BFA in Studio Art

Careers and Creativity

The BFA in Studio Art is a four-year professionally oriented degree designed for students who are planning careers as artists or advanced study.

A diverse and dynamic mixture of stylistic and aesthetic viewpoints among the faculty who teach studio courses challenges Fine Art students to develop their own philosophy and approach to art. Faculty members are practicing artists dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Their goal is to instill every student with the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and art-making skills that foster innovative personal creative expression.

Coursework

The B.F.A. degree at Auburn University is defined by a challenging curriculum. B.F.A. students complete 48 hours of studio course work, along with a sequence of four courses in one of five concentrations: painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, or sculpture. In their final semester, these students complete Senior Project, an in-depth study required for the B.F.A. degree. Advanced students are provided individual studio space to encourage a high level of artistic accomplishment.

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core History13
Select one of the following:3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1120 Drawing II3
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art3
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II3
RTVF 2350 Introduction to Film Studies (Core Fine Arts)
  
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
  
ARTS 1110 Drawing I3 
ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art3 
ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I3 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13PHIL 1070 Art, Value, and Society3
Elective3ARTS 2140 Advanced Drawing I3
ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III32-D Studio courses23
ARTS 2110 Figure Drawing3ARTS 2810 Ceramics I or 3820 Ceramics II3
2-D Studio course232000/3000-level course in Concentration23
ARTS 2510 Introduction to Sculpture3 
 18 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13Core Science II4
Core Science I4ARTS 2610 Introduction to Digital Art3
2000/3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course233000-level Art History course23
3000/4000-level course in Concentration233000/4000-level course in Concentration23
3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course233000/4000- level Fine Art Studio course23
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13ARTS 3800 Issues and Criticism Contemporary Art3
Core Math3ARTS 4850 Professional Studio Practices32
3000/4000-level ARTS course23ARTS 4980 Senior Project for Studio Arts34
3000/4000-level Studio or Art History course243000/4000-level Fine Art Studio23
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 15
Total Hours: 126

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Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

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Students must meet with their advisors for a list of approved courses.

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ARTS 4850 fulfills SLO 7.

 

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Courses

ARTS 1010 BASIC DRAWING (3) AAB/STU. 6. Instruction in freehand drawing concepts, materials and techniques. A variety of approaches and subject matter will be used. Not open to ARTF, ARTH, and ATLA majors.

ARTS 1030 BASIC CERAMICS (3) STU. 6. Instruction in principles of three-dimensional design and sculpture. Clay is used to explore techniques of casting, constructing, modeling, and wheel throwing. Work with glazes and surface decoration. Not open to ARTF, ARTH, and ATLA majors.

ARTS 1040 BASIC PAINTING (3) STU. 6. Instruction in painting concepts, materials, and techniques. Water-based paints and other media are used to explore a variety of approaches and subject matter. Not open to ARTF, ARTH, and ATLA majors.

ARTS 1110 DRAWING I (3) AAB/STU. 6. Basic drawing with emphasis on accurate observation, pictorial organization, and the depiction of space; development of drawing skills using various black and white media.

ARTS 1120 DRAWING II (3) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1110.Continuation of concepts and processes from ARTS 1110. Introduction to interpretive approaches with emphasis on concept, content, and creativity. Exploration of various black and white and color media.

ARTS 1210 2-D DESIGN FOR STUDIO ART (3) STU. 6. Elements and principles of basic two-dimensional design. Emphasis on composition, color theory, and craftsmanship.

ARTS 1220 3-D DESIGN FOR STUDIO ART (3) STU. 6. Elements and principles of basic three-dimensional design. Emphasis on spatial organization, color, and media exploration and craftsmanship.

ARTS 1510 LOOKING AT ART: APPROACHES TO INTERPRETATION (3) LEC. 3. Introduces the fundamental structures of the art world, and multiple approaches to looking at and responding to art.

ARTS 1710 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY I (3) LEC. 3. Fine Arts Core. Introduction to major art traditions of the world, from Paleolithic times to AD/CE 1000.

ARTS 1717 HONORS INTRODUCTION INTO ART HISTORY I (3) LEC. 3. Pr., Honors College.Fine Arts Core. Introduction to major art traditions of the world, from Paleolithic times to AD/CE 1000. Credit will not be given for both ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1717.

ARTS 1720 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II (3) LEC. 3. Fine Arts Core. An introduction to world art, c.1000 to c.1700. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Europe with Islamic and non-Western art of the same time period.

ARTS 1727 HONORS INTRO ART HISTORY II (3) LEC. 3. Pr., Honors College.Fine Arts Core. An introduction to world art, c. 1000 to c. 1700. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Europe with Islamic and non-Western art of the same period. Credit will not be given for both ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1727.

ARTS 1730 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY III (3) LEC. 3. Fine Arts Core. Major works of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Rococo period through the 20th century. Emphasis on styles and social, political and cultural relationships.

ARTS 1737 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY III (3) LEC. 3. Pr., Honors College.Fine Arts Core. Major works of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Rococo period through the 20th century. Emphasis on styles and social, political and cultural relationships. Credit will not be given for both ARTS 1730 and ARTS 1737.

ARTS 2110 FIGURE DRAWING (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730 or ARTS 1120., or Departmental approval. The human figure as form and as compositional element. Measuring and sighting for proportion. Drawing from casts, skeletons, and nude models.

ARTS 2140 ADVANCED DRAWING I (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730 or ARTS 1120.Concepts, materials and techniques with emphasis on the development of a personal vision and individual approach. Nude models may be used.

ARTS 2210 INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210., or Departmental approval.Fine art photographic concepts and techniques including camera operation, tonal control of B/W prints, presentations of historical and contemporary photography.

ARTS 2310 PAINTING I (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210., or Departmental approval. Instruction in painting concepts, materials, and methods.

ARTS 2410 PRINTMAKING: RELIEF (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210., or Departmental approval. Instruction to relief printmaking. Studio work supplemented with lectures, critiques, and readings.

ARTS 2510 INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1220., or Departmental approval. of the materials, processes; and issues involved in the production of contemporary object-oriented sculpture. Focus on problem solving and presentations of contemporary sculpture.

ARTS 2610 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210., or Departmental approval. ARTS majors only. An introduction to the skills and concepts of digital art forms such as imaging, time, and sound using computer-based tools and techniques.

ARTS 2810 CERAMICS I (3) AAB/STU. 9. Pr., (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730) and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1220., or Departmental approval. Introduction to handforming methods for sculpture and vessel forms in clay. Work with glazes and firing.

ARTS 2970 SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART AND ART HISTORY (3) LEC. 3. Topics in Studio Art and Art History. Focus will vary according to the instructor. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTS 3010 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART (4) LEC. 2, LEC/STU. 4. A practical and hands-on introduction to teaching art, and the materials and methods related to elementary and pre-school art. Open to ARTS majors as a non art elective.

ARTS 3100 INTERMEDIA (3) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 2510 and (ARTS 2810 or ARTS 3820) and (ARTS 2210 and ARTS 2310 and ARTS 2410) and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720.Introduction to concepts and visual problem solving in mixed media.

ARTS 3150 ADVANCED DRAWING II (3) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 2140 and (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730).Medium and subject determined by student with approval of instructor. Emphasis on strengthening the student's aesthetic awareness and technical skills.

ARTS 3220 DIGITAL AND COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2310 or GDES 3210., or Departmental approval. Concepts and practices of contemporary art photography Concepts and practices of contemporary art photography including digital production techniques and color photographic theory.

ARTS 3230 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2210 or GDES 3210., or Departmental approval. Intermediate study of photographic processes Emphasis on technique, classroom craftsmanship, medium and large camera formats, approaches to content and researching concepts to inform studio production.

ARTS 3320 PAINTING II (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1110 and ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210 and (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2310., or Departmental approval. Instruction in painting concepts, materials, and techniques with emphasis on the development of technical skills and a personal vision and individual approach.

ARTS 3330 PAINTING III (3) AAB/STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 2140 and ARTS 3320., or Departmental approval. Medium and subject determined by student and instructor. Emphasis on strengthening aesthetic awareness and technical skills. Nude models may be used.

ARTS 3420 PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1210 and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. Introduction to intaglio printmaking. Studio work with lectures, critiques, and reading.

ARTS 3430 PRINTMAKING: SERIGRAPHY (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2410 or ARTS 3420., or Departmental approval. Introduction to water based screen-printing. Studio work supplemented with lectures, critiques, and reading. Departmental approval.

ARTS 3520 SCULPTURE AS OBJECT (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2510., or Departmental approval. Continued research into the materials, processes and issues involved in the production of mixed media sculpture. Readings and discussions on recent developments in the field of sculpture.

ARTS 3530 SCULPTURE AS SPACE (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2510., or Departmental approval. A survey of the methods, technologies (including sound and light), and issues involved in the production of contemporary sculptural installations, environments, and sites. Class discussion of student projects, with readings, presentations, and videos that address current art practice.

ARTS 3650 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730).Introduction to history of photography with emphasis on American documentary photography.

ARTS 3680 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART II: 1945-2000 (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. An introduction to the artists, movements, institutions, concepts, and themes of late twentieth-century art.

ARTS 3690 ARTS OF AFRICA (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. An introduction to the art, artists, themes and issues in African art from the pre-colonial period to the contemporary era.

ARTS 3700 ART OF THE UNITED STATES (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of architecture, painting, and sculpture from colonial to recent times. Selected movements and works are considered in relationship both to European and to indigenous conditions and attitudes.

ARTS 3710 ANCIENT ART OF THE WEST (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. An examination of major art traditions of the ancient world: Egypt, Near East, Aegean, Greece, Rome.

ARTS 3720 MEDIEVAL ART OF THE WEST (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of major art traditions of the West from the fall of Rome to CE 1400, with a selective focus on the major art traditions: Migration period, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, and Italo-Byzantine.

ARTS 3730 RENAISSANCE ART IN ITALY (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy.

ARTS 3740 BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1730 and ARTS 1720)., or Departmental approval. A study of Baroque architecture, painting, and sculpture in 17th-century Europe and of the Rococo style of the 18th century.

ARTS 3750 19TH CENTURY ART (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. An introduction to major art movements from Neo-Classicism to Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau.

ARTS 3760 20TH CENTURY ART (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of major developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and the United States from 1900 to recent times.

ARTS 3770 ANCIENT AMERICAN ART (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of major art traditions of Nuclear America, from Mexico to the Andes, from the beginnings to CE 1550.

ARTS 3780 RENAISSANCE ART OF NORTHERN EUROPE (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. A study of the art of Northern Europe, CE 1300-1600. Major themes include cultural interchange, court and bourgeois patronage, rise of graphic arts, and the development of the art market.

ARTS 3790 ARTS OF ASIA (3) LEC. 3. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. Introduction to major art traditions of Asia, from the beginnings to the present.

ARTS 3800 ISSUES AND CRITICISM CONTEMPORARY ART (3) LEC. 3. Pr., ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730.and one 3000-levl art history class or Departmental approval. Readings and discussions about art since 1970.

ARTS 3810 GENDER AND THE VISUAL ARTS (3) LEC. 3. Pr., ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730., Or departmental approval. An introduction to gender issues in the visual arts in historical and contemporary contexts. Examines the cultural notions of both masculine and feminine gender roles at play in works of art and explores key issues that have affected women's production of works of art in the past and present.

ARTS 3820 CERAMICS II (3) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1120 and ARTS 1220 and (ARTS 1710 or ARTS 1720 or ARTS 1730)., or Departmental approval. Introduction to wheel-thrown pottery. Presentation of historical and contemporary contexts for fine arts ceramics. Work with glazes and firing.

ARTS 3830 CERAMICS III (3) STU. 6. Pr., (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720) or (ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1730) or (ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730) and ARTS 2810 or ARTS 3820., or Departmental approval. Individual approaches to ceramic sculpture and vessel forms, with emphasis on stylistic and conceptual concerns.

ARTS 3920 INTERNSHIP IN STUDIO ART/ART HISTORY (3) PRA. 15. SU. Pr., At most 2 courses in ARTS 3010-3920.Junior standing; 3.0 GPA in major; and Completion of at least two 3000-level courses in major curriculum. Internships appropriate to the major with a departmental-approved sponsor providing hands-on, practical learning experiences in a professional setting.

ARTS 4010 ART IN EDUCATION (4) STU. 6. Principles and objectives of art pertinent to teaching on the public school level. Art appreciation and production emphasizing multicultural and interdisciplinary aspects of art in the classroom. Open to ARTS majors as a non art elective. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

ARTS 4240 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY (4) STU. 8. Pr., ARTS 3220 and ARTS 3230 and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730., or Departmental approval and one 3000-level art history course. Advanced investigations of theory, history, and methods to inform photographic practice. Emphasis on production of mature work and individual artistic identity. Regular individual and group critiques. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

ARTS 4340 PAINTING IV (4) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 3330 and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730., or departmental approval and one 3000-level art history course. Advanced painting with medium and subject idea determined by student with approval of the instructor. Emphasis on strengthening the student's awareness and technical skills as a maturing painter. Nude models may be used. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

ARTS 4440 ADVANCED PRINTMAKING (4) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 2410 and ARTS 3420 and ARTS 3430 and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730., or Departmental approval and one 3000-level art history course. Individual research in printmaking. Students focus on conceptual and technical development through continued research in relief, intaglio, or screen-printing. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

ARTS 4540 ADVANCED SCULPTURE (4) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 3520 and ARTS 3530 and ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730., or Departmental approval and one 3000-level art history course. Advanced investigation of the history, theory and methods of sculptural practice. Individual instruction and supervision of research and reading. Regular individual and group critiques. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

ARTS 4700 SENIOR CAPSTONE: ART HISTORY (3) LEC. 3. Capstone course for Art History. Declared Art History option major or minor; and completion of 18 hours of 3000 level Art History courses.

ARTS 4840 CERAMICS IV (4) STU. 6. Pr., ARTS 1710 and ARTS 1720 and ARTS 1730 and ARTS 3820 and ARTS 3810., or Departmental approval and one 3000-level art history course. Continuation of ARTS 3830 with increased emphasis on individual stylistic and conceptual concerns.

ARTS 4850 PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES (2) LEC. 2. Instruction in portfolio preparation, resume writing, gallery and museum exhibition, and information on a wide range of art careers and graduate study.

ARTS 4930 DIRECTED STUDIES (2-3) IND. Open to ARTS students only, who have shown ability, initiative, and industry. Departmental approval and 3.0 minimum GPA in 3000-level ARTS courses in area of concentration. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTS 4967 HONORS SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-3) LEC. Pr., Honors College. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

ARTS 4970 SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART AND ART HISTORY (2-3) STU. Topics in Studio Art and Art History. Focus will vary according to the instructor. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTS 4980 SENIOR PROJECT FOR STUDIO ARTS (4) STU. 8. Pr., ARTS 2510 and ARTS 2810 or ARTS 3820.and two of the following (ARTS 2210, ARTS 2310, and ARTS 2410, and 3 additional courses in a single Fine Arts studio concentration. Studio Arts sequence in one group through level IV. Must be taken in student's final semester. A directed terminal studio project with choice of subject and medium. This project will be exhibited and a faculty committee will award a letter grade. Professional quality color images of the project work must be presented to the department before student is cleared for graduation.

ARTS 4997 HONORS RESEARCH AND THESIS (1-3) IND. Pr., Honors College. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

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