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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Calling all makers, change-agents, and art lovers.

Ursuline’s Studio Art program gives you the unique opportunity to earn the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) within a liberal arts environment, which is quite unique. Developing as a professional artist is about more than studio skills alone. It’s also about honing your intellect in the Ursuline Core Curriculum, since broad knowledge is essential to making meaningful, informed, art. On top of this, you’re going to be mentored by your expert faculty through personalized instruction in the only BFA program this side of Chicago to emphasize art’s role in advocacy and your role, as an artist, in social justice.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll produce artwork that reflects your values and provides service to society
  • You’ll master all the current design technology, while developing foundational design skills.
  • You’ll receive individual coaching in visual problem-solving, skill development, and hone your creative spirit.
  • You’ll leverage your aesthetic skills in service to society, and develop fearless leadership capability.

Learn more on the Art program homepage.

Calling all makers, change-agents, and art lovers.

Ursuline’s Studio Art program gives you the unique opportunity to earn the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) within a liberal arts environment, which is quite unique. Developing as a professional artist is about more than studio skills alone. It’s also about honing your intellect in the Ursuline Core Curriculum, since broad knowledge is essential to making meaningful, informed, art. On top of this, you’re going to be mentored by your expert faculty through personalized instruction in the only BFA program this side of Chicago to emphasize art’s role in advocacy and your role, as an artist, in social justice.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll produce artwork that reflects your values and provides service to society
  • You’ll master all the current design technology, while developing foundational design skills.
  • You’ll receive individual coaching in visual problem-solving, skill development, and hone your creative spirit.
  • You’ll leverage your aesthetic skills in service to society, and develop fearless leadership capability.

Learn more on the Art program homepage.

The fields of study lead to careers in the arts or to careers utilizing aesthetic knowledge and skill. The BFA in Studio Art is a professional degree offering a solid foundation for graduate education (the Master of Fine Arts, MFA) to work as a professional artist, art educator, or as preparation for a variety of disciplines. The BA student has an opportunity also to major in education (K-12) or to prepare for graduate work in Counseling and Art Therapy. The BA degree art major is excellent preparation for graduate work in anthropology, journalism, public relations, arts administration, law, and medical illustration as well as working in one’s own studio.

BFA students will focus intensively on studio work, and you’ll choose a concentration in Ceramics, Drawing, Metals, Painting, Printmaking, or Graphic Design. You’ll also prepare for and pass a portfolio review (a true rite of passage!), meet visiting artists, take trips to galleries, and study advocacy and social justice in the arts. As a senior, you’ll dedicate your learning to professional practices, including developing your own formal exhibit in Ursuline’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

You’ll study the following, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts:

  • Studio foundation courses (32 credits)
  • Art History courses (12 credits)
  • Studio concentration (16 credits)
  • One studio elective course
  • Art History survey
  • Art 360 – Professional Practice
  • Art 460 – Art and Advocacy
  • Art 441 and 442 – Senior Studio

 

If you choose to pursue Studio Art through the BA program, you’ll develop a portfolio of work and pass a portfolio review to declare your candidacy for the BA degree. Rather than concentrating in one medium as a BFA student, you’ll practice broadly across all media. If the BA in Studio Art is more your style, you’ll complete the following classes in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum:

  • Studio foundation courses (32 credits)
  • Art History courses (9 credits)
  • Art 360 – Professional Practice
  • Art studio elective
  • Art 460 – Art and Advocacy

 

Anyone can minor in Studio Art. To do so, take the following courses:

  • Art 106 – Design Foundations I
  • Art 107 – Drawing I
  • Art 108 – Painting I
  • Art 114 – Intro to Graphic Design
  • Art 115 – Intro to Ceramics
  • Any Art History course at the 200-level
  • Two 300 or 400 level courses in ceramics, drawing, metalcraft, painting, or printmaking

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Diane Therese Pinchot, OSU, MALS, MFA
Rosaria Perna, OSU, MFA
Anna Arnold, MA
Clark DeCapite, Jr, MFA
Nancy Lick, MALS
Catherine Rozmarynowycz, MFA

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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