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Academic Program Guide

Art, Studio (BFA)

College: Fine Arts
Degree: BA., BFA
Limited Access: BFA Degree Program ONLY

Contact: June Dollar
Address: 223 FAB, FSU P.O.Box 3061150 Tallahassee, FL 30306
Phone: (850) 644-8252

Description of Major
The Department of Art offers diverse opportunities for creative development and expression, provides instruction in the skills necessary for artistic creation, and guides students to an understanding of contemporary issues in the visual arts in an academically challenging environment. The department is committed to excellence in all programs and strives to combine curricular flexibility and a rigorous mix of experiences with opportunities for serious, focused study in art and design. The department benefits from the Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA) for student and faculty exhibitions. Additionally, the department serves as a resource to the rest of the University, providing exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and foundation courses for related programs.

Course selection encompasses history, theory, and practice. Studies may include ceramics, electronic media, design, drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Depending upon personal development, students may choose to work in a variety of media or in the case of BFA to concentrate in an area of interest. Each degree program mandates specific entry requirements, a certain sequence of courses, and graduation requirements.

The BA in Studio Art and the BFA in Studio Art programs offer Design courses as a part of the Focus Areas in Digital Media. We have expanded the Digital Media areas to incorporate classes in 3D printing, mechatronic art, interactive design, typography, virtual environments, print + media, animation, and more!

Prerequisite Coursework
All of the following courses, except the ARH courses must be completed with a C or higher. These courses may also be used to meet General Education and major course requirements.

Studio/Fine Arts
ART X201 (3) or ART XXXX (3) 2 D
ART X202 (3) or ART X203 (3) or ART XXXX (3) Design II, 3D
ART X300 (3) Drawing Foundations
ART X301 (3) Drawing II or acceptable alternative
ARH X050 (3) History and Criticism of Art I
ARH X051 (3) History and Criticism of Art II
6 additional hours with ART prefix

Though students may be admitted before completing all of these courses, all must be completed prior to graduation.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

The B. A. Degree requires completion of a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level.


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required General Education hours, including English and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree. Approval for entrance to the BFA program must be secured by review of art faculty after completion of the majority of core courses. Student must be enrolled in classes at FSU the semester of review. The admission date and procedure for application to a BFA program may be obtained from the BFA advisor.

Academic Performance and Retention
The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art major students at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made. Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D–, D, D+) in art courses taken for college credit at Florida State University or elsewhere will not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a major in studio art. Courses in which a grade below the minimum is received may only be repeated once. Repeated courses designated as non-repeatable (such as foundations courses) will not be counted toward overall credit hours per University requirements. BA students must maintain a minimum GPA per University requirements. BFA students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a 3.0 in studio art and design classes. If a BA/BFA student falls below these standards, s/he is placed on departmental probation for the following semester. If the student’s course grade or GPA remains below the minimum standards at the end of the probationary semester, s/he is will not be permitted to continue in the Department of Art. The Department of Art retains the right to refuse admission or terminate enrollment at any time if a student fails to maintain the standards of the program.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 55-79hours
Foundation Requirements for all degrees (16 hours)

May be taken at community college or in lower division.

ART 1000 (1) Success Strategies in Art and Design
ART 1201C (3) Two-Dimensional Foundations
ART 1203 (3) Three-Dimensional Foundations
ART 1300C (3) Drawing Foundations
ART 2204C (3) Contemporary Art Foundations
ART 1602C (3) Digital Foundations

Additional requirements for B. A. Degree (39-51 hours)
Art History: 9 hours (ARH 2050, ARH 2051, plus one ARH elective)

Minimum Studio Requirements: 21 hours selected in consultation with an advisor.

Foreign Language through the 2220 level or equivalent: 0-12 hours depending on proficiency.

Additional humanities coursework: 9 hours

Additional requirements for BFA degree in Studio Art (63 hours)
Admission by Art faculty review. Consult BFA advisor for deadlines and procedure.

Studio Courses: 51 hours in studio art.

Art History: 12 hours (ARH 2050, ARH 2051, plus two ARH electives)

Note: BFA students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in art and design courses.

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. ART 1602C (3).

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0* beyond other requirements
Major Coursework 55-79
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills Competency 0 beyond major requirements
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Six hours of the required Art History may also be applied toward General Education

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job titles Related to this Major: Bachelor's level: Studio artist(photographer, printmaker, painter, sculptor), Art critic, Arts Agency administrator, Art teacher(K-12), Commercial or freelance photographer, Art director, Creative director, Book/magazine illustrator, Children's book illustrator, Corporate or institutional illustrator, Medical/Scientific illustrator, Digital media artist, 3D modeling animator, Character designer, Interactive media designer, Game designer, Animator, Video Editor, Video game artist, Print/ Web designer, Graphic designer, Graphic novelist, Concept artist, Furniture or jewelry designer, Conservator, Gallery manager, Exhibition designer, Muralist, Portrait Painter, Photo editor, Photo retoucher, Art Handler, Book designer, Fabric Designer, Audio Visual Specialist, Picture Framer, Arts Council Director.

Representative Employers: Publishing Houses, Display Firms, Advertising Agencies, Design Studios, Magazines, Architectural Firms, Corporate Design, Universities & Colleges, Museums, Art Centers, Art Galleries, Electronic Media.

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