The BFA in Fine Arts prepares Fine Arts majors for a lifetime of artistic pursuit; whether your passion lies in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or new media.
The Fine Arts Program is designed for students to be immersed in studio disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. Students will gain traditional skill sets and tools while integrating and applying such knowledge to theory, philosophy and conceptual development.
Through experimentation, iteration and production, students will learn to hone their craft while developing a more sophisticated lexicon and breadth of abilities to better articulate their ideas and interests. Students will adopt the ability to discuss their work in context with Art History and Contemporary Visual Culture.
Through rigorous critique and juries, students will be well-versed and prepared to present their art as a working professional contributing to Visual Culture. With dynamic interdisciplinary studios, students will work in an environment which will broaden their perspective, feed their insights, establish appropriate and professional level of research and practice to take their work to unexpected levels as they move forward in their professional careers.
Undergraduate Fine Arts students work closely with a faculty of working artists who share their knowledge and experience to assist and advise you in discovering your own creative path and artistic potential. Critiques by faculty members and visiting artists will enrich the studio experience by providing objective points of view and fresh ideas, and instruction features exposure to methods of academic and technical research, sound studio practice, digital technology, and new media.
The Fine Arts program's expanding work space includes a professional printmaking studio with five presses for etching, woodcut, and lithography, a well-equipped wood shop, a plaster-casting room, a figure sculpture studio, and a ceramics studio with three kilns. Senior Fine Arts students have their own semi-private work spaces and there is a two-floor exhibition space exclusively reserved for student shows.
The primary goal of this course is introduce students to a broad range of strategies and materials for figure sculpture. Figure-derived compositions will be constructed, often at life size, and sometimes as group projects. Some of the broader themes the class will take on include: life casting and additive processes, abjection and hybridization, wholeness and fragmentation, inside/outside the body and installation and theatrical tableaux.
This versatile print medium takes a collage approach to creating the printing plate. Thin layers of paper, fabric, tape, gesso, carborundum, etc. are adhered and sealed to heavy mat board or Masonite, and printed intaglio or relief. This course introduces carborundum prints and polyester silk prints, as well as a more painterly approach using gesso, glue and modeling paste. Emphasis is placed on color experimentation rather than editioning when printing.
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