Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

About

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program, you’ll get a strong foundation in studio art, including drawing and sculpture. You’ll study art history from different time periods and parts of the world. You’ll also work on a thesis and get studio experience in your choice of painting, color design, ceramics, digital art, photography, printmaking or sculpture.

The primary focus of the BFA is to give students who are committed to becoming contemporary artists an opportunity to immerse themselves in advanced studio experience and prepare a solid portfolio should they continue on to graduate school. Prior to declaring the BFA major, you must apply to the program by submitting a portfolio spring quarter of their junior year.

The BFA students who are selected for this program are students who not only exhibit artistic and scholarly promise, but also evidence positive group interactions, are able to accept/provide feedback about personal artwork, and exhibit an independent work ethic. Faculty also consider if applicants participate in art-related activities outside of the classroom as well as the perceived benefit of the degree to the student; what are his/her future goals and how will a BFA help the student? Each BFA cohort is voted into existence by a 2/3 vote from full-time art faculty members in all programs (art education, art history and studio art).

Curriculum & Requirements

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Curriculum & Requirements

Studio Art Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Students work closely with an art faculty advisor as they work towards completing the BFA in Studio Art. Students must apply and be accepted into the BFA program.

Foundation Requirements
ART 201STUDIO I: IMAGE AND TECHNOLOGY5
ART 202STUDIO II: TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS5
ART 213THE VISUAL ART EXPERIENCE5
or ARTH 210 VISUAL CULTURE
Art History
ARTH 300ART ACROSS TIME: PREHISTORY TO 17TH CENTURY5
ARTH 302ART ACROSS TIME: 18TH CENTURY TO CONTEMPORARY5
ARTH 331CONTEMPORARY ART5
ARTH 400WRITING ABOUT ART5
Studio Experience
ART 300DRAWING5
2D Experience–choose one5
PAINTING
PRINTMAKING
ILLUSTRATION
3D Experience–choose one5
CERAMICS I
CERAMICS II
SCULPTURE
Digital Experience–choose one5
DIGITAL ART
PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL PRACTICES
Studio Discipline–in consultation with your faculty advisor15
Complete 15 upper division credits in one or two studio discipline areas.
400 level art courses (including 450 workshop courses) may be repeated for credit.
Ceramics
CERAMICS II
CERAMICS III
WORKSHOP IN ART (ceramics focus)
Digital
DIGITAL ART
DIGITAL ART II
WORKSHOP IN ART (digital art focus)
Drawing
DRAWING II
LIFE DRAWING
WORKSHOP IN ART (drawing focus)
Painting
PAINTING
PAINTING II
WORKSHOP IN ART (painting focus)
Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL PRACTICES
PHOTOGRAPHY: BLACK AND WHITE
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADVANCED PRACTICE
WORKSHOP IN ART (photography focus)
Printmaking
PRINTMAKING
PRINTMAKING II
WORKSHOP IN ART (printmaking focus)
Sculpture
SCULPTURE
SCULPTURE
WORKSHOP IN ART (sculpture focus)
BFA Thesis Year Requirements
ART 470BFA THESIS AND RESEARCH (fall quarter)1
ART 470BFA THESIS AND RESEARCH (winter quarter)1
ART 472BFA THESIS AND EXHIBITION (spring quarter)5
Art Electives–chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor8
Choose ART 407 or ART 408 and any course from the following subject codes (300 and above level courses only): ART, ARTH, CRWR, FILM, MUSC, THTR
ART AS SOCIAL ACT
BODY AND TIME
Senior Capstone
ART 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Total Credits90

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BFA in Studio Art from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • demonstrate advanced technical skills in a studio concentration; PLO-4;
  • produce a coherent body of work for thesis exhibition; PLO-5;
  • produce a professional quality artist’s portfolio; PLO-1;
  • provide a compelling oral defense of their thesis exhibition; PLO-6.
  • use appropriate terminology to evaluate works of art; PLO-2;
  • write a well-crafted artist’s statement; PLO-3.