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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, B.F.A.

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The College of Arts and Sciences  offers an undergraduate major in Fine Arts that offers an inter-disciplinary global approach that reflects contemporary art practices. Studio courses in ceramics, design, digital imaging, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture enable students to become mature artists in command of diverse materials and capable of expressing an individual view. Capacity for heightened perception and imagination is combined with an awareness of visual elements, principles of design, artistic statement, and criticism.

Classes in art history treat art objects as historical documents related in subject, style, technique, and material to other works of art and interpret their context and purpose. Courses range from contemporary, international, and regional artistic expressions to those of ancient America, Africa, and Asia.

Individualized instruction and advisement are offered by dedicated faculty who view themselves not only as teachers, but as practicing artists and publishing scholars. The major enables students to become confident artists and gives them the creative problem solving skills and broad intellectual background sought by professional schools and cultural institutions. With the expanding use of the arts in contemporary life and the heightened visual awareness of our society, the employment outlook for Art majors continues to be promising.

Before graduating, each student will produce and document a final B.F.A. thesis exhibition.

Special Admissions Requirements

All students are admitted conditionally. The art faculty members monitor and evaluate student rpogress continuously. All art students will have a mandatory portfolio evaluation after 1 year of enrollment. The portfolio evaluation will include a review of the student’s art work by the faculty of the program. The portfolio should include work that best demonstrates artistic development and potential to succeed in the art program. The format for the portfolio can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences website at http://http://www.govst.edu/Academics/Colleges_and_Programs/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Division_of_Communication_Visual_and_Performing_Arts/Art/Art,_Bachelor_of_Fine_Art/.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university and program requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

General Education Requirements (39 Hours)

Core Art Requirements: (36 Hours)

Junior Requirements (18 Hours)

Studio Art Selectives must be taken at the 3XXX level or above.

Senior Requirements: (12 Hours)

Select 9 hours of Studio Art Selectives at the 4XXX level; and

ART - 4980 Senior Project (3)  

  • Independent Studies must be selected through consultation with the program advisor and they must be a different topic if used multiple times to meet degree requirements;
  • Students wishing to emphasize in a Studio/Art History hybrid may substitute 3XXX and 4XXX Studio Requirements with 3XXX and 4XXX Art History courses, with advisor approval;
  • Art courses up to 75 hours may be transferred based on portfolio review only;
  • A second portfolio review must be performed successfully before enrollment in the Art Program capstone course ART - 4980 Senior Project (3) .

Total - 120 Hours

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