Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Please contact a fine arts academic advisor regarding BFA program admission prior to beginning coursework.

The Art faculty will conduct a portfolio and grade review for each student wishing to enroll in the BFA program. Assignments from the following courses will make up the portfolio:
ART 1001FYE: Art and Design1
ART 1110Drawing and Composition3
ART 11202-Dimensional Design3
ART 11303-Dimensional Design I3
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and earn at least a B- in all pre-BFA portfolio courses in order to be eligible to proceed.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

BFA Foundation Requirements

ART 1001FYE: Art and Design1
ART 1110Drawing and Composition3
ART 11202-Dimensional Design3
ART 11303-Dimensional Design I3
ARTH 2710Art History I (FA)3
ARTH 2720Art History II (FA)3

 BFA Core Requirements

ART 2060Digital Photography3
or ART 1050 Intro to Photography
ART 2110Intermediate Drawing3
ART 2120Digital Art3
ART 2190Intro to Sculpture3
ART 2210Intro to Oil Painting3
ART 2570Intro to Ceramics3

 BFA Requirements

Art History Requirements
Complete two (2) upper-division Art History courses6
Upper Division Art Electives
Complete 36 credits of upper-division ART coursework36
Junior Review
The Art faculty will conduct a junior review for each student enrolled in the BFA program. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.
BFA Exhibition
ART 4800RSenior Exhibition1
ART 4800RSenior Exhibition1

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade B- or higher in all BFA required courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
ART 1110 Drawing and Composition 3
ART 1130 3-Dimensional Design I 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
ARTH 2710 Art History I (FA) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (General Education (Mathematics)) 3
ART 1120 2-Dimensional Design 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
ARTH 2720 Art History II (FA) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
ART 2060 Digital Photography 3
ART 2110 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 2190 Intro to Sculpture 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
ART 2120 Digital Art 3
ART 2210 Intro to Oil Painting 3
ART 2570 Intro to Ceramics 3
ARTH 3XXX Upper Division Art History 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ARTH 3XXX Upper Division Art History 3
Junior Review - Contact your academic advisor for junior review requirements.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
ART 3XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4800R Senior Exhibition 1
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4XXX Any Upper Division Art Course 3
ART 4800R Senior Exhibition 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours120