Bachelor of Fine Arts DegreeThe Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the required 129–131 semester credit hours of study and made the expected commitment to the vocation of art.
B.F.A. Degree minimum credit-hour requirements
|Art Orientation||2 hours|
|Art History (200/300 level)||6 hours|
|GEC requirement||41–43 hours|
|Open Electives||9 hours|
|Total 129–131 hours|
In order to complete the B.F.A. degree program in four years, a student must take fifteen to eighteen credit hours per semester, or thirty-two to thirty-six credits per year. Thirty credit hours are required in the studio major area: six hours of 200-level courses and twenty-four hours of 300-level and 400-level courses. Additional information is available from the coordinators of the various areas, or the school academic advisor. To enter the upper-school major area studio courses, the student must complete the four-semester lower-school program, including at least two semesters (six semester credit hours) of introductory work from the area of intended major.
Freshman and Sophomore years
The two-year, lower-school requires courses in drawing, visual foundations, art orientation, art history, and introductory studio, preparing the student for advanced study. Idea development, technical ability, and communication skills are taught by involving the student in a wide range of problems.
The first year of lower-school instruction offers a broad experience in drawing, design, and art history. Emphasis is on basic skills concepts and the development of a common vocabulary with which student objectives can be clearly defined.
In the second year, students have the option of selecting introductory courses from three of the six major studio areas which are most suited to their particular interests. Figure drawing and advanced drawing are also required in the second year. Lower-school art requirements are as follows:
|ART 111 Drawing||3 hours|
|ART 112 Drawing||3 hours|
|ART 191 Art Orientation||2 hours|
|ART 121 Visual Foundation||3 hours|
|ART 122 Visual Foundation||3 hours|
|ARHS 120 Survey of Art 1||3 hours|
|ARHS 160 Survey of Art 2||3 hours|
|ART 211 Figure Drawing||3 hours|
|ART 212 Advanced Drawing||3 hours|
|Studio Introductory 200-level courses||12 hours|
|Total hours: 38|
Junior and Senior years
The third year of study marks the entry into the upper school. The student begins to concentrate in one area of major studio concern, and to direct and apply the basic skills acquired during the first two years of art instruction. Emphasis areas offered by the School of Art & Design are ceramics, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, and intermedia and photography.
During the third and fourth years, the studio emphasis accounts for a minimum of twenty-four semester credit hours, or almost half the credit earned. The remaining credit hours are taken in art history, art electives, and liberal arts. Upper-school art requirements are:
|ART 300/400 Studio Emphasis||24 hours|
|ART 200/300 Art Electives||18|
|ARHS 200/300/400 Art History||6|
B.F.A. General Education and ppen elective requirements
These requirements are defined by WVU. The undergraduate art student must successfully complete a minimum of thirty-nine semester credit hours of GEC to qualify for graduation. To satisfy these requirements, the following distribution of GEC credits must be achieved.
|ENGL 101 and 102||6 hours|