Major Code BF5057
College of Fine Arts
Art + Design, School of
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Angela Sprunger, contact person
Karla Hackenmiller, contact person
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Studio Art is a professional studio degree that fosters the development of studio artists and creative thinkers. Students take courses in Foundations, Art History and Studio that include topics ranging from historical through contemporary issues in art, technical demonstrations, and rigorous critiques of student work. Visiting artists, field trips, exhibitions, collaborative projects and community engagement are also important aspects of the program.
This program focuses on the intersection of visual art and mental health. Students will create artwork in a broad range of studio courses, learn about art in context through art history courses, and gain a better understanding of human psychology in both art therapy and psychology coursework.
Scholarships are available for both incoming and continuing students through talent awards, Dean’s Scholarships, and Endowed Awards that recognize artistic ability, academic excellence, exemplary leadership and potential. Our students have also been successful in writing grants and receiving awards through the University.
Students interested in the B.F.A. in Studio Art major will first enter the School of Art + Design as a B.A. in Studio Art major. Students will then complete the Foundations Program and four, 2000-level studio art courses in preparation for their application to the B.F.A. Two of the four, 2000-level studio courses taken must be in the student’s selected concentration Area: Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, Sculpture + Expanded Practice, or Art Therapy.
Students should contact the Area Chair of their chosen concentration to discuss the application requirements and submit their portfolio of studio work for review by the deadline. This review process usually occurs at the end of a student’s sophomore year; however, some Areas offer both Fall and Spring deadlines in order to accommodate transfer students or others who meet the requirements at a different time in their matriculation. The Area Chairs will notify students of their admission status soon after the portfolio reviews are completed. A successful portfolio review is required for admission to the B.F.A. in Studio Art major.
Students who are not accepted into the B.F.A. program may re-apply at the next deadline, may apply to a different area of concentration, or may choose to remain in the B.A. Studio Art program. B.F.A in Studio Art majors are expected to have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a major GPA of 2.75.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
B.F.A in Studio Art majors are competitive in art-related careers and experiences, such as: studio artist, artist-in-residence, museum and gallery work, graduate study, studio assistant, commissioned artwork, solo/group exhibitions, entrepreneurs, studio co-ops, grant writers, community project leaders, public artwork competitions, and work in other creative fields. Students with the Art Therapy concentration will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in Art Therapy, as well as positions within the blossoming field of Arts and Health.