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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for careers in art. Enrollment in the BFA program is recommended only for those students willing to make the considerable commitment of time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their primary area of studio emphasis. Students desiring to enter the BA program should request a copy of the current program policy from the Department.
Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Programs Admission Requirements at the beginning of this chapter. Admission into the BFA program, termination from it, and granting of the degree are done at the discretion of the BFA Committee.
Students admitted into the BFA program must complete a minimum of 24 art credits in residence at UAA after acceptance into the BFA program. For the transfer students, a minimum of 12 resident art credits must be completed in the primary area of studio emphasis, and a minimum of three (3) resident art credits completed in the secondary area of studio emphasis.
Applicants for admission into the BFA program must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Applicants must have been officially admitted to the University of Alaska Anchorage for a least one semester.
- Applicants must have completed all Lower-Division Foundation Core Course requirements for the BFA degree.
- Applicants must meet minimum academic GPA requirements of:
2.50 overall course work
3.00 overall art course work
All materials must be submitted to the Department of Art at least two weeks prior to the BFA Committee’s scheduled application review:
- Application for admission into the BFA Program
- Letter of intent stating objectives and qualifications. Student should indicate awareness of the differences between the BA in Art and the BFA degree programs.
- Copies of all transcripts.
- A list of all college art courses taken with grade received.
- Portfolio of 15-20 pieces of studio work in primary and secondary concentrations showing technical skills, design abilities, and a potential for developing a conceptual vision. Applicants must submit work for consideration in both slide form and as originals works of art.
Applications will be reviewed once a semester, and admission decisions are determined in October and March. Acceptance into the BFA program will be determined by the BFA Committee members at the meeting.
To graduate with a BFA in Art students must have met the following GPA requirements:
- A minimum overall major GPA of 3.00.
- Overall minimum GPA of a 3.50 in the primary area of studio emphasis.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all university course work.
The progress of all BFA candidates will be reviewed a minimum of once a semester by the BFA committee.
With approval, upon completion of all studio courses in the student’s primary and secondary areas of emphasis, BFA Candidates will enroll in ART A491 Senior Seminar offered Fall Semesters only. ART A491 meets the Capstone requirement for the GER. Students enrolled in he BFA program must submit their Thesis proposal for approval during the Fall semester of the Academic year. Once the BFA Committee has reviewed and accepted the Thesis Proposals, candidates will be granted permission to register for ART A499 Thesis. During ART A499 Thesis students will complete a body of work that will culminate in a formal exhibition. BFA students enrolled in ART A499 Thesis will meet with the BFA Committee a minimum of twice a semester.
The BFA Committee’s evaluation of the student’s thesis project will be based on content, presentation, and the degree of success in visual realization of the written proposal. At least 10 slide of the student’s thesis will be furnished to the Department of Art. Slides must be received by the department before a grade for ART A499 Thesis is awarded.
BFA Candidates will generally participate in the BFA Group Show to be held in the Kimura Gallery. All aspects of the thesis exhibition must be approved by the BFA Committee. Works will be selected by the BFA Committee. The BFA Group Show will be held during the Spring Semester each year. Graduating BFA students are invited, but not required, to donate one work of art to UAA’s permanent collection. Acceptance of donated student work is left to the discretion of the BFA Committee. After successfully completing all BFA requirements, the student is responsible for submitting an Application for Graduation to obtain the degree.
Students must complete the following graduation requirements:
GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
Complete the General University Requirements for
Baccalaureate Degrees in front of this chapter.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete the General Education Requirements for
Baccalaureate Degrees in the front of this chapter.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES REQUIREMENTS
There are no additional college requirements for the BFA degree.
Complete the following required art courses with a minimum overall major GPA of 3.00 and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the primary area of studio emphasis. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all university course work is required to graduate. A maximum of 84 credits in Art may be applied toward the degree.
Complete the following core courses:
ART A105 Beginning Drawing
ART A111 Two-Dimensional Design
ART A112 Color Design
ART A113 Three-Dimensional Design
ART A205 Intermediate Drawing
ART A307 Life Drawing and Composition
ART A261 History of Western Art I
ART A262 History of Western Art II
Choose one course from the two-dimensional list and one course from the three-dimensional list, and one course from either list to total 9 credits:
ART A213 Beginning Painting
ART A215 Beginning Printmaking
ART A224 Beginning Photography
ART A257 Digital Art and Design I
ART A271 Beginning Surface Design
ART A273 Beginning Woven Forms
ART A201 Beginning Handbuilt Ceramics
ART A202 Beginning Wheelthrown Ceramics
ART A209 Beginning Metalsmithing and Jewelry
ART A211 Beginning Sculpture
ART A272 Beginning Fiber Structures
Select three courses from the following:
ART A360A History of Non-Western Art I
ART A360B History of Non-Western Art II
ART A361 History of Graphic Design
ART A362 History of Modern Art
ART A363 History of Contemporary Art
ART A364 Italian Renaissance Art
ART A365 Native Art of Alaska
ART A 366 Asian Art
ART A367 History of Photography
ART A492 Art History Seminar
Select a primary studio concentration from the list below and complete the following studio courses in the same discipline:
200 level beginning studio course (3 credits) must be other
than a course selected to fill the beginning studio
electives listed above.
300 level intermediate studio course (6 credits)
400 level advanced studio curse (6 credits)
Select a support course from the following (3 credits)
ART A390 Selected Topics in Studio Art
ART A490 Selected Topics in Studio Art
ART A498 Individual Research or other by permission of
Select Primary and Secondary Studio Concentrations from the following:
Digital Art & Graphic Design
*All courses in Fibers are currently taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna College and Kenai Peninsula College campuses.
Select a secondary studio concentration from the list and complete the following studio courses in the same discipline:
200 level beginning studio course (3 credits) must be other than a course selected to fill the beginning studio electives listed above.
Select two support courses from the following (6 credits) **:
300 level Intermediate studio course
400 level Advance studio course
ART A390 Selected Topics in Studio Art
ART A490 Selected Topics in Studio Art
ART A498 Individual Research
Complete the following courses:
ART A491 Senior Seminar
(Fall semesters only)/Capstone Class
ART A499 (Spring Semesters only)
Complete PHIL A401 Aesthetics (3 credits)
Art Electives (6)
Complete six (6) credits of electives selected from art history, art education or art studio classes,
A total of 121 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. A total of 84 credits in art may be applied to the degree.
*Course offerings in Fibers are now taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Matanuska -Susitna College and Kenai Peninsula College campuses.
**There is a typographical error in the Secondary Studio Concentration. The 300-level Intermediate studio course which reads: 300 level Intermediate studio course (6) in the 2008-2009 catalog was to have been deleted. Number 7 should read: Select a support course from the following (6 credits).
***Miscellaneous Requirements is worth 9 credits and not 12 credits. The Art Electives should be 6 credits.