The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. A Bachelor of Arts degree is also available.
A minor in studio art consists of five studio courses: Drawing 1050, one 1000 level two-dimensional course (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking), one 1000 three-dimensional course (sculpture, ceramics, glass), and two additional courses: one course at the 2000 level and one course at the 3000 level. Also required are two art history courses, 1020 recommended. The minor requires a total of 21 credit hours. No more than half of required studio and art history courses can be transferred into the minor program.
For a Bachelor of Arts in studio art, the student must fulfill all general requirements as described in the liberal arts curriculum including those of the Newcomb-Tulane College core. In addition, the B.A. in studio art program requires a total of 39 credits. The B.A. requires 30 credits in studio courses including three courses from among six in the Foundations of Art Series. (If two foundations courses are taken in two-dimensional areas, the third must be taken in a three-dimensional area or vice-versa.) Also required are 1050 and 1060. Of the remaining 12 studio credits, at least 9 credits must be in one area beyond the 1000 level, three credits may be in any other studio area above the 1000 level the remaining three credits must be fulfilled with the department capstone course (ARST 4930 offered only in the spring semester). Also 9 credits in art history are required; these include Art History 1010 and 1020. No more than half of required studio and art history courses can be transferred into the degree program.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts provides a pre-professional introduction to the visual arts with a greater degree of concentration on courses in the studio area. For the B.F.A. in studio art, the student must fulfill all general requirements as described in the liberal arts curriculum including those of the Newcomb-Tulane College core with the following exceptions: two courses required in the sciences and mathematics category instead of three; and two courses required in the social science category instead of three.
The B.F.A. requires at least 54 art credits, of which a minimum of 45 must be in studio courses, including three courses from among six in the Foundations of Art series. (If two foundation courses are taken in two-dimensional areas, the third must be taken in a three dimensional area or vice versa.) The studio requirements are 1050 and 1060; one drawing courses at the 2000 level or higher; at least six electives at the 2000 level or higher, four of which must be in an area of concentration. Also, required are ARST 5010 and 5020 that constitute the BFA thesis and the senior capstone experience. Additionally, three courses in art history are required: Art History 1010, 1020, and one additional course. No more than half of required studio and art history courses can be transferred into the degree program.
Transfer students wishing advanced standing in studio courses toward the B.F.A. are required to submit representative examples of the work done for which credit has been received at another institution. Incoming first-year students who expect to be art majors are advised to take Art Studio 1050 and three foundations courses during their first year. At the end of the sophomore year, the art department studio faculty will assign an adviser. Candidates for the B.F.A. are allowed to take only one level of a studio course sequence in summer school.
Declaration of the B.F.A. major is contingent on the acceptance by the faculty and must be done at least one year before graduation. Review of applications will take place once at the end of each semester. Applications must include: (1) major declaration form; (2) current degree audit sheet; (3) portfolio of 5-10 pieces of artwork in any medium. The faculty strongly suggests that the student meet with his/her major studio professor before initiating this process. Accepted candidates will then be reviewed and evaluated during the spring semester of their junior year and late in the fall semester of their senior year.