Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Emphasis
Candidates for the B.F.A. must designate a specific studio area of emphasis and earn a minimum of 18 credit hours in that area. by specializing, many B.F.A. students plan to continue their education in a graduate art program after leaving Webster University. B.F.A. students must have a minimum distribution of one course from each studio area in addition to their studio emphasis. B.F.A students are also required to complete additional art history requirements and a B.F.A. Thesis of the senior year in the student’s area of emphasis. The Thesis Exhibition should be presented during the spring semester prior to graduation.
Students pursuing a B.F.A. must petition the Art Faculty for candidacy into the B.F.A. program a year prior to graduation. Students must apply for candidacy by completing a B.F.A. Candidacy form and then participating in the B.F.A. Review. Students must also include a written statement with candidacy form declaring intentions to petition for B.F.A. candidacy. The B.F.A. review is scheduled during the fall semester only (usually the last Friday of September). Work presented in the B.F.A. review should include a portfolio selection of specialized work from the intended area of emphasis. After the portfolio and application are reviewed by the Art Department faculty, students receive either written notification of acceptance or a recommendation to continue pursuing a B.A. track.
85 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
31 elective credit hours
ART 1010 Creative Strategies – 3 hr
ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing – 3 hr
ART 1120 Principles of Drawing – 3 hr
ART 1210 Design Concepts – 3 hr
ART 1220 Design: 3D – 3 hr
ART 2110 Figure Drawing – 3 hr
ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing – 3 hr
ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar – 3 hr
ARHS 2200 Current Art – 3 hr
ARHS 2210 Introduction to the History of Western Art – 3 hr
ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art – 3 hr
_____(or an approved substitution in non-Western art)
ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review – 0 hr
ART 3900 B.F.A. Review – 0 hr
ART 4110,4120 Drawing: Advanced – 3 hr
ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing – 3 hr
Professional Electives From:
ART 2020 Studio Seminar – 3 hr
MNGT 3600 Management in the Arts – 3 hr
PHIL 3120 Philosophy and Art – 3 hr
RELG 2400 Religion and the Arts – 3 hr
Candidate presents to the Art Department a written document in thesis form which is evaluated in terms of format, expressive content, and personal growth in support of work accomplished in the student’s major area of emphasis. The thesis is written during the last semester of the senior year in the student’s area of emphasis. The 3 credit hours for the thesis are in addition to the minimum of 64 studio credit hours, the minimum 15 art history credit hours, and the senior overview.
B.F.A. candidates arrange for a public exhibition of thesis works, assuming responsibility for all necessary arrangements, including reservation of gallery space or appropriate public venue, opening reception, and design and mailing of exhibition show card.