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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Degree Requirements

The Department of Visual Art offers the B.F.A. in visual art, including the areas of ceramics, drawing, expanded media, metalsmithing/jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles/fibers. A total of 120 hours is required for the degree, including 45 junior/senior hours (courses numbered 300 or higher). 30 of these 45 junior/senior hours must be taken in residence at the University of Kansas. In addition to the 12-hour foundations requirement, a minimum of 48 hours in departmental courses is required, including 2 semesters of directed study.

The Department of Visual Art reserves the right to retain examples of student work and to use images of student work on internet websites and for university publication purposes.

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B.F.A. Major Requirements

Foundations Studies (12 hours)

History of Art (15 hours)

  • HA 150 Western Art History I: Ancient Through Medieval Art (fall only) (3) (HA 150 must be taken before HA 151)
  • HA 151 Western Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art (spring only) (3)
  • Non-Western history of art (3)
  • *HA elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

*Textiles students can count TD 504 History of Textiles, Lecture as one of their HA electives. Students completing the general option must use an HA 1900-1945 and an HA 1945-present course as their 2 HA electives.

English (9 hours)

Principal Courses (18 hours)

  • Humanities (H) (6)
  • Natural sciences and mathematics (N) (6)
  • Social sciences (S) (6)

(Students completing the general option may take 3 hours each of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences courses and 9 hours of CLAS electives from any H/S/N department.)

School of the Arts Elective (3 hours)

  • Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) from the Dance (DANC), Film & Media Studies (FMS), Theatre (THR), or Visual Art (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) department.

Electives

  • Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

 

 

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General Option

The general option requires 49 major hours, including a minimum of 15 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Visual Art Core Courses (15 hours)

1 course is required in 5 of the following areas:

  • Ceramics: (ART 131 or any 200-level CER course) (3)
  • Expanded Media: (ART 123 or any 200-level EXM course) (3)
  • Metalsmithing/Jewelry: (ART 132 or any 200-level METL course) (3)
  • Painting: (ART 120 or any 200-level PNTG course) (3)
  • Printmaking: (ART 121 or any 200-level PRNT course) (3)
  • Sculpture: (ART 122 or any 200-level SCUL course) (3)
  • Textiles/Fibers: (ART 130/ART 133 or any 200-level TD course) (3)
Visual Art Studies (15 hours)
  • DRWG 203 Drawing III/DRWG 213 Life Drawing I/DRWG 300 Special Topics in Drawing: _____ (3)
  • Electives: Satisfied by 12 hours selected from the Visual Art Department (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE) (12)
Studio Electives (9 hours)

Satisfied by completing 9 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE, PHMD, INTD, ILLU, INDD, BDS, VISC, ADS).

Senior Studio Requirements (10 hours)
  • Prerequisite: 30 hours of studio art courses.
  • ART 540 Professional Activities Seminar (1)
  • ART 695 Directed Study I (4)
  • ART 696 Directed Study II (5)
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    Ceramics Option

    The ceramics option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 24 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

    Ceramics (27 hours)
    Studio Electives (21 hours)

    Satisfied by completing 21 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE, PHMD, INTD, ILLU, INDD, BDS, VISC, ADS)

    • PHMD elective (3)
    • SCUL 253 Sculpture I (3) or
      SCUL 349 Metal and Glass Casting (3)

    Additional Required Visual Art and Design Electives (6 hours, not counted toward major)

    • PHMD elective (3)
    • SCUL 253 Sculpture I (3) or
    • SCUL 349 Metal and Glass Casting (3)

     

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    Metalsmithing/Jewelry Option

    The metalsmithing/jewelry option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 36 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

    Metalsmithing/Jewelry (39 hours)
    Studio Electives (9 hours)

    Satisfied by completing 9 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE, PHMD, INTD, ILLU, INDD, BDS, VISC, ADS)

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    Textiles/Fibers Option

    The textiles/fibers option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 30 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

    Textiles/Fibers (30 hours)

    *Intermediate Studies (12 hours)
    • TD 313 Fiber Forms (required) (3)
    • TD 316 Screenprinting Textiles (required) (3)
    • TD 301 Weave Structures (3)
    • TD 302 Techniques in Weaving (3)
    • TD 414 Experimental Concepts in Weaving (3)
    • TD 403 Intermediate Textile Printing (3)
    • TD 404 Surface Design (3)

    *Students must complete 2 courses under Intermediate Studies before beginning Advanced Studio classes.

    Required Advanced Textiles/Fibers (9-15 hours)
    • TD 504 History of Textiles, Lecture (3)
    • TD 515 Advanced Textiles/Fibers I (3-6)
    • TD 520 Advanced Textiles/Fibers II (3-6)
    Advanced Textiles/Fibers Electives
    (3-9 hours)
    • TD 503 Advanced Surface Design/Screenprinting (1-6)
    • TD 506 Advanced Fiber Forms (1-6)
    • TD 514 Advanced Techniques in Weaving (1-6)

    Studio Electives (18 hours)

    Satisfied by completing 18 hours of coursework with subject code (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE, PHMD, INTD, ILLU, INDD, BDS, VISC, ADS).

    Additional Foundation Requirements (9 hours, not counted toward major)

    • ART 130 Fundamentals of Fiber Forms (3) or
      ART 133 Fundamentals of Fibers (3)
    • TD 314 Introduction to Weaving (3)
    • TD 315 Textile Handprinting and Resist Processes (3)
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