Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (514P, 514)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/art


Program Coordinator

Kristina E. Arnold, kristina.arnold@wku.edu, (270) 745-6566

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the initial professional degree sought for careers in the visual arts field. The department of art offers two concentrations. The BFA in Studio concentration prepares students for a professional studio practice through rigorous artistic and academic experience. It is also the standard requirement for entrance into Masters of Fine Arts degree programs, the most common route to teaching studio art at the college level. The BFA Graphic Design concentration prepares students for careers in the visual communications field, including web design, print design, illustration, and new media. Both concentrations begin with a foundation of drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, and art history surveys. Students then focus on a specific curricular sequence of interest to them: ceramics, graphic design, printmaking, painting, sculpture, or weaving. A portfolio and seminar class serve as the capstone experiences for BFA students in each concentration, where personal concepts and technical proficiency typically yield a cohesive body of work or competitive professional portfolio. In either concentration, the goal for the BFA student is to forge a professional art practice.

Concentrations

  • Graphic Design (ARGD)
  • Studio (ARST)

Program Requirements (73-79 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The major requires 73-79 semester hours of study. Entry into the BFA in Visual Arts program may be accomplished in one of two ways: have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in art and art history courses to include: ART 105 or ART 106, ART 130, ART 131, ART 140, a basic studio course at the 200-level, and an upper-level 300 studio course, or have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for these same courses and pass a department portfolio review conducted by a faculty committee. Transfer students will be required to meet the second of these two options. Any student denied entrance in their initial portfolio review and having less than 36 hours in art and art history, while maintaining a 2.5 GPA in the continuing art courses, may reapply once. Prior to meeting these standards, students pursuing the BFA will be designated as reference number 514P.

The major offers two concentrations, Studio and Graphic Design. Both concentrations require the following courses:

Required Courses
ART 105History of Art to 1300 13
ART 106History of Art Since 1300 13
ART 130Two-Dimensional Design 13
ART 131Three-Dimensional Design 13
ART 140Drawing 13
Total Hours15

Additionally, both concentrations require students to take two upper-level elective studio courses, ART 432 and ART 434. Each concentration has additional requirements listed below.

Studio Concentration

Basic Studio Courses
Select four of the following:12
Ceramics
Graphic Design
Digital Media
Printmaking
Painting
Sculpture Survey I
Weaving
Required Basic Drawing Courses:
ART 240Drawing3
ART 340Drawing3
ART 341Drawing3
Studio Concentration Focus
Choose 2 upper-level elective studio courses6
Choose 7 upper-level studio focus courses (may include up to two mediums)21
Upper-Level Art History Electives
Select two of the following:6
Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Art of the United States to 1865
Art of the United States Since 1865
Southern Baroque Art
Northern Baroque Art
Medieval Art & Architecture
Art and Power
Art and Landscape
Art of Asia, Africa, and the Americas
Survey of Graphic Design
Contemporary Art
Art of the Italian Renaissance
Northern Renaissance Art
Art Theory and Criticism
Islamic Art and Architecture
European Art, 1700-1848
European Art, 1848-1900
European Art, 1900-1945
American Architectural History
Seminar in Art History
Aesthetics
Portfolio and Capstone Requirement:
ART 432Portfolio3
ART 434Capstone Seminar1
Total Hours58

Graphic Design Concentration

Basic Studio Courses
Select three of the following:9
Ceramics
Printmaking
Painting
Sculpture Survey I
Weaving
Select 2 upper-level elective studio courses6
Required drawing-focused courses:
ART 240Drawing3
ART 340Drawing3
ART 341Drawing3
or ART 431 Illustration
Graphic Design Concentration Focus
ART 231Graphic Design3
ART 243Digital Media3
ART 330Graphic Design3
ART 331Visual Thinking3
ART 334Survey of Graphic Design3
ART 343Digital Media: Time-Based3
ART 430Graphic Design3
ART 432Portfolio3
ART 433Package Design3
ART 438Advanced Media Design3
ART 436Electronic Illustration3
Upper-Level Art History Electives
Select two of the following:6
Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Art of the United States to 1865
Art of the United States Since 1865
Southern Baroque Art
Northern Baroque Art
Medieval Art & Architecture
Art and Power
Art and Landscape
Art of Asia, Africa, and the Americas
Contemporary Art
Art of the Italian Renaissance
Northern Renaissance Art
Art Theory and Criticism
Islamic Art and Architecture
European Art, 1700-1848
European Art, 1848-1900
European Art, 1900-1945
American Architectural History
Seminar in Art History
Aesthetics
Take the following Capstone Seminar:
ART 434Capstone Seminar1
Total Hours64

Finish in Four Plan

Studio 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 1053ART 1063
ART 1303ART 1313
ART 1403Basic Studio #1 (200 level)3
ENG 1003MATH 1093
HIST 101 or HIST 1023COMM 1453
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Basic Studio #2 (200 level)3Basic Studio #4 (200 level)3
Basic Studio #3 (200 level)3ART 317 (or other Connections: Systems Course or ART 318 or other Connections: Local to Global)3
ART 2403ART 3403
ENG 2003Upper Level Studio in Concentration #1 (300-400 Level)3
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral3Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 3413Upper Level Studio in Concentration #3 (300-400 Level)3
Upper Level Studio in Concentration #2 (300-400 Level)3Upper Level Studio Elective #2 (300-400 Level)3
Upper Level Studio Elective #1 (300-400 Level)3Upper Level Art History3
ENG 3003Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab3ART 4323
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Upper Level Studio in Concentration #4 (300-400 Level)3ART 4341
Upper Level Studio in Concentration #5 (300-400 Level)3Upper Level Studio in Concentration #6 (300-400 Level)3
ART 317 ( or other Connections: Systems Course or ART 318 or Connections: Local to Global)3Upper Level Studio in Concentration #7 (300-400 Level)3
World Language Requirement or General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121

Graphic Design

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 1053ART 1063
ART 1303ART 1313
ART 1403ART 2313
ENG 1003MATH 1093
HIST 101 or HIST 1023COMM 1453
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 2403ART 244 (recommended or another Basic (200 level) Studio #2)3
ART 2433ART 3403
Basic (200 Level) Studio #13ART 3303
ENG 2003ART 318 (recommended (counts as Colonnade - Local to Global))3
PSY 100 or PSYS 1003ASTR 104 or PHYS 103 (recommended (Colonnade - Natural and Physical Sciences w/ lab))3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 341 or ART 4313ART 3343
ART 3313ART 3433
Basic (200 level) Studio #33ART 4303
ENG 3003Colonnade - Social & Cultural 3
Upper Level Art History #23Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 4333ART 4383
ART 4363ART 4341
Colonnade - Connections3ART 4323
Upper level Studio Elective #13Upper Level Studio Elective #23
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121