May 26, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog

Art - BFA

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The BFA in Art is a studio-intensive program emphasizing mentorship and collaboration among a cohort of students and faculty.  The Art curriculum is built around five student-centered goals:

  • Challenging and expanding each student’s understanding of the creative process.
  • Providing students with media-specific technical training.
  • Exposing students to a broad range of contemporary and historical art practices as well as a strong background in critical theory.
  • Developing an informed professional presence in the world beyond the campus.
  • Synthesizing the above - creative process, technique, critical inquiry, and professional goals - into a unique studio practice.

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in studio art is competitive. Students may apply to the BFA program after completing between 24 -48 credits in Art and Art History with a GPA of 3.25 or better.  Transfer students should apply upon admission to the University or in their first quarter at SOU. The BFA Thesis forms a central part of the BFA experience, and candidates must show the ability to investigate and articulate their ideas through independent writing and research and a BFA thesis exhibition and/or public presentation.

Since admission to the BFA program and advancement beyond the Mid Program Review is not automatic, we strongly encourage students to complete the university coursework necessary to graduate with either a BA or BS. This will allow students the option of graduating with a BA, BS or BFA, depending on their progress, evaluations, and individual circumstances.

Requirements for the BFA in Art:


Fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements.


Maintain a 3.25 GPA for all SOU coursework in the major:

a. Art Foundations

In the first year, Art majors should complete 12 credits of Introduction to Studio Methods courses as well as the ARTH 204 , ARTH 205 , ARTH 206  series.

In the second year, Art majors should take ARTH 350 - Art Theory and Critical Issues , ART 209 - Sophomore Studio Topics , and a fourth Introductio to Studio Methods course.

Sample 4 schedules are available from Art program advisors.

c. Studio Topics (8 credits)

d. Advanced Studio Methods (20 credits)

Choose 20 credits from any combination of the following:

f. Capstone: Senior Studio (12 credits)

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