Major Code BF1940
Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Vincent Caranchini, director of studies/contact person
The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) studio art B.F.A. program balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore current and fundamental issues creatively. This program offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of studio art in one-on-one relationships with faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the material found in conventional courses. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as preparation for graduate study. Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Honors Tutorial College.
The B.F.A. program in studio art is a four-year program requiring a student to take one tutorial each semester, two years of a language, collateral studies, and upper-division studio art courses. In addition, the student is expected to apply to one of the six fine arts areas in the School of Art: ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture at the end of their sophomore year. Upper division classes and tutorials will be concentrated in the area in which the student is earning the B.F.A. This enables the student to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. A student will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the studio artists in the School of Art + Design.
To earn a bachelor’s degree in the Honors Tutorial College, a student must fulfill all the academic requirements of the program of study, maintain a 3.5 GPA (grade point average) in the courses that are required by the program of study, and have at least a 3.5 overall GPA.
Tutorials during the first three years have fixed content, with the goal of exposing the Honors Tutorial College student to many different methodologies and approaches. The first year of tutorials for both the HTC art history and HTC studio art are designed to complement the art history survey course AH 2110, AH 2120, and AH 2130 (Non Western Art History) which all HTC students are required to audit in addition to participating in their tutorial. These tutorials are Ah 2970T and 2980T. The second and third year tutorials are based on specialized content offered by School of Art + Design faculty members in both art and art history. Students will register for either the AH or ART prefix depending on their course of study. These small, individualized tutorial seminars foster community, which is important for the School of Art + Design, and permit the students to work closely with one another. There are also individualized meetings scheduled with the tutor and the director of study as well. The final year is devoted to the thesis/project, with the student working closely with 1-2 thesis advisors or a thesis advisor and director of study as they conceive and write their thesis.
Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability, the potential for self-motivated study and research and a superior portfolio that must include at least 20 images/actual works, including:
- 2 letters of recommendation from teachers
- 5 drawings done from life,
- 5-10 objects (or images of the objects) that display the applicant’s ability to think and work conceptually and technically, and
- 5 images of the applicant’s choice.
Applicants must submit an initial portfolio in electronic format for review with their HTC application. If selected for an interview, applicants are required to bring a portfolio that includes images and actual work. A high school class rank in the upper 10%, high scores on standardized tests (a minimum 30 ACT, 1300 SAT), and a personal interview with the director of studies in studio art are all required for entry. The deadline for applications is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Change of Program Policy
First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the studio art B.F.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The deadline for application is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
External Transfer Admission
First-year students at another institution may apply to transfer into the studio art B.F.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The deadline for application is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Graduates of the HTC program in studio art B.F.A. who are serious and rigorous about the completion of the degree requirements are well prepared for graduate study. They will produce significant and high quality portfolios for applications to respected M.F.A. programs.