B.F.A. in Studio Arts

College of Arts and Humanities

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is regarded as the initial professional degree in art by the National Association of Schools of Art. Its primary emphasis is on the development of skills, concepts, and sensitivities important to the professional artist. Concentration in a major professional area begins only with satisfactory completion of the foundation requirements and the approval of the faculty advisor.

General Education Requirements
English Composition Requirements6
Mathematics Requirement3
Public Speaking Requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Foundation Requirements
ART 106Drawing I3
ART 1112D Design3
ART 112Color Theory3
ART 1203D Design3
ART 206Drawing II3
ART 216Painting I3
ART 113Digital Media3
ARH 103Art History I: Paleolithic-Middle Ages3
ARH 104Art History II: Renaissance through Modern Day3
Select two art history electives at the 200-level or above6
Elective Concentration Requirements
Students may select studio art (ART) courses within these concentrations: painting/drawing, sculpture,crafts, or general studio. Studio art electives should be selected under advisement39
Total Minimum Credits Required120

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ART 106 Drawing I 3
ART 111 2D Design 3
ARH 103 Art History I: Paleolithic-Middle Ages 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
ART 112 Color Theory 3
ART 206 Drawing II 3
ART 120 3D Design 3
ARH 104 Art History II: Renaissance through Modern Day 3
Select one of the following: 3
Critical Writing and Research  
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture  
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience  
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination  
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere  
Critical Writing: Special Topics  
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
ART 113 Digital Media 3
ART 216 Painting I 3
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ARH XXX elective 3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ARH XXX elective 3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
ART 492 Senior Seminar 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
ART elective - Professional concentration (see tables below) 3
General Education elective 3
General Education elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

One ARH elective must be at the 300 level or above.  Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in ART and ARH courses.

Professional Concentrations - Selected Under Advisement

Drawing/Painting

ART 217Painting II3
ART 226Water Color I3
ART 241Printmaking: Graphic Forms3
ART 242Printmaking as Narrative Form3
ART 306Drawing III3
ART 307Drawing IV3
ART 317Painting III3
ART 318Painting IV3
ART 319Painting V3
ART 320Painting: Independent Projects3
ART 345Printmaking: Independent Projects3

Sculpture/Crafts

ART 221Structural Materials and Fabrication3
ART 222Sculpture I3
ART 230Digital Object Design-3D Printing3
ART 231Ceramics I: Basic Techniques3
ART 232Ceramics II: Intermediate Techniques3
ART 321Sculpture II3
ART 322Sculpture III3
ART 325Sculpture: Independent Projects3
ART 331Ceramics: Unconventional Methods3
ART 332Ceramics: Raw Materials3
ART 335Ceramics: Independent Projects3

General Studio

Select 12 ART electives

Photography Electives

ART 228Digital Photography3