) students must apply for acceptance into their respective BFA Professional Degree Programs which includes:

  1. Completion of the Application.  The application packet may be obtained from the Department Office and must be submitted directly to the Department Office by the application deadline. Minimum requirements to be considered for admission are outlined in the packet.
  2. The BFA Review. All work created in Pre-professional Years One & Two should be available for review. The BFA review is a critique of the student’s portfolio by the faculty of the Department of Visual Art & Design.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all coursework.
Transfer Students

Transfer students seeking advanced placement in a chosen BFA program must have a BFA Review. Students who have no previous coursework in art are not eligible to apply for advanced standing.  Transfer coursework must be evaluated for content equivalency and students may be asked to provide course descriptions and syllabi.

Academic Standards

Students accepted to a BFA Professional Degree program is expected to  in Design, Documentary Film, Fine Art, Illustration, and Photography are expected, by the end of the BFA degree program, to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all BFA major coursework. Students whose GPA falls below this miniumum requirement are not allowed to graduate with the BFA. The completion of the BFA may include a senior project, senior exhibition, internship, and portfolio of the student’s work.

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