Students in the BFA in Art program partake in many shared learning experiences throughout the comprehensive studio art curriculum. Freshman and sophomores explore a broad range of media in foundational studio courses designed to develop technical proficiencies. Sophomores and juniors explore a range of contemporary artistic practices through required courses in Contemporary Gallery Practice, Modernism and Contemporary Art History. Juniors and seniors take four intermedia interdisciplinary studio art courses that promote critical and conceptual thinking as they develop individual artistic voices. The senior seminar course is the capstone experience in the program requiring students to write a thesis statement and install an exhibition of their artwork in Chapman’s Guggenheim Gallery. Students also work together as they install shows that are judged by visiting professional artists and gallerists each semester.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be expected to use identifying and comparative language to explain how their own artwork is positioned within the general context of contemporary artistic practice both orally and in writing.
- Student will be expected to produce/create artwork that evidences a mutually reinforcing integration of form and content.
- Students will be expected to participate in personalized education that will help him/her develop an independent, informed and articulate voice as an artist, which he/she will demonstrate through their studio work, artist statement and BFA exhibition.
- Students will develop writing competencies commonly used in the discipline of contemporary art: The ability to write both descriptively and analytically about works of visual art both their own art and that of others in a variety of media.
AP Art scores can be counted towards GE credit but will not be considered to count towards the major in art.