College of Arts and Letters2014-2015

School of Art

Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Ceramics - Emphasis
  • Painting - Emphasis
  • Printmaking - Emphasis
  • Sculpture - Emphasis

This degree takes advantage of  NAU’s studio facilities to accustom students to working in studio environments. Students will learn important techniques, analysis of materials, planning, critique, global influences, and more.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art?

Every artist soars on two wings—imagination and craft. If you can imagine angels yearning to fly, we can help you set them free. Join one of our programs in ceramics, painting, printmaking, or sculpture and see where your talent can take you.

Develop your craft in small classes that guarantee close interaction with faculty. Our studio facilities provide all you'll need to make art--except your personal vision. Study the masters, explore critical scholarship, and create visual objects in a variety of media. Build self-confidence with a required one-person exhibition, presentation, and oral defense. You'll graduate prepared for the life of a working artist or for careers in art-related fields. Our balanced program of study will also fully prepare you for graduate study.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Antique dealing
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Criticism

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Corporate curator
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Librarian


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 84 units of major requirements which include 30 units of emphasis requirements.
  • Note that PHO courses, ART 100, ART 101 and ART 300 do not fulfill the requirements of the B.F.A. major.

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan
Student Learning Outcomes

Degree Program Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Fine Arts: (BFA) encompass knowledge, skills, and dispositions that upon graduation lead to highly qualified studio artists. Students are expected to exhibit strong evidence of achieving a level of proficiency necessary for graduation and to participate effectively in a competitive visual arts market.
 
Studio Arts Core Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be effectual practitioners who create successful artworks that show original application of the structures and functions of art in advanced two- and three-dimensional design.
  • Graduates will be capable problem solvers whose artwork demonstrates skilled use of traditional and non-traditional use of tools, materials, techniques, and processes related to raw materials and technical procedures.
  • Graduates will be well-informed art makers with an advantageous understanding of industrial and non-industrial applications of studio processes and techniques.
  • Graduates will be creative and innovative planners and practiced producers whose original artworks show imaginative conceptualization and professional completion.
  • Graduates will be principled creators of visual iconography that demonstrates a contemplative view of the many connections (both subtle and overt) between art and environmental sustainability, global engagement, and cultural diversity.
  • Graduates will be open-minded and well-informed global citizens who possess and express attentive awareness, wide-ranging knowledge, and sincere appreciation of the distinctive contributions of studio art within Western and Non-Western traditions of art, design, and culture.
  • Graduates will be knowledgeable marketers who possess basic business practices that are effectively demonstrated through their abilities to successfully exhibit and advantageously promote their artwork in diverse venues such as galleries, shops, online, and in other public and private spaces.
  • Graduates will be focused individuals who recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information to successfully execute artwork.
 
Ceramics Emphasis:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the basic design elements and principles, particularly as they relate to the production of advanced work in three-dimensional design related to ceramic works of art.
  • Possess knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes related to raw materials and technical procedures such as clay bodies, glaze calculation, and firing so that the artwork created can be conceptualized and completed in a professional manner.
  • Display through their completed work an essential comprehension of the industrial applications of ceramics techniques.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the place of ceramics within Western and Non-Western traditions of art, design, and culture.
  • Show a functional knowledge of basic business practices through their ability to exhibit and promote their artwork in diverse venues.
  • Display through completed work a competent skill in the preparation of clay bodies, slips and glazes, kiln stacking procedures, and firing processes such as salt/soda, wood, raku, reduction cooling, and pit firing.
 
Painting Emphasis
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic design elements and principles, color theory, media and format concepts, and the ability to apply them to issues of representation, illusion, and meaning to solve aesthetic and design problems as they relate to painting.
  • Display an ability to combine the use of drawing, two-dimensional design, and color so that completed paintings show a developed professional presentation.
  • Possess knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes, including paints and surfaces, sufficient to work from concept to completed product in a professional manner.
  • Have a fundamental knowledge of the expressive possibilities of various media, and the diverse conceptual modes available to the painter such as direct painting from nature or alternative approaches to the making of traditional or innovative two-dimensional images.
  • Have the ability to work independently and develop a consistent, personal direction and style.
 
Printmaking Emphasis
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic design elements and principles, media, and format concepts, as they relate to the production of advanced printmaking.
  • Display an ability to develop solutions to aesthetic and design problems as they relate to printmaking.
  • Possess skills in advanced drawing abilities as related to various printmaking techniques.
  • Have fundamental knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes that includes intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen, and digital processes sufficient to work from concept to finished artwork in a professional manner.
  • Display a mastery of at least one printmaking technique, including the ability to both experiment with technical innovation and to explore and develop personal concepts and imagery.
  • Have a functional knowledge of the history of printmaking.
  • Possess skills in the preparation of prints using all basic printmaking techniques with opportunities to work at an advanced level with one or more of these techniques.
 
Sculpture Emphasis
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic design elements and principles with an emphasis on the advanced production of three-dimensional sculpture.
  • Have the ability to develop solutions to aesthetic and design problems as they relate to sculpture.
  • Possess advanced abilities in drawing sufficient to support work in sculpture.
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of various materials as expressed through completed art works.
  • Possess knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes that include hand and power tools, foundry and welding equipment, plastic and resin facilities, and other technologies sufficient to work from concept to finished artwork in a professional manner.
  • Possess mastery in one or more sculptural media.
  • Have a functional knowledge of the history and theory of sculpture.
  • Demonstrate skills in the preparation of sculpture using the broadest possible range of techniques and concepts so that artworks can be conceptualized and completed in a professional manner.

Details

Major Requirements
    •      The two elective tracks selected above must differ from your emphasis.

      Emphasis Requirements (Select one that differs from either of the elective tracks chosen above):

      Ceramics Emphasis (30 units)
      • Ceramics: ART 161, ART 261, ART 263, ART 361, ART 362, ART 363, ART 461 (Some of these courses repeat for credit.) (24 units)
      • ART 482C, which meets Nortern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement (3 units)
      • Additional ART studio elective coursework with advisor's approval (3 units)
    • Painting Emphasis (30 units)
      • Painting: ART 222, ART 223, ART 322, ART 422 (Some of these courses repeat for credit.) (18 units)
      • ART 482C, which meets Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement (3 units)
      • Additional ART studio elective coursework with advisor's approval (9 units)
    • Printmaking Emphasis (30 units)
      • Printmaking: (ART 141 or ART 142), (ART 241 or ART 242), 6 units of ART 342, 6 units of ART 442 (18 units)
      • ART 482C, which meets Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement (3 units)
      • Additional ART studio elective coursework with advisor's approval (9 units)
    • Sculpture Emphasis (30 units)
      • Sculpture: ART 181, ART 281, ART 381, ART 481 (Some of these courses repeat for credit) (21 units)
      • ART 482C, which meets Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement (3 units)
      • Additional ART studio elective coursework with advisor's approval (6 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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